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“Great week at the Riu Sante Fe”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Riu Santa Fe

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Hotel Riu Santa Fe
Ranked #40 of 71 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
Calgary
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“Great week at the Riu Sante Fe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

I took my 18 yr old daughter and 2 of her girlfriends as a birthday/graduation gift.We stayed from March 26-April 2, 2012. I've stayed at lots of all inclusives and always read the reviews ahead of time just to give me an idea of what to expect. The Riu Sante Fe was what I expected and we had a wonderful week there. It is one of the closest all inclusive resorts down the beach from Cabo. It's in a great location.
We stayed in building 4 and we were very happy there. It was about half way between the lobby and beach. We found that by being in building 4 and not in building 7 we got to see more of the property and ate at all of the restaurants instead of just staying at the pools and restaurant by building 7. We were on the top floor(4th) and it was a hike up with no elevator but we needed it after all the drinks and food over the week. It also meant that we had no noise on the tile floor from other floors.

Ask for top shelf liquor eg. Bacardi, Smirnoff etc.and you will get it. Miami vice, Bahama Mamma, Mango Dacquiri ,Purple Rain were some of our favorite drinks. The fridge in the room was stocked every second day with bottled water, pop and beer. If you needed it restocked sooner and requested it at the front desk they would bring it. There was no coffee maker in the rooms and the coffee in the restaurants was bad-instant coffee in large quantities.

The food was ok.Lots of it. We ate at the buffets as well as the Asian, Italian and Mexican al a carte restaurants. We had no trouble booking them. We loved all the fruit and smoothies in the morning for breakfast. Can't beat eating a meal on the patio over looking the beach every day. Lunch usually had us enjoying a big plate of nachos, fresh salsa and guacamole. Lunch at the pools by the beach also had the grill out with hot dogs and hamburgers. Out by the lobby bar and restaurant in the evening they had make your own tacos with beef or pork and they were great.
There is a computer in the lobby. There was often a long line up to use it though. If you bring your own laptop there is wi fi in the lobby area. I had 3-18 yr old girls that were off of their electronics for an entire week. Way to go Cabo!! ;-D
If you walk to the highway and cross it, you can get the bus for $1 into Cabo.It's a very safe ride and we took the bus back and forth into Cabo 2 different days. It's a short 10ish minute ride. A taxi is $3 pp or the water taxi from the beach is $5.
We did alot while we were in Cabo. We swam with the dolphins and did the zip lines with Cabo Adventures. The staff at both of those excursions were really wonderful. This mom was more than a tad scared about doing the zip lines. The staff were so patient and encouraging and I was able to do all of the zip lines...... without having a heart attack.They were also a lot of fun. I would highly recommend Cabo Adventures.
The girls did a triple parasail and I had a massage on the beach(soooooo relaxing!), both of those were great too. We took a water taxi over to Lover's Beach (bring towels, snacks and water bottles with you) and had a family of sea lions playing within 20 feet of our boat. They let us watch and take a lot of pictures. There were also a few whales out there that we got to see.
The girls played beach volleyball and we met a lot of great people. There is a Walmart and Costco a short distance from the resort if you forgot to bring anything from home.
There was a wedding on the beach that we all got to see from the railing at the pool. It was beautiful and then the bride and her wedding party were hanging out at the lobby bar later that night visiting with everyone. The Michael Jackson show on Monday night and the Grease show on Tuesday night were the most fun to watch at the resort.
We went into Cabo a couple of times and wandered the shops ("almost free for you today") lol and had lunch and margaritas at the marina.
The girls wanted to experience Cabo at night so we went to Cabo Wabo, Pink Kitty and Skid Roe one night. It was an experience. lol
The vendors are on the beach but don't bother you unless you show some interest in what they're selling.
The Riu was everything we were looking for. Friendly service, close to Cabo, and had everything we needed to have a wonderful week relaxing in Cabo on the gorgeous beach. As the tshirt says "No Bad Days in Paradise"

Room Tip: Building 4 is right in the middle of the property and is in a great location to either go to the lob...
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012 via mobile

I just came back from riu sante fe. I went to Los cabos April 16-23, 2012. The weather is amazing. It is extremly hot. At night it's warm with a little breeze. I went with my husband. Both of us are 26. This resort is more to party. I would not recommend this resort to families or for honeymooners. In the middle of the night you hear drunk people wandering around. Usually we go to five star luxury resorts but this time we tried something different. I had a lot of fun but I would not go back I rather stick to five star resort. A lot of people from riu palace would come to our resort in the night time because they said there resort was too quiet and our resort was live.

