This hotel plays an ace with its beachfront setting. Plus, there are luxury touches wherever you go...
This deluxe beachfront hotel is about a 5-minute drive from Playa del Carmen’s stylish 5thAvenue. Talking of style, the pool scene gets extra points on this front, thanks to a swim-up bar, a whirlpool and in-water sunloungers.
Inside, the Riu Palace Riviera Maya goes all out to impress. You get a Junior Suite as standard, with free Wi-Fi. And when it comes to dining, there are 5 speciality restaurants to choose from.
Spend your day relaxing in the huge pool, or lie back on a sunbed. There are parasols to give you a bit of shade, and pool towels are provided. The pool has whirlpool baths and pool loungers, for that extra bit of comfort and relaxation.
Start your day at Don Manolo with a full American breakfast buffet, or opt for the lighter Continental option. For lunch you can expect a hot and cold buffet, with pizza, pasta and salads. There's a show cooking station where your meal will be freshly cooked for your order. And there's also a themed dinner buffet 3 times a week.
Junior suite sleeps up to 4 - can be sold as a single - with a ceiling fan and turndown service. You'll have a liquor dispenser, coffee-maker and iron with ironing board. There's also a hydro-massage bath and toiletries.
I just returned back on Oct. 28, 2014. This is my second visit to the Riu Palace Riviera Maya and my 6th time staying at a Riu. I noticed a few things that have change in a few years since my last visit.
But first things that haven't changed: the service was excellent. From the minute that we arrived until we left, the staff was outstanding! Hats off to Lester and all the hard working bartenders, maids, and ground keepers. The staff was friendly and the hotel was clean.
Things that have changed: rooms and food. Over all the food was good, I would recommend the specially A' la carte restaurants, but the food in the buffet was just average. The rooms need an update, toilet didn't flush properly, tiles in the floor were cracked, low water pressure in shower.
I keep on coming back to Riu Hotels because of the service and food. Even though the service was top notch, I might have to think twice about a Riu the next time I plan a vacation.More
LJC48, Buffalo, NY
Relaxing, beautiful vacation
We visited with our 13 and 15 year old sons and had a great time. We spent our time on the beach loungers and had fun playing many games of ping pong on the beach- rifle shooting was great fun too. Took the wave runners out on a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed the ocean up close! Kayaks were fun as well. Walked the short 30 minute trip on the beach to playa del Carmen and stopped in at SeÃ±or Frogs. Ferry ride out to Cozumel when no cruise ships were visiting for lunch at a yummy Mexican Restaurant. Resort very clean and rooms spotless- sand on the floor after a few days is to be expected when you are on the beach. Service at the buffet top notch! Staff always greeting us with a smile and took us right to our table with a great variety of food! They were all so kind to our boys and Raphael the made to order chef was fabulous!!!!
Thank you for a great 5 days in paradise with empty beaches! Great time to travel to Mexico!More
kjsweeney2, Cincinnati, Ohio
Great Hotel, Service, Entertainment
This is the 2nd time in 2 years that i have stayed at this hotel. The 2nd time was just as great as the first. The service at this hotel is amazing. The hotel staff is always making sure you are okay. The entertainment staff is the best of any hotel I have been too. I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone!More
The hotel is very clean and has every thing you would need for a great vacation. The staff is very curious and willing to get you anything to make your stay memorable. The pool were great and the beach was amazing. If you go make sure you go to coco bongo. I would definitely go back again. More
Leave the Kids at Home
We can down here for a small family wedding with our 3yr old daughter over 8 days.
Pros: The food and bar service were great and the service staff were all wonderful. The amenities (pool, beach, services) were also nice.
Cons: Sleeping accommodations are terrible. The beds are stiff and painful to sleep on. The walls are paper thin, so you can hear all your neighbors and everyone parading through the halls at all hours. When all the drunk kids leave the bars at 1:00AM, you're guaranteed to wake up as they holler past your room.
This resort doesn't have much of anything for kids activities, they definitely cater to those who have recently achieved drinking age. If you plan to come here, leave the kids at home.More
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