Location, food and décor – the Riu Tequila’s got a lot going for it. Setting the scene is the sumptuous reception lounge. With its graceful archways, elegant sofas and warmly-lit gold décor, there’s no mistaking that this is one smart hotel.
Outside, two swimming pools are framed by sun terraces dotted with coconut thatch umbrellas. The pièce de résistance is the enormous thatched swim-up bar. If it’s the beach you’re after, step out through the gardens and in five minutes you’ll be on powdery white sands. But if you want get there even faster, a shuttle service will whisk you down.
On the food front, big buffet breakfasts get the day off to a satisfying start. After that, you’re spoilt for choice. There’s a steakhouse and an Asian restaurant for evening meals, plus a beach club serving Mexican specials and more tempting buffets.
If all that’s not enough, the Riu Tequila is part of the lively Riu Resort Playacar which means you can hop across to the neighbouring Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar, too.
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Stylish 4T and 5T hotels
- 90% customer scores
- Platinum Villas available
- Platinum Cruises available
- 20kg luggage allowance
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Minibar and liquor dispenser in room. Snacks at set times.
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2 outdoor pools
With tonnes of sunbeds and thatched umbrellas dotted around the sun terrace, there's plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun.
Jalisco buffet restaurant
For breakfast and dinner. Jalisco offers buffet and on the spot cooking stations, where you’ll be able to watch dishes being prepared right in front of your very eyes. There’s also themed buffet evenings held twice a week. There's 2 sittings for dinner, the first 7pm to 8.30pm, and the second 9pm to 10.30pm.
La Lupita restaurant
If you'd like a late Continental breakfast, you'll be able to pick this up from the poolside restaurant and swim-up bar, La Lupita. There's a buffet lunch and an à la carte dinner in the way of a grill and steakhouse, with 2 sittings for dinner. The first is 7pm to 8.30pm and the second is 9pm to 10.30pm.
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Great getaway from the snowy weather
I booked this resort for my son, his girlfriend and another couple as I am a travel agent. The rooms were basic but clean, Teresa did a great job! The food was great but at Lupita my son asked for two entrees and was told he could only order one. Thought this was an all inclusive resort? Why can't one order two entrees? The restaurant buffet manager was rude to my son and his traveling party. Told them they couldn't wear baseball caps in the restaurant and they waited more than 15 minutes for a waiter to come and take their beverage order. My son's girlfriend became ill on the second day of their stay at Riu Tequila and my son was going to bring some food back to his girlfriend from the buffet and once again the restaurant manager was once again rude and told my son it was the resort's policy that food could not be brought back to the rooms. Without room service, if food cannot be brought back to the rooms, when there is a sick guest I guess they don't eat or they go to the buffet ill? My son felt his traveling party were treated rudely by the restaurant manager and staff their entire stay. As a travel agent, I don't think I will be referring guests to the resort anytime in the future.More
Drakeshake2014, Chicago, Illinois
Great Holiday, loved Mexico
Staff excellent (so tips always appreciated but not expected) best AI I've been to, includes branded drinks (if you ask for them) optics,water and fridge full of drinks in room. Food very good but as always with buffet style not always hot. Tequila has a lovely jungle setting and has a Mexican theme to it, I do hope they don't spoil it and make it like the Yucatan,which we called the big perfume bottle it does have a lovely setting on the beach and is very new but for us was too glitzy and modern. No it is not 5 star but remember you have not paid 5 star price, if you want 5 Star pay for it! The entertainment was better than expected, we saw some good shows (Myan and El Divo worth seeing) as were the animation team shows (for the critics out there just remember it is very hard to entertain in numerous languages!) Enjoyed trips to Coba, Tulum, Chichen Itza. Had a great game of golf (lovely course, challenging at times, AI, clubs weren't the best for the price especially the ladies, check grips before accepting) Loved Playa Del Carmen, very lively of an evening, would recommend Vagabunda for a meal. Took ferry to Cozumel to snorkel and were very lucky to have some dolphins join us ( free in the sea, exactly where they should be, not trapped and trained in a big pool for human pleasure!) Only gripe with hotel far too many broken sun beds (always check under topper first or you may end going through) As very reasonable attracts shall we say a few undesirables My top tips would be:- If you like a cuppa take a kettle/mugs (does take a long time to boil but worth it) If you react to mosi bites go prepared, I let my guard down one night and suffered for it. Check sun beds and complain about them otherwise they won't be changed. I hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we did. More
