Riu Negril

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Our Opinion

An older hotel, renovated in 2015. Lively with a good mix of people. Great food, great bars and great staff. The beachfront Jerk Chicken hut makes a great lunch. Narrow beach with lots of shade where you can walk safely for a mile along the beach. Great snorkeling opportunities nearby in the crystal clear water.

A wonderfully large resort which spills over sunny, tropical beachfront acres, Riu Negril also has plenty of shady palms for beach lovers preferring measured spells of sun worship. True 'pool people' will get a kick out of the submerged stools edging pool perimeters. A small fish 'habitat' protected by RIU at the far end of the beach earns applause for environmental responsibility.

Location: Beachfront, located in Negril, next door to Riu Tropical Bay, 5 min drive from downtown Negril, 1 hr from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Dennis K :
Had a great time

Our experience was positive. Except for uncomfortable beds/mattresses, small flying bugs after dark, drug dealers all over (including some waiters) and less than great service, we had a great time. The beach and buffet food were the best attributes. Everyone expects to be tipped well. Staff was friendly. Locals annoyed us a lot on the beach. They don't take a no for an answer.

  • Christina S :
Great Stay

My husband and I chose this resort to celebrate our five year anniversary. We had a wonderful time. The beach is probably just about as nice as it can get. We met a few other couples who have been to this resort more than five or six times, and prefer this beach to the 7 mile beach.Rooms were clean, service was wonderful, very hard to find anytbing to complain about. I would say the only complaint we had was some of the buffet food was not so great and often cold. However, lunch and the specialty restaurants were fabulous. If you want a nice place to stay, you can't go wrong here. Some of the guests even mentioned they preferred this resort to Sandals (lot more expensive). We will definitely be back.

  • dapnj95 : New Jersey
Great time in Riu Palace

On arrival, impresses with the clean and large open foyer. Front desk was very well organized, courteous and efficient. Bell service was attentive and professional. Room was clean and neat - Didn't care for the side by side double beds (not really a king - with a gap in the middle) but we made due. This resort is going under a refurb soon - so be careful when you go - be sure to ask - parts of the resort could be closed. Wait and bar staff are fantastic, friendly and helpful. The jerk stand is FANTASTIC - even the beach walkers will leave you alone if you tell them "I'm good". Entertainment team is an awesome and tireless group of young people. They do a great job to keep things going throughout the day - and when they aren't entertaining they are speaking with guests - playing dominoes with guests..really great group. Water was beautiful - bring your snorkel gear - and be sure to grab an extra roll from the breakfast buffet - wade out to your waist and feed the fish..you will not believe your eyes! Buffet food was good - no waiting - huge variety, carving stations, dessert and salad bars, breakfast buffent was very well appointed and serves European breakfast as well. In room bar was well stocked - but the design needs improvement - each bottle has an automatic pour when you depress the stopper - 3 of the 4 bottles popped out of the rack..we hand poured the rest of the week - no problem mon. Lots of beach chairs and spots around the pools - the pool bar can get quite busy. Saw several weddings on the beach. We will definitely be going back after the refurb. Be sure to visit Rick's café and watch the cliff jumpers (you can do it as well!) and the sunset - both are a must see.We took a day and went to the Appleton rum factory with stops for lunch - was very good - stopped at YS Falls - hiking, swimming and ziplining and took a river cruise to feed crocks.. was a great day, albeit long full on 8am-7pm. Would recommend that as well and can be arranged in the hotel lobby. Lot's of families - didn't see any nudity except if you venture too close to Hedo II - which is down the beach a ways. too each his own.

  • shannoncan2010 : Cincinnati, Ohio
An Amazing Experience

The room was great, and had a fully stocked bar. The location was amazing right on the beach. Utilize the water sports, there's a lot that's included. The spa was awesome! The food and food options were really good. If you missed a meal you can call room service 24 hours. The staff was really accommodating, helpful, and friendly.

