Exceptional Values! Family: Kids 12 and under Stay and Eat Free (valid 5/1/15-12/23/15).
The exciting Riu Santa Fe is located alongside the luxurious Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas on a prime beach location and boasts amazing views of the famous arches. The Riu Santa Fe is less than three miles from the marvelous town of Cabo San Lucas. This 24-hour all-inclusive resort contains first-class facilities such as specialty restaurants, bars, a disco, and Renova Spa.
The two pools are the perfect spot to relax, and the adjoining Jacuzzi is a perfect place to mingle with new friends. Children have their own pool to enjoy activities. Non-motorized watersports are available nearby for a fee, or spend your time walking along the miles of beautiful beach. Exciting bars are lined up on the beach just a mile or two away!
Comfortable rooms feature a stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser and a balcony or terrace. Ocean-view rooms are suites are also available. Children ages 4-12 can spend their days playing at RiuLand Mini-Club.
Riu Santa Fe features five restaurants, seven bars, two pools, disco and spa.
Beach: Total Rooms: 902
Year Opened: 2007
SUITE OCEAN VIEW AI W/JACUZZI
One king bed. Split-level living room area with sofa. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Hydromassage tub in bathroom. Balcony or terrace with ocean view and private Jacuzzi.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
STANDARD OCEAN VIEW AI
Two double beds or one king. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Bath amenities. Balcony or terrace with ocean view.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
STANDARD GARDEN VIEW AI
Two double beds or one king. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Bath amenities. Balcony or terrace with garden view.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
SUITE OCEAN VIEW AI
One king bed and split-level living room with sofa. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Hydromassage tub in bathroom. Balcony or terrace with ocean view.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Riu Santa Fe features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Santa Fe:
La Baja California -
Buffet style with show cooking, serving Internationa and local specialties
La Mision -
Lunch and snacks during the day. By night a Mexican specialty restaurant for dinner.
Lunch and snacks during the day. By night a Grill steakhouse specialty restaurant for dinner.
Asian specialty restaurant. Open for dinner.
Italian specialty restaurant. Open for dinner.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Volleyball, Waterpolo, Ping Pong, Billards, Parasaililng, Table Tennis, Water sports are available nearby.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Daily entertaiment for adults and children, live music, variety show, theme shows andPacha disco,
Mini-club with daily activities.
Babysitting Fee: Fees Vary
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes
Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
2376 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Santa Fe to their friends and family
We came to Riu Santa Fe for our honeymoon on the advice of a few other people who told us it was a good hotel. I suppose my standards have been spoiled by the Mayan Riviera. I found the lobby to be...
We came to Riu Santa Fe for our honeymoon on the advice of a few other people who told us it was a good hotel. I suppose my standards have been spoiled by the Mayan Riviera. I found the lobby to be dirty (the lamp shades were disgusting) but the room was very clean. The room had a tub and a shower together but the tub was really narrow. We loved our deck but our view was of a large ruin of a jungle that looked like it had a very bad time with Odile. Not a very nice view at all.
Towels were thick but very scratchy. Bedding was like sandpaper (especially on the burns); A/C was good and the ceiling fan was great. Nice big closet. Only 3 small pillows on a king bed so we had to ask for another. Very small pillows. Best was very firm and it was nice that my back didn't hurt the entire trip. YAY!
The noise was typical as any resort made out of tile and/or marble. You hear everything everyone else does. I mean everything. And the doors slam automatically, you can't even make them close quietly. That was an odd thing too, they use keys not cards.
The staff was amazing and I really liked several of them very much. I found, for the most part, the staff was consistent and diligent on keeping up the appearances of the hotel.
We found the buffet to be mostly edible. Breakfasts and desserts were GLORIOUS! The Italian restaurant was very very good. My husband liked the steak house. We did not try the other restaurants. We were told a month in advance to book the restaurants the same morning that we wanted to attend, but when we got to the resort they told us 3 day bookings in advance. :/
Now did I mention we were on our honeymoon? I mentioned it to them as well a week before we got to the resort. Not one single consideration was made for the occasion. I was hoping for anything special. Cheap wine, a few flowers, even a chocolate on the pillow... nothing. I was rather disappointed.
We booked the resort 8 months in advance, Do not make that mistake. We met several people that booked their vacations one week in advance and paid $800-900 for a week (including air). We paid $3200 for our honeymoon - did I mention the view from our room? Yea, no upgrades at all.
We made the best of it and tipped generously (the staff deserved it, they are so nice).
The beach (not the fault of the resort) was like walking on hot gravel. And if you are not a strong swimmer, I wouldn't attempt to go into the ocean.
Free WiFi for 1.5 hours for each guest, in the lobby. It kicked up off constantly and was unpredictable. Best time to use it was early in the morning. After diner WiFi was iffy.
The pool was nice, where the huts are closest to the lobby. The ones by the infinity pool, while we were there was like party zone. So we avoided that area.
