Best RIU Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 1953, RIU is best known for its all-inclusive resorts. Since debuting its first... READ MORE
Founded in 1953, RIU is best known for its all-inclusive resorts. Since debuting its first property in Mallorca, Spain, the brand now offers approximately 100 hotels in 19 countries. Most of RIU's hotels are situated in Mexico, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, with the properties reflecting their tropical surroundings in their decor and amenities. Since many outposts are located on the beach, part of RIU's all-inclusive offerings cover guests' use of water sports equipment like kayaks and windsurfing boards. The majority of RIU's resorts feature kids clubs and daytime entertainment geared toward the younger crowd, as well as adult amenities like spas, night clubs and evening shows. In 2010, the hotel group expanded its portfolio to open its first urban outpost in Panama City, introducing its newest brand, RIU Plaza. Several RIU properties appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Europe and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings; those properties are listed below.

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  • #1
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    Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica
    Montego Bay
    #1 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2915 reviewsTripAdvisor (2915)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located just 3 miles northwest of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort that appeals to those looking to catch up on some R&R. Before hitting the beach, guests can work out in the fitness center, schedule a treatment at Renova Spa (for an additional fee) or relax in the sauna or whirlpool. When it's time to head outside, guests can lounge by one of three infinity pools (two of which feature swim-up bars) or kick back in a chair along the beach. Aqua, this RIU outpost's oceanfront snack bar, is open 24 hours. The beach also offers a variety of complimentary water sports equipment, such as kayaks, snorkel gear and catamarans. Come dinnertime, the resort's main restaurant serves an array of internationally focused dishes buffet-style, while the property's four specialty a la carte restaurants specialize in everything from Japanese to Italian cuisine. Recent guests raved about the quality and variety of cuisine options, although some were disappointed with the small portions at the on-site steakhouse. As for the accommodations, past visitors praised the spacious, well-appointed suites. Each comes equipped with free Wi-Fi access, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a satellite TV and a balcony or terrace. If you want to grab a drink after dinner, the resort boasts a multitude of bars and lounges, as well as Pacha, the on-site nightclub.

    Montego Bay
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2915 reviewsTripAdvisor (2915)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Mexico
    Playa del Carmen
    #2 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6258 reviewsTripAdvisor (6258)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Nestled in the upscale Playacar area just south of downtown Playa del Carmen, the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Mexico boasts all of the key ingredients for a relaxing Mexican escape. The expansive, palm-lined property  which also encompasses the Hotel Riu Palace Mexico's sister property, the Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya  features a variety of amenities, including four pools, six a la carte dining options (plus buffet-style eateries), the Renova Spa and the RiuLand kid's program. Plus the Hotel Riu Palace Mexico complex sits just steps from 18 holes of golf and soft sands that lead to the Caribbean Sea. What's more, this RIU property's guest rooms earn high marks from recent visitors. All 434 rooms come equipped with satellite TVs, minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi, private balconies or terraces, and bathtubs.

    Playa del Carmen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6258 reviewsTripAdvisor (6258)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
    Guadalajara
    #3 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1152 reviewsTripAdvisor (1152)
    Free WiFi

    Ideally positioned about a mile from La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall and the Expo Gaudalajara, Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara welcomes guests to spacious rooms, a pool and a spa. This Guadalajara hotel boasts 550 accommodations outfitted with 32-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars and upscale bathroom amenities. While the bright accents and whimsical room decor garners mixed reviews from past guests, most were pleased with the spacious bathrooms and reliable (and complimentary) wireless internet access. Visitors also praise this RIU location's versatile cuisine selection available at the buffet. Those looking for grub on-the-go can head to the Capital Take Away deli corner. And those with extra time to spare can reserve a table at Décapolis, Blue Moon lounge (open from noon to 7 p.m.) or Chardonnay (open for dinner). Once you're well-fed, sprawl out by the pool or unwind with a soothing massage or body treatment at the Renova Spa before enjoying a siesta back in your room.

    Guadalajara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1152 reviewsTripAdvisor (1152)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Helios Bay
    Obzor
    #4 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 774 reviewsTripAdvisor (774)
    Hotel Riu Helios Bay is a 4 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 774 reviews.
    Obzor
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 774 reviewsTripAdvisor (774)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    ClubHotel Riu Gran Canaria
    Maspalomas
    #5 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2980 reviewsTripAdvisor (2980)
    Free WiFi
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    Maspalomas
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2980 reviewsTripAdvisor (2980)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico
    Riviera Nayarit
    #6 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4650 reviewsTripAdvisor (4650)

    Travelers praise this all-inclusive RIU property for its attentive staff and unbeatable location. Situated about 6 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta along the shores of Banderas Bay, the Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico offers serene surroundings. To make the most of the hotel's beachfront perch, recent visitors suggest requesting an ocean-facing room on one of the upper floors. Even if you're not able to book a covetable room with a view, you'll still enjoy luxurious amenities like hydro-massage bathtubs, satellite TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and liquor dispensers. Though visitors praise the relaxation-inducing amenities, travelers are not as pleased with the beds, which they describe as stiff. (To work out the kinks, make your way to the Renova Spa for a soothing massage.) Guests are more complimentary of the Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico's beach and pool scene, especially the unlimited snack and drink service. For more substantial fare, take your pick between four a la carte restaurants and a buffet, which all offer a variety of cuisines, ranging from Japanese fare to traditional Mexican dishes. Recent guests recommend Krystal and La Toscana in particular for their delicious and varied menus.

