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. 
Family: Kids 12 & under Stay & Eat Free (valid 1/02-4/30/19).

True to the RIU tradition, guests can expect exceptional dining, friendly service, comfortable accommodations and exciting entertainment at the fabulous Riu Emerald Bay. The charm of Mazatlan is nearby, with world-class fishing, fantastic golf courses, and excellent dining.

This family-friendly resort has many activities and excitement for kids. Children will enjoy their very own swimming pool and playground. RiuLand Mini-Club has numerous children's activities. Adults can relax with a refreshing treatment at Renova Spa or lounge with a tropical drink at the swim-up bar. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

Dining choices include buffet, Asian, Mexican, and Italian. A full American breakfast buffet, on-the-spot cooking stations, and a continental breakfast are available in the morning. A wide selection of pizzas, pastas, salads, and hot and cold buffets are served for lunch. Unlimited domestic drinks are included, as well as a stocked minibar and liquor dispenser in each room.


Mazatlan International Airport : 23 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2008
Floors: 20
Total rooms: 1028


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Hotel Advisories

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 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
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.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - 
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

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.

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 4124 reviews
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Huge Resort Showing its Age

    This resort is huge, with 5 pools, and over 1000 rooms. I had read many reviews prior to travelling, and really wanted to have an open mind regarding the negative reviews. I'm sad to say that I would agree with many of the negative reviews. The elevator issues are HORRENDOUS, with them being slow, and often don't stop on your floor to pick people up. There will be new elevators installed at some point, but the current elevator shafts have to be jack hammered apart. Consequently there is constant dust on every floor, and loud jack-hammering going on during the day. Some of the elevators that are still working have so much condensation in them, that you get dripped on as if its raining. One day, one of the elevators dropped 3 floors, then the doors wouldn't open until they were pried open. The whole elevator issue is very unsettling, and appears unsafe. With all the complaints regarding elevators its sad Riu hasn't fixed the issues yet. On a more positive note, the staff are wonderful, friendly, and try to be as accommodating as possible. Most staff were smiling and always said hello. We've traveled to numerous Riu hotels, and had great experiences, but this Riu hotel is dated, and really showing its age in the rooms, and restaurants. The new expansion is very nice, along with the new buffet restaurant, but unless you book a Superior room you will be in the older section. The Superior rooms don't offer ocean views though. The staff are constantly mopping, so the hotel is generally very clean, but you do need to be aware of slippery floors. The food is mediocre at best, but you can always find something to eat in the vast buffets. The Restaurants are still buffets, but you may be served your main entree. The liquor quality is poor, except in the lobby bar, as they have a little better selection. The bartenders in this bar were very friendly, and offered great service. We couldn't recommend this Riu hotel or Mazatlan based on our experience. There are so many other areas of Mexico that offer better Riu hotels and a more positive experience.

    Dec 09, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating

    This is a very nice resort. It has 5 pools and several bars. The food is good, there is something for everyone. There are 3 buffets and 2 al a carte restaurants. This a good resort for all ages. There is a kids club and water slides. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Pedro and Orlando were two great servers. There are also several great bartenders. I stayed in the new building and the rooms are beautiful, you don't have perfect ocean view but you can still see the ocean from the balcony. The only complaint that I would have is that it can be loud when there are people in the hallways.

    Dec 08, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    new addition

    This was our 3rd visit to the Riu Emerald Bay. The addition was newly opened and it is wonderful. Not only more rooms - more pools, bars, restaurants, kid's area and waterslides. There are lot of sun loungers. As usual the food, entertainment and staff are great. We lost an item and the staff found it for us. Thank you so much to our room attendant in #530. Sorry I do not have your name. Noa from Sunwing as so kind and helpful. We really felt that he cared and wanted to assist us. The elevators are still a problem however there is work being done on them.

    Dec 08, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good choice in Mazatlan

    We just returned from a one week stay with friends. All agreed it was a lovely property - well kept and clean with a massive beach well suited for long walks. Food was very good. There were two main buffet options - we preferred the buffet at the new part of the hotel as it was a modern, newer space that offered a lovely veranda you could dine on outside. Made reservations at one of the restaurants- Bamboo - only to discover it was also a buffet, just an Asian theme. We heard from other guests this was the case in the other restaurants too which was disappointing as ordering off a menu and having table service is usually why you’d want to bother reserving at a restaurant. Also liked the swim up bar at the new area better than the swim up at the old part of the building - just seemed cleaner and better lay out. We would use the chairs on the beach directly in front of this new area as it was well treed and shaded so we hardly noticed there were no umbrellas on the beach. Of note, there is no drink service to your chair at the beach or by the pool - you have to line up at one of the bars for a refill. Our rooms were in the tower and were well appointed. The bed was in the firm side, but comfortable. All rooms in the tower face the ocean. We had a standard room on the 4th floor and had a great view. Our friends paid for an upgrade on a higher floor and felt we had a better view. Their room was exactly the same as ours so not sure that an upgrade is worthwhile. Entertainment was pretty good, especially the beach party and the mariachi night. Will return and recommend.

    Dec 07, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    We travelled to the Rui Emerald Bay to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Our experience there was fantastic. Check in and check out were very efficiently handled. We had a superior room which was a complete oceanview. Fabulous view from our spacious balcony. The room had a very comfortable king size bed, a ceiling fan and an awesome shower. We are not drinkers but required lots of bottled water to stock the mini fridge. Everyday we asked at the front desk to re-stock and it was done immediately. Restaurants were varied and delicious. Our favorite was the buffet downstairs in the main building. There was always something different and often they had some of the same dishes that the alacarte offered. You had to line up at 7 am to book an alacarte daily which we were not interested in. Service was always pleasant. The pools and gardens were exceptionally kept. They also have a waterpark which was very popular. We never had an issue with the elevators but heard other people complain. Entertainment was provided nightly and it was different every night. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly go back!

    Dec 07, 2019

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