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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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • ShazzaR12 : Grantham, United Kingdom
October break

Went to the hotel with an open mind after reading both positive and negative reviews. We always choose Riu hotels wherever possible. The hotel itself is in compact grounds, our room was on the 6th floor overlooking the square and theatre. It is exceptionally noisy, everything can be heard in the room, even though the entertainment finishes around 11pm, there were people outside making a lot of noise until 1 or 2am.As others have already mentioned it was really hot and humid at night with no where to escape and feel cool other than your room.The staff work exceptionally hard and nothing is too much trouble especially Theresa in the lobby bar.We didn't use the pools as these are very small for the amount of rooms so stayed on the beach.I would return to Puerto Valarta but not to this hotel. It was far too noisy for my liking.

  • BedCal : Market Weighton, United Kingdom
Super break

Arrived after a long flight from Manchester and we were in our room within 15 minutes of arriving at the hotel despite there being 150 people checking in off our flight. Hotel had set up a fast booking in service. A very clean and ordered hotel. The food in the buffet restaurant was superb. Three other restaurants with waiter service. Only disappointment was that at least one restaurant was closed nearly every night for "private function" . Entertainment every night by animation team and they also had external bands and speciality acts. Swimming pools and grounds spot on. Excellent staff who pandered to all your needs. Would recommend this hotel despite the tiring journey.

  • okbulldog : Tulsa, Oklahoma
Decent Resort

We spent a week at the Riu Vallarta in a junior ocean view suite. The resort has an art-deco look and is very unique. The service was excellent for the most part and it would be tough to find a harder working staff anywhere. The dining options were similar to what you would find on a cruise ship (buffet, quick bites, specialty options) and were good. There were several bars but we really liked the lobby bar with the entertainment each afternoon (the espresso martinis were awesome). While this may not be the newest or nicest resort, we got excellent value for what we paid.

  • KevinDW49 : Redcar, United Kingdom
Fortnight in the Sun

Having recently returned from a 2 weeks holiday at the Hotel Riu Vallarta I will say the holiday went a lot better than I had expected after reading some of the negative reviews. I will start with in my opinion the negatives of this hotel, firstly the lack of air conditioned bars other than the Spots Bar there was nowhere cool you could go to have a drink as the bars were all in the open or open to the elements and at the time we were there October on an evening the Humidity was very high. Secondly again regarding the bars the lack of a bar where you could have a quiet drink away from the noisy atmosphere as not everyone wants to sit and drink themselves to a stupor surrounded by overbearing drunken people. Fially the Sunbeds by the pools there are signs to say they cannot be reserved it would be advantageous if this rule was enforced as people just ignored the rule some beds were left unoccupied for hours on end with towels on them. The Positives of the Hotel, Firstly the Staff who without exception can only be described as First Rate. The Food in the Buffet Restaurant was of a good quality some people have claimed they found it repetitive yes I see what they mean but having said that if you try something different every day end of repetition. The a la carte and themed restaurants were of a High Standard in the quality and variation of food and drinks on offer. The rooms were whilst I agree a little bit dated were a good size they were kept clean and had everything needed. Having stayed in a number of Riu Hotels worldwide this was as good if not better than many of the others.

  • James C : Chester, United Kingdom
amazing 2 weeks

what a beautiful hotel with lots of character we stayed on the seventh floor and got amazing views.we spent two weeks chilling out by the pool.the entertainment around the pool everyday was different and got everyone involved,the entertainment team work really hard and were really friendly ,the food was fantastic we ate in the main buffet most days were there was so much choice it was great we also ate in the steakhouse were the food was exceptional and great views as you dined.the room we stayed in was a very good size with comfortable beds and nice bathroom.the room had really good aircon in which you will be grateful for.overall had a great two weeks and would recommend it to everyone

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
  • A la carte dining for dinner
  • 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
  • WiFi 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.

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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