We have just returned from a fantastic week, July 13-20th, at the Riu Santa Fe. We had read the reviews posted on this site in the weeks leading up to our trip and we were VERY concerned. We were so worried that we even attempted to change resorts. Thankfully, there was no availability at our other choices.
For those of you concerned about the reviews that involve theft out of the safes, I can set your mind at ease a little. On the map and list of restaurants, that is given to you at check-in, there is a statement from the resort, stating that the hotel is not responsible for items stolen from the room UNLESS the items are locked in the safe. We locked our valuables in our safe each time we left the room and we came back with everything we brought with us. A quick note on the safe, it may not be large enough to hold a lap top computer.
We had a room in building 6 which is centrally located and close to the swim-up bar at the quiet pool and near most of the the restaurants and entertainment areas.
We were able to obtain dinner reservations at all 4 specialty restaurants, as my brother would get up each morning and have coffee and use his 90 minutes of free Wi-Fi in the lobby while he waited for the reservation desk to open...at a different time each day. The Asian and Italian were great, the steak restaurant was mixed, my steak was perfect, and the Mexican was VERY disappointing...which was very surprising.
The food at the buffet was great, with a huge selection for breakfast and dinner, lunch was pretty repetitive.
We spent most of our time at the quiet pool surrounded by buildings 1 through 6. We really enjoyed they pool and swim-up bar. Our 6 year old loved swimming up to get drinks, and the play a variety of music most days.
We did spend on day at the pool near the beach, which is fantastic with it's great views of the ocean and huge waves. The actives staff spends all of their time at this pool and we had a great time playing pool volleyball and water polo. The drawback is the frat-house atmosphere, complete with annoying late-teens and early 20 somethings falling down drunk by noon. this pool gets very crowded by early afternoon. There was even same boys playing their own very inappropriate music from a boom box at 8am near the pool. Some of these kids do not get that this is a family resort.
We did a tour to CABO Dolphins, which was great and worth every penny and spent a second day in town shopping.
I highly recommend hiring a water taxi, Jesus had the best price, and going over to Lover's Beach to see the arch and snorkel at Pelican beach. Just be prepared to have to climb into and jump out of the boat at each shore.
Overall we had a great time, but the far house/dorm room atmosphere at the building 7 pool needs to be controlled by the staff, possibly raising the minimum age that a person can stay at the resort without an adult could cut down on the number of drunk and rude young people keeping families away from the best area of the resort.
- 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