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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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 twice 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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tired and weary,need another holiday to get over journey.
Just got back from mexico, all I can say is it's a very long way to go, when there are other riu hotels closer to home, grain canaria for example. The people are so warm and friendly and the hotel is very good,though I do think it is well due for a makeover.if you like rustic Mexican charm then you will be very happy there.there is so much food available all day long.the walk to the beach is only 10 minutes or the shuttle takes you.all food and drink at beach bar at riu Yucatan you are able to use.we went there on a night as it has just been revamped and is lovely and modern with an up market feel.the Asian restaurant is excellent at the tequila ,as long as you book at breakfast time for that night .all in all a lovely hotel ,just a bit too far for us to go back again .More
stevie-0123-12, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Not bad but nothing special!
Having never been to Mexico before I was excited to experience it, however through no fault of the hotel it was no different to any other resort I had been to before. My criticisms (quite strong ones at that) was that you had to get up at 6am if you wanted a sun lounger in the sun. Half of them were in the shade and there were definitely not enough for the no of guests. This added a pressure on waking thinking that we would be stuck in the shade by a bin if I didn't get up quick! For me being a sun worshiper did ruin it a bit. The hotel was quite dated but service and cleanliness couldn't be faulted. Lovely breakfast spread and steak restaurant the best meal by far. Swim up bar was fantastic in the day and the fact that cocktails were all inclusive was a real winning combo! Hotel entertainment is also much better than expected so didn't mind being a bit of a walk from town. As I said about the resort, it wasn't very 'cultural' but nice balance of calm/lively. Coco bongo is a must if your up for being wowed on a night out :DMore
Judj1low, Southampton, United Kingdom
Great place for a family holiday
We went to the ClubHotel Riu Tequila in October 2012 and had a great time with two teenagers. The hotel was a little tired in places, but has since been refurbished so is probably much more modern now. There was plenty for the teens to do during the day - lots of activities, and the entertainment staff worked really hard to keep them happy and occupied. There was also plenty for the adults to do too, with regular pool activities such as water aerobics in the morning, games in the afternoon and evening family entertainment. It was only a short walk to the beach, which was clean and well-maintained, and there were activities to do there too, such as camel walks and parasending over the sea. There are plenty of excursions that you can do, although just be aware that you have to pay for the trip and then also you have to give a generous tip to the guide/drivers as they are not salaried. You are so close to places like Chichen Itsa and Tulum that it is a shame not to take them in while you're there, though. All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and would definitely go back again.More
Kim M, Thatcham, United Kingdom
I have stayed with the Riu chain before but this was the first time in Mexico and sadly it will be my last. Probably in need of referb, and new management. I was only there for the week of which I was glad. Mega shortage of sun loungers by the pool, we were up at 7 - 7 30 but never managed to get a pool side lounger and therefore had to go to the beach every day. Didn't even manage to get near the pool late afternoon. Management need to sort out the 'saving' of sun loungers...towels on them all day but no one turned up??? The transport to the beach is a golf buggy which only seats 7 so there was always a queue but unfortunately not everyone choose to adhere to it causing annoyance. We experienced cockroaches in the room but none if the staff seemed concerned and as far as I'm aware they did nothing about it. Having the 'bathroom' and wardrobe behind a curtain in your room is strange, clothes felt damp and not what is expected from 4star Platinum. Had far better value for money in 3 star hotels in Crete, Tunisia and Turkey for half the cost. I'm usually easy to please but this didn't reach my standards.More
Edith W, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Excellent stay, fab hotel
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Huge rooms and excellent restaurants. The main buffet hall has plenty of options for all and has themed nights. I defy anyone to find someone not just ok but delicious to eat. Has a great healthy breakfast bar too. The oriental restaurant is amazing too. Sushi, noodles and lots of other great dishes. The Mexican one is in the hotel opposite and if in honest it wasn't great. The mexican food is better in the main restaurant. Rooms are huge. Yes a little dated but spotlessly clean. Odd having an optic in your room, but all the test was fab. The pool could do with an update, which we were told is happening soon. We spent many days to the beach or at the hotels opposite. Staff are really friendly and the entertainment staff try their hardest for you all to have a good time. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. One last thing, the cocktails. I was very impressed with the cocktails on offer and they are made pretty damn good to the proper recipe. Usually AI you get big standard ones and you end up having to pay say for a mojito. Not here, fresh mint as well! Overall we would definitely go again to Mexico andp ossibly this hotel. it is a hotel that RIU should be proud of. I just honestly hope the refurb doesn't mean they turn it into the Lupita! Please keep the Tequlila looking traditionalMore
Leanned0712, Glossop, United Kingdom
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