Riu Tequila

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Riu Tequila was created with attention to decor, beautiful gardens, and wonderful pool areas, and takes the limelight when it comes to affordability and family-friendly concepts! Located across the road from the Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar, it shares exchange facilities so guests can also enjoy the non-stop entertainment at two more RIU Resorts. Just a short distance from the beach, a trolley winds through gardens past a raised gazebo bar to the beach club.

Old Mexico is featured throughout Riu Tequila. The lobby mimics a small village with grand pillars, arches, iron lanterns, and ceilings painted in swirls and decorated with mosaics. A trolley winds through lush tropical gardens past a raised gazebo bar in a courtyard and down to the beach club. The pool area is Hawaiian-style with boulders and waterfalls. Great carved doors open to the main restaurant, Jalisco, in early Mexican style with international buffets. The informal Lupita Restaurant offers poolside snacks.

This family-friendly resort offers a great vacation value, from live entertainment to an array of sports including non-motorized watersports. Kids will be entertained in the RiuLand Mini-Club and enjoy the playground and supervised activities. Adults can enjoy the nightlife at the popular La Piata Disco with guests of the other Riviera Maya Riu Resorts. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

Accommodations are comfortable and have features such as a fully stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser. Junior suites with a living area are available, perfect for a little extra room.

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Riu Tequila is just 3 km from the small town of Playa del Carmen with its restaurants, shops, bars and nightlife. It's also within close proximity to the local beach

Local Phone: 011-52-984-87...
Fax: 011-52-984-873-2201
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (2 miles)
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Swim-up Bar
The beautiful gardens surround a fresh water pool area of 1,500 square meters, with an artificial beach, a separate pool for children, and jacuzzi. There are also free towels, loungers and sun umbrellas.
Cancun Hilton Golf Course- Mayan palace Golf Course- Mayakoba Golf Course-
Playacar's 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
Lessons Available
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
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
Other Sports: Gym
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
This Hacienda-style resort is surrounded by an incredibly beautiful natural landscape and forms part of an exceptional Golf Resort. Each air-conditioned room features a hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace. This resort features four restaurants, four bars, nightly entertainment, two pools, and a beach shuttle to and from the reso rt and exchange privileges with Riu Yucatan DINING Playacar (restrictions apply). Beach: The Riu Tequila shares the same beach as The Riu Yucatan, which is just 400 meters away (5 minutes walking distance). The resort does provide shuttle service to the beach, where guests will find Nightly Activities & Entertainment: Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 664
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).
2 double beds, Balcony or terrace, Small sitting area, Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, Mini bar, In room liquor dispenser, In room safe, Hairdryer
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
2 double beds, Balcony or terrace, Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, Mini bar, In room liquor dispenser, In room safe, Hairdryer
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer

Cribs available on request basis at no charge.
Riu Tequila features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Tequila:
Lupita - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Bamboo - Asian style cuisine served a la carte.
Jalisco - Gourmet restaurant with a terrace.
Beach Club - Snack restaurant by day and Mexican restaurant for dinner.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily activities by pool and beach areas, with Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks, Boogie Boards and Snorkel-Equipment (opposite Yucatan)
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Evening entertainment for adults and children at Lounge Bar, Theme Nights, Two Discos(on-site and at Riu Yucatan).
The Mini Club is available to children from the ages of 4 to 12 years old.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Teen Disco
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: $8.00 per hr(approx)
Cribs available on request basis at no cost

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777 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Tequila to their friends and family

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Philip B, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Wed Nov 30 18:12:27 EST 2016
We stayed at RIU Yucatan but you are allowed to visit RIU Tequila and RIU Playacar. This hotel was the best for entertainment by far, a huge team who go out there way to make sure you are having a great time. The shows are full of enthusiasm and particularly the way they mingle with the audience. If you want an action holiday, choose RIU Tequila

Great place
Russ R, Ottawa, Canada
Wed Nov 30 16:14:37 EST 2016
We stayed in Riu Tequila at the end of November 2016. We kind of knew what kind of experience we are going to get because year ago we stayed at Riu Yucatan which is pretty similar hotel just different design. Hotel was absolutely lovely. Room was clean with hot water at any time. Air conditioning worked great and it actually was in right place to not blow on you cold air. There was absolutely no smell of mold or mildew, nether smell of any chemicals from cleaning. Food was really good and available all day. There were fancy coffee machines with too strong Americano but coffee Vanilla was very much drinkable. Vine and beer were available during the day as much as you want. You can self-service which even better then wait for waitress. Beach was great. I always compare it with Bavaro beach in Punta Cana and can say I prefer this beach more. No sea weeds, white sand, no overcrowded. Short walk to the beach we did not mind at all. Hotel staff was great. Really good people work here. Lovely entertainment in the lobby after the dinner! Internet in the lobby work great as well. Some recommendation for management: Please change the pillows they are not comfortable at all. Somebody really has to change coffee grind for coffee machine. Americano is horrible strong and rest of coffee was really strong as well except of vanilla. Coffee in the bar however was good. Please make in the beach smoke free area like it’s done in the lobby. Overall we had great time and I am thinking to make exception from my view “never back to the same hotel”

