Surrounded by tropical greenery, the Riu Tequila has a secluded setting and a great pool scene.
Tucked inside a palm grove in the quiet resort of Playacar, the Riu Tequila is a retreat. It only takes 5 minutes to walk to a peaceful platinum-shine beach from here.
This hotel is in a relaxed part of the Caribbean Coast. When you want to up the tempo, the colourful resort of Playa del Carmen is a 5-minute drive away.
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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. Themed buffet evenings are held three times a week. There are 2 sittings for dinner, the first 7pm to 8.30pm, and the second 9pm to 10.30pm. And there's a dress code for dinner.
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. There's a dress code for dinner, and you'll need to book your table in advance.
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riu tequila is a nice friendly place to stay. I have stayed in a riu before that was slightly newer, nicer and better kept ( grounds ) then the tequila, but it iwas still a good value for what I paid. The staff is great, the food is good ( there really should be something to eat for everybody being there is a BIG variety offered starting with breakfast), have to say I did not care for the chinese restaurant, didn`t try the other 2 they offer. The Beach is beautiful , the ocean very pretty. There was some seaweed and towards the end of my stay the water was more sandy close to shore.. they offer free kayaks, small surfboards, jet ski is 65$ for 30 min. when booking a tour go outside and find one of the small both close to the starbucks and the shopping mall( a 5 min walk from the hotel) they give great deals .. there is lots to see there and I regret not having gone to Chitzen Itza .. I did visit Tulum and enjoyed it very much. I snorkeled at Akumal ( beautiful beach) , but there is others just as nice. cozumel is a 1hour boatride away ( 30$ for tourists). took a cab into playa del carmen for 9 $ ( i read on here it was 4), and the town is nice and safe enough. lots of shopping , but the prizes are not much different compared to the small shopping mall by the hotel. overall a great vacation..More
Manuela L, Killeen, Texas, United States
Can't fault ir
This place is FANTASTIC with really hard working staff. The place is kept clean and nothing is too much bother for the staff. The restaurant has food based around a different theme every night (which seems to tie in with that nights entertainment) and there is so much choice you will wish you could eat more. If you want juice for breakfast they make it fresh from the fruit in a blender. There is also a steakhouse on site that you have to book, which gives a nice alternative, but the buffet restaurant was just as good. You can also book to go to the Aisian restaurant or the Mexican restaurant but we considered the themed nights to be just as good. The entertainment was like watching a West End show every night and the Moulin Rouge show even had my musical hating husband loving it. The entertainment team all speak between 5 and 7 languages and I don't know when they sleep as if they are not part of the show they arranging, darts, or aqua aerobics, volley ball of kids stuff. Sometime at least three things going on at once, so something for everyone. Even the prizes that were given out were t-shirts and bags, caps and bandanas. This is the only hotel I have been in where there are spirits in optics in the room. If I had to moan the only thing I could complain about is that they often started the cleaning early so occasionally we were woken up by someone with a leaf blower clearing paths. But considering there is at least one bar open 24 hours a day and also snacks provided it is understandable that sometimes cleaning has to be done at odd times. Be warned though, we heard that a fight had broken out in the bar at 3:00 am and the Management give the people involved half an hour to get out of their rooms and out of the hotel. They didn't care is you were in a strange country with nowhere to go, but I say good on the Management. I did have a slight accident during my stay that meant I needed to go to hospital for stitches and the staff were very helpful both at the time and checking on me the next day. This place is almost Paradise.More
Angie1965, Tyne and Wear
I thought that being at 200 meters from the beach would be a an inconvenience but I was wrong. A golf cart pass by the hotel every 10 minutes and drop you off both ways. Plus the hotels is very complete compare with the others Riu playacar and yucatan. We loved it.More
MrMAG1974, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Great holiday - Shame about standards of behaviour
This is our third visit to the Riu Tequila in the last three years. Please read my other reviews which are balanced and a fair reflection of this hotel. The hotel itself still holds the Mexican feel that other hotels in the area lack. The service is first class in the restaurants and the bars and the staff are simply fantastic and nothing is too much trouble. Food is plentiful and there's always something different to eat, great quality with no complaints as far as we were concerned. Rooms are a little dated but haven't changed much from our first visit three years ago, last year, only change being the TV are now flat screened. Grounds are kept clean and kept tidy by the hard working staff but I did feel areas were not cleaned up by the time you would expect, 7-8 am and there was some rubbish lying around from the nights previous on a lot of occasions. I hope they are not cutting corners prior to refurbishment whenever that may be. Wifi has been upgraded from 1 hour a day in reception to 24 hours but it was very rare to get a connection but Starbucks is 100 m away and the wifi is free and easy to use. Entertainment was good and the staff work hard to put on the shows for the guests whilst combining their jobs with day time pool responsibilities. Overall a great holiday again but there is a but..... If you take your children on holiday it is your responsibility to look after them, not the pool attendants, not other guests but you! If you feel it's good parenting to go to the pool bar and get p.... Then don't cry if your children go missing or cause trouble and other guests complain, as is their right when their holiday is spoilt because of a distinct lack of parental control. Brits I might add too. Good parents will read this and understand and this, of course, is not aimed at you. We love children and it's great to see them playing and laughing but it gets monotonous hearing the life guards whistle when your kids have been told not to jump from dangerous rocks ten times already that day and the parents are oblivious. You know who you are! Nevertheless, a great place, a good holiday, met some nice people and the above final comments shouldn't reflect on the hotel. Would we go again, pondering, perhaps not until after refurbishments.More
Andy A, Leicester, United Kingdom
Good Holiday Destination
At the Riu Tequila you will find all the usual things you expect from this type of hotel. The staff make you very welcome from the first time you step into the hotel.your suitcases are taken to your room for by the bell boys very quickly,so that you can start holiday right away. The rooms have full air conditioning and a central ceiling fan which keeps the room at a comfortable temperature. There is also a mini bar in the room with a selection of drinks which is replenished every two days. The rooms are kept spotless clean by the staff,cleaned every day. The food is very good with a wide choice to suit everyone's tastes,there are three specialists Restaurants,Asian,Steakhouse and Mexican. All of which are good. The entertainment staff work very hard and are very good at their jobs,espeacily considering the heat,and the hours they work. The hotel itself is a short walk from the beach,it only takes five minutes,or there's shuttle bus if you don't want to walk. If your a party animal and like a good night out one we would recommend is Co Co Bongo,it's a very lively night out,but one thing to do is to book VIP tickets online before you go as it is very popular and sells out weeks in advance. With the VIP ticket you are escorted to your seat and have your own waiter for the evening. All things considered my wife and I enjoyed the holiday and we would stay there again.More
Ben W, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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