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: Two kids 12 & under Stay and Eat Free in select room categories (valid 1/02/19-12/23/19). 

Riu Vallarta is located just nine miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta and directly next to the Riu Jalisco. Decor features charming art deco-style architecture with a modern vibe, perfectly suited to the needs of the discriminating travelers. True to RIU tradition, the resort offers endless activities, gourmet restaurants, and unmatched leisure facilities. RIU's legendary all-inclusive concept and renowned personalized service make the Riu Vallarta a fantastic and unforgettable destination for a well-deserved vacation. 

Two facilities, two times the fun! Guests of Riu Vallarta enjoy exchange privileges with Riu Jalisco (dinner restaurants excluded). Guests can enjoy access to both facilities, including activities and entertainment. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Renova Spa or take advantage of the fitness center and daily activities such as volleyball, table tennis, and an introductory scuba lesson in the pool.

Four restaurants serve delectable dishes. The buffet restaurant is sure to have something for even the pickiest eaters. Twice a week, special theme dinners are served. The gourmet, Asian, and Grill Steakhouse offer à la carte and buffet choices nightly. Snacks are available 24-hours a day, and the five bars, including a swim-up bar, serve unlimited drinks. Each guest room also has a stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser. 

RiuLand Mini-Club features a playground and non-stop fun for kids ages 4-12. Adults can dance the night away at Pacha Disco. Entrance and drinks are included! Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge). 


Riviera Nayarit - Beach
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - Gustavo Diaz Or : 9 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2006
Accessible rooms: 4
Floors: 10
Total rooms: 550


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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

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
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.

Spring Break Policies - 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 fee are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

The resort 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.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 6820 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great staff

    We arrived very tired after 11 hr flight and sat waiting on transfer bus for over 1hr - get a taxi it’s very affordable and all you want is a speedy transfer. The first room we were allocated was a family room with very smelly bunk beds, the room was very damp and we immediately got moved; we in fact moved 4 times to eventually be happy. The hotel, like all in this area are extremely large, which we knew before booking, however, we were not prepared for a re-take of a club 18-30!! The entertainment is so loud and not one of the rooms block out late night revellers, intoxicated returning from the on-sight night club. If a peaceful holiday is what you’re searching for do not stay here! However, despite the noise level, the staff are superb in every way. Unfortunately, cannot rate the food either, very poor as for taste and quality but hey the Canadians love it! Overall though this region of Mexico is fantastic for nature lovers, we saw whales, dolphins from our canoes and watching the pelicans diving for fish is beautiful, we even witnessed turtles hatching on our beach, so wonderful.

    Jan 18, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Paradise in Vallarta

    In Rui Vallarta we spent one week only and I wish it was much longer . The room was big and clean, the same bathroom. The common areas were nice , the staff always helpful. Food was fantastic. There was lots of possibilities to spend time outside - close to the ocean or to the pool , or to one of bars . There are 4 on a card restaurants and big buffet restaurant , few bars and one of them is open 24 hours . You do not have to go early in the morning to "save" spot close to the pool- there is more than enough spots available in shadow or sunny places all day long. Puerto Vallarta has interesting history and located near mountains have nice areas for daily trips .

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Excellent resort!

    We stayed at the Riu Vallarta from Jan 3-10 & what a beautiful resort! They did such a fantastic job with the renovations! The beach is great with sun & shade areas & plenty of chairs. The pools were lovely as well & the swim-up bar service was amazing. The food was very good at the buffet (appreciated all the vegetable dishes) & the service was every bit as good as a top restaurant! 2 of our servers I want to mention are Jessie & Reyes. We tried all the a la cartes & the food was very good too. We spent a lot of time at the theatre bar (La Boheme) & we have to mention 2 bartenders - Victor & Eduardo- who were amazing. The hotel is spotless - staff were constantly cleaning! The rooms are exactly as the website shows. Thanks to all staff for making our vacation fantastic!

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Riu Paradise

    What wonderful changes were made to the renovated Riu Vallarta. The food is always excellent but the Italian Restaurant was awesome. My husband just loved the filet mignon. Now that we are both retired we have come to PV for 13 weeks, 12 in a condo but I must have at least 1 week at the Riu Vallarta. We have had from 1 week to 3 weeks at the Riu for the past 7 or 8 years and it just wouldn’t be the same without it. From Juan Carlos, Ernesto, and Raul at Reception to Rosie, Carla and Ramon at the Don Rafael and Evencio by the pool, the whole experience was wonderful.

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Lovely resort!

    Beautiful, clean resort. Restaurants had good variety, and service. The beach front was clean and inviting as well. Only reason I dropped it to four stars, we had an unfortunate incident upon checkout, that had us questioning the integrity of the staff. But we recognize that likely shouldn’t be the norm. Otherwise, great place to stay!

    Jan 17, 2020

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