Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added 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. 

The 24-hour all-inclusive Riu Cancun is located in the heart of Cancun and set on a beach of white sand and turquoise water. This majestic resort soars above the Caribbean Sea, steps from the Galeria and Caracol shopping centers and in the heart of nightlife and activity. 

This grand resort boasts a rich decor with high hand-painted ceilings adorned with flowers and frescos, and Spanish-style oil paintings cover the walls. Over the pool bars, domes are decorated with intricate mosaics and have a Moroccan-Mediterranean ambiance. Long walkways front the restaurants and offer seating areas; a perfect place to relax and enjoy a cool drink in the afternoon. 

Kids will love the RiuLand Mini-Club. Children ages 4-12 can partake in numerous activities with adult supervision. During the day, the hotel provides entertainment for all ages, including watersports and one introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool. At night, Pacha Discotheque is the place to go for nonstop dance music. Also, entrance and drinks are included! Afterwards, start winding down at the 24-hour sports bar. 

Looking for a vacation full of rest and relaxation? Renova Spa offers numerous types of treatments to put the mind, body, and soul at ease. The gym and Jacuzzi are complimentary. Of course, there is always the option of sunbathing the day away and lounging with a tropical drink at the swim-up bar! Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in all public areas of the resort. 


Cancun - Beach
Cancun, Mexico (CUN) : 12 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2003
Accessible rooms: 6
Floors: 15
Total rooms: 569


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory The Municipal Government of Benito Juarez will be charging all guests in the area of Cancun and Puerto Morelos an Environmental Sanitation Tax of a minimum $30.00 Mexican Pesos (approx. $1.60 USD) per room per night. This amount is not included in your vacation price and will be collected at your hotel. These funds are being used to protect, maintain and conserve the extraordinary beauty of the area.
Advisory Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 21
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Spring Break Policies - At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during the months of February through May. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 years or older is required in every room.

The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request a guest present his/her passport or official ID as proof of age. Guests can and will be removed from the property, at their own expense, if any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff arises. Parties in rooms are not permitted. Unruly behavior by individuals or groups is not allowed at any property at any time during the year.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating 11701 reviews
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Gross hotel with the illusion of being nice

    I will say that upon arriving I was very pleased with how the hotel looked. It was beautiful at first impression and I was excited to stay. This quickly changed. The rooms are gross and do not provide amenities that are needed, except a cheap soap dispenser with watered down soap. Tge towels remain dirty. I took my towel down to the pool and noticed there was crusty snot stains all over it. Got a new one and there was a yellow stain all over it. Not sure what it was. The food was okay.i enjoyed the Japanese restaurant and dinner buffet, but the Italian restaurant was terrible and cheap. Ate breakfast and my eggs had bones in them... MY EGGS! The drinks were okay. I liked the espresso martini but otherwise the liquor was cheap crap. The pool was disgusting and dirty. The pool with the bar had a gross film all over it. I wouldnt recommend this hotel at all. It only gets 2 stars for the minor positives. And the employees are extremely rude people that just bother you to buy things. They also ask for tips. Like sorry, I owe no tip as I paid 1400$ for this trip and the tip is extra, if I want to. Dont worry I definitely tipped and was planning to regardless, but an employee asking for it is desparate and makes your guests uncomfortable because it is so forceful.

    Nov 18, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Upon arrival we was given drinks tropical pick me up. Nice. Reception may ask if u want upgrade don’t do it till u check out your room first we had sea view. Room great and clean. Place:situated on beach and 4 pools with a bar. Drinks were great we tried pretty much everything. Waiters came and took orders and got drinks bring to you at night and daytime. There was pool foam party every Monday at 3. Food: Italian, Japanese, steakhouse and buffet. We tried all of them was all great. Don’t have to tip. Cleaners were out every day cleaning windows, poolside, rooms. Couldn’t fault them. Staff was more than happy to help anywhere. Entertainment : show on every night some great and not so great. The team are out from 8am till 12 at night they did great job. Some shows by the team some from outside. Had Mexican night, rock night, Mexican culture night, Michael Jackson night some more. Outside the hotel is shopping places also go down the strip (turn left and follow road)which has nightclubs and souvinier shops, it’s safe. Some of the shop people may say come in just say no thanks or don’t make eye contact but we got out shopping great. Hotel overall can not fault it. Our 1st week was quiet then 2nd school holiday in uk. Got crowded had to make sure got up early for towels down but it rained so. Other Than that great stay for two weeks and great food.was all inclusive. The sports bar is 24/7 so u can get food and drinks when the buffet finishes at 10.30pm. Would return again

    Nov 17, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Booked the wrong RIU Cancun - be careful of name.