Pros
Resort is beautiful
The view is amazing
Pools are nice
Steakhouse and Asian Restaraunt are good
Jacuzzi in the spa is free and is heated

Cons
Pools are cold
Food is not the best and is always the same
The beds are so uncomfortable that every morning your back will hurt.
There is only two English channels and there is no pay per view channels
The beach water is unsafe to swim
Every night you will hear drunk people wandering around making loud noises
Had to make reservations early in the morning
More than half the employees do not understand English

P.s if your single or want to party you will love this resort. This is a three star resort.

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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

I have read many reviews of this hotel and was more than a little jaded headed into this trip which was a large group of about 25 including 2 little ones under 1 and my grandmother over 75. I can easily speak for the entire group when I say THIS RESORT IS AMAZING!

-Every single inch of the resort is in imaculit condition, all staff members were pleasent and spoke English.
-Check in was flawless and included beers or margaritas.
-The main buffet area was excellent for both breakfast and dinner should you chose not to eat at one of the restaurants. The omelet bar and cappuccino machine were staples in our daily routine.
-The Itialian restaurant was great was worth going to.
-The steak house is amazing in both food and service not to mention its proximity to the ocean.
THIS IS A MUST DO!
-There are 2 main pool areas, the one(s) near the ocean, and another in the center of the resort. Both are excellent and have different things to offer. The pool(s) near the ocean have a lot more going on and a perfect if you'd like to be near the "action". The second pool is beautiful and perfect if you'd like a little more quite time.
-Our room in building 2 was clean and very spacious with a nice pool view balcony. In my opionion, the beds are a little hard, but not enough to complain about (as in other reviews). Our safe was big enough to hold our iPad and our other valuables & the mini fridge was always stocked full of water, soda & beer.
-The beach is beautiful and the views are amazing, by far the nicest beach I've stayed on in Cabo. The vendors are not overly pushy and Javier was great in getting us a good price on jet skis.
-The center "hub" of the resort has 2 bars that are always full of people looking for a good time as well as plenty of people watching the nightly shows put on by the entertainment staff. Great place to be.

DO NOT ALLOW THE OTHER BAD REVIEWS ON THIS RESORT SCARE YOU, THIS IS PARADISE!

Room Tip: Building 7 is better located to be near the ocean, but building 2 is near one of the buffets and was...
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

This was a good hotel overall. The rooms were clean and maintained. The buildings looked really nice and maintained. The drinks were flowing and the staff were friendly and on the most part helpful.

The only downside i found was the quality of the food at the buffets and asian restaurant. We opted to go to town for some really good steak and seafood, which i would recommend if you don't mind spending a few extra $$.

The hotel was quite large to walk around, but what do you expect, it is a Riu after all! That being said, we stayed in building 7 and it was like a smaller private hotel within a larger resort which made it nice and convenient for the most part. The beach is right in front of this building, which was a nice surprise, and the ocean view rooms on the front side of this building have some amazing views. But that being said the currents are strong and you should be a strong swimmer if you want to play in this ocean.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

Easy and fun. Well run and good service. The evening shows did not wow me, but the hotel accommodations and food were decent. I would've preferred larger beds (queens instead of 2 doubles).

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Additional Information about Hotel Riu Santa Fe

Property: Hotel Riu Santa Fe
Address: Camino Viejo a San Jose | Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#27 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#31 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#31 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price range (per night): ₹ 11,301 - ₹ 20,804
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Riu Santa Fe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 902
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 Km/2.8 Miles from Cabo San Lucas * Opened winter 2007/8 * 1-story main building and 3-story and 4-story annexes * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 3.5 Km/2.2 Miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas * 40 km/25 miles from the airport * 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas
Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos
Riu Sante Fe
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