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.
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.
Classic in style, these spacious double rooms all feature a balcony allowing in lots of natural light. Inside you'll find a ceiling fan, air-conditioning and satellite TV. These sleep 4 in 2 US queen-sized beds.
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food, sun, drinks & then more food, sun, drinks & keep repeating!
We booked this hotel with quite a bit of apprehension after reading many reviews on TA. It was our first time to Mexico & we did want a hotel with an authentic feel to it, but not wanting a rundown place. So the Tequila was booked with our fingers crossed.
Once we got off the plane & headed towards the passport/customs area we had our first experience of Mexico, which was a huge amount of people being herded around in ques. We were warned that it could be like this if quite a few flights arrived at the same time. It was organised chaos but we did get through, it took about 2 hours from landing. The holdup seemed to be that they x-ray all your bags again when you have picked them up & with only a few machines the line for these were huge.
Once through we had booked a private transfer & it was one of the best decisions we made. It was reasonably priced & being a 1 hour transfer it was worth doing. We were on our way within 10 minutes whilst all the buses were still waiting. We were the first to arrive so check in was very quick. Another reason to book the private transfer. In fact we caught the rep off guard as we walked through the lobby to our room, somehow she knew we were British & came rushing over saying she was not expecting the bus so quick until we said about the transfer.
Then into the room & probably the most worrying part of our holiday due to the mixed reviews. We should not have worried. Yes it could be described as dated but you could also say authentic. It was clean, cold, pretty big & there was no smell or mould. There was plenty of storage space & everything worked with no problems. The beds were very comfy & very big. The mini bar was very good, with 4 bottles of spirits & loads of beers & bottles of soft drinks & water. Not your 2 of this & 2 of that like at other places. I think I counted 6 cans of beers & about 12 bottles of soft drinks & this was replaced every 2 days. The cleaning was carried out every day to a very high standard & it was a young man who did this. We had some towel art on our arrival & I left a 20 peso tip & the next day we had another animal. One day we had a small baby complete with bonnet & nappy I carried on tipping each day & by the time we left it was like we had been on safari. Any clothes were picked up & folded, shoes were paired up & put away any empty drinks glasses (& there were many of these) were removed the next day. I have been to places & they leave the glasses for days on end.
The drinks were definitely some of the best we have had. We love our cocktails when on holiday & this place did not disappoint. On our last few holidays we have had pretty rubbish cocktails which you can drink all day long & have no effect. I had 4 on our first evening & my wife had to gently steer me back to our room for a lie down. They use premium brand spirits if you ask for them, smirnoff, gordons, bacardi, baileys, jim beam etc. They do have a list of cocktails but they will do anything you can think of especially the tequila slammers, they have loads. One in particular caught our eye when ordered it was green, then white, then a squirt of brown on top, when we asked what it was we were told â a shiRt on the grassâ (I have changed the name to get it through TA, but you can guess & it actually tasted like a peppermint aero).
The food was the same as you get at any all-inclusive there was nothing outstanding but there was always something to choose from. We ate at the 3 a la carte restaurants & whilst they were ok we did enjoy the buffet. During our stay we had roast turkey, lamb, pork, salmon & even crab claws. There was always loads of freshly cooked prawns & then the standard food you find everywhere along with one area dedicated to mexican food. Breakfast was again the usual all-inclusive but I liked the freshly cooked churros (a mexican long doughnut). One little tip you can sit wherever you want, you are not shown to a seat so we sat in the same areas for breakfast & dinner & we had the same waiter & he was great. He had our drinks on our table as we sat down & seemed to know exactly when we wanted them topped up. The plates were cleared promptly & he taught me quite a few spanish words. I tipped him 20 pesos every day. I am sure the other waiters are equally as good if you keep using the areas they work in & give them a small tip. It does mean a lot to them.
The only negative about our stay was the swimming pool. The pool itself was fine but the whole area was very overgrown to the point that whilst there are loads of sunbeds only a few seemed to be in the sun. The first few days we went to the beach & this was an experience in itself. After a short walk you arrive on lovely golden sands with lots of palm trees & then the sunbeds which must be 30 deep & spread the whole length of the beach as all the other hotels along the stretch use the same beach & so they all merge into one. When you go into the sea, & it is like a warm bath, you get the full effect & see how busy this area is. Finding a sun bed is never an issue & there are guys who will move them around for you. If you like people watching then the beach is the place to be, it is like a clint eastwood film the good the bad & the ugly & believe me there was plenty of all of these. We prefer something a bit quieter so we used the quiet pool around the Yucatan (this is the small one by the lobby not the main one), which is another Riu hotel next door to the Tequila which you can use. This was perfect for us, very quiet, very comfortable sun beds & a bar about 10 yards away so drinks all day long. If the beach was like the good the bad & the ugly then Yucatan quiet pool is like the film Cocoon. Yes there were some younger couples but the majority were not. The swimming pool was not really used for swimming in but mainly just standing in. It appeared that anyone swimming did a few strokes got tired & gave up; I do include myself in this. It appears we were very lucky with the weather as the week before was wet but during our 10 days we had 8 days of sunshine with temperatures in high 20âs & the Yucatan pool area had little breeze & was somewhat of a suntrap it was very hot in the early afternoons.
