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Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula

Blvd Kukulkan, Km 5.5 Lote 6-C Zona Hotelera | Cancun 77500  [SEE MAP]Cancun  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Four pools offer a diversity of swimming options
A rocky beach
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.
Hotel Class
Property Type
All-inclusive resort, 562 rooms
Primary View
Sound, Ocean



  • 4.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews


With a distinctive beachfront position, guests at the Peninsula are privy to both soft powder sands and wild rocky shores lining crystal clear Caribbean waters. Decor is contemporary with a slightly sexy, upscale European vibe – especially when lit at night.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 6800 have reviewed the Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6800 reviews 4.5 (based on 6800 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The resort's suites feature contemporary decor with white walls and furniture, tile floors and pops of purple and pink throughout. All suites include satellite TVs, balconies or terraces, liquor dispensers and dual sinks. Select accommodations are located in the resort's adults-only section.
  • Free Wi-Fi offered throughout resort
  • Balcony or terrace whirlpools available in upgraded suites
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula sits in the northern section of Cancun's Hotel Zone between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Within walking distance, guests will find a few shops and restaurants, plus a ferry terminal. Additional boutiques and eateries can be reached by car. Downtown Cancun is located about 7 miles away, and attractions like El Rey Zona Arqueológica's ruins and the Museo Maya de Cancún are less than 9 miles south of the resort.
  • Approximately 15 miles northeast of Cancun International Airport
  • Free self-parking provided
  • No airport transfers offered
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula offers buffet and a la carte dining options, along with 24-hour room service. For breakfast and lunch, guests have access to hot and cold buffets at Las Olas restaurant. Las Olas also offers a dinner buffet. Five additional venues are available for dinner, including the fusion eatery Krystal and a steakhouse. The resort's three other restaurants specialize in Mexican, Italian and Japanese fare. For cocktails, travelers can enjoy six bars, one of which is located at the beach. A swim-up pool bar is available as well. All meals and beverages are covered by the resort's all-inclusive rates.
  • Themed dinner buffets offered three nights a week
  • On-site ice cream parlor available
  • Private beachside dinners can be arranged for a fee
  • Reservations required and dress codes enforced at Krystal, Kabuki, Venecia, Tamales and Isla Mujeres restaurants

Number of restaurants6

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Asian, Italian, American, Mexican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


Four pools are available at the Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula, including a children's pool and a pool with a swim-up bar and in-pool lounge chairs. The adults-only infinity pool is ideal for swimming laps, while the activities pool is best for pool sports like volleyball and water polo. There is also a beach with lounge chairs, umbrellas and water sports equipment.
  • Beach volleyball court available
  • Free water sports equipment includes snorkeling gear, kayaks, catamarans and body boards
  • Whirlpool located in spa area
  • Complimentary scuba diving lesson offered
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Renova Spa at the Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula has multiple treatment rooms, as well as a beauty salon, sauna and whirlpool. Many treatment types are offered, including massages, facials, body wraps and nail services. Makeup applications and waxing services are also available.
  • Couples massages offered

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Younger travelers can visit the property's RiuLand kids club for free. Daily age appropriate activities are offered for children ages 4 to 12. There’s also a children’s pool and complimentary water sports equipment like snorkeling gear, kayaks and body boards.
  • Beach volleyball court available
  • Select guest rooms reserved for adults only
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula's fitness center features cardio and strength-training equipment, plus free weights, yoga mats and exercise balls. Offered fitness classes include Zumba, Pilates, water aerobics and yoga. And at the beach, guests can play beach volleyball or go kayaking.
  • All fitness classes and water sports equipment covered by all-inclusive rates
  • Free towels provided in fitness center
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


Meeting rooms are not available at the Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula. However, an Internet cafe with computers is available. Fees apply to use the Internet cafe.
  • Free Wi-Fi provided throughout resort
  • No on-site meeting planners available
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula can host intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions with up to 50 guests. The resort's beach cannot be used for weddings, but couples can tie the knot in the property's gardens. Three wedding packages are available, all of which include ceremony decor, bridal flowers, semi-private reception dinners and wedding cakes. Upgraded packages offer additional inclusions for the bride and groom, such as commemorative T-shirts, couples massages, late checkout and complimentary room upgrades.
  • On-site wedding coordinators
  • Live entertainment upgrade available (fees apply)
  • Vow renewal ceremonies can be arranged

Maximum wedding guest capacity50

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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