Riu Tequila

All Inclusive    

2018 Exceptional Values
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availablity at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availablity and upon request), $35 spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min) per adult. (This discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts).

*Please note, this hotel will be closed for renovations from April 2 - July 6, 2018, and will reopen on July 7, 2018.

Riu Tequila was created with attention to decor, beautiful gardens, and wonderful pool areas, and takes the limelight when it comes to affordability and family-friendly concepts! Located across the road from the Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar, it shares exchange facilities so guests can also enjoy the non-stop entertainment at two more RIU Resorts. Just a short distance from the beach, a trolley winds through gardens past a raised gazebo bar to the beach club.

Old Mexico is featured throughout Riu Tequila. The lobby mimics a small village with grand pillars, arches, iron lanterns, and ceilings painted in swirls and decorated with mosaics. A trolley winds through lush tropical gardens past a raised gazebo bar in a courtyard and down to the beach club. The pool area is Hawaiian-style with boulders and waterfalls. Great carved doors open to the main restaurant, Jalisco, in early Mexican style with international buffets. The informal Lupita Restaurant offers poolside snacks.

This family-friendly resort offers a great vacation value, from live entertainment to an array of sports including non-motorized watersports. Kids will be entertained in the RiuLand Mini-Club and enjoy the playground and supervised activities. Adults can enjoy the nightlife at the popular La Piata Disco with guests of the other Riviera Maya Riu Resorts. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

Accommodations are comfortable and have features such as a fully stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser. Junior suites with a living area are available, perfect for a little extra room.

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Riu Tequila is just 3 km from the small town of Playa del Carmen with its restaurants, shops, bars and nightlife. It's also within close proximity to the local beach

Local Phone: 011-52-984-873-4
Fax: 011-52-984-873-2201
Website Address:
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (2 miles)
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Swim-up Bar
The beautiful gardens surround a fresh water pool area of 1,500 square meters, with an artificial beach, a separate pool for children, and jacuzzi. There are also free towels, loungers and sun umbrellas.
Cancun Hilton Golf Course- Mayan palace Golf Course- Mayakoba Golf Course-
Playacar's championship-level golf course was carved right out of the jungle by the Robert Von Hagge Associates. This 7,202 yard course is rated 73.1 and has plenty of tee boxes for every level of play. It is situated next to Playa del Carmen.
Holes: 18
Caddy: Mandatory
Lessons Available
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Other Sports: Gym, kayaks, 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
This Hacienda-style resort is surrounded by an incredibly beautiful natural landscape and forms part of an exceptional Golf Resort. Each air-conditioned room features a hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace. This resort features four restaurants, four bars, nightly entertainment, two pools, and a beach shuttle to and from the reso rt. Exchange privileges with Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar. Beach: The Riu Tequila shares the same beach as The Riu Yucatan, which is just 400 meters away (5 minutes walking distance). The resort does provide shuttle service to the beach, where guests will find Nightly Activities & Entertainment: Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 664
Year Opened: 0 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
Men must wear long pants at the a la carte restaurants. Dinner dining is not included in the exchange privileges. No spring breakers. From February to May each room must have one guest at least 21 years old & 18 years old for
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the Standard Room description.
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
2 double beds, Balcony or terrace, Small sitting area, Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, Mini bar, In room liquor dispenser, In room safe, Hairdryer
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
2 double beds, Balcony or terrace, Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, Mini bar, In room liquor dispenser, In room safe, Hairdryer
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer

Cribs available on request basis at no charge.
Riu Tequila features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL
There are 8 Restaurants at Riu Tequila:
La Lupita Bar - Poolside bar/swim-up bar
Bamboo - Asian style cuisine served a la carte.
Maguey - Lounge bar
Jalisco - Gourmet restaurant with a terrace.
El Kiosko - Pavillion bar
Beach Club - Snack restaurant by day and Mexican restaurant for dinner.
Sports Bar - Open 24 hours
Lupita - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily activities by pool and beach areas, with Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks, Boogie Boards and Snorkel-Equipment (opposite Yucatan)
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Evening entertainment for adults and children at Lounge Bar, Theme Nights, Two Discos(on-site and at Riu Yucatan).
The Mini Club is available to children from the ages of 4 to 12 years old.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Teen Disco
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: $8.00 per hr(approx)
Cribs available on request basis at no cost

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894 Recommend
894 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Tequila to their friends and family

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Riu Tequila Hotel review
Jan 01 2018
We did not receive maid service one day. The room was very outdated and they brought in roll away beds to accomodate 4 adults in one room. The air conditioner went out one night as well and it was hard to maintain the temperature in the room. It was either really cold or really hot. Disappointed in the pool atmosphere. We visited other resorts that had more upbeat activities and more update facilities.
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Good, yet far from excellent
Dec 28 2017
The entertainment and general hospitality services are nothing short of excellent. The food quality was favorable but on the bland side, which is somewhat understandable, considering the large number of guests that they are trying to cater to. This hotel is not close to the beach and has no beach access except for walking through one of Riu's sister hotels (Riu Palace). This property has one pool on two sides of a center "cantina" but it was very nice with plenty of seating. There was an unexpected, and somewhat irritating, fee that was charged to us upon check in. It amounted to about $10 USD and we were told it was some sort of governmental tax that needed to be collected from all guests. While I understand the need to collect required taxes, this is something that Apple should have taken care of prior to our arrival instead of dropping it on us immediately upon arrival. The rooms were clean, well maintained and had very good water pressure. If I were to complain of anything (and I'm not), I would say the restaurant employees could be both a bit friendlier and a little more understanding of the guests' individual needs.
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Dec 01 2017
Great time to relax with the all inclusive deal.
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Needs upgrade
Nov 25 2017
The hotel, especially the pool area needs upgraded, cleaned. They need an actual hot tub since they advertise it.
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Sunny week
Nov 20 2017
Generally everything was nice and easy, however big minus was no access to the beach.
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Nov 07 2017
This hotel did not offer many amentities for a bachelorette party. We were misled by the excursion team in the hotel and was given an excursion for $65 that did not include parasailing or snorkeling because of the waterconditions. they should have informed us before we sat on the boat and spent the entire day going to an island just to walk around and not do any excursions. They should have had some alternate activities like ATVing or land activities but they did not tell us we could not do parasailing or snorkeling until we got to the island. We wasted an entire day on this excursion. The restaurants were not open long enough there were many situations where we had no food. The pool was extremely dirty it was disgusting. We felt cleaner going to the beach than the pool. There are these animals all over the resort that would chase us when we had food to the point where we had to throw our food away in the middle of eating. The bar staff was inattentive. At the club, one of the girls asked for water and was spoken to very rudely. The bartender literally threw a jug on the table in front of her when she asked where the water was from. He was extremely aggressive and rude.
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Loved Riu Tequila
Nov 07 2017
My wife and I stayed at the Tequila Oct 24-Nov 3rd. We have visited Mexico frequently over the last 20 years, usually in 5-6 star hotels. We were meeting our UK friends this year and they picked out the Tequila (which I think seemed to be a favorite for UK visitors). We were a little concerned with the 4 star rating, but agreed to stay there. What a pleasant surprise! It was like old time Mexico (which we like). This place is a find. Clean, great staff, good food, good entertainment. The beach is a 6 minute, pleasant, walk (or you can take the shuttle). This beach is one of the best I have seen, no rocks, hardly any weeds, clean water. We spent a lot of time there. We also enjoyed walking to Play Del Carmen, about a 30 minute (safe) walk through a gated community. What a great value. We will go back.
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Ok experience
Nov 03 2017
The hotel staff were very nice and helpful. However, the rooms were not as nice as I thought they would be. They were big but more basic. No nice furniture and not modern at all. The food for breakfast was good. Lunch was not as great, but dinner was excellent. Also, they did not offer that many restaurant or food choices. I also didn't like all the wildlife in the resort. At first it was cool to see but those animals were intimidating and would chase after you. Overall the stay was ok. Not terrible, but I expected much better for the price that I paid.
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Restaurant confusion.
Aug 01 2017
The staff was very friendly. I have two gripes even though overall it was a great experience. It was hard to figure out which restaurants we needed a reservation at and when and where to make them. And that I thought the hotel was on the beach when it was across the street, about a ten minute walk. It was a beautiful beach though.
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James from Pittsburgh
Jul 04 2017
We loved this resort, The staff at the reception desk were great, the food was excellent and our waiter Rangel was superb and tended to our needs and was top notch quality service, Housekeeping, Isabela was excellent and Jonas was great, they paid attention to every detail and the room was spotless and well stocked and cleaned every day, Also pool and bars were very good, Lili the bartender at Sports Bar was fabulous, Loved the beach and Ocean, Pools ,swim up Bar and the live bands and shows, will go back again, Clean and beautiful resort with great housekeeping ,food and staff, Enjoyed it very much. thank you James
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Just Excellent - What a surprise!
Jun 27 2017
This was the best vacation I have ever gone on. The rooms, service, food, and staff were perfect. I told my wife not to expect much for the price, but was blown away. I started planning my next vacation while I was sipping on a pool side beverage. Just excellent! What a surprise!
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Best Holiday
2017holiday1, Leeds, United Kingdom
Mon Jan 22 08:15:14 EST 2018
This was our third holiday to Mexico the previous two were to the Riu Yucatan. The Tequila although not on the beach was by far a better hotel. The grounds were more spacious and loved the wildlife, although some people think of them as a nuisance. The hotel is to undergo refurbishment in 2018 hope they do not spoil the character of the hotel and get rid of the wildlife.

