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Riu Santa Fe

Mexico - Los Cabos

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We know you're ready to escape the everyday and head to Cabo's sunny shores. Can't you just picture your day lounging by ... More

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"No elevators in the hotel. No Air condition in lobby or in hotel hallways or in restaurants Beach is not safe to swim at" – Lesrdh
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Customer Rating 293 Reviews
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4.3
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3.4
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4.1 out of 5
"No elevators in the hotel. No Air condition in lobby or in hotel hallways or in restaurants Beach is not safe to swim at" – Lesrdh
313 out of 369 (85%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
lap and infinity pool looking toward Sea of Cortez Riu Santa Fe pool One of the infinity bars The Pool area On our way for a Sunset Cruise! snorkling our veiw from our loungers everyday! Great pools! My son and I at RIU Santa Fe View from Riu Santa Fe View from our room! Sunset on the beach Bldg 7 3rd Floor From the steak restaurant view of the pool and hotel Grounds of Riu Santa Fe Gotta love this margarita Night view from 3327 Beach front pool at Riu Santa Fe Relaxing at poolside. Our Room beach view one of the pools Pool hotel Sunset Anniversary Lovebirds(swans) Pool Off the Beach Us at the steakhouse restaurant view from our oceanview room
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January 29, 2012
First Trip to Mexico

This was my first trip to Mexico and we picked Cabo because freinds of mine enjoy the Riu Resorts in other countries. The resort was about 45 minutes from the airport and we used transportation set up by Cheap Carribean which always works well because you get there and it is all set up for you, Check In was so quick and easy and we were greeted with drinks and friendly staff at the resort right away. We got to the room which was a perfect size for us and everything was very clean. We hit the buffet lunch areas just in time for a afternoon snack at 4pm. We ate at the buffet for every meal as getting good times on reservations for the other places seemed to be hard unless you got to the reception area first thing in the morning. The buffet was really good though so we had no problem with this. They had all types of food and different food and desert stations to chose from so you never left the buffet hungry. The Sports Bar has snacks like hot dogs, hamburgers, ham & cheese sandwiches, fruit, nachos and a microwave to heat them all day long. The food selection here could be better for late night but some resorts offer nothing for 24 hours so it was good. The beach in front of the resort is not for swimming but you can sit in the sun on the beach or at the 3 pool areas by building 7 and watch the volleyball games, parasailers, jet skiers, cruise ships and boats all day. We stayed in building 5 which was centered in the middle of the resort so it worked better for walking between everything. The pool near the main lobby is huge and has its own swim up and regular bar but is quieter than the pools in the building 7 area as that seems to be party central. It was nice that you could choose your area's,party time or quiet relaxation and conversation. The only problem that I could say about this resort is that the walls in the rooms are very thin so it is noisy. You can here your neighbors all around you, anyone in the halls and outside. If you are staying were people are roudy at night sleep can be tough. This all being said I will be back here again soon!


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From: Massachussetts
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

