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Place looked good. Really Clean. Grounds too big. Too much walked by to get anywhere. Staff pretends to care but really doesn't Beware of the tours they are very misleading Not a whole lot too do on the massive grounds Very reminiscent of a low budget cruise ship. A lot of money spent on beauty of hotel but not anything that benefits the guest. Food ok at best No beach besides the man made one. Which is not actually on the beach. The ruins look man made and there are rocks all along the real beach. Don't expect sand. There is none. Don't expectt any major benefit to staying here because of proximity to Excaret. There isn't a major benefit because you have to pay extra for Xcaret just like anyone else would. The unlimited experience is a trap to get you to go for 3 days. Don't waste your 350.00. I could go on and on. We complained about things to staff to no concern
Beautiful Location A very nice resort in a beautiful location. The grounds were large enough to have lots of activity...or find quiet areas to relax
The staff was absolutely amazing. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The rooms was very clean, comfortable and spacious. There was also ample supply of pool chairs towels and drinks. I never felt like I had to fight other guests for any of these things.
The restaurants and the pool areas No shuttle service to get to and from town and the airport
Very nice and relaxing! All the outlets in our rooms did not work well.
Parts of the grounds were very stinky
The only thing that was lacking in quality were the bed sheets. For a 5 star resort the sheets were old and covered with pill balls. Also I don't like the fact that people get up and "save" chairs early in the morning without even sitting there during the day. The system should be when you leave the lounge chair you take your saving towel so someone can sit there and use the chair. Most of the time there were approximately 2/3 of the chairs empty just being "saved". This is not necessarily the fault of the resort but of people just being rude.
Staff very kind and courteous. Animation team is so fun. Wish it was less expensive.
This was one of the best all inclusive properties I have been to. Room, staff, food, pools, bars and entertainment all were amazing. I loved the hydro therapy as well. Plus, as a bonus, the front door was right on 5th avenue, allowing us to shop, go to bars and grab off resort food. If you are looking for a chance to get both all inclusive and experience Playa Del Carmen, I highly recommend the Royal! The beach was horrible - rocky and full of seaweed. However, as I personally hate sand and salt water, this did not bother me in the slightest. This actually made my stay better, as we stuck to the pool, bars and 5th avenue.
The service, food, and location were excellent. The staff were genuinely happy to be of assistance and always greeted us with a smile.
Everything. It was amazing.
The staff were incredible.. Beautiful resort, good good options Horrible Horrible Smell from ocean like sewage. It was extremely hard to enjoy the beach. No eating at the pools
Food, service, entertainment. Everything was perfect in my opinion. Nothing
Our room was gorgeous Shows were great Food was great Loved how we could walk out to 5th Avenue Most of the staff was friendly Beach was well kept Pool was freezing I felt like they were always trying to sell something to us Small pool Crowded beach Beach chairs were old- they need some serious updating!
Amazing...and I always choose 5 star resorts. One of the best I've ever experienced. The hotel should do a better job of explaining all there is to offer and an initial tour...it really has excellent offerings, but we had to navigate/learn a lot on our own. It would have been helpful to have more information upfront.
The facility was outstanding. A great place for the family. Wonderful staff and a perfect location close to downtown. Lack of entertainment. Food could use some improvement.
We were pleased with the variety and quality of the food from the Sol/Luna Grill restaurants except BBQ night. La Palapa del Sol's main food is buffet. We are not buffet people. Many of the better items on their full service menu cost extra for the All Inclusive people.
The staff were incredible. Great, personalized service from all of the staff made this stay exceptional. The facilities were modern, clean and well kept. The activity equipment was available and in good condition and the beach/poolside areas were clean and comfortable. For the most part the food and drinks were excellent. The buffet food was typical of what you would expect of a resort/hotel buffet but the poolside restaurants and bars had excellent offerings. La Rotonda bar had great sushi and wonderful service. The Los Murales restaurant was phenomenal. The food was excellent and the staff was attentive and pleasant. Had an issue with my original booking but the customer service department of the hotel was able to work it out after a few phone calls. The WiFi wasn't the best. The signal was strong around the resort but connectivity was often poor. When we were able to connect, speeds were acceptable for email and limited web browsing. The whirlpools are quite cool- barely warmer than the pool itself.
