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Riu Jalisco - A to Z Inspection

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The following is David's professional opinion from a recent hotel inspection.

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Ambiance -This is one of Riu's Club Resorts which means they are very family friendly and plenty of activities. I was amazed how beautiful the grounds were with all the palm trees and plants. The minute you walk into the resort you get a very comfortable feeling.

Beach - The beaches up in Nuevo Vallarta are nicer in my opinion than down in Puerto Vallarta. We have some good beach pictures on the more pictures page.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, motorized water sports and internet access would be extra.

Distances - In what is called the Flamingos area that borders Nuevo Vallarta. You are about 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. Some people want to be closer to town but If you do not see yourself going into town each day, the location is just fine

Entertainment on Property - Plenty of pool and beach activities during the day, a band that plays before dinner and a nice production show every evening in the theatre.

Fitness Area - They have nice fitness area with pretty much all you need. You are on vacation anyway.

Food - There are 4 restaurants, 2 are a-la-carte serving Asian cuisine and a Brazilian Rodizio grill. The beach grill turns into a steak house in the evening. I have to say Riu does a pretty good job even with the buffet at Don Emiliano. Excellent variety. You have to make reservations early in the morning for the a-la-carte restaurants but can make them days in advance

Getting Around - If you don't plan to be touring out on your own, taxis are fine. I rent a car when I am there on business but it is expensive once you add insurance and taxes plus you have to be a pretty aggressive driver. There are buses that go into town plus a water taxi that is pretty fun to take.

Internet Access -They have a cyber cafe in the sports bar which is kind of strange but do the same thing at the Riu in Cancun. Expensive though at around $8-$10 p/hour. It is ok if just checking email but when you work on the road like I do, the cost starts adding up.

Jackets and Ties - Keep them at home, but the men will need at least one pair of casual slacks and collared for the a-la-carte restaurants.

Kids - They have a kids club for ages 4-12 with age specific activities. They prefer if you could make reservations 24 hours in advance if you want to have your kids participate. They also have their own section of the pool for the kids.

Lighting -The resort is well laid out and well lit at night.

Medical Services -On call medical services.

Negatives - Just as long as you know you are not 5 minutes from town this resort is fine. In fact, Nuevo Vallarta up to Punta Mita is where all the new resorts are being built, very similar to the Riviera Maya south of Cancun. Oh yes, the timeshare sharks are more prevalent at any of the Villa del Palmar properties.

Nightlife - They have nightly shows, a band that plays each evening and their own disco. There is plenty of nightlife in town.

Pool -There are two large pools, one being adults only with a swim up bar (where you find me) and another that is for families and kids with water slides. They are pretty strict about no kids in the adults only pool which I think is appropriate.

Protection - In room safe at no additional charge .

Recreation - They have pool and beach activities during the day, diving lessons in the pool, two tennis courts and plenty of water sports.

Rooms - Decent size rooms for Mexico. A couple of things you need to be aware of with all Riu Resorts. They all have liquor dispensers as part of the mini bar with easy access so keep that in mind if traveling with teens. The double rooms with queen beds typically have the beds pretty close together which almost makes you feel like everyone is sleeping in one large mega bed.

Shopping - Small gift shop on property. Plenty of shopping in Paradise Village only about a $5 taxi ride away and in Puerto Vallarta.

Spa- They have excellent spa facilities.

Terrain - Though it is a large resort, it is not that spread out so you do not feel you have to walk a mile to the pool and beach

Tipping- A couple of dollars a day for your maid goes a long way. If you tip your bar staff, you will be amazed how the subsequent pours get stronger. Oh, if you tip the bartenders at the swim up pool bar, you will be a hero! Also, give your wait staff a dollar or two, it means a lot to them since most people at an all-inclusive do not tip.

View-Because of the way the resort is configured all the rooms other than the first couple of floors will have a view of the ocean.

Weather-Avoid August and September, monsoon season. But I have had families stay in this region during these months and they had great weather. Who knows anymore! December through April is just perfect. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the best combination of great weather and no crowds.

WOW Factor-You really feel like you are in your own little oasis the way the grounds are designed. I had been wanting to see this resort for a while and it exceeded my expectations.

X-Y-Z - This is a good solid resort and I think both families and couples will like it.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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Local Phone: 011-52-322-226-6600
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-666-8816
Fax: 011-52-322-226-6610

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Swim-up Bar
The property features and adult pool with swim-up bar (no children), family pool and children's pool.
Flamingos Golf Club- From $60 per day.
Holes: 18
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel Details

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A hotel in the heart of nature, kissed by the fine sand of an exceptional beach with every kind of comfort, services sports and leisure facilities.

Two restaurants with non smoking section,Italian / Rodizio Brasileño"restaurant,Beach bar/restaurant Two swimming pools, Two Jacuzzis, Children?s swimming pool,Swim-up bar Mini-club and children?s playground

Beach: Located on Flamingo Beach

Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Total Rooms: 700
Year Opened: 2002

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express


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Riu Jalisco features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips - All Inclusive

There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Jalisco:

Nayarit - A la carte restaurant offering during the day Italian cuisine and at night Brazilian Rodizio. Dress Code: Casual Formal
Don Emilliano - Main restaurant with non-smoking areas, offering buffet style dinning and show cooking stations. Theme dinners served twice a week.
La Botana - Beach restaurant and snack bar serving continental breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day and for dinner a Grill Steakhouse.
Dona Adelita - Main restaurant with non-smoking, offering buffet style dinning and show cooking stations. Theme dinners served twice a week.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

DAILY ACTIVITIES: Volleyball, shuffleboard, ping pong, scuba lesson in pool and kayaking.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

NIGHTLY ACTIVITIES: Live music and Riu theme shows.

Children's Programs

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Children's mini club and playground. Children's activities include pool and beach games, arts and crafts, and talent shows.

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

Babysitting Fee: $Fee
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes

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