  • BristolExplorer69 : Bristol
Yeah Mon

Very clean throughout but in need of a little updating. Touch up painting was being carried out while we were there, although this never interupted our holiday. We were in block 3 which was a perfect location for all amenities. Our room was cleaned daily and a turn down service every night. Mini bar was topped up daily, including the optics (Whisky, Smirnoff, Appleton Special & Jamaican Brandy) should they have need it.The hotel has buffet dining for breakfast, lunch and evening meal. It also has 4 speciality restaurants which you queue for, no pre booking is required and 2 sittings are available, it's first come, first served. Please note that not all restaurants are open every night, they alternate. We ate at the buffet each night and although we found the food to be a little repetitive, we had no complaints.There are 2 pools next to each other which are quite small. One with a swim up bar and the other for games. There are always activities going on throughout the day and the animation team work very hard. I can't remember all their names but Happy Feet, Foodie & Orange Juice were fun.The hotel is situated right on the beach and boy is it a fantastic one. The sand is white and the water is crystal clear and always calm. Even in high winds you only get ripples not high waves, so perfect for snorkling in. We saw Starfish, Crabs and several types of fish.The Jerk Shack on the beach is good but if you don't like hot, then leave the sauce alone. The chicken is awesome on it's own.All non motorised sports are included but if you want anything else you have to pay.Waiter service on the beach could be a little hit or miss. Some days they were everywhere, other days you didn't see one for hours but to be fair the pool bar was only a minutes walk so no problem.There isn't much to do outside the hotel but taxis are available to take you wherever you wish to go. Note that taxis are expensive and you can, negotiate a slightly better price.Everyone offers you Ganja, even at the hotel and on the beach but a polite no is all it takes.The staff all work hard to please and always have a smile from Reception to Gardner. A special mention goes to Crefton aka Dr C who was our evening waiter. He was very attentive and worked very hard. This man is a credit to the hotel.Lastly, you are not hounded for tips but it seems to be expected of you and by not tipping some services are not quite as good.Just a tip, it's much easier to deal in US Dollars than Jamaican, unless you are going off the beaten track. Everything is priced in US Dollars. I would have no problem recommending this hotel.

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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (with made-to-order food stations)
  • Continental breakfast
  • A la carte dining
  • 24 hr snacks
  • Unlimited domestic & select international drinks
  • Replenished in-room mini-bar & liquor dispensers
  • Lounge chairs & towel service by pool/beach
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Aqua aerobics
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Use of fitness centre
  • Aerobics
  • Shuffleboard
  • Ping-pong
  • Daytime activities for adults (7 times/week)
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to Disco, drinks included (open 6 nights/week)
  • 420 guestrooms
  • Buffet and a la carte restaurants including made-to-order food stations
  • Pool snack bar
  • Bars including Sports bar, Lounge bar w/terrace
  • 2 pools, one w/integrated whirlpool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Children's pool with waterslide
  • Terrace-solarium
  • Tennis courts
  • Multi-sports court
  • Fitness centre w/sauna
  • Gift shop
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Spa services: massage & beauty treatments
  • Beauty salon
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Laundry facilities (fee)

Gardenview Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Phone 
  • Mini-bar
  • Liquor dispensers
  • In-room safe
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or patio w/gardenview
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids

Superior Rooms include:

  • Same as above with partial oceanview

Oceanfront Rooms include:

  • Same as above with oceanfront view

Oceanfront Junior Suites include:

  • Larger with sitting area and oceanfront view

Kids Deals - Two kids 12 & under stay & eat free. Pay air & transfers only. Limited availability. Only applies to Hotel Room.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy the entertainment program, Mini Club, and playground. Babysitting services upon availability (fee).

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

Wedding Bonus - Book Early & Save 10% on all wedding packages with bookings made 90 days prior to arrival.

Golf Bonus - Negril Hills Golf Club: $46US per green fee for 18 holes. Caddy is mandatory $14USD. Golf cart is optional, at a cost of $34.50US. Transfers to/from hotel are not included. For reservations contact course directly at email: info@negrilhillsgolfclub.com or phone: 1-876-957-4638.

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Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Norman Manley Blvd Bloody Bay Beach, Negril Jamaica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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