Location, food and décor – the Riu Tequila’s got a lot going for it. Setting the scene is the sumptuous reception lounge. With its graceful archways, elegant sofas and warmly-lit gold décor, there’s no mistaking that this is one smart hotel.
Outside, two swimming pools are framed by sun terraces dotted with coconut thatch umbrellas. The pièce de résistance is the enormous thatched swim-up bar. If it’s the beach you’re after, step out through the gardens and in five minutes you’ll be on powdery white sands. But if you want get there even faster, a shuttle service will whisk you down.
On the food front, big buffet breakfasts get the day off to a satisfying start. After that, you’re spoilt for choice. There’s a steakhouse and an Asian restaurant for evening meals, plus a beach club serving Mexican specials and more tempting buffets.
If all that’s not enough, the Riu Tequila is part of the lively Riu Resort Playacar which means you can hop across to the neighbouring Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar, too.
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- 90% customer scores
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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. There’s also themed buffet evenings held twice a week. There's 2 sittings for dinner, the first 7pm to 8.30pm, and the second 9pm to 10.30pm.
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.
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Can't be faulted
My wife and I have just got back from a two week stay at this resort. There is nothing that can be faulted. A beautiful beach, although the sea was a bit rough so swimming was difficult, but fine for "playing" !! The beach is around a 5 minute walk away from the Hotel, but there is a regular free shuttle to the beach. In the two weeks we never had a problem finding a sun bed at the beach, but people do move your towel at the pool. Twice we heard people complaining that their towels had been moved and someone else had their sunbed.The Riu Tequila beach bar closes at 3, but you are able to use the pool bar at the Riu Yucatán, which is less than 50 yards away, so it is no problem. There is a huge selection of food at the main restaurant, and it would be impossible not to find something that you like. All of the hotel staff are very friendly and helpful and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. I cannot understand the comment made by one contributor about wanting two entrees. Why would anyone want two entrees on a seven course meal ??? The entertainment staff put a lot of effort into their evening shows, and are of a better standard than similar types of show that we have seen at other resorts. It has to be remembered that they are catering for many different languages and they have to find a formula that works for everyone, and I feel that they successfully achieved that.The entertainment was, however, sometimes spoiled by very loud people at the bar, who had clearly had too much to drink, and quite frankly are old enough to know better. Why do they have to talk so loudly at each other when they are only a couple of feet apart. Not everyone wants to know what a great time they are having I agree with the comments about the Yucutan, the reception is too bright and too glitzy, we called it the pink palace, updating does not always work and it definitely does not work there. I also hope that the Riu Tequila does not go down that route. The air conditioning in our room was not as cold as we would have liked. We called an engineer to look at it and he tested it and it showed that the air was coming out at 20.9 degrees, (70F), which, he said, was correct. I have to mention all of the wildlife that are there, Coatis, (with a tail) and Agoutis (without a tail). as well as the colourful birds. I just wish that people would read the signs that say "do not feed the wildlife". They are wild animals it would be nice if they could stay that way. There is plenty of natural food about without being given bread, cakes etc. just so that someone can take a photo !! I cannot finish this review without mentioning the Thomson reps, Kirsty, Jamie, Kia and Meredith (apologies if I have missed anyone out). They are without a shadow of doubt the best reps. that we have ever known. They were always happy and welcoming and went out of their way to meet any requests. Nothing was too much trouble for them and I hope that Thomson are aware just how good this team are. If you are going to see them Kirsty asked me to mention that they all like chocolate !! All in all a very good holiday , and excellent value for money.More
brillEngland, south west England
