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
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
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
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
I've been at the Riu Sante Fe for 4 nights so far and the place is a mix of great, good and bad. The great-The staff is great, they are all super accommodating and eager to please. The grounds are...
I've been at the Riu Sante Fe for 4 nights so far and the place is a mix of great, good and bad. The great-The staff is great, they are all super accommodating and eager to please. The grounds are kept immaculate, the room maid did a great job. Tips are appreciated by the staff but I never felt pressure to tip. Michael Jackson concert was very good!
The good- The food was good, basic resort food. The calmer of the 2 pools was nice and relaxing.
The bad- Currently the place is overrun with college students, all being completely over served. Pool 7 is really filthy and the whole area smells like barf. There's no way for the staff to keep up with the demand on the resources at that pool. I partied lots in college but I can't fathom how people can be okay with that area.
The karaoke show was terrible, and should be stopped right away!
The Riu has lots of really stupid rules. I was told we had to make dinner reservations, and have to bring your little slip of paper but saw lots of walk ups being seated. The spa can only be used for 30 minutes, and you have to make an appointment even though it's empty.
Rules that should be enforced are not, there's no dress code so you'll see (really drunk) people at lunch and dinner in swimsuits, people are served to the point of collapse, you'll be subjected to lots of terrible music coming from patrons speaker boxes by the pool. You can be as loud as you like, day or night.
I think a lot comes down to the clientele, this is a budget resort and they are catering to a budget conscious traveler, so with that you get the over drinking, lots of smokers, repetitive food, swimsuits at lunch/dinner and lots of children.
I'm glad I finally tried a Riu but I know now that Barcelos and Omnis are far superior and a better choice for the extra money and I'd recommend trying those over a Riu property.
ndbrit06, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mon Mar 30 11:33:43 EDT 2015
I came here with my sister and 2 of our friends. I had been here the exact same week last year as well. It was pretty similar to last year and couldn't tell that a hurricane came through there. It's...
I came here with my sister and 2 of our friends. I had been here the exact same week last year as well. It was pretty similar to last year and couldn't tell that a hurricane came through there. It's clean, food is decent, rooms clean. Only real complaint I have was that their vodka (called vodka blue) was actually tequila... I don't know why they think they can pull that off... Tequila is a very distinct taste. Bartender at the pool bar was super rude about it and acted like I was an idiot. Ask for New Finland or Smirnoff. This place is not bad like the negative reviews. We had a great time!
Beautiful Resort - Too bad so many drunk college kids
Krista H, British Columbia, Canada
Sun Mar 29 21:23:19 EDT 2015
The Riu Santa Fe is a beautiful resort. The grounds are immaculate. The rooms are clean. The food was good. The service was excellent. The pools were great ( before noon when the college kids woke...
The Riu Santa Fe is a beautiful resort. The grounds are immaculate. The rooms are clean. The food was good. The service was excellent. The pools were great ( before noon when the college kids woke up ).
I travelled to the Resort with my teenage daughter from March 19 to 26. Thought since it was a nice resort it would be perfect for the two of us. What a mistake. It was a big eye opener for her. Drunk people everywhere. People passed out everywhere. Saw people puking at least once a day. She watched people making out all over. She was offered weed coming in from the beach. We were woke up every night by drunk idiots going to their room at all hours of the night. She was not allowed into the fitness room since she is only 17 but didn't have a problem getting drinks from the bar.
If you are planning a family trip don't stay here. If you want to party this is the place as I said the resort is beautiful.
Resort was OK
cmjwf, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sun Mar 29 17:09:11 EDT 2015
We traveled to Riu Santa Fe from March 19-26th with about 18 other people...families with kids ranging from 6-16 with parents all in their 40's. We had all read the reviews prior to going down so we...
We traveled to Riu Santa Fe from March 19-26th with about 18 other people...families with kids ranging from 6-16 with parents all in their 40's. We had all read the reviews prior to going down so we were very worried about what we would encounter when we arrived. I would call all of us seasoned travelers not only for personal but for business as well...just to give you back ground on how we judged this place.
