My husband and I (both in our forties) just returned from the Riu Santa Fe. We stayed from March 21-28. The hotel is Huge as many have mentioned (yes; lots of walking to and from areas but that's okay; we needed the exercise). The grounds are beautiful and well kept with the desert feel evident everywhere in the landscaping. Our room was great; no complaints there; bed is a bit hard but terrible. We did find the food to be just average as some have mentioned; we did expect a bit better but it was still okay. My husband did really enjoy his meal at the Mexican a la carte and the soup at the Italian was delicious. Having said all of the above, we did not realize when booking that it was US Spring Break. We were completely disgusted by the large amounts of drunken, vomiting, belligerent College students who completely invaded many areas of the hotel and grounds. Who wants to smell vomit when eating at the restaurant? It was also floating in the pool. We were looking for a relaxing holiday and did not find it here. We slept poorly as the floor we were on (building 6 2nd floor) was party central. We were awoken on many occasions by screaming, knocking on doors, throwing glass etc...in our hallway. We did speak to front desk staff 3 times and nothing was ever done. They told us to just let them know and they would send up security but they never did. Essentially there are just too many Spring Breakers and very little security staff. We were basically told by Management "What do you expect, it's Spring Break". In hindsight, we wish we would have moved hotels early in our stay. We talked to other travelers who moved to the Riu Palace next door. We certainly came away from this holiday with such mixed feelings. We really loved the Cabo area and took the bus into town many times. We spent a lot of time walking around the Marina area and unfortunately due to the average food at our hotel and the screwed up a la carte booking system they have, we spent extra money on meals in town (we ate at the Ole Ole, Dos Mares and Los Descos and all were excellent) We have traveled to many areas of Mexico and have never encountered what we witnessed at the Riu. It's a shame that they are willing to ruin their name to accommodate groups of drunken students. We will go back to Cabo but if it's in March, will not stay at the Riu Santa Fe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 24h All Inclusive Hotel Riu Santa Fe opens all year round and is situated in the south of the Baja California Peninsula and borders the lovely, sandy El Médano beach. The RIU Classic Hotels offer comfortable rooms and excellent facilities with great leisure and relaxation facilities, as well as international gastronomy. Enjoy a relaxing holiday - whether alone, with family, partner or friends! The location is ideal due to its proximity to Los Cabos Airport SJD (40 km) and Cabo San Lucas (4.5 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 902 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax in the spa area or get in shape in the gym. 4 outdoor pools, 1 children's pool. RiuLand Kids Club (ages 4-7 & 8-12 years) and for adults, day and evening entertainment, as well as our Pacha Discotheque. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main restaurant, Italian, Mexican, Asian specialty restaurants, Steakhouse, and 7 bars. ... 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