Went to Riu Santa Fe May 15 thru May 21 2011 with my wife. We had a wonderful time there. We booked thru applevacations.com which included round trip transfer to the hotel from the airport, about a 45 min trip. After we got thru customs you enter the first room with all the time share people, they will trick you, just keep walking to the outside. Once you leave the first room there is another with time share people, keep moving to the outside to find your group. Do not fall for the time share tricks, if you booked thru a group you will not find them until you reach the outside no matter what they say.
We booked a suite, 7121, it was at the very end of the hallway so it was very quite. The suite was very nice and was ready upon our check-in, which took about 3 minutes. As soon as we stepped out of the van someone came over and was offereing us a drink. We had to wait about an hour for our luggage to arrive though. The room was very spacious, the tv was very out of date. All but about 4 channels were in spanish, and all channels in english had spanish subtitles except one. The bed was very hard and the pillows sucked, and when the large waves started the windows in the room shook everytime the waves crashed. Housekeeping was great, and anytime we ran out of something in the minifridge a call to the front had it restocked within the hour. It didnt hurt to tip well whenever the mini fridge people came by. We even got extra beer for our fishing trip when we asked
The food was pretty good, you have to remeber they are making food for hundreds of people at a time, so keep your expectations down at the buffet. We had breakfast every morning up by the lobby. Standard breakfast food, nothing special. We grew a little tired of the breakfast by the end of the trip. Lunch was the same way, we ate at couple different places, and they have snacks out by the beach until 5:30. We ate dinner at the buffet two times, there was a large variety. We did manage to eat at all lthe specialty restaurants, the asian was by far the best. Big selections and actually had tasty sushi. The mexcian place was second, followed by the steakhouse. The italian was ok, nothing special there either. At the sports bar they have a cooler with some sandwhiches packed if you are leaving the resort or late at night. The sports bar is open 24 hours. There is a convinance store on the property with sundries and snacks, though it is very high.
The bars at the pools are great, very easy to get drinks and what ever you want. There are some named brand liquors and Dos Eqquis on tap. They will make your drinks as strong as you want. The bars at night are the same way. We watched the Michael Jackson show on Sunday night, it was very entertaining. We didn't really watch any others, but the entertainment staff goes out of their way all day to keep everyone having fun. The pools were a little cold, but like everyone says, you can drink enough to make it feel good. And though people do put towels out to save spots, there was never a problem for us to find a spot, even if we didnt make it out until noon. The beach was nice, but on our 3rd night the huge waves came in and we could really see why there was no swimming. If you go a quarter mile down the beach you could get in the water there. One guy was trying to show off in the big waves and got crushed and seperated his shoulder, so stay out of the water in front of the hotel. There are people on the beach trying to sell stuff, but a no thanks will get them off your back.
We went snorkeling with the Esperanza group and had a great time. They took us over by lovers beach, and we had two snorkeling guides who went down and brought up starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and a puffer fish for us to see. They were great, afterwards we had lunch on the beach, then were given a tour by boat out to the the arch and saw a sea lion colony. After that we were taken into downtown and given some time to shop and visit the bars. Our other excursion was deep sea fishing. We took a 28 foot boat out with BJC Sportfishing. The waves were rough, but we had a great time. We caught 3 big tuna, one huge mahi mahi, a smaller mahi mahi, and a big mako shark. We didn't take any of the fish, we left with the crew. They were very good and entertaining.
We had a very relaxing trip to Cabo, and the Santa Fe was a great hotel. The grounds were immcaculate, and every one there was really nice and went out of their way to help in anyway they could. The walk from the lobby to the beach, building 7, is about a ten minute walk but its not bad. Up by the lobby there is free wi-fi. There were several families with kids, the hotel has some programs for the kids that they seemed to be enjoying. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is going to Cabo, but keep in mind there are some small things that are not perfect, but they are easy to look past. And remember that even though tipping is not necessary it still feels good to reward someone even if its just a dollar or two. The workers there do not make a lot of money and a dollar can go a long way helping out their family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 Km/2.8 Miles from Cabo San Lucas * Opened winter 2007/8 * 1-story main building and 3-story and 4-story annexes * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 3.5 Km/2.2 Miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas * 40 km/25 miles from the airport * 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos
- Riu Sante Fe
- Hotel Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos