Riu Tequila

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All Inclusive    

2019 Exceptional Values
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availability 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 spa credit on a selected couples massage for two (120 min). This discount applies per couple, per stay and does not apply with other promotions and discounts.

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.
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
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

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:
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
Beach Club - Snack restaurant by day and Mexican restaurant for dinner.
Sports Bar - Open 24 hours
Lupita - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
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
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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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Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Barbie and Dan's get away vacation
Jan 15 2019
We have been at this hotel several times in the past but this is the first time since its renovation. The old world charm has been eliminated and replaced with a newly designed lobby and updated facilities. The major change and my biggest complaint is the quality of the food. Previously the quality of the food was on par with the RUI Palace, which we have been to on several other occasions. The food at the Tequila sub par and their presentation lacking. They appear to have comprised the food to make up for the expense of the renovation.
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Amazing Vacations
Aug 21 2018
The hotel has been remodeled and it looks amazing! It is so much bigger and classy now. The entertainers are great! There was always something to do and I never ever got bored I was always up and going but I also had time to relax. I love the entertainers they were so kind, fun and up to beat!! The food was great because it was a little bit of everything-very international! All I can say is that everything was AMAZING!
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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Changes not all for the better
Steve R,
Wed Jan 16 03:53:10 EST 2019
Stayed here for the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas, our first visit since the upgrades were completed. First impressions were that the main entrance had been somewhat improved by the changed layout, and the stage area was definitely better than before, but why so much seating still not under cover? Changes to the rooms were a definite improvement from our last stay, but why is the bathroom still effectively part of the bedroom, would have preferred it to become a separate room, glass block wall and clear shower door give no privacy! The outside areas were the most changed, gone was the old pool snaking through the grounds, and the quirky old restaurant and bar that was full of character has been replaced by a very limited snack bar. The old pool restaurant used to provide a wide choice of foods at lunchtime and was the evening steak bar, the new one only provides burgers, hotdogs and fried chicken with a limited salad bar. Now forced to use the main restaurant or go to one of the sister hotels for a decent lunch. Steak bar is now within the main building, along with an Italian restaurant and the Chinese that was always there next to the main restaurant. All these 'speciality' restaurants are available on a first come, first served basis, they serve the same fixed menu each evening. The worst thing that has been done is the introduction of Friday night White or Neon parties, the only bars open are both situated next to the entertainment area and when these party nights are held the only way to save your hearing is to head across the road to the Riu Yucatan! Overall the holiday was enjoyable, the food was still good but we felt that the amount of choice was much less than 2 years ago, the Christmas Eve gala dinner seemed very low key this time around. The hotel has lost a lot of it's charm with the changes that have occurred, we will return to the area again but more likely to book the Yucatan in future.

Christmas holidays in playa del carmen
Tue Jan 15 18:44:56 EST 2019
The Roy tequila hotel is fantastic. The location is great and 100% secure gated community. It was all inclusive and the food was great the staff very friendly even if not all of them speak English. The rooms compared to Europe are very big 4 different pools and a lovely beach. We all loved it. I would go again. The value for mobile is great too.

2nd visit
sammyjb02, Sheringham, United Kingdom
Tue Jan 15 17:15:04 EST 2019
This is our 2nd visit to this hotel. Renovations are very good. Nice to have wifi access. Shame it cant be used at the yucatan. Chinese restaurant wasnt very good at all. Steak house was lovely. Only downsides for me is i would be coffee/juices in rooms rather than spirits. And i must say when we were here in 2016 the entertainment team and there activities were much better than this time around. But other than that theres no faults. I would probably come back again as location is brill.

mslawsy, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Tue Jan 15 09:19:05 EST 2019
Fab hotel clean, staff are very friendly and very helpful. Loving this holiday the walk to the beach is lovely or they ya e a free bus. Walked to 5th Avenue which was only a 30mins sttoll lovely area very friendly locals

Inconsistent but enjoyable
ZombieZoneDOTca, Surrey, Canada
Tue Jan 15 09:08:43 EST 2019
Just back from a week at the Riu Tequila. Had a great time and I recommend it as a slightly less expensive alternative to the other Riu Properties in the area. But you get what you pay for. You are off the beach, a little more families with younger children than most places I've been(not that that's bad, just a little noisier) and both the food and service can be a little inconsistent. But there are benefits too. The food can be good, you have access to the other Riu properties nearby, some incredible staff, beautiful area and cheesy, but entertaining nightly entertainment. Local shopping next to the resort had some souvenir deals that compete with what you'll find in Playa Del Carmen but you'll be blown away by the market, shops, restaurants and entertainment in the town. Definitely take a ferry to Cozumel, it was a great day trip. Again, we had a great time and while I might step up the little more to go to one of the beachfront properties across the street next time, I wouldn't turn down this resort at a sale price.

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