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Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico

Av. de los Cocoteros, Lote Hotelero G, Flamingos, Nuevo Vallarta 63732 Mexico
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 6 hotels in Flamingos
Travellers' Choice
The 24-hour All Inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico opens all year round and located in Banderas Bay in Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico. RIU Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain, with hotels that meet the highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication, creating a unique experience. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Puerto Vallarta Airport PVR (13 km) and Bucerías (2 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 445 cozily furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and offers many amenities. Relax in our spa, or get in shape at the gym. 1 outdoor pool, 1 children's pool. Day and evening entertainment, as well as the Pacha discotheque in the neighboring Hotel Riu Jalisco or Hotel Riu Vallarta. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main restaurant, Japanese and Mexican, Krystal restaurants and Steakhouse, as well as 5 bars.
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Room & Suite (1,137)1,137
Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Snack bar
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Kids club
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Bay View
Ocean View
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Zenon987 wrote a review 12 May
Huntley, Illinois1 contribution
We loved the RIU Palace Pacifico. Very nice and great vibe. Everyone respected COVID protocols. The food was very good and the drinks were great. The pool is so massive that you never felt crowded. We’ll be going back!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from RIU Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico
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Dear Guest, Thank you very much for choosing us and for giving us this excellent review. In addition to enjoying our gastronomy and drinks, we are pleased that you highlight our efforts to provide our best services despite the restrictions imposed by the anti-covid protocol. We would be delighted to be able to count on your confidence again on your next visit to Nuevo Vallarta Yours sincerely, Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico Online Reputation Manager
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Calmjohn wrote a review 11 May
Leavenworth, Kansas3564 contributions467 helpful votes
Each time that my wife and I have the privilege to visit RIU PALACE PACIFICO we think that it cannot be better than the previous time, but with all the restrictions of COVID-19 protocols they succeeded once again. Upon our arrival, as always the porters met our taxi with a “Big Hello!! Welcome home!” and they hurried the bags inside standing ready to help us to our room. Our room assignment was ready and we were assisted by a young lady on the counter in checking us in very efficiently and smoothly. Very quickly we were in a clean and appropriately sanitized room where we could refresh and relax after our trip. I must add that our room was always cleaned quickly and spotlessly by our maids. COVID protocols have placed difficulties on everyone, but I think that the most difficult area is in the areas of food preparation and presentation. The right person at the right time seemed to be in the entire food and beverage area. Food was great and there was always a great selection. Although we were restricted from sitting at the bars the tables were served promptly and efficiently by cocktail servers. The pool area was always clean and service was good for personnel in the loungers. Many swimmers made good use of the swim up bar. Nightly entertainment was very good and I must add that in addition to the shows in the theater a pianist/guitarist preformed in the main lounge for a couple of hours each evening. It was a very enjoyable visit and we have already made reservations for late October/November of this fall. I encourage everyone to join us.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Higher rooms have a much better view
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Dave H wrote a review 9 May
Las Vegas, Nevada286 contributions169 helpful votes
I have been to PV many, many times. Stayed at all types of resorts/condos/timeshares. Here is my review of Riu Palace Rooms: I was in Jr Suite Partial Ocean View on 8th(top) floor. Great view, I would consider this ocean view, not partial, was great view. Room was good. It's starting to show it's age. Whirlpool tub, that didn't work. I didn't complain, not a huge deal. There is a refrigerator with drinks that is filled daily. Small coffee maker. No hard liquor dispensers due to Covid. Buffet: Good food, great variety. A little confusing on how they want people to go, but no matter what they do, people will want to do it different anyway. Specialty Restaurants: No reservations required, just walk up. Had to wait a couple times for about 20 minutes, so no big deal. These are NOT relaxing, sit down type of experience. It's more of a formal FAST food Experience. At the steakhouse, start to finish less than 45 minutes. I ordered and 30 seconds later my appetizers were in front of me, as soon as appetizers were done, my main course was set down. Also