May 15, 2013
The other reviews are nuts

On day 2 I looked at my boyfriend and said "I feel like we're at a totally different resort then the reviews I read- are they crazy!?!?!" Maybe because we went in May? I had a totally different experience. Background: 20 something couple looking for a fun, romantic weekend, filled with sun, booze and food. And that's exactly what we got! First of all, I maybe saw 5 children the entire time (children= under the age of 13). We were in building 7- which surrounds the "party pools", so maybe that's why? Pay for the room on the water!!! Our view didn't even do the pictures on the website justice- waking up to that every morning was worth every penny! Booze: There's a 4 bottle liquor dispenser IN YOUR ROOM. IE: they do not skimp and it's not watered down. It really is AYCD! The bars were never crowed, I never waited more than a minute to get a drink and I didn't tip once (I felt bad- but there really is no need!) The drinks were great, too strong, they'll ease up, not strong enough- they'll add more! Loved all the frozen options and as soon as it melts, no worries, just get another! They also let you buy/ bring your own bigger thermal cups to the bar if you want to lesson your trips up from your chair. PS- Normally I drink wine or champaign, so I wish they had that as an option, but this place is pretty much liquor and beer only (except at dinner). Food- what are these crazy people talking about "reservations"!?! Yes, it helps if you make reservations to get a set time, but we got there the first day, booked dinner that night, and continued doing it way every afternoon (sometimes not until 4 or 5) and all the times were available. Don't get me wrong- the food is not good. It's all inclusive food, but between the 5 courses they give you, you still leave full... if not, the HUGE all you can eat buffet (with no reservations) is open until midnight. PS- eat breakfast/ lunch- it's the best (take fruit and snacks to your room for later too!) Entertainment- Had so much fun at the pool! I thought it'd be annoying over excited MCings playing dumb games, but actually we had a blast every day playing water volleyball, water polo, beach volleyball, horseshoes, etc. We weren't even expecting to make this a sporty weekend but we had a blast! The night time entertainment bordered on cheesy/ cute/ cool. It was cheesy, but in a fun way and some how you still always left happy. They really put a lot of effort into their productions. Rooms- Great! Everyday I would come back to our room so impressed with the maid service. It looked brand new everyday! I wish their had been more pillows, and those we had weren't good, but I'm guessing we could have asked for more- we just never bothered. Only thing- there's no coffee machine in the room, so you have to go all the way downstairs to the all you can eat restaurant. We had a great time, especially for the price, and I would recommend this place to anybody looking for a FUN or romantic trip.

View from our room! Sunset on the beach
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From: San Francisco
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 27, 2013
Excellent

We loved the Riu Santa Fe. The staff was fabulous, the rooms clean and the views were beautiful. The food was excellent. We expected food such as we have gotten before on cruises. We were very happily surprised by the quality and the quantity. Everyone kept warning me that there would be hidden charges but this was not the case. Everything was included, from bottled water to drinks in your room, room service etc. Our trip was all we hoped it could be and more.


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From: Florida
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

July 15, 2013
Best Anniversary trip!

My husband and another couple flew into Cabo on the 7th of July for our two year anniversary. We used a shuttle company to get us from the airport to the hotel. Our first impression was on security. The men at the front gate checked who was coming in and going out every time we went through the gate. This helped me feel that not just anyone could walk onto the property. Once we were greeted by a bell staff who took our bags and we went to check in. We anticipated waiting a while as most of the flights to Cabo seemed to arrive at the same time, but this was not the case at our hotel. We only waited about 5 minutes for the front desk to check in the guests in front of us. Once we reached the desk, we were given clear information about our room, dinner options and how to use the safe. Once we were done, the bell man was ready waiting for us to take our bags to our room. The walk from the front desk to OUR room was a bit far, but nothing we couldn't handle and well worth the walk, as our room had a garden/ocean view. The room was nice and comfortable and our bed had two adorable swans made out of towels on it for our anniversary! It was clean, had several mirrors, including a full length mirror, two chairs a bench, a safe and plenty of space for our luggage in the closet. We had a nice patio with a table and two chairs to sit outside and a place to hang our wet clothes/swimsuits. Also in our room, the fridge was fully stocked with water, soda and beer and four liquor bottles. That was replenished every day. The best thing about the room, is each night our housekeepers took notice of our habits, in a positive way. For example, the first night we were there it was a bit chilly in our room, so we pulled out the extra comforter they had in the closet to cover ourselves. The next day when we returned to our room, when they had made up the bed, they made it WITH the blanket tucked as well. In addition, our friends were smoking on their patio and the next day the housekeepers left a fresh pack of matches for them. The staff seemed very attentive which was appreciated. That was a first for us. We only ate at the main buffet and the Asian restaurant for dinner once each. The steak place was very hard to get a reservation to and we just never ate at the Italian or Mexican buffets to review about. The main buffet had plenty of different types of food to try and most of it was decent. There were a few disappointments in just some basic items like the pizza and the salad dressings not tasting right though. We were very unimpressed by only one person at the Asian restaurant that sat us. He just seemed to be in a very bad mood. But otherwise the staff were always friendly and attentive. We did eat breakfast twice once at the main buffet and once in the steak restaurant area. Breakfast was always good! The bar staff were by far the highlight of the hotel. Not only were they fast and friendly, they were creative. They made all kinds of fun shots and recommended cocktails if you weren't sure what you wanted. I was concerned that with it being all inclusive, they may take their sweet time pouring drinks or cleaning glasses. But they were non stop and they worked so hard. Although you are not required to tip them, we certainly did because they worked so very hard. The pools were nice as well, as there were plenty of different areas to sit and enjoy. The adults weren't subject to the parents with kids and the parents with kids weren't subject to the cursing, loudness, drinking and smoking of the adults. We especially enjoyed the infinity edge seating and the swim up bars. There was an area of the beach that you can walk down to from the pool area and lay out, however the waves that hit in front of the Riu are rough and there is a large wall that drops from the sun bathing area to the ocean access. There is no water access from the RIU. If you are ok with the pool and the views like we were, this will not be an issue. The water and currents from the Sea of Cortez, in my personal opinion, aren't safe to swim in anyway. Overall we were extremely happy with our stay here.We loved this hotel and the package we purchased from Cheap Caribbean. We got what we expected and more! Very Satisfied customers!

