Hotel Riu Cancun

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Hotel Riu Cancun - An Honest Review

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The Location of Riu Hotel Cancun

Staying at Riu Hotel in Zona Hotelera, Mexico will put you in close proximity (within half a mile or 1 km) to Cancun Convention Center, and just 2 miles (3 km) away from Tortuga Beach. Additionally, La Isla Shopping Mall and Langosta Beach can be found within 3 miles (5 km) of the hotel.


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All-inclusive Riu Hotel Cancun

This aparthotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay, including 6 restaurants, a full-service spa, and a nightclub. You can spend your day surfing at the beach or lounging on the sun chairs. Additionally, there are 4 outdoor pools available for your use. You also get free amenities such as buffet breakfast, complimentary self-parking, and WiFi access from the balconies.

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There are 569 apartments that offer a range of modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions with satellite channels and free WiFi. Additionally, there are balconies, minibars, and complimentary bottled water provided.

Bottom Line: Riu Hotel Cancun Review

The hotel staff was hardworking and made our check-in easy. The different pool options were great, and the staff was helpful and friendly. Our broken bed was immediately fixed after we reported it. However, the beds and pillows were uncomfortable because they were hard and old. The bedding definitely needs to be updated.

The food was okay, but we didn’t enjoy the restaurants much, and the Mayan buffet was the best option. It was disappointing to see people not tipping servers, even though it wasn’t expected.

The resort staff works hard and is friendly, but the scent of cigarette smoke is prevalent throughout our room. It’s overwhelming to see so many ashtrays scattered around the resort and a large number of people smoking without designated smoking areas, except for indoors where it is prohibited.

Riu resort Cancun is quite popular among visitors from different parts of Europe, but we experienced some discomfort because of a few guests who seemed to dislike Americans. We never encountered any issues, but we overheard negative comments or received unfriendly reactions when we tried to socialize with some individuals in the bar and pools.

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However, we still had an enjoyable time and managed to meet some wonderful people from different countries who interacted with us positively. Overall, if you’re seeking a place with a lively atmosphere, it’s a great resort. The resort had comfortable bedding and good food, but the presence of smoking guests was a downside.

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