Riu Tequila

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2018 Exceptional Values
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availablity at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availability and upon request), 35 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min) per adult. (This discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts).

*Please note, this hotel will be closed for renovations until June 30, 2018.

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 Pinata 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: 011-52-984-873-4
Fax: 011-52-984-873-2201
Website Address:
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
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, kayaks, 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool
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. Exchange privileges with Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar. 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
Men must wear long pants at the a la carte restaurants. Dinner dining is not included in the exchange privileges. No spring breakers. From February to May each room must have one guest at least 21 years old & 18 years old for
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
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the Standard Room description.
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
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

Cribs available on request basis at no charge.
Riu Tequila features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL
There are 8 Restaurants at Riu Tequila:
Beach Club - Snack restaurant by day and Mexican restaurant for dinner.
Sports Bar - Open 24 hours
Lupita - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
La Lupita Bar - Poolside bar/swim-up bar
Bamboo - Asian style cuisine served a la carte.
Maguey - Lounge bar
Jalisco - Gourmet restaurant with a terrace.
El Kiosko - Pavillion bar
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

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
894 Recommend
894 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Tequila to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Riu Taquila 2018
Mar 06 2018
Lovely place. Very old Mexican flair. Lots of wood, plaster and iron. Tons of lush grounds to stole. Beautiful happy staff.
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Secluded with access to everything you want to do.
Mar 03 2018
Tequila is across the street from the hotels on the beach, so there is minimal foot traffic to disturb you. It is restful, has pool activities and an assortment of restaurants to choose from. Being a family of resorts, you have access to the amenities of the other properties in walking distance, with shuttle service if needed. We spent hours relaxing at the beach in the sun and shade as well as walking to town for shopping and taking excursions for fun.
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Improvements Needed
Feb 15 2018
This hotel is awesome, although they need to add more power outlets in the rooms for electronic devices and the wi-fi was quite horrible, I never was able to post to Facebook about family events.
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Riu Tequila Hotel review
Jan 01 2018
We did not receive maid service one day. The room was very outdated and they brought in roll away beds to accomodate 4 adults in one room. The air conditioner went out one night as well and it was hard to maintain the temperature in the room. It was either really cold or really hot. Disappointed in the pool atmosphere. We visited other resorts that had more upbeat activities and more update facilities.
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Good, yet far from excellent
Dec 28 2017
The entertainment and general hospitality services are nothing short of excellent. The food quality was favorable but on the bland side, which is somewhat understandable, considering the large number of guests that they are trying to cater to. This hotel is not close to the beach and has no beach access except for walking through one of Riu's sister hotels (Riu Palace). This property has one pool on two sides of a center "cantina" but it was very nice with plenty of seating. There was an unexpected, and somewhat irritating, fee that was charged to us upon check in. It amounted to about $10 USD and we were told it was some sort of governmental tax that needed to be collected from all guests. While I understand the need to collect required taxes, this is something that Apple should have taken care of prior to our arrival instead of dropping it on us immediately upon arrival. The rooms were clean, well maintained and had very good water pressure. If I were to complain of anything (and I'm not), I would say the restaurant employees could be both a bit friendlier and a little more understanding of the guests' individual needs.
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Dec 01 2017
Great time to relax with the all inclusive deal.
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Needs upgrade
Nov 25 2017
The hotel, especially the pool area needs upgraded, cleaned. They need an actual hot tub since they advertise it.
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Sunny week
Nov 20 2017
Generally everything was nice and easy, however big minus was no access to the beach.
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Nov 07 2017
This hotel did not offer many amentities for a bachelorette party. We were misled by the excursion team in the hotel and was given an excursion for $65 that did not include parasailing or snorkeling because of the waterconditions. they should have informed us before we sat on the boat and spent the entire day going to an island just to walk around and not do any excursions. They should have had some alternate activities like ATVing or land activities but they did not tell us we could not do parasailing or snorkeling until we got to the island. We wasted an entire day on this excursion. The restaurants were not open long enough there were many situations where we had no food. The pool was extremely dirty it was disgusting. We felt cleaner going to the beach than the pool. There are these animals all over the resort that would chase us when we had food to the point where we had to throw our food away in the middle of eating. The bar staff was inattentive. At the club, one of the girls asked for water and was spoken to very rudely. The bartender literally threw a jug on the table in front of her when she asked where the water was from. He was extremely aggressive and rude.
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Loved Riu Tequila
Nov 07 2017
My wife and I stayed at the Tequila Oct 24-Nov 3rd. We have visited Mexico frequently over the last 20 years, usually in 5-6 star hotels. We were meeting our UK friends this year and they picked out the Tequila (which I think seemed to be a favorite for UK visitors). We were a little concerned with the 4 star rating, but agreed to stay there. What a pleasant surprise! It was like old time Mexico (which we like). This place is a find. Clean, great staff, good food, good entertainment. The beach is a 6 minute, pleasant, walk (or you can take the shuttle). This beach is one of the best I have seen, no rocks, hardly any weeds, clean water. We spent a lot of time there. We also enjoyed walking to Play Del Carmen, about a 30 minute (safe) walk through a gated community. What a great value. We will go back.
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Ok experience
Nov 03 2017
The hotel staff were very nice and helpful. However, the rooms were not as nice as I thought they would be. They were big but more basic. No nice furniture and not modern at all. The food for breakfast was good. Lunch was not as great, but dinner was excellent. Also, they did not offer that many restaurant or food choices. I also didn't like all the wildlife in the resort. At first it was cool to see but those animals were intimidating and would chase after you. Overall the stay was ok. Not terrible, but I expected much better for the price that I paid.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
May 2017
julia21xxx, newcastle
Thu Apr 19 13:54:33 EDT 2018
Stayed here for 2 weeks in May 2017. Good hotel with the added bonus of shared access to two sister hotels. Good pool areas and only a short walk to the beach (or those sister hotels for more pools, bars and restaurants). Hotel is starting to show its age, but the staff are friendly and always willing to help. Food was nice and plenty to choose from. Steak restaurant was fab. Only downside is people sitting at the swim up bar and don’t think they ever moved from the seat all day. (Obviously using the pool as a toilet) we noticed that pool was looking cloudy compared to other pool so we stopped going in that one.

