Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added Values

Free Symbolic Weddings: Restrictions apply

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. 

A brand well-known for their excellence in service, RIU Hotels & Resorts bring their all-inclusive vacation experience to beautiful Playa del Carmen with the 5-star Riu Lupita hotel. Just a five minute shuttle ride to the beach, in the heart of Riviera Maya, this remarkable property has everything needed for the perfect getaway for friends, families, and couples.

There is always plenty to do at Riu Lupita. From laying out on the sun loungers beside the beach, to cooling off with a dip in the unique pool, there is something for everyone. Daily activities include windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, and much more. Plus, kids can enjoy the RiuLand club for kids, which features arts and crafts and a kids pool. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the Renova Spa, grab a drink at one of the bars, or enjoy a workout in the gym. 

Explore the variety of culinary experiences that await at Riu Lupita. Authentic Mexican cuisine is served up daily at the Maria Bonita restaurant, while Dante offers classic Italian favorites. The Cozumel steakhouse restaurant features grilled favorites served by the beach. After dinner, the fun continues with outstanding nightly entertainment, including live music and access to the Pacha nightclub. 

Each of the 300 guest rooms include great views from the private balcony or terrace, an in-room safe, and a minibar. Unique to Riu Hotels & Resorts, every room also features a liquor dispenser, among other elegant amenities. 


Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Cancun International Airport : 36 miles

Property Information

Total rooms: 300


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory The Municipality of Solidaridad will be charging an Eco Tax of 20.00 Mexico Pesos (approx. $1.10 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 natural beauty of the destination the area and its surroundings.
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
Advisory Due to construction near the Riu Lupita Beach Club, it will be temporarily closed. Guests will have access to Riu Playacar from 8:00am-6:00pm as a temporary Beach Club. Transportation service will be provided every half hour from Riu Lupita to Riu Playacar from 8:00am-6:00pm.Beverage service will be available at Las Olas Bar (Riu Playacar) from 10:00am-6:00 pm. Food service will be at the Turquoise Restaurant from 11:30am-6:00pm & at Pepe’s Food 12:00pm-2:00pm.
Advisory Continued: Pool towels will need to be brought from Riu Lupita (same procedure as now at the Riu Lupita Beach Club). Guests may use swimming pools, bathrooms, sun beds & beach area at Riu Playacar. Please note renovation dates & times are subject to change at any time without prior notification.

General Policies & Fine Print

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:

At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room February through April. Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any RIU property, at any time during the year. RIU Hotels & Resorts, reserves the right to withhold admission to any Spring Breaker. The hotel reserves the right of admission and may request clients to show passport or official ID to prove full identification. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Parties in rooms are not allowed. Spring break groups or unruly behavior is not allowed all year round at any property.

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.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating Based on 3613 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Hotel Riu Lupita, would repeat. Loved it.

    I went with my 26 and 15 year old sons for two weeks over easter.Brilliant price we got it for. Felt really safe here, all gated areas so cars and coaches and people at check at check points. We had a ground floor room between both pools.Did have damp problem in our room had to dry the bed sheets every nite.Nobody else seem to come across this, we were offered a different room but we were all settled and like where we were. You will find this hotel has loads of coatis running around. Your not ment to feed them as can be a pest but most people love them. Dont leave food or drinks about as they will steel anything sweet. Food good, everywhere very clean, three different restaurants also bookable over your stay. Great cocktails. Free beach bus that also goes to shopping centre. We had one afternoon where it pours down and thundered for about two hours,then sun out again. Temp stayed around 29/30 over our time here.Same days the beach had bad seaweed then other days pretty good, very windy down there by beautiful sea views. You can walk down to the beach by going just out the hotel and right walking on the path along the golf course. Foams party every Tuesday run by Cocobongo in the pool it was great fun. Friday nights the was Neon night one week then white party night the following week. So dont forget to dress up. This at the sister hotel free bus there and back again, not late about 11pm. Free face painting and glowsticks or flashing head wear. When on some amazing trips. Loved it.

