4 of us went to Riu Palace Mexico for a week to celebrate a birthday. The weather was perfect so no issue there.
The resort was better than I thought it would be. The open hotel room did not bother me, and the with the ceiling fan on, the temp was just fine. People complain about the must smell but none of our 3 rooms had an issue. But then again, I was never in my room except to sleep.
The resort was clean, clean, clean. I would go to bed at 2 am, be up by 6:00 am, and they would be cleaning the entire resort. All day long people are cleaning.
Food: It was what I expected. Nothing to rave about, but nothing was horrible either. Food was not a driving factor for me, so take my review for what it is. The buffet was just fine and had plenty to choose from. We ate at the Steakhouse, Italian place, Fusion place and Japanese place. My favorite of was the Italian, but we also ate and drank with friends we met down there, so that could have played into the dining experience overall. Nothing negative to say about the food.
Beach: The best part about the trip. There were always plenty of spots for the 4 of us, and the water was crazy gorgeous. There were small waves until the last day when the wind picked up and then waves more like I expected. 4-5 footers you could boogie board on. Joel was always bringing drinks around, but sometimes still had to walk back to the pool bar to get some more often. The vendors (Fake Oakley, fake jewelry, fake cuban cigars) would come by but not bother so no issues there.
Pool: Plenty of pool access and Omar at the pool bar was great. We were never short on drinks and closed the pool bar down everyday. Axle serviced the other pools and he was on top of it as well. Great experience.
Activities: I dominated all of the extra activities offered (Bocci Ball, beach and pool volleyball, shooting, horseshoes, ping pong) Always fun to play against and meet people from all over. There were some options close for snorkeling, wave running, para sailing etc if you are so inclined.
We went to 5th Ave for part of a day, it was worth the time. Don't fall for the, "I'm from your resort, this is my day off, come look at my cousin's jewelry store" bit. Also if you go down there, turn your wristband inside out so they can't tell which resort you are staying at.
They also had a live band pretty much every night in the open courtyard area. Then some sort of show in the theater. We payed little attention to these, but they did look entertaining.
Overall, I would go back to this place in a heartbeat. It was the most relaxed and ease of mind I have been in years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on the Yucatan peninsula, 3 km / 1.9 Miles from Playa del Carmen * Within the Playacar resort, along with the Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan, Riu Playacar and the ClubHotel Riu Tequila hotels * 2-storey building * Surrounded by 20,000 m2 / 24,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Located on the beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 200 m / 650 feet from Mexican Street * 55 km / 34 miles from Cancun Int???L. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Mexico Hotel
- Riu Palace Mexico Playa Del Carmen
- Riu Palace Playa Del Carmen
- Riu Palace Mayan Riviera
- Riu Playa Del Carmen
- Mexico Palace Riu
- Riu Mexico
- Rui Palace Mexico
- Hotel Riu Palace Mexico Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen