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:
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.
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.
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
Stayed there a week in Feb.. We had a great time. As usual don't believe all the bad reviews. The food was okay. The beer was warm. The beds were the usual hotel beds but the price was right and...
Stayed there a week in Feb.. We had a great time. As usual don't believe all the bad reviews. The food was okay. The beer was warm. The beds were the usual hotel beds but the price was right and was in great proximity to town as well as San Jose del Cabo. The scenery was great and it was a week away from the snow. Just go and have fun. Do hop a boat and got across the bay to Lover and Divorce Beach (they are just a couple hundred yards apart) take some beers and enjoy an afternoon there.
Sun Jul 05 13:31:47 EDT 2015
Great hotel, great staff, excellent entertainment, food is delicious, waiters and waitresses the best, specially you avelina, you are the best, with your sense of humor and nice service, from the...
Great hotel, great staff, excellent entertainment, food is delicious, waiters and waitresses the best, specially you avelina, you are the best, with your sense of humor and nice service, from the restaurant baja california.
Worst food I have ever had.
Frank S, Kingwood, Texas, Usa
Sun Jul 05 04:02:10 EDT 2015
We only picked this hotel because of its location on the beach. We arrived Thursday and tried to make reservations for Friday and Saturday to the restaurant . The desk clerk said I can get in for...
We only picked this hotel because of its location on the beach. We arrived Thursday and tried to make reservations for Friday and Saturday to the restaurant . The desk clerk said I can get in for Monday ! From this point it was all down hill for this hotel. The buffet food was horrible to say the least. They only serve food during a short window of time, if you miss it you will have to take a taxi to town to eat. When we finally make it to Monday's reservation and the food was just as bad.....All-inclusive was a huge waist of money. The alcohol was just as bad, you have one beer and one beer only to drink (terrible Mexican draft) the mixed drinks are made of off brand garbage liquor. We also had ants in the room for the entire five day stay, no matter how many times we complained about them. They said they sprayed but we named each one of the ants we saw them so often.
A nice All-Inclusive Resort in the heart of Cabo!
jalfong, El Cerrito, California
Fri Jul 03 02:10:42 EDT 2015
Hotel Riu Santa Fe is the slightly more affordable all-inclusive option next to its gigantic sister hotel, the Riu Palace Hotel. This place is "Santa Fe" to it's core from it's adobe themed buildings...
Hotel Riu Santa Fe is the slightly more affordable all-inclusive option next to its gigantic sister hotel, the Riu Palace Hotel. This place is "Santa Fe" to it's core from it's adobe themed buildings to to the desert themed landscape interior. Despite that theme, there are some aspects that remain very old school for a resort complex that is supposed to be presented as modern.
Among the drawbacks, they use actual keys and there is a lack of a strong WiFi signal throughout the complex. Riu Santa Fe could sure use some sprucing up if they want to succeed into the future. The rooms are decent, nothing too luxurious, the bathrooms are updated with marble finishes (with an unbelievably high bathtub making it hard to get into especially for older folks). This being a All-Inclusive resort, the minibar was stocked with all you can drink sodas, water, and beer. And above that, there was all you can drink tequila and whiskey, and they were refilled every two days by the cleaning crew. Also, if you have cash it better be in pesos or your credit card, as a Mexican law forbids currency exchanges located in hotel lobbies.
Everyone in our family enjoyed ourselves at the Riu thanks to all of the amenities that they offer. From all-you-can eat buffets, to all-you-can drink liquor and sodas to theme restaurants It actually helps that they have five restaurants to chose from when dining from Asian to Italian to Mexican to a Steak House to the full service all you can eat buffet, you can have your pick. And many of those places have all you eat appetizers and desserts (except for Mexican which has a pre-fix appetizers and soup they automatically serve you, which was the best thing about the meal!).
But when dining at Hotel Riu Santa Fe, I have two caveats: if you want to eat dinner at the themed restaurants you have to get reservations in the hotel lobby (I mean as soon as you check in!) because they fill up fast! We were told the were all filled up for Italian and the Steak House, but we could try to get a late entry into one of those places, which one evening which we did, but who needs that kind of stress when on vacation?
