Riu Playacar

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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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Set within the exclusive Playacar development near the 18-hole Playacar Golf Club, Riu Playacar is situated beachfront only 3km from the small town of Playa del Carmen. A commercial center with a Kawachi - Japanese restaurant. Reservations required.
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
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
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, Diners Club, American Express, nt program for child
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; during Mar-Apr each room must have one guest at least 21 years old to check in (May-Feb 18).
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 4 Restaurants at Riu Playacar:
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.
Turquesa - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Aerobics, Gym, Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks,Boogie Boards and Snorkel Equipment
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly Entertainment, free entrance and drinks at the lively discos Piñata (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

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2177 Recommend
2177 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playacar to their friends and family

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2.5 resort! Not worth it!
Cristina V,
Thu Dec 01 05:58:42 EST 2016
One star for the pools, one.five star for the beach! We are expecting at least a 4 star but the resort was nothing great. I wish we would've paid a little extra and did the Royalton in Cancun! PROS: + The location is minutes from Playa Del Carmen 5th Ave! Taxi was never more than 5$ USD. + Beach was beautiful as a Mexican beach could be. Beach was clean, always chairs available! + Always open room in the pools CONS: - The food was HORRIBLE! Sure they have a lot of choices but they are just like cafeteria food. Even the french fries were small and had a funny taste. This was HUGE being that it is an all inclusive!! We will NEVER come back to this resort for this reason entirely. Food was not hot! Meats tasted funny. Maybe we were just spoiled from being at higher end resorts! - OUR SHOWER SMELLED LIKE HUMAN SEWAGE! It was HORRIBLE! Said something to a woman and she acted like she has no idea. The stench was disgusting! - Shower only had hot water during the day -- towards the night, barely warm was available. We tried to leave the resort on Sunday and the management team was not in apparently to give us a refund. THIS IS A 24 HOUR RESORT!!!! Expedia told us we had to stay in order not to lose our money!!! We were essentially stuck. This resort is below average. Prepare to be dissapointed if you have been to 4 star + resorts. The only thing going for it are the pools, beach, location. Other than that, the rooms feel cold and uncomfortable. Hard chair seating beyond the bed. We are really suprised by the ratings that they aren't lower. I guess if you have been to Mexico before you will definitely know there are MUCH and MANY better options than this place!!! They could care less how your stay was. Never asked.

Only visited whilst staying at RIU Yucatan
tjcarm, Chorley, United Kingdom
Tue Nov 29 10:40:32 EST 2016
We visited this hotel for drinks and lunch a few times whilst staying at the RIU Yucatan. We had called in 18 months ago but didnt rate it then. The transformation is amazing. I hardly recognised it as the same place. When we were booking for this last holiday the Playacar came up and I had refused to consider it as I didnt know it had been so dramatically changed. We will definitely consider it in the future.

Third Visit--Home Sweet Home!
pollypocket53132, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tue Nov 29 08:24:28 EST 2016
Another wonderful stay at my Mexican home, Riu Playacar! Carlos checked me in with a friendly smile and a cold welcome cocktail. He gave me room 4123 with a huge king bed instead of two doubles. Once again, I couldn't get enough of the lovely scent coming from the A/C vents. It never fails to make me feel at home. The entire hotel was decorated for the Day of the Dead and Halloween. All the servers were in costume. My server, Abel, had my drink memorized from day one. If you sit outside closer to the stairs, Abel will take great care of you. Riu is known for great food, and this visit was no exception. Beautiful fruit sculptures, chocolate displays, carved pumpkins etc. The bacon tasted better than last year. The omelet station and smoothie bar were lovely as usual. Coconut ice cream amazed the taste buds all over again.The tortie cat was still around, along with a few new friends. The famous Playacar beach was completely clear of seaweed this year. I went snorkeling, and saw three sea turtles and two stingrays all within one hour! Our guide went down and picked up a gorgeous conch shell for everyone to see. My favorite excursion was Chichen Itza Express. We learned a great deal about Mayan history and traditions. Another fun one was the Royal Dophin Swim in Puerto Aventuras. Close encounters with a sea lion, feeding an 800 lb manatee, followed by a catamaran ride. The best nighttime shows were Mexican Folklore, Michael Jackson, and Circus night. Do not miss the Sing and Gargle act--absolutely hysterical! Try singing La Cucaracha with a mouth full of tequila and you will see why :o)

Brilliant holiday and stay!
Holidayloverjp, Bristol
Fri Nov 25 22:38:49 EST 2016
Stayed in September 2016 for 11 nights. Cannot really fault the Riu hotels group and the Playacar hotel was fantastic! Massive resort but plenty of sun beds round by the pool and on the beach. The hotel puts on so much activities and entertainment, to keep all guests occupied, and there is a spa and a gym on site. You can use the majority of the facilities at the other Riu hotels nearby (except for Riu Palace hotels). Staff were so friendly and would do anything for you. The choice of food was fantastic and some of the restaurants put on themed nights and have special events. This was the first time we have gone all inclusive so we didn't know what to expect but we loved it. Great pool bar and selection of food and snacks during the day, hotel is modern and clean. Room was really nice, great air con so you can avoid the humidity, and also has a mini bar and selection of drinks in each room. Playa de Carman is a 5 minute taxi ride away and is only 100 pesos or a 20 minute walk, worth visiting as good selection of shops, etc. Hotel and area felt safe and beach was fantastic, so made a great first stay in Mexico! Airport is about and hour away, and there is a fee of 1000 pesos for leaving the country each.

First visit to Mexico staying in Riu Playacar
pattreflys, North Wales, United Kingdom
Fri Nov 25 05:16:43 EST 2016
First visit to Mexico stayed in hotel Riu Playacar November 14 to 21 2016,didnt know what to expect since we knew the hotel had recently been refurbished modernized. Arrived 7pm Mexico time welcome arrival quick booking in hotel small but very friendly. Room clean, tidy,drinks stocked up every two days, apart from the wine only one bottle on arrival in room. Entertainment was more aimed at the younger couples rarely did we see the entertainers interact with older couples. Food was varied buffet not always excellent and often luke warm, snacks over the day poor standard and not varied, all drinks were good and staff very polite, outside areas very clean and well maintained.

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