    I booked the wrong RIU Cancun in an attempt to get together with old friends and family who live a long way away. I got the wrong hotel name, and there are 3-4 RIUs in Cancun. Been trying to transfer to join the rest of our friends now for 3 days, and no luck . just Try Tomorrow, Try Tomorrow. We like this hotel just fine, but want to be with the rest of our friends. Be sure you choose the right RIU when you reserve a room in Cancun! Be careful!!

    Nov 17, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Perfect location!

    Most perfect location,the hotel is so vibrant and pretty. Rooms are basic but they look really nice. We had paid for an upgrade with a seaview. We were on level 10 and was worth every penny, the view of the ocean was absoulty breathtaking. We were so excited to wake up each morning and go on the balcony. All inclusive is brilliant as you can have as many drinks as you like free and they top your mini fridge up in the room with water, cokes, lemonade etc. Of course you get the breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast was brilliant, but we found we couldn't eat lunch and dinner there also so we often ate out. The staff are so friendly and cant do enough for you. It's a real treat going back to your room after being out all day and have it all cleaned and spruced up for you. All the staff are constantly working hard to make everywhere spotless. Of course there is the lovely beach just outside the hotel, but we loved to venture to the public beach behind the Hard Rock Cafe.. the waves were so much fun! Cancun has stolen our heart and the Riu Cancun was such an amazing stay. It is where dreams are made! ❤

    Nov 16, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating

    The hotel itself is very nice though to be honest more a 4star than a 5star. I stayed at the Peninsula last year and there were definite differences between this and the palace(apart from the price!).thoughboth 5star The beach was very nice though it started to lose the sun from about 1pm and you needed to move your lounger to stay in it. Though it did take care of the issue of no shades for those that needed it. There was no seaweed problem while I was there and the bits that did wash up were raked up and removed. A few sellers everyday but no hard sell from anyone. We did see a waiter some days but not every day but I think they also did around the pool areas too. I did spend a couple of days by the pool which was clean and tidy, I did not use the main pool though could see all the fun and games going on. It is a matter of choice it was there if you wanted to join in. There was a sun shade if you needed. The restaurants were fine with plenty of choice in the main buffet, after staying with Riu on a regular basis we are used to the massive choice and found the way to go is to not pile everything on your plate just because you fancy everything, just set yourself out a meal. I was quite perturbed at the amount of waste people left. I sat next to a lady one day that brought 3 platefuls of food to the table and picked at the mountains on all plates then left the majority. I thought she had a family of 6 arriving! Would you cook everything in your cupboard and pick at it then waste the lot?? We were served by Mauricia who was fantastic and very attentive. Drinks were a mixed bag, some days strong others less so, to be honest I was fine though I have seen others make negative comments in regard to this. I prefer to be conscious on my holiday but each to their own. You could always order another!! Though maybe it’s a competition to see how comatose you can get in the shortest time. The main bar was pleasant, drinks were a little stronger here and the service on an evening was great – I think the lady was called Mary, she remembered our order and as soon as one glass was empty voila you had another full drink. The room was great we were on the fourth floor not too far from the lift, clean and tidy and done daily absolutely no complaints, though I did not strip the bed or get out my fine tooth comb and microscope to study the room. The view was fabulous!! We were initially given a different room but due to it not fitting in 2 beds we requested a move and that was done straight away with no fuss. The lady on reception was great. I do have a couple of things that were of concern. The walk way from the main bar down to the restaurant was very, very slippy, I appreciate that it was constantly wet due to people coming in from the pool however there was an underlying greasiness which meant it was extremely difficult to manage when on crutches, I saw a few people fall over and they were able bodied! Maybe some slip mats along the way would help. The second was on our last day we checked out in good time which then means your band is removed. You are given a ticket so you can still get food and drink, however when we tried to use the Italian restaurant we were ‘told’ salad bar only, That’s fine no idea why we could not eat from the menu it was the tone and dismissal of us that irked. Did not look at us waved his arms around and actually shouted at a fellow waiter no they only salad, didn’t realise we became second class citizens once the bands were removed. Never had this issue any of the other Rius I have stayed at. I hate glass lifts and one night it whizzed straight up to level 15 my sister and I were mortified, OK we nearly needed to change our underwear afterwardsJ, and definitely needed a stiff drink to settle the nerves All in all I did enjoy my visit but I don’t think I will be repeating the experience, will probably stick to the palaces, it’s the little things that make the difference

    Nov 13, 2019
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