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 limited sea view and balcony or terrace
These elegant double rooms come with either a balcony or terrace with a limited sea view 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.
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Riu Vallarta hotel
Well just got back yesterday after another perfect two week holiday at this hotel. All of the staff are brilliant they can't do enough to make your holiday the best ever. The food is fab, you have so much choice, I'm very fussy but found something to eat at every meal time. It's all so fresh and tasty. The evening entertainment was really good especially the micheal Jackson show you would think it was the real person so fab. Can not fault this hotel at all and we will return a third time. The Thomson reps Tom and Julia are so helpful too as we like to explore ourselves and they gave use written directions to lots of places to go to, and even rang up a boat trip for us to find out when the best time to go on the trip. Excellent hotel would recommend everyone try this first you won't want to go anywhere else. XMore
Kath R, 227059
Night Life was awesome!
Stayed during the week of March 7-14.Food: Ate at the specialty restaurants, food was great.The buffet had a lot of variety. Pool: was nice, activities need a little attention- Pool volleyball wasn't ran well-never kept score so all it just was volleying over a net. Water aerobics was fun(a good work out). Too much spring breaker around the pool bar! Poor bartenders, usually had to wait for a drink, sometimes 5 minutes. Beach volleyball was fun, but was always waiting to play, too many people for the 1 court. The evenings had a lot going on in the courtyard, starting at 6:30ish with entertainment by a band or singer or other things, than a show at 9:00 and more music to follow. My Biggest complaint was not enough public restrooms by pools, and restaurants, especially women's.More
A fun time
This resort was a lot of fun. We stayed for a week. I thought it was pretty neat how it had a recurring theme of art-deco/1920's glam throughout the main areas of the resorts. There were really entertaining shows every night at 9PM and the entertainment leaders who ran a large variety of different programs (like learning Spanish, cooking classes, Zumba, water aerobics. etc) were awesome and cheerful people who truly made our time there extra enjoyable. The food was okay, except for the Flamingo steakhouse restaurant which was really good and served up a mean prime rib. The hotel rooms kind of had a musty smell to them, and if I'm getting really picky, the toilet bowls were a bit too shallow for my personal tastes. I also would have preferred if the hotel provided shampoo and conditioner in the shower/bathtubs instead of just one dispenser of liquid soap (which wasn't topped up all week). There were also no moisturizers, only bar soap and liquid soap. And a shower cap. It would also be nice if there was wifi provided in the hotel rooms. Only the lobby and some parts of the main areas had a signal. There were too many children there for my liking and also too many times where rowdy drunk people puked in the pool/swim-up bar area. Another annoyance was that it was always hard to find pool chairs in good locations because guests would leave their towels to claim their spots overnight and the chair would stay empty for half the next day! I would recommend this hotel as a great choice for a family resort as there is lots of family-friendly fun and plenty of activities.More
Visited Riu Vallarta to attend a wedding which my niece was a bridesmaid in. We enjoyed our week at this resort. The food was good with plenty of selection, the rooms and grounds are clean and well maintained. The beach is nice and you can walk on it for hours. The taxi system is easy to use and extremely affordable so that you can visit the sights of PV. If I were to change anything about this resort, I would suggest to the management that they install more bathrooms, especially around the pools, beach and restaurants. I also would have enjoyed wifi in the room. I believe that the wedding party are thrilled with the photos from their wedding as it a was breathtaking backdrop.More
Back from a wonderful week at the Riu Vallarta. Don't listen to the negative reviews. It's a charming, well laid out Resort. Go and enjoy! Food: The food was fantastic. Apart from Riu staples, they offered new options every night. Salad bar was amazing and everyone was enjoying it. If you have trouble finding something to eat here, its not their fault. Grounds, Pool, Beach: Beautifully taken care of and so clean! Sure, it needs a little updating but that's typical going south. It won't ruin your relaxation. The beach goes for miles and the water and golden-specked sand is brilliant. Excellent for boogie boarding and floating. The sand was super for kids to be busy building and having fun. Pools are great. They were not yucky the way people have described. Many older people enjoying the adult pool and many quiet areas. Go down at 6:30am and you will find chairs to reserve. Many early birds were having coffee and tea and watching the sunrise. Palm trees were everywhere and they offered wonderful shade. Very easy to get around. Staff: They were all wonderful and always ready to help you. They worked so hard to keep the Resort clean and running smoothly. Entertainment: One of the best combination of artists I have seen and I have been to Mexico many times. It was not so-so as some have written. Free Wifi: It worked really well on the beach and pretty good in the lobby. Don't bother buying a package. If you want meticulous 5star with European expectations, put this aside and pay a lot more. If you want to relax in a friendly, safe setting of sun and sand ..... go and enjoy! More
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