From the steak restaurant view of the pool and hotel Anniversary Lovebirds(swans)
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From: Scottsdale, AZ
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

Riu Santa Fe features 1,190 guest rooms that are luxuriously equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, 110V outlets, mini-bar and liquor dispenser (replenished regularly), electronic in-room safe, bathroom and balcony or terrace. Inter-connecting rooms are also available for your convenience.

Room Details

Double Room Garden View (DBSB)
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Double Superior Splash & Pool Party Zone (DBEB)
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Double Grande Splash & Pool Party Zone (DGSB)
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Double Room Ocean View (DBMB)
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What's to Love

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

Cabo's breath-stealing views from the patio of the resort that are picture-worthy.

Mojitos are legendary and de-lish. Order up as many as you want.

RiuFit is ready to buff you up. Weights. Cardio. Stretching. Catch it every morning & afternoon.

The impressive nightly entertainment. Especially fun for the little ones.

RiuLand, where the kiddos can play & craft the day away while you melt into stress extraction at the spa.

Dipping into the Jacuzzi for bubbly relaxation. (Plus always a fun mingling spot.)

 

What We'd Change

You can't swim in the ocean, but the views from the pools, the sunsets and sunrises and walks a long the beach are stunning.

 

Why You Should Go

It's close to the heart of Cabo San Lucas' shopping, nosh & drinking spots and the marina.

Whale watching here is epic. Best time to see these awe-inspiring creatures - mid-Dec thru mid-April.

Cabo's famous "El Arco" is in the backdrop. Grab your camera and snap, snap away.

You can dance your heart out at Pacha nightclub. Put on your disco shoes and get to it.

Invigorating crowds keep the party going at the pool, around the resort and at night.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge Services
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Kids Club
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Ping Pong
  • Scuba Lessons
  • 6 Restaurants
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Nightclub
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Elevators
  • 10 Bars/Lounges
  • Spa ($)
  • Beach Towels
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Dry Cleaning Services ($)
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Handicap Facilities/Wheelchair Accessible
  • Beach - non-swimmable


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Dining
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Nightlife
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scooter/Moped Rental
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Water-Skiing
  • Watersports Rentals
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

Here, at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, land ends and the Sea of Cortez wrestles with Pacific Ocean. Breathtaking beaches line the resort area of Los Cabos, making it the trendiest of the west coast destinations.