I would love to give the resort a very good rating. I just feel so disappointed in the down falls, they have spoiled some of the really good things.
burnsie_1129, Smiths Falls, Canada
Thu Apr 23 15:21:41 EDT 2015
Room- Clean, great shower, well stocked, bar in the room but it was all Tequila no other variety, yes one says Vodka but it is not Vodka it is Tequila. They all had the same smell and same taste. No...
Room- Clean, great shower, well stocked, bar in the room but it was all Tequila no other variety, yes one says Vodka but it is not Vodka it is Tequila. They all had the same smell and same taste. No coffee machine in your room, would be nice if they would put them in the rooms. Beds are not too bad but not the greatest. We stayed in Building 3 facing the pool. I like to be by the pool area and this was central to lobby, entertainment and meal buildings. If you want to be closer to the "party" then Building 7 and the pools there are more active.
This is a very family friendly resort so if you are looking for a just adults not the place for you. Try and not go around spring break if you are not looking for rowdy teenagers and young adults. For me none of that matters I enjoy being around people and noise does not bother me if I needed to get away from it there were other spots on the resort to be. Some people may find this resort too big and it is a big resort so if you do not like to walk a lot or can not walk a lot this is not the resort for you as there is no trolley it is all walking.
Food- lots of choices in the buffet, I did not find the food that bad for a resort, remember this is a resort not a personal chef. The reservation restaurants lack choice and lack taste. I have only ever found one that I have ever liked in all the resorts I have stayed in. I do not feel they are good at all here.
Evening Entertainment - Not bad the Michael Jackson show was good, sound system could be better for the people in the back.
Staff - All the staff were great there I never had an issue ever. Remember there are many, many others staying there you are not the only one, they are getting asked for things all the time and it might not come to you at the snap of a finger but they do not forget.
This is an average resort and it was a great deal at the time , There does seem to be a lot of young adults that frequent here and have little to no respect for their surroundings or others. I had the privilege of meeting many that were not that way but there were still too many that were beyond rude and disrespectful.
The Beach - You can not swim in the ocean, biggest disappointment for me, had a great time but can say that I will not be back for this reason, I love the ocean and this beach lacks luster barely any chairs, no shade, no canopies, full of vendors waiting for you to cross that rope to chase after you. Although a very stern no thank you does stop them, and you can not swim in the ocean due to the under tow. I tried and I can swim not worth the risk as it is very strong and will keep you under for too long.
The only place for WIFI without paying for it was in the lobby area and even then you got booted off all the time because of the amount of others on. Now being away should not be a big deal but if you have family at home you are trying to check in with you may be interested in this fact.
Good for a Bachelor Party Weekend
Tristan D, Houston, Texas
Wed Apr 22 18:25:31 EDT 2015
Dates: Friday April 17, 2015 - Monday April 20, 2015.
My groomsmen and I stayed here at this resort for a couple of reasons. First, it cost us less to fly from Texas to San Lucas Cabo than it does...
Dates: Friday April 17, 2015 - Monday April 20, 2015.
My groomsmen and I stayed here at this resort for a couple of reasons. First, it cost us less to fly from Texas to San Lucas Cabo than it does to fly to Cancun. Second, the all inclusive resort was budget friendly. Lastly, due to the nature of our visit, we wanted to be around like minded party goers.
The hotel ambiance is nice. You definitely get the resort feel the moment you enter the lobby. We are greeted with a margarita and seated in a private lounge area to wait while they process your reservation. (Margarita was light on alcohol and heavy on sugar.) They'll put a wrist band on you that designates you are a guest at the resort. This gives you access to the property and food and drink. I don't normally pay attention to a resort's landscape but the beds of lawn were softer than the beds they put in the rooms. Green and fluffy.
Tip: Make sure you tell them how tight you want that thing on your wrist or how loose because they won't change it out.
Our rooms were far from the hotel lobby no matter which building they put you into but walking promotes good health, right? The distance only becomes a pain if you are on the beach and left something in the room. The rooms were fairly clean with tile flooring and outdated comforters and very stiff beds. It was a little weird that the double beds were pushed up against each other side by side. If my roommate on this trip were single and he brought back a girl, I could see how this would be uncomfortable to say the least. However, it was not my concern. The room comes with a fully stocked refrigerator of sodas, water and beer. On top of the fridge sits 3 full bottles of liquor as well. The staff would come refill the goods whenever you placed a green door card outside your door. The bottled water, beer and sodas were fine to drink. The liquor, not so much. The cheapest, bad tasting alcohol can be had at this all-inclusive resort.
TIP: Leave green door card out every day and take the water with you. I usually brought the water into the buffet to refill my cup because they have tiny 8oz glasses there.
