Riu Tequila

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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 availablity and upon request), $35 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min), once per stay. This discount 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 Piñata 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
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, 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 4 Restaurants at Riu Tequila:
Beach Club - Snack restaurant by day and Mexican restaurant for dinner.
Lupita - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Bamboo - Asian style cuisine served a la carte.
Jalisco - Gourmet restaurant with a terrace.
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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Fantastic Food & Staff, Need more shade at Beach, pools are horrible
windsorvase, Toronto, Canada
Mon Jul 24 08:54:30 EDT 2017
We stayed at Riu Tequila, but spent time at Riu Yucatan because you use their amenities when you go to the beach. There is a shuttle but it fills up fast - but just a 5 min walk to the beach so no biggie. My ratings as follows: 5 STAR FOR FOOD - They really put a lot of effort into their meals. The food was the best i've ever had in mexico. Have visited 6 different hotels along the coast and Riu had the tastiest food by far. 5 STAR FOR STAFF - The staff were also the nicest i've ever encountered. 99.9% of them were so friendly and seemed to have much better grasp of english than at other resorts - where they don't seem to even try and communicate or learn a few words of english. I also noticed that although the pool bar etc is busy, they appear to be aware of customers and in what order they arrive at the bar, because they make an effort to serve people in order if they can. Quite amazing how they do it, cos at most resorts they just ignore you and you have to do your utmost to get noticed (fat and 40's having a much longer wait that 20's with implants). 4 STARS FOR THE BEACH - The beach is lovely, but unlike other hotels nearby, they refuse to pay money to have proper shelters built, so being a beach person i'd have to get down there by 6.45 a.m. to find a spot under a palm trees with 6 leaves, only to end up in the sun anyway as the day progressed. and there's no chance to move in the shade elsewhere cos there are 100's of people packed into the same area, trying to find their 5cm of shade. So if you need shade, go elsewhere. The beaches are so packed up in the shade, you really have no space to move. If they built shade closer to the water, you'd feel less like an overcooked sardine by the end of the day. Rooms - 3 star. They are tired. Pools - 1 Star - i like to hit the pool at the end of the day...but at Riu Yucatan the pools are inadequate. Too small to accommodate the 100's of people from both Yucatan and Tequila. people can't actively move in the pool cos it's so full of people and so very warm. Water was bath water temp, partly urination warmed i think. Riu Tequila's pools were a bit better, but definitely the most disgusting pools i've seen at a resort. At Bahia Principle you'd always see guys at night scrubbing the pools and it showed. Water was always sparkling and welcoming. I checked out the Yucatan and Tequila pools at night and first thing in the a.m. to see if the water looked clean, but no it didn't. I don't think the filters are even working very well. i was going to score 2 Star for pools, but on reading so many reviews with similar comments i think I score the cess pools 1 star. I have an overall score of 3 1/2 because the food and staff were so very superior, and the ocean in that area is so beautiful, but thinking about it there really is a lack of care and respect for their guests due the the lack of shade in that brutal Mexican sun, plus the pools are probably borderline health hazards. The pools are actually TOO SMALL for the amount of people that are using them. If Riu really wanted to provide a great vacation they would add another 2 pools to the Yucatan. Tired rooms are acceptable...dirty pools are not!

Viva Riu Tequila
stirlingwalker, west yorkshire
Mon Jul 24 08:24:48 EDT 2017
We stayed here from 9/7 until 23rd July family of four (including 19 and 16 years old children) in two rooms.The rooms were spacious and mexican style and the cleanest I have ever stayed in-Manuel our house keeper was amazing and the room was immaculate every day.The aircon worked brilliantly and fan during the night was a nice relief from the aircon too. The Hotel restaurant was fantastic with lots of choice -always lovely meat and fish dishes and the desserts and cheeses to die for. The kioska bar near the theatre was always well stocked and friendly waiters. Over all the staff here are the best -always friendly and polite and a big shout out for Jordy, Woody and Edgar in the restaurant. The entertainment team especially Jesus,Hector and Danny were great fun and my daughter enjoyed the daily waterpolo and water baskets. The pool area was nice and clean and we sun bathed on the quieter side away from the swim up bar which did seem to get dirty with the drinks.There are many palm trees around the pools and umbrellas so there will b leaves and bits being blown into the pool but this is not a big problem. The Beach is only a five minute walk or by golf buggy down a tree covered path -the beach is amazing and the sea the most wonderful colour -lots of sunbeds and shade in between the palm trees You can use the facilities from the Rui Yucatan and Playa car Hotels too but we preferred the more mexican feel as the others are very modern nd contemporary design The mosquitos are rife but we did expect this in the jungle areas of the Hotel so wear bands repellent etc -lots of animals round the Hotel especially Coatis which look like brown racoons -they can be a nuisance if you leave a drink or a plate on the sunbed as they steal everything. Over all we had a fabulous time here at the Rui Tequila and although this hotel is due a refit later in the year we really hope they keep the traditional feal and not refurbish it too modern. It is a great Hotel for fab Holiday -well done Rui Tequila

