The iconic Riu Tequila has reopened its doors!

date_range 3 July, 2018 label , , question_answer 38 Comments

We have some big news for you: we’ve reopened our beloved and iconic Hotel Riu Tequila in Mexico. Located in Playa del Carmen, it’s a favourite hotel of our guests, and now, following its renovation, it has seen its gastronomic selection expand and its pool area redesigned and completely redone. We present the renovated Riu Tequila!

Maintaining the essence of the Mexican Caribbean in the buildings that surround it, the pool area of the Riu Tequila has gone from having two large organically shaped swimming pools, as well as one for children, to having five rectangular swimming pools. One of them will be just for children and will have slides that will delight the youngest members of the family. In addition to a new swim-up pool in this newly renovated area, a barbecue station has been added that will prepare grilled dishes at lunchtime. Delicious.

Besides having the best daytime and evening entertainment thanks to the hotel’s animation team, guests at the Riu Tequila of all ages will find an improved entertainment space in the pool area. Next to this children’s pool, there will also be the MiniClub and a playground, and the new gym and Riu Fit area will also be located in the pool area.

Along with all these new amenities and the new free WiFi service throughout the hotel, the adult guests of the Riu Tequila will continue to enjoy the best music and nighttime atmosphere at ‘Pacha’, the hotel discotheque, where fun is more than guaranteed.

The reopening of the Riu Tequila brings other exciting changes in terms of gastronomy, besides the barbecue station. The main building will have a new Italian restaurant, ‘Rinascita’, and a new steakhouse, ‘Black Cow’, which will be located in the former conference room area, to complete a unique gastronomic selection in addition to the existing main, Asian and beach restaurants. Joining the existing bars, ‘Sports Bar 24’, which serves snacks 24 hours a day, and ‘La Fiesta’, the cocktail lounge, and the pool bar, ‘La Veranda’, the lobby bar has been added.

New gastronomic options, a unique and updated entertainment programme, and the ever-present exclusive service of the RIU staff. Don’t give it another thought. Come and discover the new amenities at the Riu Tequila in Playa del Carmen. We’re waiting for you!


  • Chantal Louwes

    It looks absolutly amazing !!!

  • Anita

    Amazing refurb – it looks stunning! – can’t wait to go back for our 11th visit in September

  • Wayne Ellis

    Personally can not wait to visit for my 50th birthday celebrations in october

  • Gail Styler

    Love this place

  • Tina Govier

    I am coming back for our third visit on 29th September, it’s the best hotel in Mexico and the staff are fantastic. Can’t wait

  • Sarah Blake

    We are so excited to spend our honeymoon there on 24th February 2019! Looks amazing and our 2 year old will love it too!

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Sarah!

      It will be a pleasure to have you here! 🙂 At RIU, we seek to provide our guests with personalised service on such important dates. In these cases, we ask our guests to let our staff know and, if the situation allows it, they’ll be delighted to prepare everything to make sure everyone enjoys a very special momento 😀

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Dawnan Fastiggi

    The hotel looks amazing, Only 1 week to go until my husband and I arrive to celebrate our
    25th wedding anniversary

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Dawnan!

      At RIU, we seek to provide personalized attention to all our guests on important occasions such as wedding, anniversary and birthday.
      Therefore, in these cases, we kindly encourage guests to inform our staff upon arrival and, when the situation and the occupation allows it, they will be more than glad to prepare everything by making sure everyone enjoys a very memorable and unforgettable moment.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Gerry Collins

    We are really excited about staying at the Tequila on
    9th November, it will e our 40th Wedding Anniversary on the 11th November so it’s soecial holiday for us and our friends we are travelling with. We love Riu and we are sure the Tequila will be as amazing as other Riu Hotels we have stayed in! Refurb looks amazing!

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Gerry!

      Many thanks for your comment 😀

      At RIU, we seek to provide our guests with personalised service on such important dates. In these cases, we ask our guests to let our staff know and, if the situation allows it, they’ll be delighted to prepare everything to make sure everyone enjoys a very special momento 🙂

      We look forward to seeing you in our recently refurbished Hotel Riu Tequila.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Philip & Sandra Lees

    My husband and I, are looking forward to seeing the new design of the Riu Tequila. We visit the hotel twice a year, and in November this will be our 28th visit to the best hotel ever. Can’t wait to see all the friends we have made over the years. The staff are absolutely wonderful.