I liked that everything was included. We were there for a wedding and they took care of everything. It was great The food was just okay, nothing to brag about.
We were upgraded to a larger room. The room was very big and very nice. The staff were all very nice and accommodating. The food was good but not amazing. It just wasn't the right type of resort for us. It had a more pretentious feel than we like. I also think it would be nice to have a view of the beach from inside the resort. It is farther from town and shopping than I would have liked. It might be perfect for some but not us. Full disclosure, it rained most of the time we were there. I don't think my review would have been different if the sun were out, but it is possible.
Was very good vacation just didn't like the beach )-; but the stuff was amazing very friendly and the food was not so baddefinitely will go back... Was very good vacation just didn't like the beach )-; but the stuff was amazing very friendly The room was also very goodI definitely recommend this hotel
There wasn't anything that stood out as amazing... especially for the price... food was alright, drinks weren't anything special, beach was small... Traveling with a buddy and when checking in they didn't have any standard rooms with 2 beds available so had to upgrade to a 1 bd suite... they also had constant maintenance including jack hammering immediately adjacent to the restaurants at 8pm which was very loud and obnoxious.
The grounds are beautiful, impeccably cleaned, the jungle animals are fun to watch. Nothing I would change
The Iberostar Tucan / Quetzal is one of my favorite resorts in the Mexican Rivera Maya. The dining buffets are fine, and there's always some food offered that you've never tried. It's fun to experiment with new tastes. This was my fourth visit. The staff are very courteous and speak several languages. The fun begins with the jungle in the center of the resort. A large canopy of trees with well lit winding paths takes you from your room to the waterfront pools. New additions this year included a balcony overlooking the flamingo pond, a boardwalk in the center of the jungle, and a new waterfall with Mayan statues hidden in the rocks. The wild animals living in the jungle run free and appear tame, but you are warned not to feed them. Peacocks are everywhere, and you can get some great photos of the males spreading out their huge feathers. If you stay near buildings 14 and 13 expect to have howler monkeys swinging through the treetops to get to their feeding areas. They wake up at dawn with ferocious howls that remind you that, yes, you are far from home and now in a tropical paradise. A surprise this time was the renovation of one of the buffet restaurants, what was once an intimate rustic buffet is now a separated modern glass and steel food service area with a longer walk to your table. I preferred the rustic design but was told Iberostar plan to remodel the other buffet restaurants with the same bright white modern sterile design.
The beach and pool are amazing and HUGE! The food in the restaurants was excellent. The food at the buffet was good. They did a great job of trying to include foods at the buffet that would appeal to guests from all countries, and it gave us a chance to try different foods that we would never typically order in a restaurant. There were always snacks and ice cream available by the pool, which was great. The entertainment staff, Star Friends, was amazing! They work around the clock to entertain the guests and always seem to have activities, games, or shows going on that are actually entertaining, whether you're participating or just watching. The nightly shows were a bit hit or miss, but they get an A+ for effort and enthusiasm. For some of the shows, they brought in professional dancers or entertainers and those were excellent. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The refrigerator was restocked daily with water, soda, and beer. The drinks were weak, but we liked that since we could drink all day at the beach and all night at the bars without being too affected by the alcohol! The disco was a great place to listen to music and relax at night after the shows. It wasn't very busy when we were there, but the bartenders were amazing and so friendly! We never felt pressured to tip anyone, and they almost seemed surprised when we did tip them. Overall, our trip was amazing! This did not bother me, but it is not a fancy "luxury" resort, so people with extremely high standards or expensive taste might want to stay elsewhere.
We liked the hotel very much . beautiful beach ,nice pools. The reseption staff was however not to helpful and friendly.. And it was hard to get towels in the room!! HAD to ask for them almost every day! But other that we koved the hotel! Make the cleaning staff provide towels!! More friendli reseption staff!
We enjoyed our stay very much! The beach was great and lots of activities were offered throughout the resort. The nightly entertainment was a treat! The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent. We were pleased with the variety of food choices at the buffet and the dinners at the restaurants were excellent. Can't wait to come back!