The second caveat is be careful certain restaurants are open at certain times. For example, the La Baja California Restaurant is best for breakfast and dinner buffet only, and closed the rest of the day. The best lunch we had was at the Mexican food themed La Mision, but be forewarned one day it was great with tostadas, a quesadilla bar, and a very random teppanyaki bar. The next day we went back and there was only a quesadilla bar. Like I said random. We also enjoyed the dinner at the Asian themed Zashila, which has average all you can eat appetizers but a much better dinner menu to chose from.
We stayed in the beach side part of the hotel known as "Building Number 7." That was the best place to stay, as it was close to the beach and the infinity pool and two swim up bars. Speaking of which although the place is geared towards families, the energy in those areas is clearly for singles! There are no warm jacuzzis on site, just colder ones that everyone gets to use. But the pool does seem to get heated (Or is that just the weather or all of the bodies in the pool?)
We still had a great time at the Hotel Riu Santa Fe. The staff was amazing, very friendly and the activities crew was also entertaining. The place although far from perfect, was affordable and made our stay in Cabo all the more enjoyable. The only times we left the property were by a shuttle for our fun excursions, which thanks to the people who were allowed to hang out in the stage area in the daytime, were booked right at the Riu Santa Fe! We felt safe and welcomed every time we returned each day. Just in time for some fun action at the pool and the secluded beach.
For the right price and time of year, I definitely would consider staying at the Riu Santa Fe another time!
SheridanMarie42, Orinda, California
Thu Jul 02 18:39:56 EDT 2015
This place is a great all inclusive hotel. First let me say that the property is HUGE. I mean it's a 5-7 minute walk from the middle of the property to the front and even to the party pool on the...
This place is a great all inclusive hotel. First let me say that the property is HUGE. I mean it's a 5-7 minute walk from the middle of the property to the front and even to the party pool on the beach. With that being said, it's not very handicap friendly. The buildings other than building 7 (beach front views) don't have elevators and the showers and tall tubs that you have to lift your leg to get into.
I was very impressed with how well the grounds are kept and how efficient and clean the buffet/restaurants are. I heard that there was 750 employees so that's what makes this place function. I guess it's just easier to make a pros and cons list, so here it is:
2. beach front
3. Family friendly
4. Tons of food options
5. Clean rooms, not very modern and the bed was kind of hard, but nonetheless it was clean
6. great shower water pressure! no issues with no hot water or anything. the tub is very narrow and tall but still the pressure was great.
7. plenty of access to alcohol and drinks. several bars all around
8. entertainment staff was super friendly and there was always something to do. if you like yoga, zumba, power walks on the beach, volleyball, etc.
9. options to be in the party pool or the quiet pool in the middle. you can get away from all the young people who are there to party.
10. 3 miles from the marina and downtown shopping/nightclubs. it was a $14 cab ride
11. shopping and horse back riding right in front on the beach
12. If your a decent swimmer, you can get into the ocean. You just have to time your entrance and exit as the surf can clobber you. The water is great, salty though.
1. Lots of walking required to get from place to place
2. Have to claim a chair in the early morning if you want a good seat by the pool or ocean view. (there are plenty of seats, but if you want a good one you better stake it out early)
3. Everything echos in the hallways of the buildings. So if there are party animals on your level, you will hear them come home
4. Reservations for the restaurants are hard to get. You have to book them in the lobby. So that means you have to make a separate trip to the front if you want to eat at a restaurant. They were always booked 2 days in advanced.
5. The steak restaurant is OK. Denny's is comparable. But it's nice to sit and be served close to the ocean
6. 45 minute ride from the airport. Seemed like forever.
7. Hard beds
8. Tons of people so if you are looking for a romantic getaway this isn't the place for you. I would suggest the Palace located next door.
9. No wifi expect in the lobby. It was poor connection and you can't even FaceTime. You can buy it, but not sure how well it would work.
Overall, I would suggest the hotel to anyone going to Cabo. I've been all around to the touristy spots in Mexico and this place was loads of fun and super beautiful. The Riu chain is great!
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Recommended for Family VacationsKids 12 and under stay and eat free (valid 5/1-12/23/15). Hotel offers a children's mini-club + playground.
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