Not the usual Riu high standards
Debbie B, Scotland, United Kingdom
Sun Jul 23 12:45:09 EDT 2017
We have stayed at many Riu hotels and this one was definitely the worst. The level of service certainly wasn't the high standard we have been used to. The rooms seriously need updated. We booked a family room and when we arrived there was no bed available for our 12yr old son. We were informed by reception that the hotel was fully booked and there were no beds available, which meant we all had to sleep in the same bed! We did get a bed the next day. There is no door to the bathroom, just a dirty curtain and shower bases get very slippery. The evening meal at times was a disaster. They don't reserve a table and at times trying to get a table for 5 during busy times appeared to be an inconvenience to the waiters. However, the food was really good and there is loads of variety for even the fussiest of eaters. The swim up bar pool is absolutely disgusting. It doesn't appear to have any filters and it's always full of dead bugs. It is cleaned daily and they come round with nets in an attempt to keep it clean but it never is. The pool on the other side of the bar/restaurant, where the entertainment is, is always clean. The staff in the swim up bar are brilliant. They do their utmost to make your holiday a good one and were definitely the highlight of our time there. There is no waiter service around the pool and staff don't save beds for you. The entertainment staff don't really bother with you if you're not sitting at their side of the pool. The evening entertainment was ok. The sports bar is really cold so take a cardigan! Again, there is no waiter service in the evenings. Anyone for tennis? The men in our party like a game of tennis. Before we went on holiday we were told there was tennis available. When we enquired about the tennis courts, we were told the only ones available were at one of the sister hotels, but the only time available was between 12 & 3pm! So unless you wants to play tennis in highest temperature of the day, just forget it. The worst thing about our stay in Mexico and the reason I will never go back is the mosquitoes. Out of the 5 people in our group, I was completely eaten alive. I had a pharmacy of repellent sprays, wipes, bands, creams and antihistamines but nothing worked. For some unknown reason they found me too tasty. I even had bug spray for my room but it made no difference. Whether you're prone to bring bitten or not, take 100% deet spray with you. The best bit of our stay in Mexico was the beach. It's picture perfect. Very clean and water is warm. I took my son down to watch the sunrise and it was magical. The beach was stunning. TRIPS....... Due to the issues I was having with the mosquitoes we only done one trip which was the catamaran trip. The trip included snorkelling, lunch and a trip to an island. The first thing that went wrong was my son got sea sick. I told one of the members of staff that was going to sick and he offered no bucket or water. I was told to sit him in the shade. He was subsequently violently sick over the side of the boat. Thankfully there was a thomson rep from another hotel there that offered us assistance. The snorkelling was awful. We were all told to stay together. There were so many people that, if you dared to put your face in the water, you were hit in the face by the flippers of the person in front of you. The boat also moves away so you're basically stuck out there until they decide to come back. Getting back on the catamaran was less than dignified. They made women go to one side and men to the other. They made you turn your back and raise your arms and a man then pulled you up. If your bikini was the slightest but loose, you bared all!! I don't understand this process at all as catamarans have steps.... Once we were back on the boat, we were taken for lunch. In order to get to where lunch was being served, we had to walk through loads of trees. You can imagine how horrified I was as this is where the mosquitoes are! I was told that I couldn't stay on the boat and had to walk through the trees. When we got to the food area, it stunk of pooh. The food wasn't great and there was nothing to see or do, so we headed back to the catamaran early. When we got to the pier, we were told we weren't allowed back on the boat! We had to wait on the pier, close to the mosquito ridden trees, in the baking sunshine with no shelter until they decided it was ok for us to go back on. We were then taken to the island (I can't remember the name) to explore and do some shopping. We ended up hiring a golf buggy and driving round in circles looking at run down and derelict buildings. Again, they moved the boat and you were left with little to no shelter from the sun. On the way back, we were allowed to go for a swim. This consisted of us being able to jump off the boat and being told to get back in the boat within minutes. The day was a disaster from start to end and definitely not one to be recommended. Due to the bad experience during our trip and the mosquitoes, We cancelled all other trips we had booked. This meant we weren't able experience the wonders of Mexico, which is something we will always regret. Out often three Riu hotels in the complex, everyone said the tequila was the best. If that's true, then it doesn't say much for the other two.

Riu Tequilla review July 5-12 2017
Dnguy28, St. Petersburg, Florida
Sun Jul 23 07:49:34 EDT 2017
We have been to several hotels in Playacar that are All Inclusicve and this was the first time at the Riu Tequilla. Overall a very nice hotel a little dated in some places but nice and clean.The staff was courteous and friendly. The only reason I didn't give this a five star was the pool- it seems like on some days the filter did n to work as there was usually dirt or leaves in it and a film floating around from various sun products and the like. I wish the pool bar stayed open last 6pm but we went to two other riu resorts across the street and they close early too. Speaking of the the private beach in between the Riu Playacar and Yucatan is amazing as well as the use of their bars, pool, and buffets is a great perk we used often.We enjoyed our stay and we usually travel to Playa once a year and will be back next year.

Not on the beach but......
Randy_and_Teresa, Colorado Springs
Sun Jul 23 07:09:23 EDT 2017
Although this Resort wasn't on the beach it was right across the street from the 3 Riu resorts that were, and there was a Golf Cart type shuttle that gets you to the beach in just a couple of minutes. You are still able to use all of the Riu resorts amenities as your own (Restaurants, etc.). On the plus side, the Night Club for all of the resorts is located at the Riu Tequila, so the other Riu guests come to your resort in the evenings for fun and dancing!

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