    Riviera Nayarit
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4650 reviewsTripAdvisor (4650)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hotel Riu Palace Macao
    Punta Cana
    #7 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4709 reviewsTripAdvisor (4709)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Flanking Arena Gorda Beach along Punta Cana's Bávaro resort strip, the Hotel Riu Palace Macao offers guests prime access to the area's white sands. Even if you aren't a beach bum, this all-inclusive, adults-only resort will impress, with a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar, a spa and a variety of activities, such as tennis, windsurfing and snorkeling. Previous guests praised this RIU outpost's five restaurants, which offer international cuisine buffet-style, Japanese-inspired fare, steakhouse classics and more. Others raved about the beautiful grounds, friendly staff and clean (albeit dated) accommodations. Each suite features a white color palette with black or pink and red accents, plus amenities like free Wi-Fi access, a minibar and beverage dispenser, a satellite TV and a balcony or terrace.

    Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4709 reviewsTripAdvisor (4709)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras Resort
    San Bartolome de Tirajana
    #8 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1820 reviewsTripAdvisor (1820)
    Free WiFi
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    San Bartolome de Tirajana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1820 reviewsTripAdvisor (1820)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
    Punta Cana
    #9 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4045 reviewsTripAdvisor (4045)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Rubbing elbows with a bevy of Bávaro resorts along Arena Gorda Beach's coveted sands, the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro sets itself apart from its Punta Cana competitors with its friendly atmosphere and full range of activities. Recent guests have only positive things to say about the resort's staff, commending them for their kindness and attentiveness. However, past visitors gave mixed feedback about the property's accommodations. While some praised the clean and spacious suites, others said the digs are overdue for a refresh. All of the 610 suites come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, satellite TVs, liquor dispensers and private balconies or terraces. Outside the accommodations, travelers will find two pools (one with a swim-up bar), four tennis courts (which the property shares with four other resorts), a spa and a fitness center. Come nightfall, grab a bite to eat at one of six eateries before enjoying some nighttime entertainment at the Pacha nightclub.

    Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4045 reviewsTripAdvisor (4045)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
    Dublin
    #10 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4996 reviewsTripAdvisor (4996)
    Free WiFi
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    Dublin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4996 reviewsTripAdvisor (4996)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas
    Cancun
    #11 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7670 reviewsTripAdvisor (7670)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Not to be confused with its sister property, Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula, Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas sits between the sparkling blue Caribbean and the calm waters of Nichupte Lagoon on the northern bend of Cancun's Hotel Zone. This all-inclusive resort's 350 plus suites are appointed with flat-screen satellite TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and separate living areas. If your room doesn't feature an ocean view (though most afford excellent views), you can always gaze at the sea from a prime spot on the beach. But since past guests claim this RIU property's swath of sand is a little small, you'll want to stake out sandy real estate before it's all occupied. On the beach you'll have access to snorkeling and kayaking equipment, and at the pool you can try out an introductory scuba lesson. When hunger strikes, you can take advantage of 24-hour snacks and five restaurants, all of which are included in your package's cost. However, some guests do lament that the hotel's food lacks variety, so you may want to wander off the property grounds for a few meals.

    Cancun
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7670 reviewsTripAdvisor (7670)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    #12 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6120 reviewsTripAdvisor (6120)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sharing oceanfront real estate with its sibling the Hotel Riu Palace Mexico, the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya offers guests access to the pristine Playacar beaches of Playa del Carmen and all the amenities of the Riu Palace complex. Just outside their guest rooms, travelers will find six different restaurants, five bars, the Renova Spa, two pools (including a children's pool) and activities like tennis, kayaking and volleyball. But what sets this Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya apart from its sister property is its sweeping views and top-notch service. The property's 400 rooms provide impressive sea views from their private balconies or terraces; you can enjoy the scenery with a drink in hand thanks to the in-suite liquor dispensers. All guest rooms also feature perks like complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite TVs. Plus previous visitors rave that the employees at this RIU property are extremely friendly  some travelers said Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya's staff members went out of their way to make everything even more enjoyable.

    Playa del Carmen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6120 reviewsTripAdvisor (6120)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula
    Cancun
    #13 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6034 reviewsTripAdvisor (6034)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Perched atop the narrow islet that constitutes the Hotel Zone, Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula sits a bit farther from the airport than some of Cancun's other all-inclusive resorts. However, the half-hour airport transfer doesn't seem to bother recent travelers, who find this RIU property beautiful and spacious. Its 562 guest rooms feature hydro-massage bathtubs, satellite TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and private balconies or terraces. The food at Hotel Riu's buffets and six a la carte restaurants also receives positive reviews; recent visitors cite the dishes as varied and tasty. The beach, however, is a bit rocky for some previous visitors' tastes; instead, head to one of Hotel Riu's four pools, which are lined with sun loungers.

    Cancun
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6034 reviewsTripAdvisor (6034)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
    New York City, NY
    #14 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3468 reviewsTripAdvisor (3468)
    Free WiFi

    If you want to be in the heart of Manhattan's tourist hub, you can't go wrong with a stay at this Times Square hotel, which opened in March 2016. Along with its convenient location in New York City, the Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square won favor with guests for its modern accommodations. Each of the property's more than 600 rooms are equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, minifridges and Wi-Fi access (for an additional cost). Though reviewers described the rooms as small (standard accommodations start at 194 square feet), they also conceded that they spent far more time sightseeing than they did lounging in their rooms. If your feet aren't too tired from walking around the Big Apple, you'll find a fitness center on-site. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar, but because of its location on Restaurant Row, you may want to heed the advice of reviewers and visit the property's neighbors instead.

    New York City, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3468 reviewsTripAdvisor (3468)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    ClubHotel Riu Guarana
    Olhos de Agua
    #15 in Best RIU Hotels & Resorts
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2483 reviewsTripAdvisor (2483)
    Free WiFi
    ClubHotel Riu Guarana is a 4 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 2483 reviews.
    Olhos de Agua
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2483 reviewsTripAdvisor (2483)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi