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The restaurants and the pool areas No shuttle service to get to and from town and the airport
The staff was absolutely amazing. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The rooms was very clean, comfortable and spacious. There was also ample supply of pool chairs towels and drinks. I never felt like I had to fight other guests for any of these things.
Beautiful Location A very nice resort in a beautiful location. The grounds were large enough to have lots of activity...or find quiet areas to relax
Very nice and relaxing! All the outlets in our rooms did not work well.
Place looked good. Really Clean. Grounds too big. Too much walked by to get anywhere. Staff pretends to care but really doesn't Beware of the tours they are very misleading Not a whole lot too do on the massive grounds Very reminiscent of a low budget cruise ship. A lot of money spent on beauty of hotel but not anything that benefits the guest. Food ok at best No beach besides the man made one. Which is not actually on the beach. The ruins look man made and there are rocks all along the real beach. Don't expect sand. There is none. Don't expectt any major benefit to staying here because of proximity to Excaret. There isn't a major benefit because you have to pay extra for Xcaret just like anyone else would. The unlimited experience is a trap to get you to go for 3 days. Don't waste your 350.00. I could go on and on. We complained about things to staff to no concern
staff was very courteous and service was good and speedy. i thought the recreation was poor. i thought the it was a beach front hotel and the little beach was tiny and water sports were only allowed in a boring little lagoon. so i did get a little bored. also, breakfast was a very poor selection and the receptionist booking ala cart restaurants was very rude.
The Resort was GREAT! Plenty of food and drink. There are many restaurants to choose from and wide variety of foods. The buffets were good, plenty of selections. The five specialty restaurants were very good with the Tapas at the top of the list for us. The staff... WOW!! they were GREAT. Very friendly and helpful. The And there were bars everywhere to satisfy your thirst. The wifi was spotty. And the beach was very rocky. You needed water shoes to get in without hurting your feet. There are only a few spots without the rocks.
You can't possibly find nicer people. The staff is extremely friendly and as accommodating as possible. Great atmosphere for families, or with a significant other -definitely not for you if you are single. Beautiful location and maintained pretty well. Great poolside bartenders! Resort almost completely shuts down by 10pm no matter what night of the week. Found ourselves bored which is unfortunate considering we chose this place due to the amount of activities and what we thought would be nightlife. The food was horrible. At every restaurant....even with the privilege option. Good value, great location and people but wouldn't return due to the food.
Walk up to any bar and get a drink (well of course, top shelf extra) FOR FREE! Well, it's included. Needed more dedicated adults only sections/pools.
Great resort. Friendly staff. Food quality is amazing(especially at Brazilian restaurant). Plenty of activities for kids. Professional night entertainment (not like most hotels that give you hotel staff shows). Pool was quite dirty especially later in the day. Beach was nice considering it is a Mexico coast line. Definitely will go back.
The hotel is all right, it is really small and there is not enough events to keep you busy (they repeat a lot every day). The restaurants are just Ok, I bet you can get a better place with much better food for less money. The hotel pictures does not really show what you really get. We pay for ocean view and we get only a view of half of another apartment and half trees and some blue spots. The Italian restaurant is quite good but the other ones are just Ok. Be prepare to expend a lot of money because any event is really expensive. For the dolphins I really advise you to go to the Marine and do not use the one close to the hotel.
Stayed 4 days on our way to Cancun. Dreams P.A. was a great way to the start of a 10 day vacation. Resort was on the smaller size which we found was a plus. Everything was just a short walk away. Checkin and checkout were very quick and efficient. Did not linger to hear the sales pitch and it never came up again throughout our stay. We had booked a marina view room but were delighted when they gave us a free upgrade to an ocean view. Thought it was our luck day until they brought in the dolphins and released them into the waterway at the marina making our original room now a dolphin view.... The pools were very clean but cold and the beach small but lovely. There was plenty of shade to be found if needed. The bar service was great and so was the food especially at Portofinos the Italian restaurant. We did have a few problems with the room. There were several times whem the toilet would not flush and most of our stay where the shower would take an hour to drain before wife could take a ...
