Riu Santa Fe

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Our Opinion

Located alongside the Riu Palace Los Cabos, this resort is excellent for couples, families and singles alike. Not too far from the shopping and nightlife of Cabo San Lucas. The beach in front of the resort stretches right into town, but swimming in the ocean here is limited due to strong ocean currents. However, a swim-able area is just a short walk down the beach towards Cabo San Lucas. As a clean, well maintained resort with great service, the Riu Santa Fe is a definite recommendation. Over the years it has been one of our most popular resorts in Cabo.


Overview

Located alongside the exciting Riu Palace Cabos San Lucas, the magnificent Riu Santa Fe is a stunning piece of the Riu Resorts portfolio. The finest details went into creating this extravagant resort, including first rate restaurants, beautiful pool areas and tropical grounds.

Location: Beachfront property, located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 40 km from the airport and 4.5 kms from the town of Cabo San Lucas.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Chris S :
An AWESOME Hotel! Highly Recommend!

Okay, so let me start by saying I was pretty nervous about what this hotel would be like when we arrived. The reviews are so mixed -- either love it or hate it!Well, we loved it! My partner and I (yes, we're gay guys) and our two sons, 11yrs old and 12yrs old couldn't have asked for a better hotel.Let me also say the all-inclusive is the WAY TO GO in Cabo. Cabo isn't really set-up to go walk around and eat at restaurants within walking distance. Things are kinda spread out, so we were very happy to have the all-inclusive hotel!We were there last week (July). Overall, here's my thoughts: 1. The hotel is extremely secure. They do not let ANYONE in without their RIU wristband. There is security at the front gate, and you MUST have a wristband to enter the grounds. If you don't have one, you don't enter! I loved this feature.2. The food was excellent! They have PLENTY of food to choose from, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. I LOVED being able to go have coffee around 8am, then maybe go down to the pool for a bit. Then maybe go back up around 10am and have some breakfast. Then lunch later, etc. You can eat 12 times a day if you want.Also, I read some people encountered lines to get into a restaurant. There were NEVER any lines for the 3 buffet restaurants we frequented!3. The pool areas are perfect! They have water activities throughout the day at the main pool near the ocean. Stuff like water polo, pool volleyball, pool aerobics, etc. Nice stuff if you wanta participate. Or, just kick back in the hundreds of lounge chairs! The pool near the beach was the most active and (in our opinion) the best pool for people watching and having fun. If you wanted a quieter pool, the one in the middle of the hotel is good for that!4. The bars are EVERYWHERE and open ALL DAY and nearly all night! Bars by the pools, bars IN the pools, bars by the entertainment, bars by the restaurants. One nice thing as well, they had like 6 non-alcoholic drinks that kids could order as well... Like Banana Mama!5. We found the staff to be extremely nice and helpful. And, yes they are constantly cleaning, painting, trimming trees/landscaping.....always busy!!6. The beach area was nice, but unfortunately the waves were wayyyy to rough to go into the ocean. Still a beautiful view and nice for walking.7. We didn't buy airport transfers until we got to Cabo. One recommendation to save some time, I'd recommend purchasing online the blue Super Shuttle. Plan on paying around AT LEAST $17 per person. We were VERY happy with Super Shuttle.8. The location is good. The only time we left our hotel was for a snorkeling tour. Other than that, we stayed at our hotel the whole time. 9. The room: Very nice room. Exactly as pictured online. It did KINDA smell musty as times, but overall, not a big deal at all. The A/C worked awesome, and there is a large ceiling fan above as well. All rooms have a mini-fridge, STOCKED with Pepsi and water bottles and BEER. Likewise, 4 bottles of hard alcohol in our room lolThere was only ONE thing that would have made this trip perfect --- BETTER BEDS!! Our beds and pillows were not comfortable at all. But hey, can't have everything! LOLBottom line, an awesome trip and hotel. So, read all of these reviews with a grain-of-salt. I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else.

  • Shea D :
Ok but would not go back...horrible food.

The staff was friendly enough and the room was decent. Though, our toilet was dirty when we first got to the room. Apparently someone forgot to clean it. Our biggest complaint was the food. None of us liked the food at all...it tasted frozen. Also, all 3 of us got sick (from the food or water not sure which) @ some point during the trip our afterwards. We had an ok time but this place is better suited for a teenager about to graduate college on spring break or something. The area is beautiful but this is not some where we will stay again.