Lynn B, Solihull, United Kingdom
Had a brilliant holiday, very relaxing complete with wonderful weather. Would like to complement all the wonderful staff at this hotel everyone worked very hard to make the holiday perfect. The food was first class with so much choice at each meal time the waiters were very friendly always smiling. The animation team were something else, on the go from 10am till 11pm every day providing game sand exercises during the day and fabulous shows on a night - the best we've ever seen in a hotel!. Rooms were immaculate cleaned thoroughly every day lots of clean linen etc.The walk to the beach is approximately 5mins no problems. Walked to Playacar a few times around 30mins lovely walk or along beach 45mins.The hotel itself has lots of character with lovely old wood and frescos - take note Riu management don't loose all of this and make it another faceless monstrosity like the Riu Yucatan! The grounds are beautiful with lots of wildlife, coati,iguanas etc. but please don't feed them they are supposed to be wild animals not pets! Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend this hotel for all ages.More
A wonderful Hotel
Had a wonderful time. Lovely people, animation team very good. Food tasty. Very beautiful at Christmas. But the location is a bit far from the beach, luckily there is a car that can take you there. The territory is very big so it feels like forever until you get from your room to the lobby.More
My family and I have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Tequila(kids age 9,15,21).It was our first time in Mexico so went with an open mind.This hotel is so well run like a well oiled machine.The mexican staff are so friendly and helpful and work so hard to keep the place spotless.The rooms are very clean and towels and bedding changed daily,my only negative is there is no bath,only a shower and I do like a long soak!The fridge is stocked daily with drinks of your choice.It would have been nice to have tea and coffee making facilities in the room but you can always pop down to the sports bar anytime of day or night and get a hot drink.The breakfast was amazing but Ive got to admit my family and I struggled at the evening meal to find something English to eat(we dont care for spicey food!).I tried carrots one night only to find they were cooked in cinnamon!!So as a result I have survived on pasta,pizza and salad and the kids ate chips,burger and nuggets which were always on offer no matter what the theme was.Also the soups were pretty nice most nights.The beach is only a five minute walk from the hotel and I have to say it is just beautiful,the colour of the ocean is breath taking!There are always plenty of sunbeds at the beach if you went before lunch but not the case by the pool!Too many people are reserving beds from early morning and this caused quite a bit of tension as there are just not enough beds to accomodate the amount of guests.The town of Playacar is apx 40 minute walk but is worth it if you like shopping as there are a good selection of shops both designer,high street and mexican souvenier shops.Be careful of the taxis as they do try to rip you off if you aren't aware of what the prices should be.You have to agree a price before you get in!A fair price into town is 90 pesos but we payed as little as 70 to get back home.Also a few miles away is a small retail park called "Centro Mayo" which is worth a visit as there is a bowling alley and cinema which we visited one night just for a change.They show a few films in English and it cost us less than a tenner for the five of us!We were able to walk home from here in about half an hour but you do have to cross the main motorway to get back into the hotel zone.We booked 4 trips with Thomson,pirate night,Chitchen Itza,and Xcaret park.The pirate night was brilliant and enjoyed by all of my family from the youngest to the oldest.The trip to Chitchen Itza was really good,a long day as you depart at 5.30am but its worth it as you get there first.You are provided with pastries and drinks on the coach for breakfast and stop off for a nice lunch where you also get the opportunity to swim in an underground river.A lovely experience once you get use to the cold water!!The Xcaret park wasnt good value for money as it cost us £90 each and apart from the underground river to swim in and the beach area there wasn't much to do.A few animals scattered around but not a patch on seaworld in Florida!Compared to the Yukatan I think the Tequila is way nicer as it feels so Mexican and traditional.Everything about the hotel is fabulous but the lack of English tasting food would put me off staying here again.But if you like a wide range of dishes and enjoy foreign food then you'll love it.More
Julieb695, Barnsley, United Kingdom
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