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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 Pi๑ata Disco with guests of the other Riviera Maya Riu Resorts.

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: www.riu.com
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
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Court Fee: Complimentary.
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 two restaurants offering 4 dining options, four bars, nightly entertainment, wo pools, two tennis courts, beach shuttle to & from hotel 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, 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, 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 3 Restaurants at Riu Tequila:
Beach Club - A snack bar and restaurant located on the beach offering buffet service andon the spot cooking.
La Lupita - A poolside snack bar and restaurant serving cold and hot starters, meats, fish and snacks thought the day, featuring a specialty menu for dinner (reservations are required for dinner). Dress Code: Casual Formal
Restaurant Jalisco - An air-conditioned buffet restaurant serving delicious selections for breakfast and dinner, featuring show cooking and terrace seating. There is a non-smoking area. Dress Code: Casual Formal
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
777 Recommend
777 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Tequila to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Most amazing holiday ive had
Jinelle B,
Thu Feb 04 13:11:04 EST 2016
Well what can i say apart from wow! I was a bit dubious about this hotel from the reviews but let me tell you ignore them!! This was the best holiday weve ever had. The staff were so lovely, food amazing, room was clean and beds very comfy. We were in room 1616 not far from pool was nice and quiet. The coati dont bother you unless you go and feed them of course they are going to be hungry the hotel is in the middle of their home! Its a great perk being able to use the other hotels too, the Riu Playacar is fab. When we arrived it was my partners birthday the hotel made such a fuss it was lovely the room decorated and the staff singing happy birthday to him and even made him a cake. We are booking up straight away to come back. Such a wonderful hotel can not fault it at all. Thank you Riu Tequila for the holiday of a lifetime xx More>

Good Stay; Great Service
shensbrown, Danbury, Connecticut
Thu Feb 04 09:47:37 EST 2016
I do recommend this resort, but I give it three stars for these main reasons: -No response from hotel when emailed prior to the trip -Mediocre food -Needs some updating -"King" bed is two beds pushed together We stayed 1/30-2/2 (3 nights). It took about 50 minutes to get from Cancun airport. Compared to the other hotels, this is the most "traditional" whereas the other Riu's seem much more modern. I do like the Mexican feel this resort gave. I emailed the resort with questions a few days before arrival, but did not get a response. When we arrived, the front desk attendant was very friendly and explained a couple of things to us as well as gave us a glass of punch. Someone took our luggage and led us to our room after check in. Room: Yes, they use actual keys to get in rooms, which I liked. I was on the ground floor. The room was clean and was tiled (yay! no carpet). The room is spacious and had everything needed. Minibar had sodas and Dos Equis beers. There were four bottles of liquor, but we didn't use any of it. I did request a room close to the lobby (hoping to get the free wifi) but they said there was nothing available. Grounds: Well maintained. Plenty of trees. Coatis are plentiful, but they didn't bother me really. There were a few cats roaming around as well. Pool: Great size pool area with swim up bar on one side. Water was cold though so I stayed out of the pool for the most part. I wanted chairs in the shade, and those were easy to find. Beach: Across the street and to the right is a pathway to the beach at the other Riu resort. It takes about 10 minutes walking, and there is a shuttle cart that goes back and forth. I opted to walk each time, though. The beach was clean and the water looked great (too cold for me too haha). Chairs were plentiful and there were trees for shade. Many, many people on the beach were tanning. A few women had their bathing suit tops off (for those that are uncomfortable with that). Food: Breakfast was the best, in my opinion. They had green juice, omelet station, and many many options. Lunch and dinner were mediocre. I wish they had the salad dressing containers labeled. For that reason, I didn't bother with salad at lunch. Tried the Steak restaurant (Lupita) and Mexican at the Riu Yucatan. We reserved our spot at breakfast time (usually around 9am) with the person standing outside the main restaurant. At Lupita, they had to take my steak to recook due to it being far from well done. Then it was pretty chewy. The Mexican was better, but still not as good as I would have expected. Desserts look good, but can be deceiving. I did, however, love the fresh fruit available at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Entertainment: Good entertainment, but had to ask for a schedule. The schedule wasn't the clearest; I didn't know where most of the activities were taking place. We did see a Grease act and some dancing the night following. The "disco" was pretty empty the Sunday and Monday night that we went. So, we sat at the bar inside the bar at the disco and drank. Sunday night they were playing American music. Monday night was Spanish (which is what I was hoping for). Service: Great service! For the most part, everyone was friendly and helpful. Those that weren't just simply did not speak English. I especially love service at the bar. Also, when the minibar was not restocked in our room (supposed to be every two days), I called the front desk (press 9) and they sent someone over immediately. We got pesos (free/no fees at Wells Fargo if you have an account) before the trip. We tipped bartenders $20-50 pesos. It does not seem like many people were tipping, but they deserve it. I wouldn't tip if I got bad service, and everyone was smiling and friendly. We walked to 5th street, which took about 35 minutes. It is 10 minutes by taxi and costs $90-120 pesos. We took the taxi back because of the long walk and it being dark. Seems that shops are open in general from 10am-10pm. When walking out of the resort, just walk to the left. Overall, a good trip. We enjoyed the beach and pool, unlimited drinks (fresh fruit blended in them). The resort was not the busiest during this time frame and probably makes for a better experience. Great value. I would recommend it to anyone on a budget during non-peak times. More>