Hotel Grounds / Staff - The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and very well maintained. Especially considering how busy they were. The staff was very accommodating, especially Reyna at Building 7. She arranged for several dinners out downtown for our large group and her recommendations were great!
Hotel Rooms - This is the area I was most disappointed with. The 2 double beds are extremely small and difficult for 2 people to sleep in them. Luckily the staff brought up 2 rollaway beds which helped since we're a family of 4 including two teenagers. The quality of the sheets, blankets and towels though was very cheap. I would never stay here again just based on the rooms. We did stay in building 7 and based on the reviews, we had thought we'd run into loud college kids running around all night but that wasn't the case at all. Building 7 is definitely the best one to stay in due to the views of the ocean.
Pool Area / Bars - The infinity pool by building 7 was very beautiful. If you want good seats (away from the college kids) you do have to claim them early...especially if you're with a large group. The college kids absolutely took over the bars but I will compliment the staff that when they saw us come up (we're all in our 40's), they made sure to wait on us right away. They didn't carry a large variety of liquor. You had to ask them for the higher quality brands which they tended to run out of on a daily basis. The drinks were very weak considering it's an all inclusive resort.
Food - I was very nervous about the food based on reading the reviews prior to coming down. But we were pleasantly surprised. It's not great food but it's doable for a week. Lots of options. You just need to realize it's an all inclusive resort so you get what you pay for. We only ate at one a la carte restaurant since we couldn't get a reservation at a decent time. It was the Mexican one...food was ok. We ate Lorenzillos and Alexanders in the Marina...both excellent!
Excursions - We rented a catamaran thru the lady at the pool next to the towels. She did a great job...we rented thru La Gringa Catamaran Tour...best excursion we went on based on all previous spring break trips!! Highly recommend it!!
Beach - Again, based on the reviews, people made it seem like the beach was unusable and desolate. Not the case at all. It was great! Yes, the sand is more rough then normal and the waves and undertow are concerning. Not a place for kids to swim but you can still sit on the beach and walk in up to your mid leg and enjoy it. Some of the men in our group were swimming in the waves with no problem. Beautiful beach!!
WIFI - we purchased the wifi for $50 good for 4 devices..no problem with it all! Not sure what other folks were complaining about.
All in all, we were pleasantly surprised with our experience at the resort based on reading earlier reviews. Would I come to Cabo again? Absolutely. Would I stay at the Riu Santa Fe...Absolutely NOT. I would look for a higher end resort that caters more to adults vs college kids and has better quality accommodations and food.
Depends on what you are looking for...
Michael H, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sun Mar 29 15:23:04 EDT 2015
This is a very tough review to make given the timing of my trip - Spring Break. Know what you are looking for and what you are getting into. I have no idea what this place might be like in a few...
This is a very tough review to make given the timing of my trip - Spring Break. Know what you are looking for and what you are getting into. I have no idea what this place might be like in a few weeks once the college party is gone. I am a 39M who traveled solo, making my tenth different RIU visit. By ranked comparison this place was lucky to be #10.
From a party and people watch perspective, this was over the top insanity. If you were looking to get into the fun or just watch and could tolerate the spring break crowds you were fine. There was lots of pounding shots, spilled drinks, puking, loud music, passed out kids in wheel chairs and drugs. The resort seemed to barely confine it and just embrace it. I did see security handle some situations but not many.
Vendors line the beach front and will constantly approach and heckle to try and get a sale. Turn down one, the next would run over with the same item. The beach view is beautiful and not a terrible walking distance from downtown. Entertainment on property in the evening was great with lots of variety.
The drinks, maybe just because of the timing, are the worst watered down I have come across. The food barely edible. The noise night and day did not allow for much sleep. My recommendation would be to stay at the Palace next door so you can come play around some and escape back to more peace.
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