This art deco hotel nudges into the golden sand beach of Playa de Flamingos, in a laid-back part of Nuevo Vallarta.
To the front of the Riu Vallarta you’ll find the long golden beach of Playa de Flamingos. To the rear, you’ve got the tropical jungle at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Rooms at this hotel are high-spec with finishing touches like liquor dispensers and big balconies. Upgrade your room and you get a hydro-massage bathtub.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with 3 alternative dinner restaurant options. Unlimited local and imported drinks 24 hours a day. 24-hour snacks.
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2 outdoor pools
Both pools with adjoining Jacuzzis® and terraces lined with sunbeds and parasols. Pool towels are available, too.
RiuLand Kids' Club
Open daily for kids aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 years. It's a great place to make new friends and take part in a variety of activities.
Sir George à la carte restaurant
This restaurant offers gourmet dining.
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Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
These elegant double rooms come with either a balcony or terrace and an extra bed on request. There's a ceiling fan, shower in bath, liquor dispenser, coffee-maker and an iron and board, plus Wi-Fi* and air-conditioning.
Suite with Sea View, Balcony or Terrace and Whirlpool Bath
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We are just finishing our one-week vacation here at the hotel. The hotel is very clean and the staff is super friendly and accommodating and the managers door is always open by reception if any of the guest have any questions. We are here with our three children 12,16 and 17.There are beach activities such as volleyball and kayaking as well as activities in the pool. The international buffet was the favorite for the kids, the food is very good our favorite restaurant was the sir George. Great place to relax, we did an excursion called outdoor adventure involved zip lining, repelling, water slide etc which was booked in their lobby through sunwing.More
Great Summer Holiday
We stayed at the Riu mid July for 2 weeks. The room was a double which was clean and comfortable, If you are not a couch potato then the room is adequate for your stay and sleeping in as it does look abit average. The room was cleaned every day and the fridge was stocked up every day so drink plenty of water you will need it. The staff were fantastic and very polite, We ventured out of the hotel on activities but there is enough going on each day within the hotel.The pools are great one adult and a kids pool. We spent most of our time on beach as sometimes the pool got very busy. The buffet place was well catered for and the food was plentiful. Why some people are negative with the food on here i just don't understand because there is something for everyone. The Asian restaurant to be honest is like a chinese restaurant back home so if you like that then you won't be disappointed. The steak house is ok but would of been nice to have more options of steak. You had a choice of ribeye steak, ribs, gourmet burger and a chicken or seafood meal. We didn't really do the evening entertainment but the theme nights were very good. Our favourite place was the Astoria bar which we would go to late afternoon before we got ready for the evening and we always finished there before bed. My only disappointment was the food on offer at the sports bar, if this is a 4.5 star all inclusive hotel it would of been alot better to offer cooked snacks like hot wings / burgers or chicken wraps and fries. Instead what you got was plain burgers / hot dogs and pasta meatballs to microwave yourself which i though was a poor touch for such a great facility as a sports bar. (Hope you sort this out) While staying at this hotel you can also use the sister hotel Jalisco which is next door but you cannot have an evening meal there but can use all the facilities including eating and drinking in the day. There is also a Riu Palace which under the same Brand name (Riu) you cannot use their facilities but for some reason they can use ours? It would be nice that the customers of the Riu can use all facilities equally and not have a different rule for the Palace. I give our stay an 8/10 Loved MexicoMore
Use the safe!
