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
  • fildokai : Calgary, Canada
Not that great....Disappointed

I decided to book this hotel after looking at all the positive reviews on this web site. Boy...was I wrong. There are definitely some good areas at this resort like the nightly entertainment and the food at the main Buffet. Apart from that, this is just an ordinary 2.5 to a 3 star hotel in my opinion. The condition of the rooms were really bad and not clean. Insects crawling everywhere including in the bathroom. My kids ran out of the shower at least two times. That ruined our vacation. On top of that the toilet would not flush properly. The staff are generally friendly except the reception staff and the guys who call themselves managers. The trolly to the beach is a joke. Its not available most of the time.But the distance to the beach is easily walkable.I wouldn't recommend this resort if you are looking for clean accomodation.

  • lpamm : Huntingdon, United Kingdom

Me and my family have visited from 18th July to 2nd August 2017. It was our first time in Mexico and I have totally fell in love wit Riu Tequila. I will definitely go again.Hotel is very spacious and Mexican style like which we prefer. We would prefer different sleeping arrangements - 2 double beds together were not ideal for 2 adults and 2 children. We were offered a single bed but then it would take up too much space. I would like to thank our room service (Eugenio I think) for great services. There are new guests arriving every day and there is no easy day especially in that heat. 2 swimming pools were ideal - one pool has had the bar and the second was activity pool. We have had a lot of fun near by activity pool, there was usually something to do and my children loved it. From Buble party, pool aerobics, pool volleyball with a twist for adults to drink tequila to horse shoe challenge, darts, beach volleyball or football. Huge thank you goes to entertainment team ( Ricky, Danny, Jesus, Victor, Fernando and others), they have made us laugh every day and also they work really hard. NIGHT SHOWS - WOW I LOVED THEM. Those gorgeous people dancing and entertaining sometimes hard to please audience. Again thank you I loved every minute of it. It was really hot on the stage - being up there few times myself - but I they were working hard. The food was very good and I could find everything what I could think of - from roast turkey to roast duck, plenty of vegetables and lovely sea food which was delicious, even sushi night was on - WOW best food ever from all of our holidays.There was plenty to choose from cocktail menu but I loved Tequila especially Mango and Strawberry, also available in different flavours. Or coconut filled with cocktail and Tequila.The hotel was few minutes away from the beach which made it quieter compare to the other two (Yucatan and Playacar). The beach was breath taking and just beautiful.All Tequila guests were able to use the facilities of Yucatan and Playacar hotel but it could be busy. There were few water sports on the beach with were for free such as kayaking, scuba diving etc.Mexico is beautiful country and I would highly recommended to everyone. I am badly in love with this place and hoping to return one day. I hope others will find this review helpfull.

  • JohnLarissa : Exeter, United Kingdom
Another Fantastic Holiday

Just back after 2 weeks at this great Hotel.As before the food & staff are excellent and a special mention to Rangel & Mendez in the restaurant and Olga in the the sports bar....great service.The pools were good and the upkeep of them went on all day so no issues as mentioned by other posts on this site.Plenty of "new " sunbeds and they now monitor people who put towels down and do not return for hours.Entertainment overall was good although a couple of the shows were not up to the standard of others.Micheal Jackson/70s-80s/Moulin Rouge very good.The refurbishment is already underway and it looks as if the Tequilla will keep its Mexican charm and not be turned into a concrete/plastic palace.Thomson reps were first class, we had the misfortune of having trips cancelled due to Storm Franklin but they re-booked these for later in the week without a problem.Only one negative point was that the pool area is split between Smoking & Non Smoking with signs clearly showing the Non smoking areas, as usual some people totally ignore this but the Hotel staff do not monitor this and ensure that Smokers are moved to the appropriate area.Will return to this Hotel again.

  • christakisdianne : Doncaster, United Kingdom
Lovely traditional Mexican hotel

We stayed at the tequila for ten nights in February 2017, the rooms were traditional Mexican and very clean, the mini bar was always well stocked and the maid always left us some lovely towel art on our bed, it was my birthday during our stay and when I returned to the room they had left me a gift and decorated the room in balloons, such a lovely thought, the hotel was not by the sea and was a short walk to the beach or you could use the golf buggy to get there. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and the food offered a wide variety of choice and there was a well stocked fridge in the sports bar of you wanted a snack 24/7, the hotel had some lovely residents that lived there called the coatis. Some people were bothered by them but I found them cute and entertaining they sought every opportunity to get some food or drink from the hotel and guests, we had been to coc bongos one evening and was hungry when we returned early hours of the morning so went to the sports bar for a sandwich, my husband walked in front of me as I stopped to look at two baby coatis who were outside the bar and as I bent down to look at them some adult oath jumped out and stole my sandwiches from my hands. Clever little critters they are they must know we would fall for the babies and use them to ambush the guest ha ha, it didn't bother me I found it very funny, they also liked the alcohol too and would steal your drinks when they got the chance (think some of them had a drink problem) ha ha, please don't be put off by them as long as you don't feed them they don't bother you much also it was probably their home long before the hotel was built, there is also some resident iguanas which used to bask in the sun such lovely creatures.Overall we had a fantastic time at the tequila and would definitely go back and recommend to friends and families, lovely staff, lovely food and a lovely place.

  • Dnaud : Milton, Canada
Excellent value

Even though this hotel is not located directly on the beach, it is a short 10 minute pleasant walk via its dedicated shaded walkway. The pools at the property are well laid out and offer lots of shaded area if that is what you prefer at times. The lunch restaurant is right next to the pool and very convenient for food and drinks. There is also a swim-up bar in one of the pools. The added bonus is that you can also use the nearby Riu Playacar and Riu Yucatan properties including having lunch. The room was spacious, clean and well kept by the staff daily. The mini fridge was replenished regularly. We found the food to be excellent with lots of variety. We really have nothing negative to say about our experience at this hotel.

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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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