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: 716


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on Request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
Advisory If a Student /Spring Breaker Group is accepted: The number of rooms will be deducted from the contracted allotments Minimum Age requirement: 21 years of age or older. The Hotel may request proof of age in the form of passport or official ID Each room must submit a signed liability agreement upon check-in.
Advisory At all other RIU properties 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
Current Renovations: Description: ***Important Information For Our Guests***
As of May 31, 2011, RIU Hotels & Resorts will no longer exchange US Dollars for Mexican pesos in its properties located in Mexico due to measures the Mexican Government has taken to regularize the flow of US Dollars (cash) in the country.

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 star tripadvisor rating Based on 4018 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    beautiful location but poor management

    I was hurt badly while at hotel. Chair in restaurant collapsed, concussion, whiplash and medal rod in chair punctured my thigh. They called a Dr. only when told to do so. They offered me $200 for my troubles in an email which I rejected. Neck still hurts months later. I have mailed registered letter to head office in Spain and they will not respond.

    Aug 06, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not all it is cracked up to be

    My cousin and I stayed here for a week over New Years. It is very far from most everything and if you want to experience Mazatlan, you need to take a cab (or pulmonia) to just about anywhere. We took one tour offered, but it was disappointing as you spend 45 minutes in a jewellery store, then walk about 10 minutes to a restaurant for a so-so lunch. Cheaper to hire a pulmonia, (open-air cab), who will take you to see the highlights or whatever you request. Some restaurants require reservations, but end up being buffets except for the main course. The main buffet was very disappointing and cleanliness did not seem to be a priority. For example, we had waiters bringing our drinks with their fingers wrapped around the edges, saw a cook put burgers on the grill then put the buns on, without gloves or washing in between. Food was often cold. The room was comfortable, although the fridge was only stocked twice. The entertainment was very amateur, even on New Year's, when it seemed they let the public in!

    Jul 16, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Customer service is good , however !

    Visited here from California and were excited to be here. But the food was terrible rooms out of date , to get a reservation for one of the restaurants you have to be in line by 6:45 am! The worst is the rooms , our blankets had holes in them , pillows/mattresses are also really low quality. Make sure to bring your own shampoo/lotion, it is not provided. We complained about where our room was located because construction workers kept peeping into the room it was very uncomfortable! They said they could change our room the next day, I said no problem. The next day I turned in my old room keys at 8:00 am, figured by 1:00pm my new room would be ready. Nope! Other guests who were just arriving , had their rooms ready to go. I would think they would let housekeeping know we were waiting. I had to wait until regular checkin hour for a room. The food is stale , over cooked , and gets the restaurants are super crowded. For the price I paid I figured it would be better. I must also add the plumbing is pretty bad. The bathroom by the pool smells like human waste. Even after it has just be cleaned. Also it’s so hard to flush the toilets, it’s one button that’s super hard to push in. My 10 year old niece couldn’t flush it. Definitely would not be staying here again! Don’t let the lobby and pool area fool you!

    Jul 14, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Riu luxury at its Finest

    Visited this resort during Christmas time with family and friends (9 of us) which we usually try to avoid since it is super busy but we had a great time. First of all, staff and entertainment crew were extremely nice and friendly and tried their best to really connect with the tourists to try and make their trip the best they could. The sunsets were absolutely to die for as all the rooms has an ocean view!! The food was up to Riu standards and had absolutely no issue with it, the weather was awesome, the house cleaning staff was very good and friendly as well. However, if you are looking to party inside the resort this is not the resort for you, the disco was very poor and not the type of party scene you would expect, a few friends who went to town to part said it was A LOT better. The only reason I am giving this resort 4 stars instead of 5 is because the resort was very old and could definitely use some upgrades in the rooms to modernize and face lift the resort. The rooms were a little out of date for typically Riu resorts as this is my 5th different Riu I’ve been to and the restaurants looked very old as well. Other than that it was a great time as I would highly recommend!

    Jul 11, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fun in the sun

    The resort was nice. Plenty of pool space. The buffet was good. The food was very tasty however I wish they would have changed up the selection. Someone from my party had brownish water coming out of their sink. The front desk handled the situation poorly. They did not change their room and they just basically said deal with it.

    Jun 28, 2019
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