This was a great place to stay. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome every day. The entertainment provided ranged from a rock concert on the beach to magicians and clowns. The food was good, the room was good, the scenery was good, and the beach was great. There is a reef in front of the hotel which made for great snorkeling. We walked to the marina and the shops about everyday. We walked down the beach to a couple other resorts to look around and quickly decided that the Dreams was the best by far. This resort is VERY kid friendly which makes it a hands down choice for families. We will definitely go back!
Wonderful place to stay-------------------Enjoyed it very much!! Staff was always helpful and friendly-------------
Overall it was very good. More english tv channels would be nice .
Our stay was for a wedding we attended. The hotel was smaller, but still provided a lot for the size. All the restaurants are included with no reservations, but the food was good compared to great. Portofino was the best. The buffet was just eh ok. So, there's a bit of trade-off there. The room service was great and always came when quoted. There was no pressure to tip-but we did. There were more kids here than we preferred, but there were kids in our wedding party. It was a fantastic wedding venue location. Location was great overall. Premium liquors are served. Make sure to book a transfer because no taxis will go that far from Cancun. We dove the Cenotes, went to Tulum, and went to Xel Ha with ease. Overall, good time.
The hotel is old and the restaurant service is terrible , it takes 1 hr -and sometimes longer- to get your food .
I expected more luxary from a Dreams resort and more entertainment choices. What they did have was good they just did not have enough variety for a 9day stay. Our room was adequate but it did smell strongly of mold and on our last day we actually saw mold on the ceiling of the bathroom. Staff were fun and friendly. Food choices very limited and portions very small. Others at the resort we met said that the Cancun and Cabo location Dreams are definitely better
We just returned from staying at Dreams Puerto Aventuras. We LOVED the resort! ALL of the employees were so very nice/friendly/fun. It was a great experience. The entertainment staff is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!! We had way too much fun! The food was great also. Lots of activities if you want to keep busy instead of just laying on the beach. All the employees were the best. Twice a day maid service (without asking), great Spa, shopping close by, never a dull moment!!! Our only complaint, which is not the fault of the resort, is the noise level late at night and into the early morning hours. The party people/late nighters liked to congregate right below our room on the steps leading out to the pool area and it was very hard to sleep. We got up and said something to some of them and called the desk a couple times. The lobby area was very noisy too during that time. Unfortunately, you can't fix stupid and some people just don't realize there are people trying to sleep after midnight.
Only one complaint, but I feel it's fairly significant... My time is valuable. Only half of the restaurants are open on any given night. This resulted in waiting an hour and a half to get seated for dinner or being stuck with going to a buffet. I get it, if you only open restaurants on select nights they can reduce costs by not having to staff a couple of them. Additionally, the delay in seating encourages people to go to the far less expensive buffet where the food was average at best. I've stayed at the Dreams in Puerto Vallarta and was ecstatic about my family's experience there. Upon check-in this time, we were told that our room wasn't ready and we'd need to wait about 20 minutes. We came back in 25 and were told it would be another half hour. We waited the additional 30 minutes and STILL had to wait another 15 minutes. The staff in Puerto Aventuras was INCREDIBLE just like in Puerto Vallarta, but managements decision to cut cost in staffing at the expense of a vacationer's antici...
We started off on a bad note with this resort. Arriving on a Friday, the resort was ok, but we realized quickly that we should have booked an adults only (we have no kids). It just so happens that the resort offered us a promotion to switch to one of their adults only sister resorts (Silversands or Maroma). No strings attached, the offer was that we would stay the night at Dreams, then check out in the morning and be transfered to whichever resort we picked. In addition to this we would receive a voucher for 6 free nights at the resort. I had heard good things about Silversands, so we decided to transfer there. We kept our bags packed and just kinda ho-hummed around the remainder of the evening. Getting to our room we realized the bathroom door wouldn't shut, and the shower leaked. Thinking we wouldn't be there but one night, we just dealt with it. Saturday morning we woke up, had breakfast, and headed to the main lobby to check out. After waiting for 20 minutes to see a manager, they ...