48 of us stayed at Rui Vallarta for 4 days and had a wonderful time. I'm deducting one point because my mother in law had $80 stolen from her purse that she left in her hotel room while we went to the pool. You are warned at check in to use the safe and it is very easy to use, so just use it! One of the best things about this hotel is the entertainment committee. They are energetic and offer yoga, zumba, water aerobics, water volleyball, soccer, nightly shows and more! In the evening, there is live music outdoors until 11 pm. The band is very talented and there is plenty of room for dancing. We enjoyed the variety of food in Don Rafael. We also tried the Flamingo (outdoor dining) and Nirvana (Asian) but preferred the selection in Don Rafael. Agustin was an amazing waiter in Don Rafael and we sat in his section if it was available. A lot of people complain about unlocking the room doors, but it's quite easy once you get the hang of it. Just turn left and push in! They also offer professional photo sessions on the beach. We didn't get a chance to book one, but I did see plenty of people's pictures and they looked amazing. The beach is a few steps from the beach and the water is gloriously warm. Be aware of the sting rays! Finally, bring bug spray as the mosquitoes are very active in the evening.More
First time at the RIU Vallarta
This was our first holiday in Mexico and our first staying in a RIU hotel.Don't listen to all the negative reviews, we both thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay here.Check in was done very quickly once we came of the bus, we were soon up in our room,followed by our luggage which was delivered by the bell boy. The room we were in (8077) was very clean and spacious. The maids cleaned it and changed the bedding and towels every day. The fridge was also topped up daily. Large flat screen TV, iron plus ironing board and a hair dryer in the room. Good side sea view from our room. The food is amazing a fussy eater would not go hungry here.We ate most of our meals in the main don Rafael restaurant. It had such a large selection of food. The waiters would always see that you got a table and that your drink were topped up regularly. We did try the other restaurants. The sir George was the best one. The flamingo steak restaurant is outdoors on the beachfront so we did find the birds a nuisance The nirvana was ok but I'm not a big fan of sushi. It also had various other Asian foods. The staff at the bars are always friendly and get to know your favourite drink selection. The guys at the pool bar work extremely hard during the day. The lobby bar in the evening is also very nice, this is where we got to meet a few of the holiday makers that were on the same flight as us, so this was our evenings social meeting point. It is very worthwhile going into Puerto Vallarta. You can get a bus outside the hotel into Vallarta for £1.it drops you of at the big ocean terminal point where you change to a downtown bus to get into the main promenade area. The taxis are a bit more expensive unless you are sharing the cost with others. We booked the "hidden Mexico" trip with tom our rep.It was a truly amazing day out and about in the local Mexican countryside and up into the hills. Only downside to this was it departed from another location so we had to get a taxi there and back, not like other holiday trips where you get picked up from your hotel. We did have a spectacular thunder storm on the Sunday evening.it was very heavy rain and thunder and lightning. In no time at all the hotel lobby area was getting flooded, but give them there due they soon got to work clearing it up. It did get busier the 2nd week we were there with more Mexicans and Americans but the hotel and staffed coped really well. I did notice that round the pool bar area it was busy and got rowdy but nothing out of control. Check out is at 11am with pick up for the airport around 1,30pm We will certainly return to RIU Vallarta again at some point.More
It was our first time at this resort, and last too. Let's start with pros, there is not that much of them, unfortunately. Firstly, there are a lot of activities for kids, teens and adults. Secondly, there are a lot of restaurants and every one is really friendly(staffs etc.). And thirdly, our view from our room was amazing. And that's it for pros. Now let's talk about the cons. (Again) unfortunately, but there are soooo much more of them. Rooms: there were ok, not the best rooms that I've been in, but you can survive. However, PILLOWS are the worst!!!! You can barely see anything in the bath(shower is together with bathtub), it's hard to push the button on the toilet to flush(and not only in the room that I've stayed in). Food- Restaurants were good, but the buffet not really(tasteless food and too much butter), and they don't bring you cocktails only soft drinks, water, champagne and wine, and I can't forget to say about those annoying, harassing birds that try to steal food. Now about the gym, it's too small, and it opens late and closes early. Swimming pool- it's too dirty by the end of the day and too warm(just like if you were chilling in a hot tub!), I guess it's because there is not enough bathrooms, which leads me to another con. There are only 5! bathrooms(2 in a lobby and other 2 next to the gym) and one in a kids club! It's pretty far away from the pool and too far from the beach!!! Beach- it's ok, again, I've seen better beaches, if you are one of those people who enjoy their time by the beach like we do you'll be disappointed in that they don't have umbrellas(only if you want to spent 10$ a day for the umbrella), but we've found an amazing place close to the beach with umbrellas it's pretty close to the pool too but not really(next to the ping pong), but there were a lot of ants, they didn't really bother us but we've had our bug spray so we sprayed them and we were fine. Another thing, there are horses at the beach and most of the times you'll smell them! Towel place only opens at 9:00 am and yes, you do get only one towel per person, the floor around pool area is very slippery! There are a lot of mosquitoes and midges(so make sure you bring something)! Wifi is free but it is so bad! It only works in a lobby, restaurants and sometimes! in a room. The bar at the pool doesn't open until 10:10 am. And last thing is that you can hear so many sounds from your room, especially early in the morning.I guess that's it. You do you, but we are definitely not returning to this hotel! More
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