Mind the raccoons
Tequita, Toronto
Tue Nov 29 08:15:39 EST 2016
The Room The room was stocked daily with lots of bottled water and fresh towels and the drinking glasses were spotlessly cleaned every day. The A/C worked well, and plenty of hot water in the shower even at peak times. The bed was firm but comfortable, however the pillows were rather old and flat, not light and fluffy. The only small thing that happened was one day the sink didn't drain properly, but the next day it was fixed without even a phone call. Alberto cleaned our room and did a fantastic job. I would recommend rooms on the upper floor. There are a lot of Mexican raccoons on the property, and although friendlier than the Canadian raccoons, they will climb right onto your balcony, especially if they are being fed by nearby rooms. That is not allowed, so it shouldn't happen. Pool Beach We used the pool and beach at the Yucatan and the Playacar hotels which are available to Riu Tequila guests. Both are 5 min walk and have excellent facilities. There is also a shuttle that runs about every 10 min. The beach is very deep and the hotel property chairs are closer to the hotel, not close to the water. There is no beach bar, but the pool bar is well staffed. The washrooms are a bit of a walk from the beach, and the ocean is a little far from the pool area Food and Drinks The drinks are good, my favorite was the dark draft beer, the margueritas and the caesars which are made with clamato juice. I was impressed with how consistent the mixed drinks were from one bar to another, because that has not always been the case on previous trips to the Riu Hotels. There were several different wines offered, and at lunch you could serve yourself. I like the St.Michel Cabernet Sauvignon from Spain. There were at least 4 reds as well as whites and rose. On several days of the week they served BBQ burgers, hot dogs, salads, and fruit near the pool deck That meant you could eat lunch in your bathing suit instead of dressing to go into the beach grill buffet. There is a Starbucks 2 min walk down the street , with a nice patio and Wifi. The dinner buffet is outstanding in quality and variety, and this year was even better than I remembered from a couple of years ago. For example, they added strawberry juice on the breakfast juice bar, and some really good goat cheeses, along with corn based soda crackers (great for the gluten free people). One thing I didn't find was plain yogurt. It said 'plain' but tasted sweet like vanilla. Shopping There is a new shopping mall just opened, along the hotel street where you see many small shops. The exchange rate at the shops was 18.85 pesos to the US dollar, Starbucks paid 19.10 on the same day, but the hotel gift shop only gave you 16.00 pesos to the US. Stay away from there. Most items are the same as in the shops down the street but cost considerably more, even before you factor in the exchange rate. So you pay about 20% more in the end. The hotel desk will change Canadian dollars, but does not handle US dollars. To sum up, this is our 3rd visit to the Riu Tequila and we'll go back again.