This was one of the best all inclusive properties I have been to. Room, staff, food, pools, bars and entertainment all were amazing. I loved the hydro therapy as well. Plus, as a bonus, the front door was right on 5th avenue, allowing us to shop, go to bars and grab off resort food. If you are looking for a chance to get both all inclusive and experience Playa Del Carmen, I highly recommend the Royal! The beach was horrible - rocky and full of seaweed. However, as I personally hate sand and salt water, this did not bother me in the slightest. This actually made my stay better, as we stuck to the pool, bars and 5th avenue.
The staff were incredible.. Beautiful resort, good good options Horrible Horrible Smell from ocean like sewage. It was extremely hard to enjoy the beach. No eating at the pools
Staff very kind and courteous. Animation team is so fun. Wish it was less expensive.
Amazing...and I always choose 5 star resorts. One of the best I've ever experienced. The hotel should do a better job of explaining all there is to offer and an initial tour...it really has excellent offerings, but we had to navigate/learn a lot on our own. It would have been helpful to have more information upfront.
Our room was gorgeous Shows were great Food was great Loved how we could walk out to 5th Avenue Most of the staff was friendly Beach was well kept Pool was freezing I felt like they were always trying to sell something to us Small pool Crowded beach Beach chairs were old- they need some serious updating!
Parts of the grounds were very stinky
Everything. It was amazing.
Food, service, entertainment. Everything was perfect in my opinion. Nothing
The service, food, and location were excellent. The staff were genuinely happy to be of assistance and always greeted us with a smile.
The only thing that was lacking in quality were the bed sheets. For a 5 star resort the sheets were old and covered with pill balls. Also I don't like the fact that people get up and "save" chairs early in the morning without even sitting there during the day. The system should be when you leave the lounge chair you take your saving towel so someone can sit there and use the chair. Most of the time there were approximately 2/3 of the chairs empty just being "saved". This is not necessarily the fault of the resort but of people just being rude.
- Friendliness of Staff - Quality of Food at the buffets - Excellent snorkeling and swimming with turtles - A la carte restaurants - Spring breakers - way too many loud and obnoxious spring breakers here - avoid March and April!
The food was pretty good. The staff were nice. The inability to get reservations at a reasonable time, especially when your friends would tell you there were many empty tables.
The facilities are awesome. Great Beach, Bars, Restaurants, and Pools. Kids had a blast. The staff at the front desk and premium desk were horrible. Not friendly and not helpful at all. For such a nice, luxury hotel this is unacceptable. We also experienced unhappy staff at some of the outdoor bars and of all people the girl handing out the towels. If you don't get a dinner reservation which at times is difficult even though the restaurants are never full (funny because you try to book a reservation at a prime time, the staff says they are completely booked), you have to suffer through the awful dinner buffet. The entire management staff at this hotel should be fired or retrained on how to be helpful and polite.
The grounds are beautiful, impeccably cleaned, the jungle animals are fun to watch. Nothing I would change
The Iberostar Tucan / Quetzal is one of my favorite resorts in the Mexican Rivera Maya. The dining buffets are fine, and there's always some food offered that you've never tried. It's fun to experiment with new tastes. This was my fourth visit. The staff are very courteous and speak several languages. The fun begins with the jungle in the center of the resort. A large canopy of trees with well lit winding paths takes you from your room to the waterfront pools. New additions this year included a balcony overlooking the flamingo pond, a boardwalk in the center of the jungle, and a new waterfall with Mayan statues hidden in the rocks. The wild animals living in the jungle run free and appear tame, but you are warned not to feed them. Peacocks are everywhere, and you can get some great photos of the males spreading out their huge feathers. If you stay near buildings 14 and 13 expect to have howler monkeys swinging through the treetops to get to their feeding areas. They wake up at dawn with ferocious howls that remind you that, yes, you are far from home and now in a tropical paradise. A surprise this time was the renovation of one of the buffet restaurants, what was once an intimate rustic buffet is now a separated modern glass and steel food service area with a longer walk to your table. I preferred the rustic design but was told Iberostar plan to remodel the other buffet restaurants with the same bright white modern sterile design.