We attempted to go into one of the restaurants on Saturday that was sparsely filled with guests but was told that we had to have a reservation. To be completely fair, I read the reviews, the front desk even told me to make reservations but the restaurant was only half full at 8pm. Needless to say, we did not try out any of the restaurants they had. The buffet food was inconsistent. Friday night the food was edible, dry and a little bit bland. (I tried all of the main dishes) My groomsmen felt the same way and one of them had two big bowls of ice cream. He was grinning like a fat kid as he ate it but just 7 hours later he was hugging the toilet like his first prom night.
TIP: If you're a foodie, go into town and eat at those restaurants.
The alcohol served at every bar at the resort were very very cheap and had a headache in each drink. The bars get so overcrowded that it took a long while to be served regardless of tip amount. There are several bars on the property to go to but they all have the same characteristic.
TIP: Buy duty free liquor at the airport and drink that in lieu of the resort liquor.
The pool area in the middle of the resort was beautiful. Clear blue water and plenty of space. This was where we saw most people enjoying a book while their kids or grand kids played in the pool. This was the old people pool and the nicest. The pool next to the beach was overcrowded but lively. This was the young people pool and evidently where everyone goes to party during the day. It was a great time but the water was a bit cloudier than I would've liked.
The beach was separated by a thin rope keeping solicitors from bothering guests with their services and wares. Once you crossed the line to go swimming in the ocean they would walk up to you but not pester you too much. BEWARE:The first thing anyone offers you on the beach or anywhere in Cabo is cocaine or weed. At first it was a little bit alarming but then we just got used to it and stopped making eye contact with them. The sand is coarse and rough on the bottoms of your feet if you are out running or playing volleyball. If you are just walking out to the water, it won't be an issue. The beach is on a sharp decline towards the water and it has a very strong undertow. It's scary in a fun-I-probably-won't-die kinda way. Crystal clear waters with the arches in the background make this beach idyllic. Not the best beach I've ever seen but better than most.
TIP: Wear swimming shoes if playing volleyball. Avoid eye contact with drug dealers.
050tahoe, Prior Lake, Minnesota
Wed Apr 22 10:22:00 EDT 2015
We stayed at this resort in March 2012 with my own family and my sisters family. The rooms are fine, not 5 star quality, but we weren't paying for 5 star....definitely 4 star! No issues at all, beds...
We stayed at this resort in March 2012 with my own family and my sisters family. The rooms are fine, not 5 star quality, but we weren't paying for 5 star....definitely 4 star! No issues at all, beds were good, bathrooms good, room had a safe and liquor dispensers. Water, beer and pop in frig. We made sure and tipped the maid everyday and always asked for lots of water. Food: breakfast buffet with made to order omelets and lots of fruit everyday was great to wake up to. The coffee was just okay. For lunch everyday I had freshly made guacamole (chunky!), freshly made pico, with freshly made chips! This was my favorite everyday!! Dinner was either the buffet which had many choices and we always liked what we had, or we made reservations in one of the specialty restaurants which was awesome! You had to get up in the morning to make reservations, but to me it was worth it. This resort is very large (we joked...like its own little city) and you don't have to go to the main building to make a reservation in the specialty restaurants. Each building has a concierge desk on the main floor and you can make your reservation there. We didn't find that or to the end of our vacation. The beach is not a good walking beach unless you walk by the water. Deep sand and in the day gets very hot on your feet. Ocean is not real safe to go in. If you walk a few resorts down there is a sectioned off swim area but still rough. The pool area is great! We were there every day (except one day we had chairs on the beach). There are two pool bars and one was definitely all the young kids (spring break), but we always stayed by the other bar and it was awesome! There is not much service as far as getting drinks for you at the pool. We had to get our own drinks, but that wasn't a problem at all! We actually loved getting our own drinks as the bartenders get to know you and treat you special. The bartenders are great! You usually need to get up early (7'ish) to get towels and set them on a chair to save so you have a place to sit by the pool. We did that every morning and one day we went back to our chairs we put our towels on and there was someone else sitting in them. They told us management came around and took all the towels that were on the chairs because they had too many complaints of people not able to get chairs and there were all these chairs with towels on them and no one using them. That only happened one morning towards the end of our trip. Shows were good especially the "Michael Jackson" show! The infinity pool is like paradise looking out into the ocean where there is usually a cruise ship anchored out in front of the resort. There is just something about that....so beautiful! When we go to Cabo we will definitely stay here again!
Wed Apr 22 00:35:08 EDT 2015
From the moment I got there until the moment we left I felt like I was right at home. I have ZERO complaints about this resort. They were moreeeeee than welcoming to my boyfriend and I. Diego our...
From the moment I got there until the moment we left I felt like I was right at home. I have ZERO complaints about this resort. They were moreeeeee than welcoming to my boyfriend and I. Diego our service desk representative was AWESOME. Helped us with everything and treated us like family, thanks Diego!! You made our stay along with the rest of the friendly staff a vacation of a lifetime. We will absolutely be back real soon!!??
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