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RIU Palace Pacifico review

This is a short review of the newly re-opened, all inclusive, RIU Palace Pacifico in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

The hotel was shut down from August to the beginning of December for a complete refurbishment of all the hotel's facilities including the spa and gym. Even USB charging ports were installed in the rooms.

As of this writing, the refurbishment is less than a month old.

It is now an adults only hotel with the “Elite Club by RIU” upgrade added for those that have the money….The “Elite Club” has a separate lounge and restaurant and canopied beds on the beach…but none of the elite guests wanted to stay in these isolated rooms/beds and instead hung out with everyone else, leaving these upgrade options empty!

Other refurbishments completed were roofs over the patios of the Elite waterfront suites. The problem with that is the roofs now block the view of other “elite” suites located above these roofs (see Picture) 

The resort has 445 rooms so plenty of lodging for you and all your in laws.

3 pools...all adult of course...one is the activities pool and one has the swim up bar and is referred to as the pee pool.

Another odd addition is a scent diffuser in all rooms, that when activated, will spray the room every 20 minutes or so. (Hmmmm…perhaps popular with guests that plan not to shower during their weekly stay?)

There is nightly live entertainment in the theater as well as a piano player in the lobby.

A nice bonus is when you check out, they let you keep your wrist band on until you leave for the airport so you have full access the meals etc until you actually leave the resort.

Generally the food at the buffet was good.
There are a couple specialty areas in the buffet…Italian and Mexican, but they were not set up for normal self serve and you relied on what that particular chef has already prepared.

Lots to choose from in the buffet
Fish…white fish, salmon, Mahi-mahi
Beef, pork etc
Full salad bar
Vegetables and potatoes and lots of different rice offerings.
Large desert bar. (lots of pictures below)

Snack bars at the pool

Four a la carte restaurants.. steak house, Italian, Mexican, Asian.

The place felt like a brand new hotel and was finished in a very modern look. Most everything there was new and the renovations went far above just touch ups.

Riu at night

Riu at night

Luis Riu, CEO of Riu hotels, front and center in the faded jeans....perhaps all his money went into the renovations?

Luis Riu, CEO of Riu hotels, front and center in the faded jeans....perhaps all his money went into the renovations?

Riu lobby looking left

Riu lobby looking left


Riu lobby looking right

Riu lobby looking right

Bar on wheels in the lobby

Bar on wheels in the lobby

Riu lobby cafe

Riu lobby cafe


Typical room at the Riu Palace

Typical room at the Riu Palace

Typical basic room view

Typical basic room view

Room hallway bar and coffee maker

Room hallway bar and coffee maker


Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Shower

Shower


Soap dispensers in shower and by the sinks

Soap dispensers in shower and by the sinks

View from the "Elite" suites...or at least a view of the new roof...OOPS !

View from the "Elite" suites...or at least a view of the new roof...OOPS !

View from the steakhouse

View from the steakhouse


Beach...Riu on the right

Beach...Riu on the right

Water side of the Riu

Water side of the Riu

Fountain area on the water side of the Riu

Fountain area on the water side of the Riu


A 2/3rds finished path from the Riu to the town of Bucerias

A 2/3rds finished path from the Riu to the town of Bucerias

Buffet reataurant

Buffet reataurant

Gym

Gym


Elite lounge....sitting empty....the Elite folks didn't like being segragated.

Elite lounge....sitting empty....the Elite folks didn't like being segragated.

Pool area snacks

Pool area snacks

Lots of seating by the pools

Lots of seating by the pools


The main pool has a ramp for easy access if you are unstable on your feet

The main pool has a ramp for easy access if you are unstable on your feet

Steak house

Steak house

Sports burger bar

Sports burger bar


Italian

Italian

Pizza

Pizza

Dessert bar

Dessert bar


Deseert bar

Deseert bar

Dessert bar

Dessert bar

Desert bar

Desert bar


Dessert bar

Dessert bar

Dessert bar

Dessert bar

Dessert bar

Dessert bar


taxi fares....for the distance travelled, they are similar to Vancouver prices.

taxi fares....for the distance travelled, they are similar to Vancouver prices.