Riu Jalisco

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Our Opinion

The Riu Jalisco is a great hotel which is popular with couples, singles and families alike. The friendly entertainment staff keep the activities going throughout the day. Restaurants and service are very good and the beach and pools are excellent. With only one central elevator and the hotel being set back from the beach, this can mean a lot of walking. Most tour operators rate it 5 stars, but its more like a 4.5 star resort. The Riu Jalisco is a great option, just as long as you don't go in expecting a full 5 star resort. If you want to experience a true Riu 5 star, try the sister hotels Riu Vallarta and Riu Palace Pacifico.


The Riu Jalisco beachfront property is as spectacular and luxurious as you would expect from any Riu resort. Never failing to fulfill the delivery of every kind of comfort, wonderful services, and fully equipped with great cuisines to dine on. Set on an exceptionally beautiful, long stretch of beach makes it too easy to have fun with the excellent sports and leisure facilities, activities and entertainment. Just sit back, relax and let the sights and services of a Riu Jalisco all inclusive vacation show you the meaning of 5 star!

Location: On the beach in Rivera Nayarit, 20 minutes from downtown, 15 minutes from the airport.

  • A long stretch of beach that's great for strolls
  • Good for families with an active kids club and kids pool
  • Great value with reputable service and quality
  • Close to the airport for easy transfers

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • khanney2016 : Winnipeg, Canada
too crowded, no swimming

Just returned from 8 days vacation on Nov. 25/16Too many people, mainly locals with most of them families, many kids.The kids pool has many kids, the adults pool has more kids. The adult pool always has large number gathering around the pool bar, and after 12 getting drunk and shouting. Also more people stand around in groups, drinking and walking around, inside the pool.NO CHANCE OF HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY OF SWIMMING.REPORTED THAT TO FRONT DESK, THEY SAID "MANAGEMENT DOES NOT LISTEN TO US"The beach in Puero Vallarta is very windy to the extent that this hotel always shows yellow beach flag, while the 2 adjacent hotels always show red beach flags.Also there is a strong undertoe/undercurrent which makes swimming dangerous.Ala Cart restaurants are good, if you can get in.The service is always less than good. Too many guests and not enough staff.Medium quality food, inconsistent, again, due to the very large number of guests.Unless they build a 3rd. pool, and allow some guests time get a swim; increase the number of staff, it really is not fun.The Gym is tucked in the middle of nowhere.Don't go.

  • granshaz : Wakefield, United Kingdom

After reading some reviews i was a little bit worried about visiting here, i can honestly say this hotel was brilliant. It was spotless and clean, the maids did a fantastic job of rooms, always clean towels and a little creature made out of towels left on our bed. The grounds of the hotel are lovely, there are a couple of pools one with a swim up bar. There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool and on the beach. The food was really nice in the buffet restaurants, we never had a problem finding some gorgeous food, my only gripe is it could have been a little hotter but after saying that it didn't put me off. There is a steak, Italian, Mexican and Asian restaurants, we didn't visit the Mexican (didn't have time to fit them all in). The steak one was lovely, our favorite was the Asian, the Italian was just ok, a couple of my friends had salmon and it was raw, i had chicken and it was really nice. Watch out for the iquanas in the grounds of the hotel, its lovely to see them, we had one every morning in the palm tree outside our room, it was a lovely site to see. Go to the beach to watch the sunset, its magical. All the staff were helpful, i would definatly stay again, its a lovely place xx

  • Lorena C :
Family vacation with 4 teenagers

First of all Excellent service! The food was amazing. We went to other all inclusive hotels and we had to make reservations. Not on this hotel! We enjoy all the shows! They were fun and diverse.If I have to complain about something is that we didn't have Wi-fi on the rooms. Other than that we had a wonderful time!!

  • bkp240 : Douglas, Wyoming
Great Resort. Have returned and will again

I have stayed at the Riu Jalisco on 7 different vacations, ranging from couples vacations to family vacations. The stay on this occasion was, as usual, wonderful. The resort has been remodeled and the rooms, lobby, restaurants etc are all even better then before. The rooms are great, especially for families. The kids adjoining room was set up wonderfully with a set of bunk beds and a lot of room for them to store their stuff. The views from all of the rooms I have stayed in are wonderful, even the jungle view rooms. The moment you arrive you feel welcome and at home. The bell boys and front desk staff are friendly, funny and helpful.I do not think I have ever heard a staff member tell me "No" at this resort. The food in mind blowing, both in quality and in selection. I have never seen a place with buffets with such a large selection, for each meal, before. The specialty restaurants are great.The room are huge, and the mini-bar spectacular. The bathrooms are wonderful.

