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    Senior Member Shnyda's Avatar
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    Talking Riu Palace - Cabo San Lucas - Review

    Wife and I just returned from Cabo San Lucas... here is the review we posted on Tripadvisor.

    Cabo is great - but ready to go back to Aruba!



    We stayed at the Riu Palace in Cabo from 10/24 -10/31 for our 5th
    wedding anniversary. We used Hotel Beds as our transer from the
    airport and all went smooth. It is about a 35 minute ride from SJD to
    the rersort. Our overall stay was very positive. And I will say pros
    outweigh the cons. Only a few minor complaints...


    Pros:
    Smooth check in (drinks provided)
    Very friendly staff (they go above and beyone with or without tip)
    Buffets are better than expected (not great - but you cannot go hungry
    and you won't get bored unless you are very picky)
    Sit down restaurants are decent(we ate at 3 of the 4 and we enjoyed
    them all - nothing amazing but not bad - Japanese was my fave -
    Krystal was my wife's)
    Gorgeous grounds
    Extremely clean
    Spectacular view of lands end
    Great views from Ocean Front rooms
    Mini bar stocked daily
    Rooms cleaned 2x a day
    Entertainment staff is great (night shows are a little cheesey but fun)
    Alcohol selection (not "top shelf", but not bad at all - you will
    recognize what they carry and pour heavy I you wish)


    Cons:
    DINNER RESERVATION SYSTEM STINKS (nuff' said)
    Bit far from downtown ($12 cab ride - and walkable, but a really rough
    35 minutes walk on an uneven beach)
    Lots of steps (elevator is there)
    Beach is rough and not easily swimmable (it depends on the day - some
    days weren't as bad as others)
    Moths (there were the largets moths I have ever seen on the grounds)
    Pools are cold (probably the time of year - but the pools were all very chilly)
    No "real concierge" (everything was outsourced to various companies -
    we got lucky and had a great experience on the one excursion we booked
    - but I'd prefer to speak to someone from the riu first)
    Agressive vendors right off grounds on beach (they are nice - and I
    rented a jet ski from them for $45 - but they can be annoying)

    We aren't big on all-inclusives, but may return someday. For now, its
    back to Aruba - our fave vacation destination.
    PS - If you go offsite to eat, try El Farallon at Capella Padregal -
    most unique and amazing seafood dining experience we had in many
    years.
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
    Aruba New Years 2017-18 12/28/17 - 1/3/18 (18th Trip)


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    Senior Member Jarubian's Avatar
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    Hi Shnyda,

    Thank you for that report. Some of the same complaints where given to me by my clients who went in the Bahamas, I wonder if all the RIU properties are the same on all the other islands.

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    Senior Member Terry Joz's Avatar
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    I love Cabo very much, have a TS there but have never been to the RIU. Cabo is great but nothing is better than ARUBA!!

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    Senior Member Shnyda's Avatar
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    Jarubian - I would think there are differences in all the different RIUs.

    Agree with you Terry - it was a nice change of scenery - but I like Aruba better!
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
    Aruba New Years 2017-18 12/28/17 - 1/3/18 (18th Trip)


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