brilliant start
K B, Rotherham, United Kingdom
Mon Apr 16 00:39:59 EDT 2018
first the hotel staff were brilliant especially the swim up bar staff the hotel was in need of a bit of improvement but did have rustic charm and was overall very nice Unfortunately the hotel didn't really live up to expectations that I had for a RIU hotel All the entertainment was finished at 10.30pm to 10.45pm 2 days before the end of the holiday the staff started empting rooms around us including furniture this started at 7am it was only at this point we found out the hotel was shutting for a total refurbishment for 3 months from our departure date I also found out that we could have had a single bed for my daughter as in the room were 2 very small double beds and which we presumed were all we got but looking in the vacated rooms they nearly all had extra single beds . palm trees were constantly being removed by the garden team on the last night both main bars closed at 11pm instead of 12 because they had to empty the bar . On the day of departure to get a drink you had to try to get round a building site as they had started to demolish one of the bars and the sports bar which was open was at the other side of this bar. This farce at the end really spoilt our holiday in mexico and ruined at lot of peoples really, It wouldn't have hurt to wait till the guests had departed to start work as 2 days out of 3 months is negligible a very disappointed RIU guest

julie p, rotherham
Thu Apr 12 12:53:30 EDT 2018
What a fantastic hotel. Lovely rooms. Cleaned everyday. Minibar filled everyday. Safe in room which is free. Staff are so friendly will do anything for you.entertainment was fantastic. Best i have seen in any hotel. They was brilliant day and night. Waiters in resturant are also brilliant. Animals walking round the grounds and beautiful birds.

