This was our 3rd time staying at the Riu Playacar. By far the best visit yet. The food has improved tremendously. The resort size is perfect for us old people, not too big so not too much walking. The rooms are clean and spacious, the staff is wonderful. I will say we are already planning to go again next year.
We just returned from a week stay at the RIU Playacar with 10 high school senior girls, 9 Moms, 3 Dads and 1 big sister. Everyone had a GREAT time - parents and kids alike. Highlights - the service is 5 star. RIU Playacar is staffed by caring, hardworking individuals who go out of their way to cater to your every need. All staff were very friendly and welcoming. The property is constantly scrubbed and cleaned. Be sure to tip - the staff deserves it. Food and drinks were plentiful and good. Avoid the Asian specialty restaurant. The staff set-up a special birthday/college going away party dinner for us one night complete with balloons, champagne, cake, and a mexican seranade. Resort had lots of fun activities - I highly recomend water aerobics with Maria. A massage on the beach is also an indulgence well worth the price. The girls had massages and hair braids at the same location. Beach is gorgeous and pools were nice. Never had a problem with chairs at either the pool or beach. Jet skis and parasailing are easily available right at the resort on calm days. Also there are plenty of trips from snorkeling to sight seeing for a couple of hours to half and full day. Tulum ruins are less than an hour away. Playa Del Carmen is a leisurely 20-30 minute walk down the beach or on the sidewalk. (I recommend the beach). The girls had fun at Senor Froggys. The only negatives were the rooms. Several people in our party had problems with air conditioning. Also, as noted in many reviews, the mattresses are hard and bedding is sparse. Definitely request the mattress toppers - they make a difference. Rooms were clean. We did visit the other RIUs at this level - RIU Yucatan and RIU Tequila. The girls enjoyed the disco at the Tequila. Security, however, was sparse to non existent. If you are traveling with teens, be prepared to have adults in the vicinty/lobby area to keep an eye out. Of the three, we all liked RIU Playacar the best. Note: These properties are not contiguous but instead about a five minute walk each with other hotels in between. Bottom line - if you go in with the right expectations (this is not a RIU Palace) you will have a GREAT time and be very pleased with your experience at the RIU Playacar.
Riu Playacar was a wonderful place to stay for the week. The food was great. We have stayed at Riu Yucatan the past two years and love both places. The people there are so friendly and make you feel like you are a part of the family. Met many people from MN, New Jersey, England. The pools were great and the beach was like none other. So beautiful - water is warm and an awesome blue color. Truly a paradise. We took a one day trip through Olympus travels to Cozumel. Had a great time visiting the town, going to the National Park, the lighthouse, checking out the crocodiles and hanging out at the beach. Ferry ride back home was a bit rough. We did run into a bit of rain this year (never really had any rain other years) but that didn't take away from the beauty of the Riviera Maya. Can't wait to go back next year.
I am a Riu member & have stayed both std Riu & Palaces, this was just as good as staying at a palace, everything was perfect except for the front desk, I was very disappointed, I arrived on my birthday & asked if I could have an upgrade since I was a member, they actually could not have given me the worst room, right behind the theater, I think if the girl had not been a trainee left on her own this would have never happened. I could hear the whole 930 show weather I wanted or not. Otherwise I give the hotel all 5 stars well deserving. The food was just fantastic & you didnt even have to sign up for the specialty resturants. Cant say enough good things, well worth your money.
