We booked this hotel (me, wife and kids of 5 and 7 yrs) when looking for an escape from Polish winter. We wanted an all-inclusive, near Playa del Carmen (where we had been before). In previous years we were in similar hotels run by Iberostar. This was slightly worse than that standard (we went and checked the Iberostar in Playacar which is next door and it indeed seemed a lot nicer). Food was abundant and average. Strange system for booking "specialty restaurants" - on the morning of the same day (so wake early!). Lots of entertainment (including bingo by the pool which was noisy). The rooms are smaller than average with narrower beds (140cm instead of 160) meaning we could all fit in one room but it was a squeeze (really what were they saving with 20cm narrower beds?). Loads of Brits and Canadians with tattoos and beer bellies. Several problems with noisy neighbours. But you can't really blame the crowd for being what it is when a selling point of the hotel is to refill the 1 litre bottles of rum and vodka in the room EVERY 2 DAYS! Before going we agonised quite a bit about whether to choose this Riu or the one right on the beach. Glad we chose this one. Rooms in 2-storey blocks rather than 3 and more space and garden between blocks. The other one really was like Butlins. We all know that these places are "5 star" only in some strange all-inclusive parallel universe, but this one was a bit on the low end of the scale. Fine with really young kids (though other chains are better) but from now on we will be avoiding this crowd and paying for (and choosing!) our food. The Mexican food was surprisingly bad, especially compared to what is available in cheap restaurants in Playa del Carmen and even in the theme parks along the coast (Xplor, for instance, was excellent just proving that it is quite possible with just a little effort). A word on the theme parks. Xel-ha fantastic, Xplor excellent. Xcaret good but annoying in that you have to pay for drinks AFTER you pay the same 90$ a head entrance fee that you pay in the others (all owned by the same company - so why this annoying difference?).
The beach is nice but pretty noisy (tons of water skis, jet boats etc). Annoyingly, you bracelet from the Tequila will not get you served at the beach bar of the more upmarket Riu Palace. Also, there is only one little smelly petrol-powered golf cart for 9 people doing the trip to the beach, so best to walk! As I said - you get what you pay for.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Within the resort area Playacar along with the hotels Riu Palace Mexico, Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar * Main building and 1-story buildings * Surrounded by 48,000 m2 / 57,600 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 800 m / 2,650 ft. From the beach (complimentary shuttle) * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 300 m / 990 ft. From Mexican Street * 55 km / 34 miles from Cancun Int'l Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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