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Reviewed May 4, 2012

We have just returned from spending 2 wonderful weeks at RIU Yucatan, I don't see how some people can complain about the hotel. Our holiday started flawless from the moment we stepped on the plane to arriving at the resort. We went for our daughters' 21st birthday and took her friend. I requested that we could have a top floor room and that we could be next to each other, this was honoured. We were in block 1 which was very quiet, away from the theatre and restaurants. The shows at the theatre finish around 11pm so there is little noise after that time anyway. These people who complain about the noise must be the ones who go to bed too early! Our rooms were kept clean by the staff, they work very hard, we left a tip for our cleaner everyday and the minibar was restocked every 2 days. The food at the hotel was very good, offering different themed nights each night, most of the meals were cooked fresh in front of you. The drinks are locally produced but if you want named brands then just ask for it.
The beach at Yucatan is beautiful, even though the RIU Tequilla uses the same beach there were still plenty of sunloungers available on the beach, around the pool there are lots of sunbeds however these tend to get 'reserved' with towels quite early even though there are signs around the pool area asking that they are not reserved.
We went for a few trips while we were there, Dolphin swim, Speedboat jungle tour, Columbus sunset boat, Captain Hook, Koba, Bar crawl, Coco Bongos. All these trips are great but a tip for anyone wishing to go to Coco Bongos - go VIP, we went VIP for our daughters 21st and we had a brilliant time, you have your own waiter who keeps you topped up with whatever drinks you want. The reason I say go VIP is because the second time we went was on the bar crawl which ends up at Coco Bongo, however as that is for ordinary area in the club we were that crammed in that we couldnt get a drink, not even room to stand so we ended up going straight out through the emergency exit.
We all had a fantastic time at RIU Yucatan and would definately recommend it. Cant wait to go back there.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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6  Thank jeanetteray
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

We had never before stayed in an all-inclusive resort, so we didn't know what to expect. The buffet food, while not gourmet, had lots of choices and most of it was pretty tasty. We went to the Japanese Restaurant, which really was just another buffet and wasn't very good, so we stuck with the buffet. We opted for the suite, which we really didn't need and was immense. The bedroom was huge, there was a large separate sitting room, large bathroom, and foyer as you entered the suite. The decor was nothing special, however, and the beds were very hard. The grounds were well maintained. There was a lively atmosphere in the reception area, with guests and staff very friendly. The entertainment was very good and professionally done, with carribean dancers and an excellent Michael Jackson show. We liked the location because it was close to town, a short cab ride or a long walk. After this experience we decided to go to another all-inclusive a few months later.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MER1
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Stayed at the Riu Yucatan from April 18-25 and I loved every moment! The best part was definitely the beach; clean beautiful sand, plentiful seating, symmetrically placed palm trees and clear warm turquoise waters...what more could you possibly ask for?! Also, the hotel is located fairly close to Playa del Carmen and a jaunty 20 minute walk along the beach will get you there...plus you can stroll in the water! The food was alright and quite good for Mexico. We tried the steakhouse and the Asian which were both okay but I could've honestly eaten at the buffet every night. There was enough variety and the line cooks are always super friendly and efficient - there were usually no more than 2-3 ppls in line for them. We did 1 excursion to the nearby dolphinarium that set us back $100-ish but was definitely worth it. There are manatees which you don't get to see everywhere. The hotel seems a little dated (actual keys instead of cards) but it has a nice old-timey feel. And yes, the beds are hard, there is no getting around that. The staff here are wonderful - always helpful, smiling and make sure there's always something going on to keep guests entertained. The week we were there, there were vendors, singers and interactive games in the lobby as well as an auction and a showcase of towel art. The grounds are meticulously kept and there is an abundance of wildlife including monkeys, iguanas, coatis and agoutis (at least i think they're agoutis). Riu Yucatan, you've captured my heart and I would return in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: we stayed in block 7 and it was perfect! close to the lobby (and to the food) but also pretty close to the beach
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank thrillhouse v
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Not very friendly like I use to be in other Riu Hotels in the caribbean area. I recommend this hotel for the beautiful beach and for the scubadiving around

Room Tip: Take a pool view room
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Adrian L
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

My friend and I went to this resort last week and we did have a blast but there are a few things we didn't like and would probably check out another resort if we decided to go back. Both of us are 40 years of age and like to have a good time but nothing crazy. I don't know if the resort is like this all the time but the week we stayed the people who were vacationing there as well were much older then we were; I'm talking 50, 60 and 70 year old people. Nothing wrong with that, It's just not what we expected. Food- not bad not good just so so but I knew that going since I've been to mexico plenty of times before. BEER- THE ONLY BEER THEY SERVE IS DOS EQUIS NO OTHER. If you need american beer, take a cab ride into town and buy a case of whatever you want and keep in the room and bring to beach and pool with you. LIQUOR- THEY HAVE IT ALL-NOT TOP SHELF BUT THEY HAVE IT AND YOU NEED TO ASK FOR IT WHEN ORDERING ANY TYPE OF FROZEN DRINK OR THEY DON'T PUT IT IN. BEDS-ASK FOR A MATTRESS TOPPER AND YOU WILL BE FINE. BEACH-BEACH IS INCREDIBLE AND TAKE OUT THE CATAMARAN-IT'S FREE-JUST TELL THEM YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IT'S EASY TO DO. IF YOU TELL THEM YOU DON'T HAVE EXPERIENCE THEY CHARGE YOU $30.00 then you can have the free hour ride. Pool bars close at 6:00 which I didn't understand. The hotel and grounds are incredible-very nice with wild life. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BRING YOUR OWN PLASTIC CUP WITH LID AND STRAW-WAS THE BEST THING WE EVER DID FOR DRINKS. Had the crowd been between the ages of 30-50 I would go back in a second.

Room Tip: Chose a room away from the pool
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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9  Thank Jeff G
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