Wonderful relaxing stay
garyandjoan, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Sun Jan 21 07:36:27 EST 2018
We stayed at this hotel 27/12 through to 10/1/18 and had a wonderful relaxing stay. The staff are marvellous, courteous, friendly and very service focused. The food offering was huge, buffet, waitered, the Mexican and Lupita was excellent food wise, choice and service. Our room was ground level, spacious and kept spotless as where all the grounds and pool area. The walk to the beach was. Lovely, we didn’t try the other Rui hotels, as we were very happy in the Tequila! The walk into town was nice exercise after all the food and drink? We would recommend this hotel as a very good 4*. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Lovely hotel and staff - will be returning
WilmaLou1984, Reading, United Kingdom
Sun Jan 21 01:44:47 EST 2018
This was my first time in Mexico and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The reviews of this hotel were a bit hit and miss but in all honesty it was fantastic! Our room was spotlessly clean when we arrived and was kept immaculate throughout our stay - thank you to the lovely Nancy. We had a fridge full of beer, soft drinks etc on arrival and our very own mini bar - tequila, vodka and rum :) The only thing that was missing was bottled water. You had to ask at reception whenever you wanted bottled water - it wasn’t automatically replaced like the soft drinks were. The food in the main restaurant was much better than any other all inclusive buffet I have encountered. So much variety and very fresh (and I was very pleased to see the staff at the entrance with their bottle of hand sanitizer). Lunch in the Lupita pool bar was also very nice on the couple of occasions we went there. We spent a lot of time at the beach near RIU Playacar and had lunch there instead (I loved being able to use their facilities as well as our own hotel). There were three speciality restaurants to choose from as well as the main buffet - The Steak House, Asian restaurant and Mexican restaurant. We visited all three. The steak house was lovely. I had a huge sirloin which was cooked to perfection. The Asian all you can eat style buffet was also delicious. The Mexican was disappointing. The food was bland. I had the chicken fajitas - there was no spice, no sauce and it wasn’t very warm. The evening entertainment was fantastic - I even enjoyed the kids disco! The team are so talented. The dancing was amazing, the costumes were gorgeous. Every night was different. Me and my partner never usually watch the hotel entertainment but we were there every night! Special mention to Ricky - he was my favourite 😍 We went to the on-site nightclub on a couple of occasions. It was good although the music was a bit repetitive. The best part of staying in this hotel is the cotes. They are adorable. Anyone who complains about these delightful little creatures needs to give their head a wobble! We also passed through the RIU Yucatan on the way back from the beach and saw their resident howler monkeys. Defo a must see. The actual resort of Playacar is lovely. There is a shopping plaza about 2 mins down the road or you can take a 20 min stroll to Playa Del Carmen (30-45 mins along the beach). 5th Avenue is a must visit for anyone who loves shopping as much as I do! I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Mexico and I will be returning! Thank you to everyone there who made my first trip to Mexico so enjoyable.

Enjoyable stay
Damian M,
Sat Jan 20 03:19:38 EST 2018
Check in was efficient and the room on arrival was large and clean. The bed was comfortable and the room had plenty of storage space. We ate at the buffet most nights and found a good selection to choose from. Most days we used the facilities at the sister Riu Playacar hotel as this was on the stunning beach. The entertainment was ok although we ventured into Playa del Carmen most nights. I would definitely stay here again although with the upcoming refurbishment I hope they retain some of the Mexican feel of the hotel.

Wonderful village
Tanya U, Calgary, Canada
Fri Jan 19 10:01:33 EST 2018
This is our second year in a row for going to this resort. We love the place so much it is like being in a small village because of the way the buildings are set up. The staff are excellent, we talk to a lot of the staff and very few people have been there less than 10 years for working so if the company is taking care of their staff, the staff are taking care of us. Apparently this summer they’re going to be renovating and upgrading a lot of the rooms and a number of other things on the property and it will just be so great to see. When we’re there it feels like a small village with the way the property is laid out. Only a 5 minutes walk to the beach. Other guests that we’ve spoken to and met again this year have been coming to this resort for multiple years. There is some wildlife. It’s great.

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