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Riu Tequila

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Our Opinion
A fun, family oriented resort located across the street from the RIU Yucatan. Not beachfront but in a beachfront complex; overlooks the golf course. Good food and services. Has a disco and a lively crowd. Good for families. Walking distance to Playa del Carmen. This resort is perfect for vacationers who want the Riu all inclusive experience, but don't have it in the budget to stay at one of the beachfront resorts.

This splendid resort offers all the fabulous RIU qualities with great value, friendly impeccable service, and fun filled activities. The RIU Tequila borders a 18-hole golf course located in elegant Playacar, and it's beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture, welcomes the feeling of charm & comfort.

Location: A short walk or 3-minute shuttle to the beach, 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, 60 minutes to Cancun, 45 minutes from the airport.

  • Large outdoor pool and lush grounds with monkeys
  • Kids Club with playground and pool
  • Good selection of dining choices with great buffet
  • Walking distance to white sand beach (free shuttle available)
  • Close to downtown Playa del Carmen
  • Awarded Trip Advisor's Traveller's Choice 2016

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • leggie : UK
Tips and bits

I've visited Playa Del Carmen 14 times over the last few years, many of which I have stayed at the Tequila. Further to my other reviews this review is from my recent visit on the 30/01/2017 to update and answer some Q & A's.Tequila VS Lupita - Tequila every time - no comparison and I've stayed in both. US Dollars VS Peso - Take Peso's as they are more widely accepted, Mexican government put in restrictions on businesses for US Dollar transactions. Cab to town costs between 100-120 pesos depending on where you drop off. Ferry to cozumel costs appx 170 peso's (there are appx 25 peso to the £1. remember in town prices in peso are $ with one line a $ with two lines is the price in US dollars.)Please note despite what other reviews have stated there is no plan to refurbish the Hotel Tequila this year they only have some general maintenance being done in the Tequila, the Palace Hotel Riviera Maya is the one being refurbished. I checked this with senior management. Rooms - The rooms in the Tequila are large have 2 plug sockets avail for use in each room, travel plugs should be the flat 2 pin type.Yes the rooms may smell a bit musty when you first go in this is due to the himidity and the room not being in use for a couple of days, once in use the smell will go.Toiletries shower gel provided in the dispenser on the wall. Shower cap, soap, flannel and tissues are also provided and will be replenished if required. Iron and Ironing board is in the wardrobe, also where you will find the safe which is included in the price just follow the instructions to set your code. Mini bar - 4 full size optics with local spirits, beer, pepsi, sprite, diet pepsi, ginger beer, soda, bottled water are available. these are part of the AI package and topped up every 2 days if you need extra before hand just call reception and they will arrange it. Ice buckets are provided in the rooms, ice machines are dotted around the complex.Beds - some people find them a bit too firm, contact reception ask for a topper, they also have extra pillows if required too.TV channels - mixture of channels CNN, FOX, BBC, ITV, TVE, to suit all nationalities, sometimes the picture can be fuzzy.Wi-fi - Not generally available in the rooms unless you pay the additional daily charge £8.00.Clothing - The Tequila is a fairly relaxed hotel, they do prefer men to wear long trousers in the evening for dinner but you can also get away with smart walking shorts. Coverups are acceptable in the mornings at breakfast time. Bar/Food/Speciality restaurants - Currently you do not have to book for the steak or asian restaurants you only need to book for the Mexican one.We always found the main restaurant excellent although it worth trying the Asian reastaurant for the deep fried ice cream. If you have any allergies speak to Leo or Carlo and they will help to ensure your needs are met.Bars serve internal drinks as well as local and have a cocktail menu all part of the AI package. The sports bar is open 24 hrs and also has sandwiches, and snacks if you feel the need. They also have a microwave. Entertainment - Mainly consists of shows put on by the hotels activity staff, an outside band comes in 1-2 a week for a couple of hours. Some other mixed activites such as a carribean night and casino night. There is also the disco which has been recently renovated. Wildlife - In the Tequila there is some wildlife which run around the hotel grounds such as Coati, squirrels, woodpeckers, large guinea pig type animals which are shy, deer, iguanna's, parrots etc, generally they will not harm you, although they may show an interest if you leave unguarded food around the pool area. When I was there I was most upset at people who started to kick out at them and throw water and other items at them. Please if you do not like wild life stay at another hotel. All in all the Tequila is a traditional hotel in a hacienda style, all it's staff gardeners, cooks, maids, reception, bar, restaurant, are passionate about the hotel and what they do, and they work hard. If There's a question you need to ask just message me.

  • Tina B : Chelmsford
Almost perfect

Fab hotel, clean and staff friendly, food excellent and plenty of choice. Yes it probably needs a lick of paint and a few less animals in my opinion but this didn't take away the fact that we had a wonderful family holiday with my 5 year old. The only slight disappointment was the kids club well lack of it, the two times we tried it out there was a member of uninterested staff painting or watching nick junior there didnt seem to be any activities for kids and speaking to repeat guests around the pool they confirmed that previous years there were dedicated kids club staff which was a shame.However that said we had a fab 11 nights relaxed tanned and much fatter!!!