Hard-working, friendly staff make you feel right at home in this beautiful, newly renovated (Dec 2012) all-inclusive property. The first night we stayed, the toilet wouldn't flush properly and the staff immediately came and addressed the problem. The landscaping was mature and gorgeous, and the beach front location and new pools were a great spot to relax during the day. Buffet as always offers something for everyone. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
The floor tiles are very slick. My husband fell & broke his arm the first day of our vacation. When we went to the front destk to get help, the manager told us to wait in our room & have $50 cash for the Doctor when he came. We got more compassion & help from the other tourists & the actual workers that clean than from the manager. I asked for an incident report & he refused several times. He said the incident was our problem & they were not resposible for anything. The Dr. put us in a cab & sent us to the hospital. My husband had surgery & was in the hospital 3 days. No one from the hospital checked on us. My husbands roommate had also slipped on the tile, and there were several tourists in the hospital that had slipped. When I went back to the front desk for help I was crying & still no one asked how my husband was, & if I needed anything. They acted like I had the plaque. When I brought him back & asked where I could get ice, they said they would bring it to the room, they were stil...
This resort is excellent. Although the bed was uncomfortable for my husband's bad back but when we told the front desk, within 5 minutes we had a mattress pillow top cover on the beds in our room. The staff was very, very welcoming and accommodating. Anytime we asked for anything they took care of it immediately. They all went above and beyond. We will go back to this resort and keep the Riu resorts in mind whenever we travel.
I would go back, this is very nice location, clean beach
We loved the hotel and staff. The grounds were super and the location was great. Two problems with the Riu Palace. The A/C was not sufficient for the rooms. The coolest it was in my room was about 80F. Our party had 10 rooms, all were too darn hot. The second problem had to do with the dress code for the restaurants in the evening. Men were required to wear slacks however women could wear just about anything. Slacks would not be a problem, except it is too darn hot in august to dress up for a buffet dinner. Several of the outdoor restaurants were not air conditioned, so they were really hot. You could wear shorts to the non ac restaurants. It was too hot in those restaurants even in shorts. I did not cool off until I got in a cab going home.
We stayed at Riu Palace the first week of January 2012. We had a wonderful time, stayed 5 nights. I would called a family type resort. Lots of couples of all ages, as well as families with kids. The beach area is great, white sand, enjoyed the walks on the beach. We walked to Playa a couple times (about a 30 minute walk). We loved the food. We ate a 3 of the 4 reservable restaurants, liked Krystal the best. We thought the buffet selection for all meals was very good, plenty of fresh fruit and vegtables available at all times, if your not into the meats and fried stuff. The buffet restaurant also had a themed 'Mexican' night. Definately recommend this. Just a note for the men for the dinner meals. Long pants are required, jeans are OK, lots of men wore jeans. The wait staff at this resort was second to none, very friendly, and always right there if you need something. The room fridge restocked everyday. 24/7 room service included. We will for sure be coming back to Riu Palace again, and...
Its our favorite resort. We love the location. We can walk into playa del carmen..in twenty minutes. The beach is great. We spend much more time there than by the pool. The shows are pretty weak, but we enjoy dancing outdoors in the evening to a three piece orchestra. We also love the food and the beautiful bar off the lobby. The rpm is undergoing a serious makeover. We toured one of the 'new' rooms...ugh would be my review. It's very modern...chrome y glass. Not my taste. Still. For now a wonderful resort
I went with my parents and husband for 7 nights. This Riu is somewhat quieter than the other nearby Rius...but you have a gold bracelet, which means you can go to any of the Rius if you want more party than relaxation. Good food, good nightly entertainment. Excellent drinks one day in a coconut on the way to the beach. Beach is fantastic. Water beautiful. If you enjoy relaxing on the beach or playing in the ocean (snorkeling, body board, catamaran.... )this is the place to go! Bring an insulated mug to take your drinks to the beach. The gift shop in the lobby is a bit pricey -much better deals on 5th St in downtown Playa. We were married in Mexico 5 years ago and this is our third trip back to the area. Have stayed at the Riu Tequila before, but rooms at the Palace Mexico are nicer and you're just 2 minutes to the beach instead of 15. First time at this resort and would return again -especially if the parent's are buying!