  • Tim E :
Great property

I've seen the Riu name in Cancun. Always thought it was too much, too stuffy. Boy was I wrong. Great deal made me explore Cabo Riu Santa Fe. I screwed up and Only went for four days. As soon as I got back i started looking at my calendar to go back. Stayed in building 7. It's self contained from the rest of the place. No need to leave. Wonderful lunch and nice soft bed. For those who know Mexico....that's a big deal. My credentials are four decades going to Mexico. PV, Cancun, Mazatlan, Isla mujeres, Temptations. I am easy to please. This was my First time I went alone. Boy, it'll be hard to get that Genie back in the bottle! Another story. Great value, gorgeous views....Must go back!!

  • kevin n : Grants Pass, Oregon
Was okay if you like a hike to the beach an 3 star

I have stayed at many different Riu locations and found this to be the worst in so many ways. The rooms are a long ways from the beach and the food was 3 star at best. I paid the same weekly rate in june as I did in January for a Riu 5 star. The same issue with arrival and holding us on the bus in front of the resort while they tell us about all the things they want to sell us. I am not very patient after a 4 hour flight so told the guy to stop talking, open the door and let us get our vacation started. The bus erupted in applause. The door opened and vacation started. They really need to reduce the check in process time and the numerous useless steps to get a room key.

  • sclayton216 : San Jose, California
Self service hotel - Very poor customer service

We stayed in RIU Santa Fe for a family reunion. There was 49 of us, my family and I were the first once to arrive on Sunday, July 9. Cons:Poor customer service - They are not very accommodating for large groups. We tried to reserve a family welcome dinner at the Italian restaurant and they said, no, We tried to reserve at their steak restaurant and they said, no. I even tried to coordinate with the restaurant captain and the front desk manager, Jorge but they were not able to accommodate our request. My family of 4 ate at the steak restaurant. I lined up from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, It was a very long line and I ended up getting an 8 pm dinner reservation. Restaurants are not very well managed. Constantly check and clean the pool and the surrounding areas by the pool - We were there for a week. First day, there was throw-up in a pool corner. 2nd day, there was spilled drink in the pool. There is not enough chlorine in the pool. Empty drink glasses and food plates needs to be picked up by staff. This is a self-serve hotel - No drink or food service by the pool. Pros - The entertainment group did a good job. The nightly shows are good, music and DJ Omar played some good music pool side. Buffet is ok, but need more variety.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet made to order food stations for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24 hr snacks
  • Specialty restaurants for dinner; no reservations required
  • Domestic & Imported beverages
  • In-room mini-bar & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • Kayaking
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Gym
  • Sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Towels in the pool area
  • Pool loungers and sun umbrellas
  • Live music & theme shows
  • Daily activities for adults (6 days a week)
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to disco, drinks included 7 days a week 
  • Restaurants including Italian, Asian, Mexican and Grill Steakhouse 
  • Bars including Lobby bar
  • Disco
  • 2 swimming pools with adjoining Jacuzzi
  • 1 children's swimming pools
  • Terrace-solarium
  • Children's playground
  • Volleyball court
  • Tennis court
  • Gift shop
  • Internet access (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Gym, sauna & Jacuzzi
  • Spa with different treatments, beauty salon & massage (fee)

All accommodations include:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • In room safe
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max. occupancy 3 adults & 1 child or 2 adults & 2 children
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 2 double beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom with tub & shower
Suites include:
  • Larger and beautifully decorated
  • 2 doubles or 1 king bed
  • Small sitting area with sofa
  • Full bathroom with hydro-massage tub
  • Separate shower and bidet
  • Hairdryer
  • Walk-in closet
  • Larger balcony or terrace with Ocean view
Suites with Jacuzzis include:
  • Same as Suites
  • Balcony with private jacuzzi
Kids Deal - Two kids 12 years & under stay and eat free. Limited availability.

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.

Golf Special - From US$55. Cabo San Lucas Golf at its finest. Challenging 18-hole golf course with expansive fairways in spectacular Cabo San Lucas surroundings at Raven Golf Course. Includes: 18 hole green fee, shared cart, practice golf balls & bottle of water. Local taxes (10%), caddy service, tips and other incidentals are extra. Shuttle service available to & from hotel & golf course (extra charge). For further information about pre-booking tee times call the toll free 1-888-328-8501 from Canada or via email at www.ravengolf.com or locally once you arrive in the destination (first come first served) with a Raven Club agent who is located in the lobby of the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Book & pay locally.

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.

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  • Riu Santa Fe
    Los Cabos,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Santa Fe
Camino Viejo a San Jose Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas 23410 Mexico

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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

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