at steakhouse, wine only, no drinks served. There is a bar, literally right outside the door to the restaurant, but they will not serve any drinks other than wine. You need to carry in your own. Part of the fun of specialty restaurants is to sit, talk, relax, and enjoy. NOT here, it's the bums rush to get you done and out. I hadn't eaten my first day. I tried to order two entrees. NO, sorry only one entree. Trust me, I'll eat them both. No, sorry can't do it? Isn't this All Inclusive? Yes, but only one entree?? Bars, drinks: Excellent. Mostly very friendly staff, would try and make any drink you asked for. Not sure why people complain about watered down drinks at any all inclusive. Just ask for a double. The bartenders want you to enjoy your drinks. Nightly Show: Excellent. Probably some of the best quality I've seen at AI resorts. It wasn't just the cheesy entertainment staff double worked type of shows. Yeah, they were the type of shows we've all seen if we've traveled to Mexico before, but the quality was good. The showroom is nice, and drink service was great inside showroom. Daytime Entertainment: I really don't pay attention to it. Seemed to be ok, the good part is they weren't blasting loudly over speakers. Location: You are in the middle of nowhere, I knew it when I booked, so I wasn't surprised. It's a 45 minute walk on the beach into Bucerias. I mostly used UBER, and it was about $20 into downtown PV, and about $4 to Bucerias. It's a little bit of a pain to use Uber because the resorts are against them. You have to go outside of resort and catch Uber. COME on resorts, UBER is here to stay, cheaper, better, easier, safer to use than Taxis. Overall, good experience, and I would stay here again. BUT let people enjoy their sit down meals. We are on vacation to slow down and enjoy.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: High floor
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2 Helpful votes
GenoMichiganYooper wrote a review 5 May
Escanaba, Michigan243 contributions144 helpful votes
We travelled to this resort with 2 other couples, after we all had both our COVID shots, and after we found out the resort offered free onsite COVID testing, for our re-entry into the US. The resort is a fairly short ride from the airport, and uneventful. It is still a little hard to work your way through the time share personnel in the airport, to get out to your transportation, but we made it. There is a temperature scanner set up right in the entrance to the lobby, very simple, non-intrusive, you just walk slowly past the scanner, and you are good to go. The lobby of the hotel is rather spectacular, something right out of an old movie, you expect to see old movie stars walking across the marble on their way to grab a martini. Registration was efficient and smooth, all personnel were friendly and courteous. Our room was on the 8th floor, partial ocean facing, the decor was a little dated, but the room in general was very nice, with a small balcony, two chairs, and very nice for watching the sun do down. Our only complaint about the room was the air conditioning, which seemed to function more like a fan, than an AC unit. The pool area was nice, bartenders very friendly. Again, our only complaint was the distance to the restrooms, from the pool area. And there was only one bathroom, within a 5 minute walk from the pool. The beach was very nice, very long, and you could walk the beach all the way down to the flea market in Bucerias. No currency conversion available at the front desk, we withdrew peso's from a local ATM, located in the lobby, and the front desk will exchange higher notes for smaller ones, for tipping purposes. Since they were very good about COVID restrictions, some of the facilities were tightened up, the sports bar pool tables were not able to be used, the tables in restaurants and bars were spaced at least 6 ft apart, just to mention a few. One other note, although we tried the specialy restaurants, the large and incredible buffet was the best buffet we have experienced in the last 10 years. About a $15 cab ride to the flea market in Bucerias, and about a $20 cab ride to downtown Puerto Vallarta. We give it a two thumbs up, cold beer in the river for you guarantee. que tenga un buen día
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: Go as high as you can, go for the view from the upper levels..
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3 Helpful votes
Amanda wrote a review 1 May
Broken Bow, Oklahoma1 contribution
Best hotel we’ve ever stayed in. Super, SUPER clean. Very helpful and police staff. Food was ok. Nothing special as with most all inclusive places. But we WILL be back. We love d it here. The AC in the room sis not good. It does not get cool enough to sleep very well. But over all this place in amazing.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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US$167 - US$376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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MexicoPacific CoastNayaritRiviera NayaritNuevo VallartaFlamingos
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Nearby attractions include Nuevo Vallarta Beach (5.1 km), Santuario de Cocodrilos El Cora (2.3 km), and Estudio-Cafe (6.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Conveniently located restaurants include Insu Sky Bar, Sabrosa Italia, and Maizul.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.