Hotel Overview

Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas is ideally located within three miles of downtown Cabo San Lucas. This exciting town is known best for its phenomenal deep sea fishing and exciting nightlife. Land lovers will enjoy fabulous shopping, marvelous restaurants, and outstanding nightlife. Breathtaking architecture, elegant restaurants, and luxurious accommodations are all surrounded by splendid tropical gardens.

Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas boasts a variety of exceptional restaurants which provide a superb selection of buffet and à la cartedinner choices. Recently revamped menus now offer a wide range of cuisine and finer ingredients at the à la carte restaurants, as well as the incorporation of a vegetarian menu in all restaurants. The buffet restaurant has a special theme twice per week, and à la carte choices include Fusion, Japanese, a Grill Steakhouse, and Mexican. The five bars, including two swim-up bars, serve unlimited drinks and pool area beverage service is available throughout the day. You can even enjoy free unlimited access to Splash Water World at Riu Santa Fe!

In the evening, be entertained by a live show or dance to your favorite tunes at the disco, open six nights a week. Children ages 4-12 can enjoy activities and a playground at RiuLand Mini-Club. Non-motorized watersports are available nearby for a fee and golf is just a short distance away.

Guests looking to be pampered need to look no further than Renova Spa. This full-service Spa boasts a variety of massages, a beauty salon, and a wide array of treatments in a soothing, calming atmosphere. To get your heart racing, the gym, sauna, and Jacuzzi are free of charge. Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas offers a wide array of services, sure to please every traveler!


Cabo San Lucas-Beach
Los Cabos, San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico - Los Cabos Intl Airport (SJD) : 30 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2004
Last Renovation: 2016
Floors: 5
Total rooms: 692


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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.
Advisory The state of Quintana Roo will be charging a sanitation tax of a minimum $38.00 Mexican Pesos (approx. $3.00 USD), per room per night. This amount is not included in your vacation price and will be collected at your hotel. This fee is subject to change at any time without notice by the hotel.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Deposits or credit/debit card hold authorizations are not requested at check-in. "Minimum age of 18 is required for check-in, an ID/Passport will be requested upon arrival.

Convention Policy : Groups traveling together can book this property for their stay taking advantage of group benefits such as 6th or 11th complimentary guest, Group dinner reservation, One complimentary cocktail hour with a selection of appetizers, One complimentary massage for the group leader, Complimentary room upgrades to the next category, Fruit plate and bottle of wine for the VIP, Private check-in when arriving together,  Welcome sign. Applicable with Wedding Collections and Social Packages. Consult terms & conditions.

Spring Break Policies - Student / Spring Breaker Groups (21 years of age or older) will be accepted ONLY at Riu Santa Fe hotel.  

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 9758 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Cool in April

    The morning were cooler then we expected but the Palace more then made up foe it. Everything from the room to the food to the pools were top notch. We had a great time and will be back again,

    Apr 19, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great food, overall recommend, don't lose a room key!

    Overall the RIU Palace was a great stay! It's clean, the staff are very friendly and the food was really good, especially for an all-inclusive. The buffet was good and the specialty restaurants were great. You can't make a reservation, but you can get on the waitlist so it's not too big of a deal. The views and location are great. The activity staff at the pool made the day really fun, for both kids and adults. The only drawbacks were we could hear carts rolling down the hall loudly (we were on the 1st floor) in the middle of the night and the beds in the room. They are supposed to be 2 "queen" beds, but they were definitely more like full size, and they are pushed together. So you basically are sleeping all together! Also, they only give you one room key when you check in and we were told we couldn't get another one until the next day. Then told we could only have 2 total. I ended up losing one and during checkout they charged me $20! They never told me that we would be charged for not turning one in, or I would have been more cautious. I would stay at the Riu again, but definitely not on the 1st floor and would be sure to not lose a room key!

    Apr 18, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not Great but Decent

    The Riu Palace is a beautiful hotel. We booked the Garden View not realizing that they're all on the main level. I can't say enough good things about the staff, from breakfast to dinner staff, bar staff, concierge etc. They were all wonderful. The buffet was repetitive and the selection was ok. The restaurants were a bit disappointing especially the stake house. It's first come first serve for all restaurants. You can't pre-book any restaurants. All of the entertainments were next door at the Santa Fe which were theme parties for the younger crowd. In the evening there was nothing to do but drink at the bar. The premium drinks were at the 3rd floor bar, drinks were amazing. The hotel was extremely clean. There were enough lounge chairs for everyone.

    Apr 17, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    50th Birthday Girls Trip

    I’d give this resort a 3.5. The resort is beautiful, the views are stunning and our first floor room was on the ocean and two steps to the pool. It was great! The pools were great. There is no hot tub on the property which is sad. The quality of the food, beverages and entertainment was low, however. The buffet was fine, not great. The specialty restaurants were really low qualify- the meats and seafoods were tough, the food didn’t seem freshly prepared or well seasoned. The bar choices were low qualify. They used “powdered or boxed juice drink mixes”, not real fruit or real juice and the liquor is low quality. Drinks tasted artificial. The entertainment was amateur, lacked variety and lacked options . We did like the partys across the street at the Santa Fe. We budgeted $4500 for 3 people for 4 nights including flights and transportation. Next time we will save up and have a higher budget to get better food/drink/entertainment.

    Apr 15, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Needs a Little Improvement

    Would've been a better experience for us if it weren't for the unpleasant experience we had with the restaurant front desk. Nonetheless, place is good. Just needs a little improvement. But overall, our experience was still nice and we had fun so wouldn't complain so much.

    Apr 15, 2024

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