First trip to Cabo and absolutely loved it! This was our first time at a Riu and the Riu Palace was a great resort and I would definitely go back. The hotel is in a great location 35 mins from the airport and a 5 minute cab ride downtown. To compare- we usually stay at all inclusives along the level of Secrets or Iberostar Grand. These are top notch resorts and the Riu cannot be compared to them, however, the service was much better than I had expected and I really have no complaints! The grounds are beautiful, the pools have amazing views and the rooms were very clean. There was a beautiful lobby and open air bars. This is definitely a mega resort, there were a ton of people here and a lot of rooms. If you are looking for a romantic atmosphere this place is definitely not "romantic" compared to other places. Out of all the places we have been, this place would have been the best to go with other people for a great time as a group.
The poolside drink service was the best I have ever had at any resort. They came around constantly making sure you had a drink if you wanted one. We stayed at the "quiet" pool during the week. My only complaint is that the towel hut is by the activity pool so you had to walk through the lunch buffet to get your towels. I would definitely recommend placing another towel area by the quiet pool and being able to get 4 towels instead of 2. It is VERY HOT here, you have blazing sun from morning to night, and the chair cushions get extremely hot and one towel does not cover the whole chair.
The weather was phenomenal. Never had I booked a vacation and had 0% chance of rain on every day of the 10 day weather forecast. This is the place to get married if you are having a destination wedding! No threat of rain here!
We are in our late twenties and there were definitely people of all ages there. Very few families or children there during our stay. I saw maybe 5-6 kids there during the week and they were all 5 and under. We usually do adult only so if you are trying to avoid kids I would avoid any major holiday week when the schools are off.
Food was delicious! We loved the breakfast buffet, all kinds of different foods and juices. The homemade guacamole and salsa were delicious!! The oj was a little strange, it didnt have the same consistency or taste as oj in the US. We never had any issues with making dinner reservations, in fact, we never woke up to get reservations. We made our first 2 nights reservations when we checked in and then just walked up to the desk at any random time during the day to make additional reservations. That being said we did not go to Krystal because the menu didnt appeal to us and that one has to be reserved the morning of. We went to the Japanese restaurant twice which was our favorite! Delicious sushi appetizer. We went to the steakhouse which was our second favorite and Mexican was last. I highly recommend going to town for dinner as well. We went to Maro's Shrimp House which was delicious!
Room was clean, mini bar was stocked every day. Other hotels Ive been to claim to restock everyday but they werent, this was. We emailed the resort ahead of time to ask for a quiet room on the 4th floor. I never heard any of the noise that many other reviewers complained about in the mornings and we had a normal king size bed, not two beds pushed together.
I never once did not feel safe here, in fact I felt as though this was the safest place I have been to (aside from Aruba). We took taxis downtown and went out to dinner and bars, walked around and went to the marina to take a water taxi. Water taxi was $8 pp from the marina to see El Arco- highly recommend. You can walk along the beach to get to the marina area but you are walking in direct hot sun. All in all, Cabo is a very fun place and you are definitely not chained to staying at a resort. Go out and experience it.
Many people said it would get cooler at night. I am always freezing and I never once wore a sweater or pants here, always a sun dress or tank top. Not sure if we had a warmer week or not. No issues with humidity or bug bites.
Only issue that we had was our clock in the room did not work properly. You couldn't set it and once you got it somewhat close to the correct time if you bumped it it would shut off. We called twice to get a new clock and both times they said someone would come with a new one and we never got one. At night, we had to calculate 5 hours ahead or however many hours it was off by on that day because the rooms are too dark to read a watch. Also, some nights the maids would come and turn down the bed and give us new towels and then other nights no one would show up.
All in all, no regrets! Loved cabo and loved the palace! Would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 km/2.8 miles from Cabo San Lucas. 5-storey building. On the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 32,000 m2 garden. 3.5 km/2.2 miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas. 40 km/25 miles from the airport. 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Palace Los Cabos
- Riu Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Los Cabos
- Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Los Cabos, Mexico