Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional 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: Two kids 12 & under Stay & Eat Free (valid 5/01-12/23/19). 

The exciting Riu Santa Fe is located alongside the luxurious Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas on a prime beach location and boasts amazing views of the famous arches. The Riu Santa Fe is less than three miles from the marvelous town of Cabo San Lucas. This 24-hour all-inclusive resort contains first-class facilities such as specialty restaurants, bars, a disco, and Renova Spa. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge). 

The two pools are the perfect spot to relax, and the adjoining Jacuzzi is a perfect place to mingle with new friends. Children have their own pool to enjoy activities. Non-motorized watersports are available nearby for a fee, or spend your time walking along the miles of beautiful beach. Exciting bars are lined up on the beach just a mile or two away! 

Comfortable rooms feature a stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser and a balcony or terrace. Ocean-view rooms are suites are also available. Children ages 4-12 can spend their days playing at RiuLand Mini-Club. 


Cabo San Lucas-Beach
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) : 30 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2007
Floors: 4
Total rooms: 902


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

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:   Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during February thru May. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. 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.   

 Please note: Student/Spring Breaker Groups (21 years of age or older) will be accepted at Riu Santa Fe only for the month of March!
-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.
-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.
-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.

RIU Hotels & Resorts will allow these “Supervised Family Student Groups”, as an exception to its RIU Student/Spring Breaker Group Policy, always on an on-request basis and; if and only if they fit the following criteria:
-Students are traveling in the company of a parent/s or Legal Guardian/s.
-Each room booked has at least 1 (one) responsible parent or guardian sharing with their underage children (18 or younger) up to the maximum of occupants permitted in the specific room category.
-Parent/s or guardian/s must be willing to sign a responsibility agreement.

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

3.5 star tripadvisor rating Based on 9410 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    We had never been to Cabo and we were very excited ! The Santa Fe was awesome and exceeded our expectations ! We love the grounds and pools and especially the splash pad for the kids ! Awesome babysitting services too for us to go have some adult beverages at the ocean and swim up bar ! We will be back very soon !

    Jun 19, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Upon arrival, the resort was beautiful. However, the minute you go to check in, the resorts true colors shine through. The front desk staff was awful and more specifically the front desk supervisor. He was completely rude to us when we questioned him about our reservation. He went so far to tell us that we could leave. I’ve never experienced the disrespect at an establishment that I paid money for. The food was ok. The rooms were spacious but the beds are very hard.

    Jun 19, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Have the Right Expectations

    This is an absolutely adequate hotel with something for everyone. This is NOT a 5-star resort and doesn't try to be; instead, it focuses on providing a good time to the masses. And the Riu Santa Fe succeeds at that. We were a group of 11 adults and had a wonderful time. The buffets had some of the best Mexican food I've ever tasted and the variety was big. Seriously, if you can't find something to eat here that pleases you, you're a VERY picky person. Alcohol was just fine. Be sure to ask for a brand name, otherwise you get a house brand. Pools were lovely and we spotted workers using a scrub brush at the waterline to remove sunscreen residue. This is a very humid place. Everything in the room always felt a bit damp, and the air conditioning struggled to keep up at times. Keeping the curtains closed during the day helps. Bring your own shampoo/conditioner and body lotion. Sunscreen is available in the shops but is very expensive. Make sure to bring enough. Know that there is a LOT of walking involved at this resort. If you're in Building 7 by the pool, it's a good half-mile walk to the main entrance. Building 7 is the only building with an elevator. Overall this is a fun, inexpensive resort. The music is loud and virtually non-stop. Bring earplugs just in case. It's loud late into the night.

    Jun 19, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Do Not Stay Here!

    Upon arrival they were not accommodating in placing our two rooms near each other. We were in building 8 while our friends were in building 3. Ridiculous. We asked for 3 keys instead of two and the front desk guy caught an attitude and said that they usually only give one as if he was doing us a favor! The alcohol is cheap and we did not touch the alcohol in our room due to not trusting it. Our room was hot and maintenance came to check it only to not resolve the issue. Our friends room was awful. They had a standard room with stains on their sheets, mirror and lamps. The room was totally outdated and dirty. There were bugs EVERYWHERE and the handle to their patio door came off. All issues were reported and nothing could be done. They offered to move them on their THIRD day and that was it. I'd read previous reviews about theft and was prepared with a lock for my suitcase with my valuables. We did not experience theft. Our room was only cleaned one day out of 4 days. Unacceptable. Our checkout experience was the worst. The manager accused us of damaging property and charged us $80 for a bedsheet!! They will charge you for any lost keys or towel cards. Be prepared to keep up with them. The manager was so rude and unprofessional at the checkout counter when we asked to speak with him. He did not care about the issues we had and could care less about our experience. Cabo is great outside of the resort. Riu Palace next door is a much better place to stay versus Sante Fe!! Do Not Stay Here! The food was also terrible and made us sick. The taco stand at night is the only thing going at this place, otherwise, eat outside of the resort. I have never been treated so terribly by a hotel in all of my life. Do not do it.

    Jun 19, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    This resort is suitable for 18 to 30 Years old (Techno - Rap music all day)!

    RECEPTION: We didn't have what we ask for, we ask for two beds. When we arrived at the reception, they were only one bed available for our room, and they couldn't find anything else. We had to change the next day. One of the young men was rude i wasn't impressed with is arrogance. I travel a, and it is the first time this happens — lousy organization at the reception. BEACH & POOL: The pool was clean and the Jardin well maintaining, beach clean but it's Los Cabos (big sand) hard to walk, and you can't swim because the waves and currents are too strong. We already know that before reserving. HOTEL & FOOD: The hotel, in general, is spotless and it is surprising that many young people who are partying all day at the hotel. Food was good; there is plenty of choices. ROOM: If you want a quiet room, ask for a room away from the pool party. Room was clean, and the fridge was full every day. WHAT SHOULD BE CHANGE: The music is way too loud during the day by the sea. A variety of music would be great, rock, Latino, salsa, country. Listening to Rap and Techno all day is terrible. Extra coffee stand for the morning, in the middle and one by the sea. GENERAL VIEW: I will not return because it is too noisy and too much young people. You feel like you are in Daytona Beach at spring break. A LA CARTE: Chinese restaurant, was tasty food and a variety of choice, we did love it. And we had excellent service. Thank you to Edwardo for your great sense of humor and excellent services.

    Jun 19, 2019
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