Hotel Riu Playacar

Hotel Riu Playacar

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Sitting on a white sandy beach, Riu Playacar walks the line between lively and laid-back.

Tropical, friendly and relaxed, the Riu Playacar has classic Caribbean good looks. Inside, the lobby is an appealing mix of Mexican and colonial design. Think Aztec-style wood carvings, paintwork in tropical brights and old-world touches like ceiling fans and chandeliers.

As for the rooms, they’re clustered into dinky blocks, scattered through the gardens. The bedrooms themselves are generously sized and come with nice-to-have extras like satellite TV, complimentary toiletries and Riu’s signature liquor dispenser.

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We loved our stay at Riu Playacar. We were looking for a hotel that had a tropical lay out and this place certainly did. Very clean, great food, excellent service. We loved the fact that we could hotel hop to the other Riu’s. The entertainment staff always had something fun to do, including dance lessons which we took advantage of. The beach was great, it was nice to relax. We are already planning our next trip there. Thanks Riu Playacar!

The smart restaurants include an international buffet, an Asian-themed eatery, and an American grillhouse. And there are more than enough bars to go around. This place is part of the Riu Playacar Resort complex so you can use any of the bars in Riu Yucatan and ClubHotel Riu Tequila.

In terms of things to do, tennis courts, watersports, pool tables and a gym sort the activities list out. When you really want to unwind though, the pool area pulls out all the stops with palm trees, exotic plants and tinkling fountains.

The Riu Playacar is on the edge of a magnificent white sandy beach, with crystal clear turquoise waters and a coral reef: a complete underwater world waiting to be discovered. From here you are at easy reach of Cozumel Island and all the most important places of interest on the Yucatan peninsula. This property features 386 spacious guestrooms with a full range of amenities including a mini-bar and liquor dispenser. Guests can enjoy a full range of sports and entertainment activities, such as Riu`s famous theme shows, not to mention the superb international buffet and appealing restaurants, as well as the assortment of facilities available at their sister properties within the Riu Resort complex.

We had an exceptional time at this hotel. Having done many all-inclusive resorts across the Caribbean, this was my favorite. I say this mostly for 2 reasons: 1. Quality of the beach (white sand, aquamarine blue waters and crystal clear water) 2. Access to the town of Playa del Carmen (walk or cheap cab) which is a really cool town of shops, restaurants and clubs. The rooms were very clean and sufficient and the staff was very friendly. We upgraded to the suite for a nominal fee and it was worth it. We will go back. Enjoy!

The resort is located in the Yucatan peninsula, just 1.9 miles from Playa del Carmen. It is located in the Playacar resort area, along with its sisters properties, the Riu Palace Mexico, Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan and Riu Tequila. Surrounded by 19,000 sq. yards of lush gardens, the main building and 2-story bungalow complex are located on the beach. Complimentary sun loungers are available for Guests use on the beach.

What’s Included:

All meals and snacks:


Full American breakfast buffet and on the spot cooking stations
Continental breakfast/snack


Hot and cold starters, assorted meats, fish and snacks

Dinner (“El Porche” restaurant):

Buffets and on the spot cooking stations
Special evenings: theme buffet (twice a week)

– excellent beach with lots of loungers, hardly any of the towel game
– 2 pools, 1 quieter and 1 activity pool, even at 930-10 AM many loungers available
– nice plaza directly across the street, many shops and a farmacia
– buffet and steak house very good meals
– close to Tequila for those that want more nightlife
– bed had a mattress topper, very comfortable
– staff are the best.

Optional dining (reservations required in advance):

Mexican cuisine (à la carte; buffet starters and dessert)
Grill and steakhouse (à la carte)
Asian cuisine (buffet)

Formal dress is required for dinner (main restaurant: T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen)

Snacks 24 hours a day

For additional lunch and snacks, free choice from a selection of restaurants at the Riu Playacar, Riu Yucatan and Riu Tequila hotels


Unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day
Access to all bars in the hotels Riu Playacar, Riu Yucatan and Riu Tequila
Regularly restocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser

In-room safe

Sports and activities:

Room Tip: We stayed in the 3rd building which was perfect as it was halfway between the bar/restaurants and the pool/theatre, so I’d say 3 & 4 are probably the best buildings to go for if you can.

Table tennis, workout, gym, 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool, volleyball
2 floodlit hard surface tennis courts
Sauna and jacuzzi
Windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking, body boarding and snorkelling equipment


Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at RiuLand (daily)
Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
Live music, shows or Riu evening programme (daily)

Complimentary entrance to “La Piñata” night club and drinks (Riu Tequila, open every night)

All accommodations, taxes and gratuities

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