1st time to Mexico for our Vow Renewal
lima69, kent
Thu Apr 12 06:07:50 EDT 2018
Well where do I start? My husband, son and I travelled out to Mexico mid March for an 11day holiday. Booked with Tui. We also booked to renew our wedding vows there also. I thoroughly researched this holiday and fell in love with the Yucatan to start with until whilst reading reviews the Tequila kept being mentioned. I then fell head over heels for the Tequila. The jungle surroundings and wildlife sold it to me, yes I did want to be on the beach but the 5 min walk was lovely and not strenuous at all. We had a good flight over, and booked a private transfer so arrived before everyone else. Check in was very quick and efficient. We were given a cool drink on arrival. Someone took our bags for us and arrived at our room shortly after us. Our room was very spacious and decorated in typical Mexican style. The bed are huge and comfortable. The tv has news channels and channels with films on. Lots of storage space for clothes. Ironing facilities. A fridge with beers and soft drinks. And optics with tequila vodka gin and rum. All replenished every 2 days. We really enjoyed the restaurants, we tried them all apart from the Mexican, too lazy to walk that far! We went to the Steakhouse twice and the food was lovely. We also had our wedding dinner there, the table was decorated so beautifully. They really made a fuss of us. The oriental was self service, which I don't mind at all. The food there was lovely too. They do Oriental night in the main restaurant once a week as well. We ate in the main buffet restaurant mostly as my son liked the choice there. And boy what a choice. Almost everything and everything was served. And the desserts looked to die for!!! The staff in all the restaurants were very friendly and efficient. I didn't feel the need to tip at all, altho we did frequently. We enjoyed the evening entertainment, what we saw. But mainly stayed by the bar, as we were befriended by a barman called Rey. He was fabulous and ran the bar brilliantly. Always aware of people approaching the bar. I never had to wait for a drink. He got us talking to several other couple around the bar which gave it a fantastic atmosphere. The pool areas were stunning! Not too busy and lots of sunbeds, the swim up bar had a great atmosphere also. I never really sat there, just got in the pool when hot and walked to get a cocktail or two. The cocktails are really good at this hotel. There is a smoking side and non smoking side. And I did see people abuse it, but the lifeguard did come around and politely point out where the smoking areas were. Lunch was served at the pool restaurant and was varied everyday. There was a bbq by the pool daily and sometime a chap making burritos. The ice cream was plentiful and delicious. The grounds and look of this hotel is what made me book and I'm really glad we booked the Tequila, the grounds are so we'll kept. Immaculate. Which I don't imagine is easy with the jungle and the wildlife. We fell in love with the Coaties. We have more photos and videos of them than anything else. We had our Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony on the beach and everything was organised so well. It was perfect and exactly what we wanted. We booked our photographer thro the hotel and Antonio was fantastic. I hate being photographed and he mad me laugh all the way thro. He got our photo book back to us in 2/3 days which was a surprise as we was expecting it to be 8wks. Our chambermaid was lovely and our room was always immaculate. All in all, we had a fantastic time at the Tequila and I'm already thinking of selling a kidney so I can book again. I am waiting to see what the refurb is like. And am hoping it's sympathetically done as the charm of the hotel and the staff are what makes this hotel. I will definitely return to the Playacar area tho.

Very good!
luda5, West Vancouver, Canada
Mon Apr 09 13:42:48 EDT 2018
It’s our 9th time in Mayan Riviera, we usually stay at Barcelo, but booked this hotel as a last minute deal. It absolutely exceeded our expectations: very friendly and sincere staff, great food, very quiet and with real Mexican feeling ( I hope that the hotel keeps the atmosphere after the renovation in April). The only minor disadvantage was location of the beach (at least 800 meters away), but since we could use Riu Yucatan’s facilities it was not a problem. The beach was ok, gorgeous white sand, but with waves always too strong to swim, we could only wave jump. Seaweed was an issue as well ( we stayed March 19-26), but I would rather swim with the seaweed in the ocean than in a pool. Both our boys (7 and 13) loved our stay as well. Please note that a kid’s show (a couple of dances) at 8:30pm is not very popular among younger guests. A hotel might want to offer games, and maybe little prices for participation. Overall great, relaxing vacation.

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