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Description: Hotel Riu Sante Fe
Camino Viejo A San Jose
Cabo San Lucas B.C.S

Location/General information

* Opening winter 2007
* Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 km/2.8 miles from Cabo San Lucas
* 1-storey main building and 3-storey and 4-storey annexes
* On the beachfront
* Complimentary sun loungers on the beach

* 4.5 km/2.8 miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas
* 40 km/25 miles from the airport
* 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop
* Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners

The Hotel offers

* Main restaurant with non-smoking section and terrace
* Asian restaurant
* Italian restaurant
* Poolside restaurant, grill and steakhouse
* Poolside restaurant, mexican restaurant
* Lounge bar with terrace
* Sports bar
* 2 "La Plaza" bars
* 3 poolside bars with swim-up bar

* Two swimming pools with adjoining Jacuzzi
* Children’s swimming pool
* Complimentary sun loungers, towels and parasols by the pool
* Sun terrace
* Mini-club

* "Renova Spa" with beauty salon, massages and treatments (additional charge)
* Hairdresser
* Complimentary gym, sauna and jacuzzi

* Night club
* 3 conference rooms
* Gift shop, boutique, kiosk
* Internet room (additional charge)

More Hotel Riu Sante Fe Information


Registered: October 2006
Posts: 7
Review Date: Wed August 13, 2008 Would you recommend this Riu Resort? Yes | Price paid per week?: $860.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Close to town
Cons: Cannot swim in the ocean

Just got back from Riu Santa Fe. Loved it! Had a great time. Check in was very slow, but it worked out.

They changed the reservation system for dinner at the restaurants. You could make reservations for 2 restaurants at a time from 7:00 in the morning until some time at night in the lobby. We ate at both the Italian and the Steak House. Both were excellent.

The sports bar is open 24 hours. There is FREE internet wifi near the conference rooms, which are behind the main buffet restaurant. If not, you must pay $3 for 15 minutes in the Sports Bar--even if you bring your own laptop.

Bring an insulated mug and good walking shoes you will walk alot! Building 7 is the furtherest from the lobby and the restaurants, but near the beach. It is the only until with an elevator.

The public bus can be taken to downtown for $.70 or 7 pesos. A taxi cab will be $10 for 4 people.

Email me at if you have any questions


Registered: May 2006
Posts: 85
Review Date: Mon March 29, 2010 Would you recommend this Riu Resort? Yes | Price paid per week?: $1,000.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: location and pools
Cons: No hot tub, no free weights in the gym, I’d rather have Coke than Pepsi, and the pool bars need to stay open one hour longer...

This is the 6th RIU resort we’ve visited and once again, we were not disappointed. RIU’s are not 5 star (I’m sure you didn’t pay a 5 star price), but they are beautiful, affordable, and if you’re not picky about food… the perfect all-inclusive for us. We are an active late 30’s couple…no kids.


We were in building 5, which is right by the spa/gym. We requested building 7 after we arrived,( the ocean view building) and they said they could move us after 2 days. But, we were so happy with the location (being right in the middle of everything) we stayed put. Building 5 is also near the big activities pool and we spent most of our time there…, because of lack of spring breakers and two, because that’s where all the pool volleyball, water polo, and other fun activities are. We enjoy being active while getting some sun. The building 7 pools are beautiful for hanging out and drinking. But, the ocean breeze made it a little chilly. The activity pool is surrounded by buildings so you couldn’t really feel the breeze.


I always say it’s good, sometimes great, but rarely bad. One night we were amazed with the shrimp, calamari, and chicken cordon bleu. But, the next night we were a little bored. Still, we never went hungry. The salads and fresh bleu cheese chunks were all I really needed. The desserts always look great, but are never really as good as they look. But, the coconut and chocolate ice cream are some of the best I’ve ever had. They also do nightly desserts like deep fried bananas. Oh and breakfast is always great. Pancakes better than French Toast, though. But, try it all!!!!!!!!! We’ve done the ala carte’s at other RIU’s. But, we don’t like being on a schedule and find we have so many more options with the buffet. So we did not do any ala carte’s here. TIP 7:15 to 7:45 is the peak time for the buffet, so if you want to avoid lines don’t go at that time. Also, there are some great taco stands right outside the RIU gates. Just walk to the street and take a right. They're only a block away. And don't forget there are 2 places to have lunch, the beach buffet and the buffet by the infinity pool. They both have goregous views.