I would go there again. But I'll be prepared to sleep in an uncomfortable bed.
Loved staying at the Riu Palace Mexico! The service was outstanding, especially the bartenders at the swim up bar:) The food was great, rooms were spacious and clean, and the shows were entertaining. The wristbands allow you to take advantage of other Riu properties. We loved going across to the Rui Tequila for drinks and a little dancing. What I liked best was the beautiful palm tree lined beach. Plenty of water activities available on site. The spa is really good, as well.
When we arrived to the hotel we were welcomed by professional staff, had a nice/tasty glas of papaya juice and then our luggage was taken to our room by a porter. At first it was a WOW, such a nice place, the food, service, beach, etc was great. Overall the place is awesome, but one thing I have noticed being such a big company and have no security camera is a big NO NO. This place is not even close to be secure, we had to hide everything we could to a very small safe provided by hotel, but you phisically can't put there everything possible. So we heard that someone was robbed during their stay. We've traveled to other places in Mexico and never experienced anything like that. My advise to you guys, put some cameras at least outside your building, you will have less stress on having to walk around when it's raining, humid etc. Other than that, the place is great, service is as well. My favorite drink was cappuccino w/out sugar, very tasty, well other drinks were great as well, but i am...
Location Bed was bad
I had my wedding at this resort 10/27/12 and everything went great. We were upgraded to the honeymoon suite free of charge from the concierge room. The staff was very friendly and helpful, rooms were clean and all faced the ocean. The beach was beautiful and eventhough the resort was next to the pier where the ferry for Cozumel leaves the beach wasn't too busy. The only down side is the entrance of the resort doesn't look that impressive but everything else was.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this luxury hotel. The facilities and staff were amazing. We will definitely be going back!
Except for the issue of being booked in an unpreferred room type with two beds instead of a single (king or queen), all aspects of the hotel were wonderful. The hotel staff were so kind and always came by to ask if we needed anything. The tours arranged by the hotel were fun. The variety of food options was plentiful. The beach was clean and quiet since we were at the end of the hotel 'zone'. The hotel was within walking distance to shops on 5th. No taxi needed. I highly recommend this hotel for couples, not necessarily for families.
We loved almost everything.The sevice,food,drinks,entertainment were great.The only thing that wasn't, is that we were to have a deluxe room with a resort view.Instead we got a room that construction and junk below our room. We were told there was no room available but they would tell us if one did. They never did.Later we found out the Hotel was only 60% full. I guess we should have complained. I would tell friends about this place and would go back again.... Besides the room placement very Happy with this place...
Jeg likte servicen fra personalet og aktivitetstilbudet. Videre likte jeg utseende og størrelsen på juniorsuiten og utmerktet roomservice. God mat og rikelig utvalg Et hotell av denne standarden bør ha fritt trådløst internet på alle rom. Det luktet muggsopp i juniorsuiten og dette har satt seg i alle klærne vi hadde med oss. Det var rikelig utvalg av barer som serverte drikke, men få av disse serverte kaffe. For meg ville det ha vært ønskelig med flere kaffebarer.
This is the 2nd time my wife and I have stayed there. Everything is always top notch, the people remember you and they go above and beyond when it comes to service. Also, it never feels crowded. We will be going back yet again
Although it wasn't the fault of the resort it was disappointing that the beach was covered in seaweed they could not keep up with cleaning it and it prevented us from enjoying the beach
Outstanding hotel, the staff were great. Had a small trouble at check in because I booked last minute but other than that everything was excellent.
I absolutely Looooooved this Hotel, it was the MOST beautiful Hotel i ever stayed in and the staff and food was impeccable......... Love Love Love Love Loved it... 100 stars..
Location entertainment staff spa attentiveness value , rooms felt secure Third world country ,phone didn't work at first ,water problems during rain at room door entrance ,room safe had to be fixed ,constantly asking for every meal and service for room number , prices for water sports were not fixed but negotiable