The beach and pool are amazing and HUGE! The food in the restaurants was excellent. The food at the buffet was good. They did a great job of trying to include foods at the buffet that would appeal to guests from all countries, and it gave us a chance to try different foods that we would never typically order in a restaurant. There were always snacks and ice cream available by the pool, which was great. The entertainment staff, Star Friends, was amazing! They work around the clock to entertain the guests and always seem to have activities, games, or shows going on that are actually entertaining, whether you're participating or just watching. The nightly shows were a bit hit or miss, but they get an A+ for effort and enthusiasm. For some of the shows, they brought in professional dancers or entertainers and those were excellent. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The refrigerator was restocked daily with water, soda, and beer. The drinks were weak, but we liked that since we could drink all day at the beach and all night at the bars without being too affected by the alcohol! The disco was a great place to listen to music and relax at night after the shows. It wasn't very busy when we were there, but the bartenders were amazing and so friendly! We never felt pressured to tip anyone, and they almost seemed surprised when we did tip them. Overall, our trip was amazing! This did not bother me, but it is not a fancy "luxury" resort, so people with extremely high standards or expensive taste might want to stay elsewhere.
We stayed at Riu Palace the first week of January 2012. We had a wonderful time, stayed 5 nights. I would called a family type resort. Lots of couples of all ages, as well as families with kids. The beach area is great, white sand, enjoyed the walks on the beach. We walked to Playa a couple times (about a 30 minute walk). We loved the food. We ate a 3 of the 4 reservable restaurants, liked Krystal the best. We thought the buffet selection for all meals was very good, plenty of fresh fruit and vegtables available at all times, if your not into the meats and fried stuff. The buffet restaurant also had a themed 'Mexican' night. Definately recommend this. Just a note for the men for the dinner meals. Long pants are required, jeans are OK, lots of men wore jeans. The wait staff at this resort was second to none, very friendly, and always right there if you need something. The room fridge restocked everyday. 24/7 room service included. We will for sure be coming back to Riu Palace again, and...
We loved the hotel and staff. The grounds were super and the location was great. Two problems with the Riu Palace. The A/C was not sufficient for the rooms. The coolest it was in my room was about 80F. Our party had 10 rooms, all were too darn hot. The second problem had to do with the dress code for the restaurants in the evening. Men were required to wear slacks however women could wear just about anything. Slacks would not be a problem, except it is too darn hot in august to dress up for a buffet dinner. Several of the outdoor restaurants were not air conditioned, so they were really hot. You could wear shorts to the non ac restaurants. It was too hot in those restaurants even in shorts. I did not cool off until I got in a cab going home.
We enjoyed our stay very much! The beach was great and lots of activities were offered throughout the resort. The nightly entertainment was a treat! The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent. We were pleased with the variety of food choices at the buffet and the dinners at the restaurants were excellent. Can't wait to come back!
I would go there again. But I'll be prepared to sleep in an uncomfortable bed.
This resort is excellent. Although the bed was uncomfortable for my husband's bad back but when we told the front desk, within 5 minutes we had a mattress pillow top cover on the beds in our room. The staff was very, very welcoming and accommodating. Anytime we asked for anything they took care of it immediately. They all went above and beyond. We will go back to this resort and keep the Riu resorts in mind whenever we travel.
When we arrived to the hotel we were welcomed by professional staff, had a nice/tasty glas of papaya juice and then our luggage was taken to our room by a porter. At first it was a WOW, such a nice place, the food, service, beach, etc was great. Overall the place is awesome, but one thing I have noticed being such a big company and have no security camera is a big NO NO. This place is not even close to be secure, we had to hide everything we could to a very small safe provided by hotel, but you phisically can't put there everything possible. So we heard that someone was robbed during their stay. We've traveled to other places in Mexico and never experienced anything like that. My advise to you guys, put some cameras at least outside your building, you will have less stress on having to walk around when it's raining, humid etc. Other than that, the place is great, service is as well. My favorite drink was cappuccino w/out sugar, very tasty, well other drinks were great as well, but i am...