We just got back on Nov. 21st, 2012 and the Riu Playacar has a great location, very tasty food, amazing entertainment team managed by Israel and Al and the kids club is managed by one of the nicest ladies there... Diana. She is amazing with kids and so is Magda. Our 7 year old and almost 5 year old daughters just loved them, and let me say that they are usually not big fans of kids clubs. Even though there are only few restaurants there, the food is great in all of the buffet restaurants. We tried the Stake house and it was so so in terms of the food, but the service was great. On the down side, during lunch there were hardly any waiters asking what we would like to drink... we had to get it ourselves, but it was not that much of an issue... just something to get use to. The pools are not the greatest but they are fine, and the beach is amazing.... soft white sand. We loved everything there but the room. It was the worse room we have ever had in Mexico and we have been going to Riviera Maya for 15 years. We asked for a different room and I have to say that the front desk was not the friendliest or willing to help. They said all of the rooms are just like ours (which is not true). I'm not going to say much other than the beds are so small (especially if you have 2 adults and 2 kids in a room) and ssssssooooo uncomfortable (even with the topper), the pillows are like a brick and the covers on the beds are so old and dirty that we simply took them off and put them away for the whole week. And the decor is so out of date. But that is all going to change soon since they will be closing the hotel soon and rebuilding the whole resort. The rooms are just not to RIU standards.
Hotel was just recently updated a couple years ago. The staff works hard to keep it up. The staff was very good and addressed and issues that we had. The beach was probably the best part of the resort. It's close to playa del carmen just a short ride or walk. Overall a awesome time and will go back for our 4th time!
overall the resort and beach were beautiful. the water so pretty and warm. the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. our room was very cosy w/ a balcony, just wished our balcony faced the main walkway instead of the backside of the builiding, but it gave the feel of being somewhere tropical because of all the trees and sounds from the birds. there was lots of food and liquor to enjoy but by the last day i missed my home cooked food. the resort had daily entertainment and activities, also we were able to visit the other riu hotels in the area and eat at the restaurants and enjoy whatever acitivities they had going on. the only bad thing i can say,and it's no one faults, but when i went it rained for 3 days straight so i didn't get to enjoy the beach until my last day but that's because i went in october which is apparently hurricane season. i didn't have worry about spending money because everything was included w/ the exception of certain activities and services like the spa or some water sports. i didn't really spend any money when i was there, just mostly on gifts for people at home and i would tip the wait staff even though you don't have to because it's included in the package.
Just a mile and a half from Playa del Carmen, this laidback resort did not impress me when I first walked in. But the longer I stayed, the better I liked it. The bartenders and staff were always friendly and helpful. The check in and check out was painless. The grounds were kept immaculate. The pool was a bit chilly but well kept. The food was a good variety ( gained 6 lbs in a week). My only complaint was that the room smelled moldy the entire time and my clothes smelled moldy when I left. But I would very much recommend this resort.
We had a nice time here. The staff was all friendly, the beach and pool and drinks were all exactly what we needed! It was warm and sunny in February, the water was beautiful. We had bugs in our room when we arrived... I think they were just fruit flies, but the door was open, so that's an easy fix. They sent up someone with Raid and it wasn't a problem again. Just a little off-setting when you first arrive. All rooms have balconies! Which was great. The liquor dispensers in the room... all the liquor had a bit of a tequila-esqe flavor. We couldn't even tell what two of them were. The beds were hard and 2 doubles pushed together to make an oversize king. That is weird, but it was fine. When you go to the bars, state which brand name of liquor you want and the drinks are MUCH better. We learned that on our 3rd day. Food is OK. We ate a lot of it! But it wasn't anything to write home about. Lots of entertainment. It was great for a 4 days trip, but glad we weren't there any longer.
I have travelled extensively but have never taken a beach vacation out of the country. It was just me and my 16 year old boy and we had a wonderful time. The first two days we spent by the pool and on the beach. Weather was good-some clouds that broke up the direct sun, which was good for my son as he is not used to the heat. The third day we did XPLOR with the zipline, jeep through the jungle and river raft ride. This was a blast -our first time zip lining! It started to rain right after the zip line but was kinda of nice for the rest of the day's adventure. The next day was still raining but took advantage of the other RUI with the Sports Bar where we played air hockey and pool then back to our room and wathed a movie and relaxed. Our last day was SUNNY. The shows were great at night and the service was lovely. A special thanks to Arsenio! We will be going back tothe PALACE in 2015 for my son's gradusation with friends and family.