    Aug 13, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Very nice place

    Great Warm welcoming not to over busy and loudly great family place to stay 3 restaurants so u can find lots to choice from not next to beach but private bus take u there and back also restaurant at beach so u can still get food and drink there

    Aug 09, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    V Marshall

    I would not recommend Riu Lupita for singles who are active or enjoy partying. There isn't resort entertainment and activities other than 1 show a night that can be provocative and inappropriate for small children. A friend was ill and puked in one of their towels and had to pay 300 pesos equivalent to $15+ US dollars. What if it was the sheets or mattress? Would they charge for that also? The birds are swarming everywhere for food and there are these family of animals that look like cats and raccoons of different sizes combined walking around wherever they please because they are suppose to be harmless. They are free to come in the open patio dining areas. If the wait staff doesn't clean your plate up right away, the animals will be there to do it for you. Lastly, Dimar who works at the front desk wouldn't call for a manager when ask to do so when we wanted to dispute the towel charge. Vacations are suppose to be enjoyable or relaxing. I wouldn't return for another visit and if any of these things in this review concerns you, I would recommend you go elsewhere.

    Aug 07, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    FAR FROM BEING A 5*, its a generous 3* superior or very very low 4*. My family and I stayed from the 12-19th July at the Riu Lupita and it was a nightmare in terms of service. I grew up in Mexico, and all my life i'd known Mexicans to be cordial and amazing with service, always aiming to please; but the RIU LUPITA is no example of it. INSECURE: drugs were being sold at the properties private beach, the security guards from the hotel knew this, and no one did anything. Right next to our lounge chairs at the beach, the "necklace" guy came into the property and started dealing with a guest of the hotel. Children were all over. They offered cocain and marihuana. A couple of minutes later the local police came from the beach with a 4x4 motorcycle (someone must have alerted them), and we saw the hotel guard alerting the people who sold trips (also inside the hotel property), trying to inform their colleagues that the police was around. UNACCEPTABLE! SERVICE: COMPLETELY DEFICIENT! Always NO if we asked something, bad humored and RUDE people, LYING receptionists (we had several incidents that we reported and when we spoke to the hotel manager we ended up noticing all the LIES told). Also, At the buffet for instance, if the tortillas were finished they would send you to the other end of the buffet, then they would say no, and send you back to the other end! WIFI: for a 5 star only wifi available, WHEN there was connection was at the door of the buffet restaurant. Again THIS IS NOT A 5*. You don't even get a SOAP bar replaced in the room. You get soap and shampoo all in one in those shower dispensers, where are all the amenities for a 5*!?????!!! POSITIVES: would be unfair NOT to mention what WAS good. The food in general very nice, especially the MEXICAN food, amazing, though after this experience, I will NEVER stay at a RIU HOTEL. ( i have in the past, never again)

    Aug 06, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    GIRLS TRIP 2019

    Resort is about 50min drive from airport. The resort has a very small outdated lobby. If you enjoy animals then this is the place for you. I was totally turned off by the animals/birds just freely wandering. They are even bold enough to climb on the tables where people were eating taking their food and run. It's very small, nothing like RUI TEQUILA. The rooms are small, beds uncomfortable and the toilet runs. They do a good good at maintaining the resort on the outside. The dining area is small, food was ok, pretty much same selection everyday. There is a dining area next to the main that was better with selections. The drinks are very sugary and gets watery. If you have a credit for a Spa please read carefully (only applies to $100+). Be sure to find out ALL details about any excursions you do. Not much to do outside the resort, shopping for souvenirs is close by otherwise boring entertainment. Although price is inexpensive, put a few hundred more with it and get something better. I give a thumbs down😏😏😏.

    Aug 04, 2019
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-177 seats or A320-186 seats/PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Icelandair: PC 19-077, B757-200-183 seats; Miami Air: PC 18-230, B737-800-183 seats/PC 19-085, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Sunwing Airlines: PC 19-090, B737-800-189 seats; Swift Air: PC 18-229, B737-400-150 seats/PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/PC 18-254, A320-180 seats/PC 19-079, A320-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats; Volaris: PC 18-233, A320-180 seats. CST2139014-20 62519