  • sallyh682017 : Mansfield, United Kingdom

We have just returned from Mexico. This was our fourth visit to Riu Tequila, the last time being in 2006. The hotel is absolutely fantastic as it was all those years ago. You cannot fault any part of the hotel or holiday destination. The staff, rooms, food, entertainment are all exceptional, particularly the food. You cannot fail to find something that you like to eat. Anyone finding fault with any part of this hotel doesn't deserve to stay there! The entertainment staff are friendly and in fact two of them we remembered from our previous visits in 2004, 2005 and 2006!Can't wait to go back.Sally HarringtonNottinghamshire

  • maria f : Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
glad to revisit

what a lovely hotel because it still has a mexican feel about it unlike its sister hotels yukatan and playa car,the rooms are big enough and the beds are firm but not hard pillows soft but not sinking, a treat to find iron & ironing board in place should you need it,mini bar topped up every 2 days,the swim up bar has friendly staff as they all are,the pool is quieter in the morning for you to get lengths in if that's your thing & if you like walking you can do laps around the middle of the complex but do this early before it gets too hot, the entertainment would be the only criticism for me as you have to wait until 9.30 or 10 for it to start but the crew give it their all to try to please, a massive round of applause to the catering department for the excellent spread that was always on display, there's a sports bar thats open 24 hrs with food in fridges & a microwave is provided to heat the burgers & hot dogs,always fresh fruit, creatures called coati's run about & are amusing to watch, they don't bother you they're just after your alcoholic drink left by your sun lounger!free wifi in reception & sometimes around the pool, a short walk to the outstanding beach & the use of the yucatan facilities for lunch means you don't have to return until your ready, no tides just currents & rolling waves to jump & have fun in.i'm so glad i returned after 14 yrs & would recommend it i've probably left out lots of other details!!!!!!! no tea making facilities so a filled thermos will do for morning drinks.

  • Michael W :
Mr woods

We visited the Rui tequila from 18 th January for 2 weeks and had a lovely and relaxing 2 weeks if your after a quiet relaxing time this hotel is perfect friendly staff very clean rooms which are cleaned every day there was no coffee making facility ( we took travel kettle great tip) the food really good we liked the Asian restaurant as it was quieter ,we went a trip on speedboat into the mangroves to see crocodiles sea terrors and dolphins and also managed to see ma pair of sea eagles and afterwards were dropped off at the most beautiful beach in the word . The Rui tequila is a perfect hotel if your looking for a nice sun filled relaxing holiday defo be back

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 breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with made-to-your-taste cooking stations
  • Beach Club restaurant for Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Snacks 24 hrs
  • A la carte dining without reservations 
  • Unlimited Domestic & select International drinks 24 hrs
  • In-room mini-bar & liquor dispensers, replenished regularly
  • Lounge chair and towels (pool/beach)
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Day and night tennis
  • Use of gym and sauna at Riu Yucatan
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Admission to the Disco, drinks included

RIU®-topia Inclusions

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Unlimited International drinks
  • In-room liquor dispenser
  • Unlimited dining at a specialty restaurants
  • In-room mini bar re-stocked regularly
  • In-room safe
  • 20% discount on select excursions booked with Signature
  • Signature Hour from 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Spa credit available (applies to selected treatments, may vary per hotel) 
  • 664 rooms
  • Main buffet restaurant with on the spot cooking stations
  • Beach club restaurant
  • 1 a la carte restaurant with 2 specialties: Mediterranean and Grill-Steakhouse
  • Snack bar
  • Bars including swim-up pool bar
  • Disco
  • 2 pools with artificial beach at pool area
  • Children's pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Jacuzzis
  • Tennis courts (nearby)
  • 1 multi-purpose court
  • Children's Mini Club & playground
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby
  • 'Mexican Street' at RIU Yucatan across the street with a gym, great shopping, Internet shop, photo shop & lab, medical services, and Spa with hair salon, beauty treatments & massage services
  • Golf nearby (fee)

Hotel Room

  • Maximum Number of Adults 3
  • Maximum Number of Children 2
  • Maximum Occupancy 4
  • 2 Double beds
  • Air-conditioned
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Satellite TV 
  • Regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser
  • Amenities kit
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Safety deposit box
  • Ceiling fan

Junior Suite

  • Maximum Number of Adults 4
  • Maximum Number of Children 2
  • Maximum Occupancy 4
  • 2 Double beds
  • Living area with sofa
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Bathroom equipped with bathtub and shower
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser
  • Amenities kit
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Safety deposit box
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Bidet



  • Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • International

Beach Club

  • Buffet for lunch / à la carte for dinner
  • Mexican
  • Location is at Riu Yucatan


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Asian


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Grill


  • La Lupita Swim-up bar
  • Maguey Lounge bar
  • Sports Bar
  • El Kiosko

Child Policy - 0-1 years free when sharing room with 2 adults in existing bedding.
2-12 years pay special rate when sharing room with 2 adults in existing bedding.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities at RiuLand, playground and kids pool.

Renova Spa 

  • Massages
  • Beauty treatments
  • Hairstyling
  • Free access to fitness facilities and sauna

Stay at 1, Play at 3! - Guests staying at the RIU Tequila, receive unlimited access to all facilities at both RIU Yucatan and RIU Playacar (dinner restaurants excluded). Complimentary shuttle service between resorts, except RIU Playacar - just a short walk away.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer 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 Tequila
    Riviera Maya,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Tequila
Avenida Xaman-ha, Manzana 3, Lote 19 Condominio Playacar, Playa del Carmen 77710 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.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.