We stayed there last week and overall, it's a beautiful property which is fairly priced for being all-inclusive. The staff was excellent, always up-beat and everyone spoke English and Spanish.
RESORT SIZE - This was my first time staying at a resort this size and I think it was a little too big. There really isn't a good location to stay as far as rooms go. If you're in building 7, which is the most popular building and the only building on the beach side, you still have to walk the farthest back to the lobby to get a cab which is the only way to leave the hotel. We were in building 3 which was probably the best location of the property because we were in the middle of the resort and the walk to building 7 or the entrance wasn't as far as it would have been from any other building.
LOCATION - The hotel is listed on the swimmable beach but is actually not. It was off by a at least half a mile which meant you had a long walk on the sand to get to the swimmable part or even catch a boat (boats will not go to that part of the beach). The resort is also "in town" but is on the other side of the turn-around so the only way to leave the property was by taxi. It was a little too far for walking into town.
FOOD/DRINK - Food and drink was mediocre but that was expected since it was all inclusive. I think the most impressive deal about the inclusive drinks was full open bar and not just beer. One thing to note though was they have four restaurant options for dinner but only one per night is open and you have to make reservations the morning of by 7:30! Who wakes up that early on vacation. We were finally able to get the last night which happened to be the Italian restaurant they have. Unfortunately, it was the most disappointing experience and worst meal of the entire trip - on the last night! I tried two different options from the menu and they were both terrible. The risotto seafood was not cooked properly and made me sick for the next day that I had to travel - no fun. The pasta with beef medallions was extremely dry and the beef may as well be jerky. I only tried a bit of these two plates and refused the offer to have another selection.
COMFORT - As far as security, I was pleasantly surprised what security measures they took. It was very safe over the entire property as well as entering and leaving the hotel. I felt safe roaming the property and even leaving because the greeter at the front always seemed to keep an eye out for me and my friend when coming/going. The room we stayed in was a double (but I heard from other guests that they just slide the beds together to make a king which makes explains why our beds were next to each other) and was spacey. The beds were really hard, the pillows were flat, the linens (both bed & bath) were rough. I didn't really sleep well during my time there.
- 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