Riu Playacar

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2018 Exceptional Values
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availablity at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availablity and upon request), $35 spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min) per adult. (This discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts).

A smaller, more intimate resort, Riu Playacar offers pastel colored villa-style blocks of rooms immersed in tropical gardens. This resort is colorfully decorated with tropical treasures of the Caribbean, including hand painted murals of birds and banana trees. Ideal for the free-spirited traveler who values beach, casual appealing surroundings, and relaxation, this playful hotel is truly a tropical paradise!

Four restaurants include traditional Italian and Asian cuisine, and a steakhouse. The active traveler will always have something to do! With activities such as pool volleyball, windsurfing, body boards, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba lesson in the pool - the fun never stops!

The staff at Riu Playacar is outstanding, catering to guests' every need. Just lie down, relax, and enjoy the warm weather and stunning atmosphere of Playa del Carmen. Guests staying at Riu Playacar have exchange privileges with Riu Tequila and Riu Yucatán (dinner dining excluded). Be sure to explore all these hotels have to offer!

There have also been several renovations to the resort, including changes to both indoor and outdoor areas, refurbished guest rooms that evoke a modern touch, three new infinity pools that sit next to the beach, and a new children's pool with water slides and a redesigned mini-club. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

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Hotel is 3 kms (2 miles) to Playa del Carmen and 35 miles (56 kms) to Cancun Internat ional Airport (CUN).
Address: Avenida Xaman-Ha, Manzana 6, Lote 6
Condominio Playacar, PLAYA DEL CARM

Local Phone: +52-984-877-2300
Fax: 011-52-984-877-2310
Website Address: www.riucom
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (100 m)
Number of Pools: 3
Outdoor Pools: 3     
Three pools and a children's pool with slides.
Cancun Hilton Golf Course- Mayan Palace Golf Course- Mayakoba Golf Course-
Playacars championship-level golf course was carved right out of the jungle by the Robert Von Hagge Associates. This 7,202 yard course is rated 73.1 and has plenty of tee boxes for every level of play. It is situated next to Playa del Carmen.
Holes: 18
Caddy: Mandatory
Water Sports on Site
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Jogging Trail: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Riu Playacar is a comfortable beachfront All-Inclusive resort with a main building surrounded by 2-3story bungalows and 15,000 square meters of tropical garden area. Each air-conditioned room featuresa ceiling fan, mini-bar, private balcony or terrace. The Mexican Street offers a vast array of shops, services and boutiques. Guests can also enjoy food nd beverage service until 2am, free entrance and drinks at two discos, and the use of all bars DINING the Riu complex (except those at Riu Palace). Beach: Riu Playacar is situated on a white sandy beachfront dotted with lounge chairs, perfect for relaxingbeneath the warm Caribbean sun. Enjoy complimentary towel service, and explore the crystalline wNightly Activities & Entertainment: atersports. Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 396
Year Opened: 0 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
Men are required to wear longs pants at the a-la-carte restaurants. Dinner dining is not included in the exchange privileges. No spring breakers; From February to May each room must have a guest at least 21 years old to check in.
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the Standard Room description.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Room includes two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a private balcony or terrace. Additional features include a stocke minibar, a walk-in closet, a bathroom with a shower and bidet, and more.
2 Double Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Guestroom includes one king bed, a full bathroom, and a private balcony or terrace wiith ocean views. Room also includes a stocke minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, a full bathroom, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a stocked minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe

Cribs available on request basis at no charge.
Riu Playacar features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL-El Porche, Turquesa Restaurant
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Playacar:
Turquesa - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Traviata - Italian cuisine served a la carte. Open for dinner only.
Jade - Asian cuisine served a la carte. Open for dinner only.
The Palms - Restaurant with terrace.
Anana - Lobby bar
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Aerobics, Gym, Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks,Boogie Boards and Snorkel Equipment. Exchange privileges with Riu Yucatan and RiuTequila.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly Entertainment, free entrance and drinks at the lively discos Pińata (Hotel Tequila) and the Espuela (Riu Yucatan).
Entertainment program for ages of 4 to 12 years old several times a week. A children's pool with water slides and a re-designed miniclub is also available.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
2436 Recommend
2436 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playacar to their friends and family