  • Trader53 : Winnipeg
Great beach resort

My wife and I stayed at the Riu Jalisco Nov 18-25, 2016 and enjoyed the resort very much. It exceeded our expectations on a lot of levels. It was about a 20 minute bus ride from the airport, check in was very quick and our room was great. We had a very comfortable king size bed, balcony, safe in the room and the room was very clean. The beach was great for walking on, able to go miles each way on nice sand. The Riu Vallarta is about 200 yards south of the Riu Jalisco so an easy walk on the beach if you want to spend some time there. The Riu Palace is a lot further, maybe 800 yards going the opposite direction. You are able to use the facilities at the Riu Vallarta but not the Riu Palace while staying at the Riu Jalisco. There are lots of beach chairs and shade at the Jalisco so you never have to get up early to save a good beach chair or at the pool for that matter. There were always chairs available at the pool or beach. The surf at the beach was not bad at all, able to swim every day while there but would not recommend snorkelling due to the visibility of the water and with the smooth sandy bottom, there is not that much to see. They do have a great kids pool and kids facilities at the resort.The staff and service at all the restaurants and bars was great, no complaints. The entertainment crew was also a lot of fun especially at the pool bar. There are 4 a la carte restaurants and the nice thing is that you don't need to make a reservation at any of them, just show up. Also the men aren't required to wear long pants in any of the a la carte restaurants which I liked. The food quality was very good whether at the buffet or at an a la carte. The only complaint I have about the entire week that we were there, was that there was a lot of noise in the hallways late at night that woke us up a few times. People going back to their rooms singing and talking real loud. It happened about 4 of the 7 nights. We were on the second floor about 20 rooms down from the 24 hour Sports bar which may have been the reason for the noise. There are 6 floors of rooms at the resort and the only elevators are located near the front lobby.All in all, I think it was great value for the money and I would recommend this resort.

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
  • Snacks
  • Cold and warm dishes buffet - pizzas, pastas, salads and varied desserts
  • On the spot made-to-order cooking stations
  • A la carte dinner in specialty restaurants w/reservations
  • Domestic & select imported drinks 
  • Theme nights
  • Late-night snacks
  • In-room mini-bar and liquor dispenser (re-stocked regularly)
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool
  • Day and night tennis
  • Multi-sports court
  • Gym and sauna
  • Volleyball
  • Ping-pong
  • Shuffleboard
  • Daily activities
  • Live music & shows
  • Nighty entertainment
  • Entrance to Disco, drinks included
  • WiFi in lobby
  • 700 rooms
  • 5 restaurants, including Buffet, Mexican, Asian, Italian & Steakhouse
  • 1 A la carte restaurant, dress code & reservations required
  • Beach bar/restaurant
  • 6 Bars including Swim-up pool bar, Sports bar
  • Terrace-solarium
  • 2 Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Kids pool and waterslides
  • Lit tennis courts
  • Health & Spa centre w/sauna, jacuzzi and gym
  • Boutiques & gift shop
  • Hair & Beauty salon
  • Massage services (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Watersports centre
  • Conference room
  • Golf & horseback riding nearby (fee)

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Radio alarm clock
  • Regularly replenished mini-bar
  • In-room liquor dispensers
  • In-room safe
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and board
  • Max occupancy 3 persons or 2 adults & 2 kids

Junior Suites include:

  • Same as above plus:
  • Larger in size
  • 1 king bed
  • Additional walk-in closet
  • Larger bathroom and living area w/sofa
  • Max occupancy 3 persons or 2 adults & 2 kids

Family Rooms and Suites also available.


La Piazza

  • Buffet lunch, a la carte for dinner
  • Italian cuisine
  • Reservations required and dress code for dinner

Dona Adelita

  • Buffet breakfast, a la carte for dinner
  • Mexican cuisine
  • Reservations required and dress code for dinner

Grand Dragon

  • Buffet for dinner
  • Asian cuisine
  • Reservations required and dress code for dinner

La Botana

  • Buffet lunch, a la carte for dinner
  • Grill cuisine
  • Reservations required and dress code for dinner

Don Emiliano

  • Buffet breakfast and dinner
  • International cuisine


  • La Cantina Lobby bar
  • El Pancho Theatre Bar
  • El Villa Theatre Bar
  • El Sports Bar
  • El Bahia Banderas Pool Bar
  • Pacha Disco Bar

Kids Deals - Children under 2 years stay and eat free. Children's age must be specified on the rooming list. Children sleep in existing bedding and must share the room with 2 full paying adults in order to receive the discount. If one adult is traveling with one child, the child will then be considered an adult. If a single adult is traveling with 2 children, the 1st child will pay adult rate and 2nd child pays special rate. Limited number of Kids Free rooms are available. Up to 2 kids can travel free with 2 full paying adults. Online rates already reflect discounts for kids rates. Details subject to change without notice.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised children's activities at the RiuLand kids' club with a pool, water slides and fun entertainment in an interactive environment.

Renova Spa services available:

  • Hair style and cut
  • Make up services
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Waxing
  • Facials
  • Body wraps
  • Massages
  • Hot Stones
  • Aromatherapy

Flamingos golf course located near by. Prices range from $90 -$130USD

Exchange Privileges -Guests can visit Riu Vallarta and use the service & facilities at this hotel excluding the a la carte restaurants, restrictions may apply.

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.

Wedding Package - Wedding packages are available. Please inquire for more details.

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 Jalisco
    Riviera Nayarit,Mexico

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ClubHotel RIU Jalisco
Avenida de Los Cocoteros, Sn-Lote K, Nuevo Vallarta 63732 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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