Amazing value and service
ch445, Poole, United Kingdom
Tue Nov 29 05:17:54 EST 2016
We have just come back from an 11 night stay at this hotel and definitely didn't want to come home! We booked through Thomson so it was really easy getting from the airport to the hotel - we just followed the exit signs and there were TUI staff telling you which coach to get. The transfer was quick (about an hour) and there weren't many stops - it just stops at hotels on the resort i.e. Lupita, Tequila, Playacar, Yucatan, Palace etc. Upon arrival there was a table in the main reception area where they give you your wristband and an envelope with your name on it. Within this there is the room key, 2 cards for towels which you use to collect towels from the little hut by the pool and 2 luggage stickers. You put these on your cases and a member of staff delivers them to your room. The envelope also contains the free wi-fi password and this is available in the main reception area and around some areas of the pool. However, we bought a week of internet as we wanted it in our room and it was 640 pesos. There is a main buffet restaurant which is located to the side of the main reception area. This has theme nights i.e. Asian, Caribbean, Gala International and Mexican nights. This is also were breakfast is served. The choice at breakfast and dinner was incredible - they literally cater for everyone and there was always an area serving traditional Mexican cuisine. It would be impossible not to find something you wanted to eat! In addition to the main buffet restaurant, there is an Asian buffet restaurant located next door. You don't have to book for this anymore - you just turn up when you want to eat. It's a lot smaller though so I would assume it would get quite busy. We tried this once and the food was ok but not as good as the main buffet restaurant. There is a steak house which is in the middle of the pool. This has table service and the steak here was really really good. During the day, this area is where you have lunch and there is a great choice for lunch as well with different meats, fish, potatoes, rice, salads etc. Similarly to the Asian restaurant, you don't have to book this in advance. The last restaurant is a Mexican restaurant which is located at the end of the beach walkway next to the Yucatan. This one you do have to book in the morning of the night you want to go and we did not try this restaurant. The decor of the hotel is substantially different to the other Riu hotels including the actual room. Although the room was a little dark, it was clean and comfortable and I don't think it needs an immediate refurb like some reviews have suggested. The bathroom was really clean and there is a safe you can use free of charge. The TV has several English tv channels and is also good. There is a fridge within the room which the cleaners top up each day with soft drinks and beer and there are 4 optics within the bathroom. The only criticism I would have about the room is that there were only 2 easily accessible plugs to use for charging. The pool is separated by the restaurant used for lunch/the steakhouse. We didn't have any issues in getting a sun-bed however a lot of people do get up early and reserve these. We saw hotel staff putting notices on these at around 8am but we never saw any towels being removed. The animation team around the pool are not pushy in getting you to get involved in games which is good, but there is plenty going on if you want to join in! A lot of reviews have focused on there being too many coatis around. This is to be expected as there is a lot of forestry around the hotel and its obviously a good food source for them. The rule is that you just don't take food out to eat around the hotel - take it into the restaurant to eat instead. If you come out with a plate of food then they will surround you! They can also knock down sugary drinks intentionally so best to keep an eye on them while you are at the pool. Also don't leave open bags lying on the ground because they will rummage through your stuff (there are hooks on the umbrellas to hang these up). We saw one go through a woman's bag, find a packet of wine gums and run off with them. Personally we thought they were really cute and entertaining and if you don't have food then they generally don't bother you! The staff do a really good job through of shooing them away when they are bothering guests. We did use the pool over at the Yucatan for a couple of days. The pool area is potentially nicer and you can have lunch down there although it is not as good as at the Tequila. However the general decor is quite bright and I preferred the traditional decor at the Tequila. The pool area is also quite a bit louder than at the Tequila. However, it is definitely worth going to the Yucatan to spot the howler monkeys which live in the forest area on the path down from the reception to the pool/beach area. You can reach the beach via a shaded path which is a 5-10 minute walk. There is also a golf buggy that runs up and down the route if you don't want to walk. We didn't book any excursions as we just wanted to relax. Thomson was quite expensive so you are probably best off walking down the road to the Playacar Plaza to book instead. We did venture out to Tulum on our own one day - we got a tax into Playa del Carmen (90 pesos) and took the colectivo (essentially a minibus that runs between Cancun - Playa del carmen and Playa del carmen - Tulum that cost 40 pesos each and they leave regularly when full. The same colectivo can also take you to Akumal if you want to snorkel with turtles. This was really easy and the trip cost us about £12 each overall including transport, a guide booklet and entrance fees. We walked into Playa del carmen on one occasion along the beach and this took about 35 minutes although I'm sure it would have been quicker to walk along the main road. Just a note however if you want to get a taxi, make sure you agree the price in pesos with the driver before you get in. I have to say the level of service was absolutely amazing and all of the staff were so friendly. We would have no hesitations in going back - I just hope they stick to the traditional Mexican feel and don't refurbish it in line with the Playacar/Yucatan.

Second time this year
Jacqui751, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Tue Nov 29 05:05:50 EST 2016
Second time this year in Tequila as we loved it so much when we came in February with friends Stayed November for further two weeks and not disappointed. Staff were fantastic from the cleaning staff , waiters to the entertainment staff all friendly and go out of their way to help. This time we took part in the hotel entertainment daily program, which was fun and a great way to meet other guests and win some Riu scarfs. They have cut down some trees around the pool which ensures you can find a sunny spot now. The Cootees do pinch your drink if they can but I purchased a sealed reusable drinks container and the bar staff were more then happy to fill this up for me. This trip we didn't do any organised tours but got the local bus from Playa del Carmen to Cancun very cheap and fun. Love this hotel as it has character unlike the Yucatan, hope they do not change it. Will be back.

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