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What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Mr. Johnson
Jan 17 2018
Every aspect of this hotel was awesome
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Dec 28 2017
Will never use Apple again
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Love Riu
Dec 05 2017
This is our second time staying at Riu Playacar but our third time with a Riu resort. I love that they have activities throughout the day for everyone. My kids are teenagers and are very active. They don't just want to lounge by the pool or the beach, so having volleyball, football in the sand, water polo, etc. keeps them entertained. The shows in the evening are excellent. We have never felt the need to leave the resort but we do like to explore things about the countries we are visiting. We went to Xei Ha and it was exceptionally beautiful!! would totally go there again.
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Riu Playacar
Dec 01 2017
Overall the hotel was good but we are not likely to return. We previously have stayed at both Palace resorts and they are much better. We had ants in our room the entire trip and the food was hit or miss. One night we ate had bad fish (smelled rotten) but thankfully did not get sick. The beach and staff are excellent! On a separate note we were disappointed by how apple vacations handled the luggage prepayments. We were never informed that you have a couple of days preflight to pay for them or you have to pay directly with Frontier at an upcharge. We felt that since this is an all inclusive package out of the country at a minimum carry ons should be included in price.
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Not The Last
Oct 16 2017
This was our first all inclusive vacation and we chose Riu Playacar based on price and reviews. We were not in anyway disappointed. The hotel staff were all outgoing and helpful, the facilities were clean and constantly kept that way, the hotel room was comfortable and very well appointed with new fixtures, and the pool facilities were top notch. I was so pleased with our stay that I am already looking for a return trip.
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May 03 2017
The resort and staff was top notch. Very friendly and clean. The food could have been a little better. It was kinda getting old eating the same stuff day after day.
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First class experience for our first visit
Apr 01 2017
This was my first trip booked through Apple Vacations as well as to Mexico. I could not have asked for a better experience. Starting from the booking of the trip to the transportation, to the hotel itself, the trip was perfect. The staff at Riu Resorts was so accommodating, I don't think I have seen a cleaner hotel and facility. The entertainment staff was so fun and overall, it made this a vacation I will never forget. Thank you so much to Apple Vacations and Riu Resorts.
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Riu Playa, Great trip
Mar 26 2017
My wife and I spent 7 nights with 3 other couples at the Riu Playa from March 17 to 24th. I would recommend this resort to anyone on a budget that still wants the 5 star treatment. The hotel is not a 5 star resort but, for the price of a 7 night trip, it is perfect! Rooms, pool area, beach are great. Workers are very happy and always willing to help. No major issues for any of the 4 couples during the week. My biggest complaint was the food was never hot. Luke warm most of the time. However, the food was good (not great, good). Compared to other resorts in Cancun, the Riu food is top notch. We have been to Mexico/Cancun approx. 10 times and we will be returning to the Riu. Most likely the Riu Palace next time so we can have room service. Again, great value!!
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Riu Playacar
Mar 06 2017
We loved the size of the hotel. We loved the daily activities and the size of the pools. The only thing we didn't like was the food. We didn't starve but everything seemed to be overlooked and dry. If you could put the Riu Yucatán food in the playacar it would be the perfect place.
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Kathi Dowling Review
Feb 14 2017
The staff was amazing! From our housekeeper, Esther to the bartenders, waiter Carlos, and Sousa at the front desk. They all made us feel very comfortable and inviting. Everyone did a fantastic job!! The food was great and well served. It was one of our best vacations so far!! Thank you all!!
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Feb 11 2017
Great place to stay. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They work extremely hard. Lots of fun activities you can get involved in or you could just relax and enjoy the sun. The beach was well taken care of. The food was good, a bit repetitive but enough of a variety for everyone to find something they'd like. Unfortunately, my wife got food poisoning for the last 36hrs of our vacation. She thinks it was from the salad. We met another gentleman who also got food poisoning and thought it was from the salad. It may have been rinsed in no potable water. So skip the salad!
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Great hotel but
fuggers1, Douglas, United Kingdom
Wed Jan 17 11:12:10 EST 2018
I loved this hotel, stayed 2 weeks and got back on 15 Jan, pools were good beach was amazing food was plentiful sometimes needed to be a little hotter but all well cooked, the staff never stopped. Stayed in block 8 on 3rd floor( no lift but only 41 steps) and room was nice, the only complaint about the whole resort is the connecting doors, it’s a single thin door so you hear everything in the next room, surely every room doesn’t need to connect,get rid of some, Edvardo who looked after our room was the best and Willy in restaurants was always on the ball great place just sort the doors

Best Christmas Family Vacation
SaucyMcKay, Surrey, Canada
Sat Jan 13 21:43:37 EST 2018
Stayed at the Riu Playacar over Christmas, and had the time of our lives! The service, food, entertainment was perfect, and the visit from “ParaSanta” made it unforgettable. My children adored the RiuLand staff, and us adults thoroughly enjoyed the games of beach volleyball and acquarobics. I really appreciated the Buffet set up. My 5 year old is a picky eater, So I was grateful for the kid friendly options being available next a wide selection of exquisite adult fare. We will return soon!

