We are staying at the Riu Vallarta May 17 - 21st. We only know about the hotel from what we read on the Riu website and this website.
From what we have read, we are expecting a nice hotel, but nothing fancy with acceptable food (I have learned, "aim low and you will never be disappointed").
To people that have been there, can you upgrade rooms once you get there? Do they cost 4 arms and 3 legs to upgrade? Can you bargain? Is it worth it? Do the standard rooms have bathtubs? Bathrobes? Anything?
How hard is it to get reservations to the a la carte restaurants? Do you really have to go, in person, to sign up at 7:00 am??
We got our room via hotwire and didn't know which hotel we would be staying at until after we purchased it. We paid for a 4 star and feel we kinda got taken a little because from what I read, this really isn't a 4 star. Agree, disagree? And considering a 3.5 star was $30+ less per day...
lastly - we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary. Does anyone know if the Riu celebrates anniversaries??