We went into Playa Del Carmen which is a bit like Blackpool on steroids. Be prepared as every shop & bar owner will try to get you to go into their shop. We just kept walking & politely said no. Although if I was not with my wife there were some very interesting massage shops. We did find that there are some bargains to be had in the designer shops. In particular Michael Korrs & named watches.
Our private transfer back to the airport got us there before the coaches & one of the guys pushed our bags in took us straight to the place we had to pay our departure tax & then straight to a book in desk & then he took us to the passport control. I gave him 20 pesos which was worth it. From arrival to duty free was no more than 10 minutes. Much easier coming home.More
Absolutely brilliant for us
We first visited the Tequila in 2006 and were impressed then. So why not revisit?
Well, in the ten years it hasn't changed. Dare I say it is better? We requested our previous room which wasn't available, but we had a better room which we were happy to use. Downside was the selfish attitude of our fellow holidaymakers who insisted in slamming doors at silly hours of the night. Not the Hotels fault.
Upside was the attitude of all staff in the hotel. "Ola" from all, room was serviced impeccably with fresh towels every day, waiters in the restaurant couldn't do enough to ensure your enjoyment and the speciality restaurants were excellent, our favourite was the "steak bar" which was brilliant - as long as you liked a large beef steak!
To sum up - lovely hotel. We had a lovely laid back time there. Even the leaisurely walk to the beach was good. - So good that we are planning to return next January for three weeks! Bring it on!!!More
Stayed here last year for a couples holiday. Hotel rooms were lovely as were the grounds. Food and drink were great and a range of cocktails included! Coco bongo was fantastic. One problem was the fixed palm trees which sometimes shaded the sun. Also, entertainment was aimed at children and the disco tech was not as good as expected. Would stay again however as lovely beach in sister hotel.More
What a amazing holiday..... After arriving from a long flight and bus ride to our hotel we were not disappointed, a nice welcome by staff then showed to our rooms we did request a second floor and was not disappointed the rooms are a bit outdated but have every thing that you require...the weather the first week wasn't to great with lots of long rainfalls although still very warm,,it brightened up and then it was sun sun sun.... The food was fab we were there for 28 days and found lots of different foods to eat enjoyed the steak house with the wonderful Kevin who looked after so well ,,,, the entertainment staff great worked so hard to make the holiday so enjoyable and it certainly was hopefully next year ,,,,,, More
First time at a Riu Resort
We were at the Riu from January 28 to February 4th. Wished we had gone for 2 weeks instead of one. We loved everything about this resort. Our room was spacious for 2 adults along with a separate bathroom area divided by curtains. We were in room 3309 which was very quiet as we like to sleep in until 8:30 am everyday. The buffet for breakfast, lunch & dinners was amazing. Such a lovely and great variety as well as great tasting food. We didn't have a chance to book the Steak house as you had to be up early to book, otherwise the late sitting was too late for us to eat at 8:45 pm. They had steak at the buffet as well so we didn't feel like we missed out. Excellent service wherever we went in the resort. We did tip but felt it wasn't always required. Same lovely service whether you tipped or not. Drinks were not watered down. I had to ask them for Poquito (little) liquor in my drinks. Besides red & white wine, they had my favourite rose as well. The nighttime shows were the best we have ever seen and we have been to many all inclusive resorts. We saw Mama Mia, Grease, Mariachi En Vivo-Live Mexicano Show, Rocky Horror Show as well as some wonderful Bands that played before the main show. Alberto as Tina Turner was priceless. Great job by the entertainment crew. They worked during the day to make your stay enjoyable but don't bother you if you just want to relax and read a book by the pools. They have rifle shooting, darts, beach volleyball, dance lessons, spanish lessons, pool aerobics, water polo, horse shoes, ping pong, soccer & bingo.You have access to the other 2 Riu hotels during the day. We spent a day at the Riu Yucatan which is directly on the beach & checked out the Riu Playacar another day. We loved the Mexican authenticity of the Tequila. We had a lot of laughs about the coati mundi that were around the resort. They look like our raccoon. Do not feed them as we saw someone give one a french fry & all of a sudden there were 20 of them. They didn't bother you as long as you didn't have food out in the open. The staff were always there to clean up immediately. Such a clean resort. The public bathrooms were spotless. If you want a fabulous time, a clean resort and great value for your money, we highly recommend this resort. We met some lovely English tourists from England & will keep in touch with them.More