A very nice place
Greg12342014, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Fri Jan 12 21:40:02 EST 2018
A good mid class place. Small in the midst of a huge complex. The rooms are fine. The food is good. Service is also very good. The Italian restaurant in the lobby is very nice. Great beach. A nice place for a daytime walk into town.

Underwhelming service
AliciaJosh920, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Fri Jan 12 10:22:51 EST 2018
We left the hotel after our 8 day stay feeling "meh" about it. We had much higher expectations for an as-advertised 5 star hotel. Overall, we got a sentiment from the staff that it didn't really matter if we were happy or not, so we gave up on some issues. The bartender and wait staff weren't overly personal and didn't seem very happy to be there. Buffet drink service was so slow, and they were also very slow at clearing plates. Room: We were in Block 2, right by the entertainment stage. Our room (2213) was in the back corner, furthest away, so we thought it would be okay. Wrong. The corridors are open air, so the sound comes in and reverberates. We could hear every word of the evening performance, which does not start until 9:45, and can go 2 hours. This was problematic when we needed to leave at 7:30 am for an excursion. The bed was hard and the pillows were really lumpy. Overall house cleaning did a good job, plenty of towels, and plenty drinks in the mini bar. The jungle view was beautiful from the balcony. The grounds are well maintained and manicured. Food: We probably had too high of expectations when it came to the food. We are used to cruising, so used to a sit down table service every evening. This is not the case, even in the specialty restaurants. Asian is all buffet, and The Italian has buffet appetizers and dessert. We found the best food to be at the main buffet, The Palms, where there was always a wide selection and themed dinners some nights. Problem areas to us were: terrible coffee in the morning, the steak at the steakhouse we had ordered medium-rare, and it came out well done, sometimes the buffet food was cold due to cooking too much at once. We really disliked the sushi here; they only offer about 5 rolls, non of them warm (tempura shrimp or the like), and they were all so bland! Too much rice. We were really disappointed with that as we love sushi and were looking forward to it. The drinks at the bar are strong enough, and they make lovely cappuccinos and hot chocolates. Entertainment: I enjoyed and partook in a fair amount of the Riufit classes; beach workout, step, pilates, pool workout, etc. They had a lot of stuff going on during the day, but it felt mostly the same every day (darts, ping pong, bingo, poker, every day..). Would have liked more variety. We really enjoyed the Riu band that played before a couple evening shows. Some evening shows were very good- the fire show, mariachi, and opera (el divo) in particular. Some we unfortunately had to walk out of, namely the pop stars show. We were bummed there was not a foam party in the 8 days we were there. Hit and miss on this category. Beach: We booked this hotel because the beach looked so beautiful and we were not disappointed. It is stunning. Not much seaweed, only a little after a couple rough days. They have workers on it constantly. Bartenders do bring drinks down to the beach on a large tray so that is nice. You can walk all the way into Playa and we did that round trip once. You will see this beach is one of the nicest along the way. Watersports included: We went to borrow snorkel equipment a couple times and they were always out, as it was being used on one of their excursions. That was disappointing. We did take out a double person kayak and had a lot of fun with that. A lot of people were using the hobie cats, which we weren't brave enough to try, but they do offer a free lesson, which is a nice touch. When we see a hotel advertised as 5 star, we set certain expectations on that, and were disappointed. Once we adjusted our expectations after the first day or two, we did enjoy our stay, and like I said, the beach really is fantastic. However, with the general feeling this hotel left us with, we will explore other all inclusive brands, as there are so many options, especially in Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Tulum.

Fri Jan 12 08:01:47 EST 2018
We visited from Dec 25 for 1 week the hotel itself it small which I really liked not much walking to get from point a to point b, the beach was wide clean and never had a issue of finding a place to sit, food was good at all times, Also another thing that there wasn’t much pork at all which is a important thing to many different people so I really liked that about the Riu housekeeping came everyday by 9am ,both mine and my kids room were cleaned everyday we were in block 3 perfect right in the middle my kids rented jet skis 4 times got a better price next door , 55 US , snorkeling no where but you can bring bread and get a swarm of white fish right on the beach , the beach at playacar was actually the best I did walk the beach and ours was easy to get in and out of not much of a drop off , we did 2 excursion we did the zip lining and atv and also did the catamaran with snorkeling and a stop over in isla mujeres which I didn’t enjoy we got dropped for 2 hrs left to either go shopping or sit on the beach we weren’t prepared and didnt bring much money so if you go bring a blanket or pay 15 American to get a table and money to buy gifts or souvenirs, we booked our excursion across the street from the riu and got to enjoy a Starbucks coffee overall it was a great start to visiting Mexico also I did book the vip lounge at the airport well worth the money , I would refer this place to someone who wanted to visit Mexico

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