I would go back, this is very nice location, clean beach
The floor tiles are very slick. My husband fell & broke his arm the first day of our vacation. When we went to the front destk to get help, the manager told us to wait in our room & have $50 cash for the Doctor when he came. We got more compassion & help from the other tourists & the actual workers that clean than from the manager. I asked for an incident report & he refused several times. He said the incident was our problem & they were not resposible for anything. The Dr. put us in a cab & sent us to the hospital. My husband had surgery & was in the hospital 3 days. No one from the hospital checked on us. My husbands roommate had also slipped on the tile, and there were several tourists in the hospital that had slipped. When I went back to the front desk for help I was crying & still no one asked how my husband was, & if I needed anything. They acted like I had the plaque. When I brought him back & asked where I could get ice, they said they would bring it to the room, they were stil...
Loved staying at the Riu Palace Mexico! The service was outstanding, especially the bartenders at the swim up bar:) The food was great, rooms were spacious and clean, and the shows were entertaining. The wristbands allow you to take advantage of other Riu properties. We loved going across to the Rui Tequila for drinks and a little dancing. What I liked best was the beautiful palm tree lined beach. Plenty of water activities available on site. The spa is really good, as well.
Its our favorite resort. We love the location. We can walk into playa del carmen..in twenty minutes. The beach is great. We spend much more time there than by the pool. The shows are pretty weak, but we enjoy dancing outdoors in the evening to a three piece orchestra. We also love the food and the beautiful bar off the lobby. The rpm is undergoing a serious makeover. We toured one of the 'new' rooms...ugh would be my review. It's very modern...chrome y glass. Not my taste. Still. For now a wonderful resort
I went with my parents and husband for 7 nights. This Riu is somewhat quieter than the other nearby Rius...but you have a gold bracelet, which means you can go to any of the Rius if you want more party than relaxation. Good food, good nightly entertainment. Excellent drinks one day in a coconut on the way to the beach. Beach is fantastic. Water beautiful. If you enjoy relaxing on the beach or playing in the ocean (snorkeling, body board, catamaran.... )this is the place to go! Bring an insulated mug to take your drinks to the beach. The gift shop in the lobby is a bit pricey -much better deals on 5th St in downtown Playa. We were married in Mexico 5 years ago and this is our third trip back to the area. Have stayed at the Riu Tequila before, but rooms at the Palace Mexico are nicer and you're just 2 minutes to the beach instead of 15. First time at this resort and would return again -especially if the parent's are buying!
Hard-working, friendly staff make you feel right at home in this beautiful, newly renovated (Dec 2012) all-inclusive property. The first night we stayed, the toilet wouldn't flush properly and the staff immediately came and addressed the problem. The landscaping was mature and gorgeous, and the beach front location and new pools were a great spot to relax during the day. Buffet as always offers something for everyone. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
A equipe foi incrível. Serviço ótimo e personalizado de toda a equipe fez desta uma estadia excepcional. As instalações eram modernas, limpas e bem conservadas. O equipamento de atividades estava disponível e em bom estado e as áreas da praia/piscina eram limpas e confortáveis. A comida e bebidas eram em geral excelentes. A comida do bufê era típica do que você esperaria de um bufê de resort/hotel mas os restaurantes e bares à beira da piscina tinham ofertas excelentes. O bar La Rotonda tinha um ótimo sushi e serviço maravilhoso. O restaurante Los Murales era fenomenal. A comida era excelente e a equipe era atenciosa e agradável. Tive um problema com a minha reserva original, mas o departamento de serviço ao cliente do hotel foi capaz de resolvê-lo depois de algumas ligações. O WiFi não era dos melhores. O sinal era forte em torno do resort, mas a conexão às vezes era fraca. Quando conseguíamos conectar, as velocidades eram aceitáveis para e-mail e navegação limitada pela web. As banheiras são muito cool- mal mais quente do que a piscina em si.
Foram férias muito boas, só não gostei da praia ) -; mas a equipe foi incrível, muito simpática e a comida não era tão ruim, com certeza voltarei... Foram férias muito boas, só não gostei da praia ) -; mas a equipe foi incrível, muito simpática. O quarto também era muito bom, com certeza recomendo este hotel