We visited Riu during our late December holidays and after our stays in cancun and other similar places in past years we've expected to get the same value for our hard earned cash. First let me warn you that Bahamas in general is a very expensive place for a vacation no matter what you do, We have chosen Riu as we figured for first time in Bahamas at least we will be sure the food and drinks will be there no matter what...
Service and staff:
1.The staff is extremely friendly
2.Room service always brings food within 30 mins or so
3. its an ocean and you have a sun during winter time... !
Cons: everything else...
My wife and myself aren't the pickiest of people and we never expect being treated like kings. We know exactly how much we pay and expect to get good food, good drinks, a comfortable bed and somewhat entertained, as that is what we came to expect from any other all inclusive resort we ever stayed in. Riu unfortunately failed on most.... so back to cons.
Resort looks like the last time it was revamped was in mid 70s.
Rooms and everything in them is damp... yes it is the weather, but it is avoidable by using dehumidifiers as going to bed in moist sheets was just ...well nasty.
The only "in house" entertainment that you will find is free alcohol. The hot tub was broken during my stay there so i cant comment on how well it works. Food is probably the worst i have ever ate and the only place that made me miss battle rations. We visited only two restaurants in the resort as in order to "reserve a place for dinner" you have to wake up at 7AM stand in line with all others who got tired of/( or simply unable to digest) the buffet food. First place we went was the Japanese one and let me tell you... if you thought the buffet food was horrible....ohh my... i would rather eat recycled card board. We left in the middle. The second restaurant was surprisingly good and was the first of two good meals we actually ate during our stay in Bahamas ( the second one was Nobu (in Atlantis) which served quite good food but not for the $200 price tag... trust me we have been to enough >$200 a meal restaurants and this one wasn't even close), but as you will find out ....everything in Bahamas is extremely expensive (think 5 times of what you would usually pay in the same place in your home town ... and i am from Seattle so its not exactly cheap here). We eventually spent a day in Atlantis ( the resort next to Riu) and you could tell that Atlantis is a full 5 star resort... and a day pass to use their outside facilities cost $140 a person i think ( you would have to check as it seemed like it changed on daily basis). The lazy river, huge aquarium where you can watch small sharks and cool fish and some water slides were fun, anything additional like watching/swimming with dolphins would sent you back another $200 bucks a person for 50 mins... so you see where i am going with this...We got hungry and decided to try the food from one of the on site fast food joints... a can of bud light and a hamburger cost me $30 lol yep... no joke :D. The food in general would make our local Mac Donald's look like a 5 diamond restaurant... when we landed in Newark we ate at one of the food places at the airport and i almost cried as i remembered how the food should taste like.
On our way there coming from Seattle i was looking forward to soaking on hot tub for a while and having some fun....
When we arrived i've been told that hot tub is broken (it was fixed according to them the last day before we left but for the heck of it i checked and it was just a small tub with room temp. water in it...) So i turned to TV to somehow burn my time there .... 90% of channels showed :Please pay your bill to Dish network. the remaining channels included CNN and FOXNEWs.... let me tell you something guys ... i now officially hate politics.... lol
I can go on and on but to make long story short... if youre a teenager that cares only to get drunk all day long and tan on the sun go for it... but then again there are better places to do that ....everywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Paradise Island (the Bahamas), 3 km/1.8 Miles from Nassau * 100 m/328 ft from "Atlantis", the largest casino in the Caribbean * 14-story building * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 3 km/1.8 Miles to downtown Nassau * 200 m/656 ft from various shops * 25 km/15.5 Miles from the airport * 200 m/656 ft from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Discover ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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