Riu Santa Fe

Camino Viejo a San Jose

+52 62 41 63 6150

Hotel Description

Riu Santa Fe: All-Inclusive Cabo Getaway

We know you're ready to escape the everyday and head to Cabo's sunny shores. Can't you just picture your day lounging by that big, bright blue pool? Good news - there is a swim-up bar for convenient cocktail-loading. Ah, day drinking just got a little more lively. Of course, Riu goes all out with unlimited food and drink, entertainment day and night, everything you want, and tops it off with a stress-smashing spa. But wait, it gets better. This little resort-gem is located close to Cabo's restaurants, bars, nightlife and shopping. And it's all waiting for you.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.
Following the addition of 288 new rooms to the hotel and a water park, RIU Santa Fe is introducing their new Riu Pool Party concept.
The Riu Pool Party experience is for guests over 18 years of age and consists of a zone designed for holding 4 large parties per week with local and international DJs.The two afternoon parties are the Jungle Party, and the Pink Party. And the two evening parties are the spectacular Neon Party, and the White Party.
These parties are part of the hotel's All-Inclusive program, and they are open free of charge to RIU guests.



DINING

You know Riu has you covered with a buffet full of anything and everything you want, plus "live" cooking stations that let you order up exactly what you're craving. At night, reserve your spot at an a la carte restaurant - Asian, Italian, steakhouse and a fan fav - Mexican. Beach appetit.

La Baja California
Type: International
Hours: Hours vary
Description: The hotel's main restaurant features outdoor dining on the terrace.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for men.

Zashila
Type: Asian
Hours: Open for dinner
Description: Asian buffet restaurant.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for men.

Carusso
Type: Italian
Hours: Hours vary
Description: Serving buffet starters and dessert, with an A la carte main menu.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for men.

La Mision:
Type: Mexican
Hours: Hours vary
Description: Poolside A la carte restaurant.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for men.

Torote
Type: Grill
Hours: Hours vary
Description: Poolside A la carte restaurant.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for men.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

The bartenders are ready to create that perfect pool-side, sippin' cocktail. Margarita? Mai Tai? Mojito? Hey - anything you want. And, don't forget, your room includes Riu's liquor dispenser so you can mix up your own tasty concoction. Cheers.

La Monumental
Lounge bar with terrace. Daily, hours vary.

Sports Bar
Sports and drinks. Daily, hours vary.

Bravo
Pavilion bar. Daily, hours vary.

Ole
Pavilion bar. Daily, hours vary.

Three poolside bars
Includes a swim-up bar. Daily, hours vary.



BEACHES AND POOLS

Two cool blue pools with ocean views make this the resort's main party hub. The sandy shores are great for strolling, but not for swimming. Good news, beach lovers, El Medano, Cabo's swimmable beach, is within walking distance. Time to dive into all this awesome. RIU Santa Fe will be opening a waterpark May 1st, 2018 that will be the first kids water park at a hotel in Los Cabos!


SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Introductory scuba diving lesson

For an additional charge:

  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving school
  • Jet ski
  • Parasailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaks

Land

  • Gym
  • Table tennis
  • Beach volleyball court
  • Sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi

For an additional charge:

  • Horseback riding
  • Golf course


INTERNET

Free Wi-Fi throughout resort.

SPA SERVICES

Renova Spa features a beauty salon, massages and treatments. All services available for an additional charge.

WEDDING/HONEYMOON SERVICES

The resort offers a variety of wedding services and packages. Please contact the resort directly for more information.

CHILD CARE

Daytime entertainment program for children ages 4-12 at RiuLand kid's club.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
The resort is located in the southern part of the Baja California peninsula, 2.8 mi from downtown Cabo San Lucas and 25 miles from San Jose Del Cabo Airport (SJD) and 1650 ft from a bus stop.

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: 11am.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Room Policy
At least one person 21 years old or older is required in every room, all year long.

Currency Policy
Please note that as of June 1, 2011, Riu Resorts in Mexico no longer accept or exchange U.S. Dollars at the front desk. ATMs are available in the lobby of each resort for withdrawals in Mexican currency.



MIN CHECK-IN AGE/SPRING BREAK POLICY: Student/Spring Break groups for guests 21 years of age or older are strictly on request and will be reviewed by hotel on a case by case basis. Upon check in, the hotel will request proof of age and a signed liability agreement. Unruly or disruptive guests may be removed from the property at their own expense.

All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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