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Philip!

      Your 28th visit? There are some many! It will be a pleasure to have you here again 🙂

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Amie Smith

    We have just returned back from the RIU Tequila and it was amazing. This is the second time we have stayed here and the refurbishment is wonderful. It is fresh and modern, an overall beautiful hotel and the staff are fantastic. They really did go above and beyond for us. The staff were welcoming, pleasant, helpful, extremely hardworking and always smiling. Our housekeeper was Fabiana and she did a wonderful job and worked so hard. Our room was immaculate after she had worked her magic. The bar and restaurant staff were so attentive and thorough particularly the bar tenders at the swim up bar and Veronica who worked at the evening entertainment bar who was great. Ivan who worked on reception was knowledgeable and so helpful in advising us on the local area. The RIU staff were on the beach clearing and raking the sand early in the morning and they worked so hard in cleaning and maintaining the grounds throughout the day. In particular I wanted to say a massive thank you to the entertainment staff who made our holiday so enjoyable. We have two teenagers who loved taking part in the activities that were happening throughout the day and the events and evening entertainment were out of this world. The entertainment team were wonderful, particularly Claudia, Caesar, Kevin and the RIU fitness team who did Aquafit, Stretching and relaxing and Zumba classes.
    This hotel looks great, the rooms were pleasant, the food was highly rated and the staff were truly amazing. I would definitely return and would highly recommend this hotel.

    Thanks RIU Tequila!!

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Amie!

      Thank you, we are happy to know that our hotel satisfies all these important points for you 😀

      We hope to get the chance to welcome you again soon 🙂

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Donna Bloniarczyk

    Omg we absolutely loved the Tiquila hotel where we had our wedding back in December 2009 but WOW after the newly refurbishment, it looks outstanding.
    Maybe I can give my husband a hint to return for our 10th wedding Anniversary next December. Im sure with a year of nagging he will give in, fingers crossed.

  • Linda

    Roll on the 28th November! Will be our 6th time at this fantastic hotel. So looking forward to the refurbishment…. Can’t wait to see my buddy veronica at the bar .

  • Darren mee

    Can’t wait to return to see the transformation
    this will be our 3rd time to the Tequila but this visit will be extra special it’s my 50th birthday and our 10 year anniversary
    See you all in August

  • Jane

    We’re so excited to visit in May! Beautiful property!

  • Sarah dawson

    Can not wait to spend my 40th birthday celebrations with you all

  • Tracey

    So looking forward to our holiday it’s our wedding anniversary whilst there in May and my first holiday in 16 years looks amazing

  • Rob

    Stayed at Riu Tequila for 2 weeks from 27th Mar!! It is a top hotel and the exactly just like the pictures! We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the newly renovated Riu Tequila! The room was very clean (gets cleaned daily), fresh and modern. Beautiful green surroundings with cute wild animals which we loved! Staff were very friendly and helpful.The food is of a very high standard and the choice is vast. Our favourite was the Black Cow Steakhouse. We like how the beach is 5 mins but you can also get a free shuttle if you feel lazy! This forces you to get out of the hotel and rather than coming back to the hotel to eat lunch , you can use the buffet at the sister hotel Riu Yucatán which is equally as beautiful! Overall such an excellent stay I could not find a fault! We would definitely recommend coming to the Riu Tequila and cannot wait to go back!

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Rob!

      Many thanks for sharing you opinion with us!

      We are so delighted reading your comment. It will be a pleasure to having you here again 🙂

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Lynn

    I was disappointed to see that the Mexican flair and the pools are gone. We visited three times and loved the atmosphere, we could go to the Yucatan and Playacar for the updated cold feeling! It was a shame to rid of such an iconic place

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Lynn!

      Your opinión is very important for us. We will share your opinions with the corresponding departament.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Neil McIntyre

    with the covid we are extremely sad not to know when we can come again .we have been a visitor since 2000. every year two or three times a year. this will be our 42nd visit. it is our second home. cannot fault a single thing. counter staff. bar workers, maids all are exceptional. the food is amazing. thought when the hotel was redone it would be a disappointment but didn’t take long to adept to the new features. Shout out to rosie,Dalia, and especially to Gerardo who is the man in my opinion for all the help he has given us over the years

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Neil!

      We are very grateful for this nice comment of support and for your kind words towards our staff.

      We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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