Delivers on expectations
Patrik Z, Vellinge, Sweden
Wed Feb 03 14:25:43 EST 2016
We stayed at the hotel from January 25th to February 1st and had a great time. Positives: Friendly staff Excellent service Food - especially the main restaurant, Asiatica and Beach restaurant (lunch) had very good choice of food. The green juice was amazing Drinks in all bars Clean room Beach area with enough sunbeds Real coffee at sports bar Mini bar in room Negatives: Rooms are a bit worn and outdated Noisy rooms Pool restaurant very outdated and food average Too few sunbeds at pool area Mexicana restaurant (pool restaurant) for dinner was tasteless and could need a lot of seasoning Coffee in main restaurant was undrinkable WiFi in rooms expensive Misc: We went on our own field trip to Cozumel and it is highly recommended. If you like to dive or snorkel this is the place. The salesmen on 5th Avenue are bothersome. More>

A touch of paradise
mumsypops, Chichester, United Kingdom
Wed Feb 03 13:11:31 EST 2016
We arrived home today from wonderful week at this stunning hotel. Yes as many reviews comment it is a little tired but spotlessly clean and comfortable and has an authentic Mexican feel . The rooms are set in blocks around attractive grounds which at times resemble the jungle as it is planted with palms and exotic east-west plants . We regularly saw parrots and canary yellow birds in the tall palm trees which was spectacular. The coates roam around in abundance but we saw no major incidents of them causing any bother and strangely they seem to have integrated with the resident cats . Without exception the staff we met were a credit to the hotel being polite and helpful , always with a smile and a friendly greeting.Our room was serviced daily with clean towels and kept spotlessly clean . We could not fault the food which was delicious at every meal, a wide choice attractively laid out and well cooked , our favourite was Mexican and we enjoyed trying new dishes. The hotel is in a very good location, just a short buggy ride or walk from a magnificent sandy beach with azure waters that are so warm ! We wanted to get out and about and used public transport which we found easy and cheap from Playa Carmen to visit Turin,Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. We also used Thomson to take us to see the wonders of Chichen Itza which proved so interesting under the auspices of our excellent guide 'Mac.' More>

First time in Mexico
Junnie_Babez, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Wed Feb 03 10:21:47 EST 2016
We got back on 27th January 2016 after staying at Riu Tequila for 2 weeks and we will be coming back. It was our first time in Mexico and we weren't disappointed. The hotel is fabulous and even though it is more 'dated' than the other Riu's along Playacar - we had no complaints over it. In fact, we preferred this hotel more than the others we visited. The entertainment was fantastic, they are a really hardworking, enthusiastic, talented team who are constantly trying to get you involved and have a laugh with you after the shows. There was a different show on each night and sometimes there were games to play in the lobby before the show began which was nice. The staff at the reception and the restaurants were very polite and friendly. There were a vast amount of different food to choose from and you certainly couldn't grumble at the choices. Even for a fussy eater like me, I always found something to eat each night (and sometimes went back for seconds!!) The pools were nice and big and I absolutely ADORED the swim up bar, very nice touch. If you didn't want to venture out in to the town or do excursions there were always something to do around the pool like volleyball, ping-pong etc. We went to the dolphin discovery on the Friday and it was absolutely amazing, I couldn't recommend it highly enough! Definitely an experience I will never forget, it's not that far from Playacar either. The bar staff were by far our favourite part of the hotel, they were so fast to serve you and absolutely mesmerising to watch. They all had a good chemistry with each other and was really lovely to see. A special thank you to Silverio, Luis and Andrea, you were always there to top us up the moment our glasses were empty (beware, it's very easy to get drunk!!!) haha! We went to CoCo Bongo's on a Tuesday night and that was definitely an experience too, I would definitely recommend going - it's something you will never have experienced before in a nightclub and it is absolutely incredible. I haven't seen anything like that in my life. However, do write off the next day as it is a loooooong night but certainly worth it!!! We purchased the gold member package but we felt that we didn't get our money's worth of drinks, we were a bit disappointed with that side of things but the show itself is amazing and it was definitely worth the gold member package to sit upstairs for the best view & seat! You are better purchasing the package during the week as it's cheaper than at weekend. Oh, and make sure you take enough money with you for the picture and frame (that's if you want it!!) that isn't included with gold member unfortunately. All-in-all our holiday was fantastic, it was just what we needed and what we wanted to do. We didn't do a lot of sight seeing but we will definitely do more when we come back and we will be coming back to Riu Tequila! Thank you for making our first visit so wonderful and making us feel so welcome ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™. More>

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