Riu Vallarta

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Our Opinion

The Riu Vallarta is a beautiful property in the Riviera Nayarit area, about 10 minutes drive from the market at Bucerias. This is the middle property in terms of quality amongst the 3 Riu resorts in Riviera Nayarit. Riu Palace Pacifico being the best and Riu Jalisco slightly more economical. This resort is great for any couples and families looking for a fun resort with very good service. In our opinion the 5 star rating by the Riu is a bit generous, 4 star is probably a better representation for this resort. A renovation may be in order to bring this resort back to a 5 star rating.


Located directly on beautiful Flamingos Beach, the Riu Vallarta wonderfully combines the brand's trademark service with Vallarta's charm. Every stay includes buffet and a la carte dining options, 24-hour all-inclusive service, a variety of non-motorized water sports, great pools, a fitness centre, an introductory scuba lesson, daily entertainment for adults and children, live music, theme shows, a disco, a supervised kid's program and so much more.

Location: On Flamingos Beach, 2 km from Nuevo Vallarta, 15 min. from the airport and 20 min. from downtown Puerto Vallarta.

  • Extensive pool area with swim-up bar 
  • Kids pool with slides
  • Nice beach
  • Renova Spa

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Gerry A : LaSalle, Canada
GREAT 11 days in Puerto Vallarta area

Had a great family vacation at the Riu Vallarta. I think we had the best room in the place, as we were dead center and top floor of the hotel. The rooms are spacious with step down to sitting area. Bathrooms are large and comfortable. The grounds and pools are awesome, with constant maintenance and cleaning going on. The food was...okay. They have 3 al a carte restaurants along with the buffet. They really could use an additional al a carte restaurant or 2. We've stayed twice next door at the Riu Jalisco, and really missed their Mexican and Italian restaurants. Other than that everything else was perfect.

  • londondave : london/essex
Lovely beach , nice hotel but not 5 star 3 star

Me and Carl are still at the hotel I am fair and truthful when comes to hotel reviews As it can be hard to tell who being over DramaticPro Hotel has the wow factor when look at it and it very nicely done But looking old now needs refit Love the Art Deco style thou it very nice in that AspectHotel grounds are clean Staff are are amazing Beach is lovely Drinks are a good standard tooFood for meat eaters is very good lots of choice (We are veggie )Ice cream is lovely and cookies too Rooms are big nice shower (dated thou)Kia TUI rep was lovely ConsRooms by the maids are the biggest let down for us 4 days in row we had to complain That there was blood stains Body fluids sheets lipstick marks we do not use it lolBlack hairs in the bed dirty marks on pillow Old sheets with bobbing Towels in the room are like coconut Pool is nice but you have to be up at 5 am to get good seat I got once at 7 and most of the good chairs had gone lolSaying that there is chairs about Food for veggies there is some but it’s always cold and not refresh enough plus bit of the same every day lunch and dinner it got bit better when we spoke to Kia on of TUI reps Buts still cold 😥Pool is busy and can be too aloud I am 38 I do not mind a party but this can turn in to like a lock in One TUI reps will not name her but when we complain about the room she seem to not care even when we said would you sleep on that she said it would not. BotherHer not what you would think a rep would say lolWould I come back to pvr yes as lovely place Would I stay here again very much Doubt itUnless was very good deal and when hotel been done upAnd room Hygiene gets betterLove RIU Hotels but this one is not normal standard

  • Gerry F :
Hotel Bigger Than We Like

I was mainly happy with the hotel & food. We don't like big hotels but it was a family wedding. A lot of steps for seniors. There are ramps but further to walk as in out of the way places. Elevators to the rooms. They were clean & the beds were good. No bar service on the beach. Bar for the adult pool & sitting areas there. We didn't participate in the entertainment because of wedding activities. We watched the bull riding one night & the activities for the kids. The hotel lobby bar was not real attentive. It was easier to get your own. The other bars were self serve. You don't drink as much then. Staff were all friendly & helpful. On the beach you had to go early to get a lounger. I think some people left their towels on their chairs all night.

  • Tharwat E : Toronto, Canada
Better than expected

Booked at a last minute deal and it was a great value. There are many aspects of my review, I'll try to be brief.Check in was a breeze, room 5 was very spacious and clean, but no view at all, he only benefit to it it was so close to the restaurants, pools and beach. "My mom who is elderly was with me and I requested a room close to the beach and that's what we got" Beds a so hard and pillows are terrible, if you're a picky sleeper that could be a problem.Food options were good, plenty of food but the same every single day, you know what will be available and they didn't try to surprise you at all. I love seafood and Mexican food and they had a plenty of both.Ala Cart restaurants aren't impressive. Adult pool, dirty full of drunk people. I tried a couple of times and it's very filthy. Didn't try the family(kids) pool but it looked cleaner.Beach is very nice, but I had a couple of issues:1- If you want to sit upfront, there's no shades provided by the hotel, the guy who rents umbrellas charges $200 pesos ($13.50 CAD)and when I negotiated it went down to $150 ($10 CAD) that adds up if you're at the beach daily. 2- For those who love Caribbean crystal clear waters you won't find it at this beach, the sand is dark therefore you don't see the bottom of the sea, however the water is very clean and the beach is lovely. You can walk for a really long time without interruption.Entertainment is OK!The staff always did so much, everyone works so hard and you can see how much they care.Will I go back? I might but I found other resorts that look much better for my taste. Make sure you know that you're not in Puerto Vallarta, you're about 20-30 minutes from the city. If you like to be in a place where you can go out and walk this is not for you. I went to the city a couple of times and it can get costly specially in the weekends and traffic gets really bad and taxis, even uber raise their prices.The city centre is beautiful and is worth a visit.

  • ellie M :
21st birthday holiday

We were here for a family 21st birthday celebration... and couldn’t fault it!! The hotel staff were so helpful, polite and always happy to help. The food was amazing, I love that each time you would go up to the buffet you would if something new to try and l loved that they had themed food nights. The pool area wasn’t busy which i liked as you could always find a quiet spot which you could just relax at. They made my 21st so special by making a birthday cake and singing happy birthday to me. All the special touches made our holiday. Thank you.

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  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Specialty restaurants without reservations
  • 24 hour all-inclusive
  • Domestic and select imported drinks
  • Late night snacks
  • Bars including sports bar, swim up and pool bar
  • 2 swimming pools with Jacuzzi
  • Children's pool
  • Non-motorized watersports including waterpolo, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling & kayaking
  • Fitness centre
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Introductory scuba lesson in pool
  • Daily entertainment for adults and children
  • Live music
  • Theme shows
  • Disco (entrance and drinks included)
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 4 a la carte restaurants, Steakhouse, Gourmet and Asian
  • Bars including sports bar, swim up and pool bar
  • 2 large swimming pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Children's pool
  • Watersports centre
  • Fitness centre
  • Wi-Fi in lobby
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • Gift shop
  • Disco

Hotel Rooms include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • 2 double or 1 king bed
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini-bar & liquor dispenser
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • Hair dryer
  • Clock radio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy, 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids

Junior Suites include:

  • Same as above but larger
  • Split level with separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with hydromassage tub
  • Iron and board
  • Max occupancy, 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids

Handicap rooms available upon request.

Kids Deals - 2 children stay & eat free, 12 years and under. Limited availability. Hotel Room only.

For the Kids - Supervised kids program for ages 4-12, kids playground, kids pool.

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 - Contact the hotel directly at weddings@riu.com. Book early and save 10% on all wedding packages made 90 days prior to arrival.

Golf Bonus - Flamingos Golf Club designed by Percy Clifford: 20% off rates. Transfers to/from golf course not included. Subject to availability. To book Tee Times or for further info, please contact the Golf course directly at reservations@flamingosgolf.com.mx.

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 Vallarta
    Riviera Nayarit,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Vallarta
Av de Los Cocoteros s/n Lote Hotelero G, 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.

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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.

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