It was clean. The staff was great. Who cares for a la carte when the buffet had a huge selection and something for everyone. The food was amazing. I didn't even mind that it was an 800 meter walk to the beach, it was a nice little stroll. The beach in Playacar is one of the best I've been at in Mexico and better than Punta Cana even. The few issues that I had of this resort was that the only bars at night were in a very loud area by the entertainment stage so you couldn't escape the loudness from the stage to relax and have a drink. The entertainment. I have nothing good to say other than it was very sad but this has become the norm in these resorts. Taquila lacks in amenities that I grew to appreciate at other resorts like a beach bar, beach snackbar, etc... Though you could get your lunch at the buffet restaurant at the beach it closed by 3 and there were no bars except self serve pop and beer. The pool was small and cramped so we avoided it. $7 cab ride to 5th avenue was really worth it. This is where I recommend to spend the evenings because the entertainment at the resort is so sad. Though nothing to do with the hotel, I think Mexico has the best excursions packages in any of the places I've been. I would definitely go back to Playacar in Playa Del Carmen. The Taquila was priced right, but I might spend a few more bucks and opt for adult only resort.More
nbcanadaguy, Saint John, Canada
Great getaway from the snowy weather
I booked this resort for my son, his girlfriend and another couple as I am a travel agent. The rooms were basic but clean, Teresa did a great job! The food was great but at Lupita my son asked for two entrees and was told he could only order one. Thought this was an all inclusive resort? Why can't one order two entrees? The restaurant buffet manager was rude to my son and his traveling party. Told them they couldn't wear baseball caps in the restaurant and they waited more than 15 minutes for a waiter to come and take their beverage order. My son's girlfriend became ill on the second day of their stay at Riu Tequila and my son was going to bring some food back to his girlfriend from the buffet and once again the restaurant manager was once again rude and told my son it was the resort's policy that food could not be brought back to the rooms. Without room service, if food cannot be brought back to the rooms, when there is a sick guest I guess they don't eat or they go to the buffet ill? My son felt his traveling party were treated rudely by the restaurant manager and staff their entire stay. As a travel agent, I don't think I will be referring guests to the resort anytime in the future.More
Drakeshake2014, Chicago, Illinois
Great Holiday, loved Mexico
Staff excellent (so tips always appreciated but not expected) best AI I've been to, includes branded drinks (if you ask for them) optics,water and fridge full of drinks in room. Food very good but as always with buffet style not always hot. Tequila has a lovely jungle setting and has a Mexican theme to it, I do hope they don't spoil it and make it like the Yucatan,which we called the big perfume bottle it does have a lovely setting on the beach and is very new but for us was too glitzy and modern. No it is not 5 star but remember you have not paid 5 star price, if you want 5 Star pay for it! The entertainment was better than expected, we saw some good shows (Myan and El Divo worth seeing) as were the animation team shows (for the critics out there just remember it is very hard to entertain in numerous languages!) Enjoyed trips to Coba, Tulum, Chichen Itza. Had a great game of golf (lovely course, challenging at times, AI, clubs weren't the best for the price especially the ladies, check grips before accepting) Loved Playa Del Carmen, very lively of an evening, would recommend Vagabunda for a meal. Took ferry to Cozumel to snorkel and were very lucky to have some dolphins join us ( free in the sea, exactly where they should be, not trapped and trained in a big pool for human pleasure!) Only gripe with hotel far too many broken sun beds (always check under topper first or you may end going through) As very reasonable attracts shall we say a few undesirables My top tips would be:- If you like a cuppa take a kettle/mugs (does take a long time to boil but worth it) If you react to mosi bites go prepared, I let my guard down one night and suffered for it. Check sun beds and complain about them otherwise they won't be changed. I hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we did. More
Lynn B, Solihull, United Kingdom
Had a brilliant holiday, very relaxing complete with wonderful weather. Would like to complement all the wonderful staff at this hotel everyone worked very hard to make the holiday perfect. The food was first class with so much choice at each meal time the waiters were very friendly always smiling. The animation team were something else, on the go from 10am till 11pm every day providing game sand exercises during the day and fabulous shows on a night - the best we've ever seen in a hotel!. Rooms were immaculate cleaned thoroughly every day lots of clean linen etc.The walk to the beach is approximately 5mins no problems. Walked to Playacar a few times around 30mins lovely walk or along beach 45mins.The hotel itself has lots of character with lovely old wood and frescos - take note Riu management don't loose all of this and make it another faceless monstrosity like the Riu Yucatan! The grounds are beautiful with lots of wildlife, coati,iguanas etc. but please don't feed them they are supposed to be wild animals not pets! Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend this hotel for all ages.More
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