Dirty Monkey, Miami Vice and Super Man. Mike Tyson and Cesar rock! Try the Mike Tyson drink if you dare. There is a cappuccino/espresso maker in the buffet, which is nice. There is also a stocked fridge with pepsi products, water and a mini bar. TIP…take out water and whatever soda you want on the first day. They fill it every other day…so you’ll get enough to last you until the next refill day. But, you can always ask for more. There are also sandwiches and fruit at the sports bar 24/7. It’s a nice late night snack.


Always great at RIU. From housekeeping, to bartenders, to activities, to wait staff we are always greeted with HOLA and a smile. We don’t typically watch the entertainment, but we do enjoy the audience participation shows.

RIU Palace vs Santa Fe COMPARISON

We’ve been to other RIU palaces and we love them so we popped in to see it. It was beautiful and had a little older, more calm crowd. You’ll find the food and the service to be a little better. But, it’s all about taste. The palaces are a little sterile, but grand and the Santa Fe felt more tropical and laid back. Palaces all have Jr. Suites for every room, which is nice to have the extra space. But, standard rooms at non palace resorts are fine thanks to the double sinks in the bathroom. If it’s only a couple hundred dollars difference, I’d go with the palace because you can go to non palace RIU’s and hang out or eat, but they can’t come to the RIU palaces…so you get the best of both worlds.


Beach was not rocky, but not soft like the Gulf. The water is too rough to swim front of the resort. You can walk to downtown via the beach. It’s about 40 minutes and a great workout. My husband went to the gym in the morning and I walked the beach. It was like the stairclimber. We ate at Mi Casa in town and if you’re looking for authentic Mexican food. It’s fabulous. A little old lady makes fresh tortillas and the atmosphere is perfecto! There is also the Office(live music for dinner, but expensive) and the Mango deck (fun for lunch). They are both down the beach from the RIUs. We popped into Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe, but it was early…so they were dead. But, we heard they were fun. Don’t forget to check out the marina. It’s gorgeous and there are a lot of trendy shops and restaurants there. We also took the bus back and forth to downtown. It’s only a dollar per person each way. The Mexican people are very helpful. So, just ask if the bus goes downtown or to the RIU and they’ll tell you when to get off. There are also chalk markings on the windows.


We did the Underwater Mini-sub through Oceanus which I thought was super cool. It’s like an underwater scooter. My husband thought they would go faster, so he was disappointed. But, the tour allowed snorkeling at Chileno Bay , too and we even saw 3 whales on the ride back. So, I was happy. We also took the water taxi to Lover’s Beach. It’s $10 per person roundtrip. Fun little ride. Ask the driver to take you by the sea lions. But, be prepared…they smell. TIP Take along some drinks or food from the resort. We paid 3 bucks for a Dt. Coke.


If I had it to do again, I would go at a different time. But, they weren’t much of an issue. It was crowded and sometimes they woke us up in the middle of the night, but oh well. We brought ear plugs and just forgot to use them. We actually hung out with some of them at night. For the most part they were harmless. They just made getting a seat at the bar a little difficult. I would be embarrassed if I was a Canadian, though. Those drunk kids would decide to sing “Oh Canada ” and one would always jump on the bar…breaking glasses, being rude to the staff and just being overall obnoxious. I'm sure the Americans had their obnoxious moments too, but thank goodness they weren't singing the "Star Spangled Banner" when it happened:)

We love the RIU resorts and plan to keep checking new ones out. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.


Registered: July 2007
Posts: 315
Review Date: Mon October 14, 2013 Would you recommend this Riu Resort? Yes | Price paid per week?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: The Staff are amazing!
Cons: Very Large

This trip was our first to the Riu Santa Fe, but our 7th stay at a Riu. The Riu Santa Fe is a very large property (over 1000 rooms). The rooms are spread out over 7 buildings with building 7 being the only one on beach – the rest are in behind the Riu Palace. This was the first time we’ve booked our Air and Hotel separately – we had no problems with our transfers or reservations.

Check In
After the 45 minute drive, we arrived at the resort. Upon arrival we were checked right in and even though they had to process payment the process went quite quick. We finished filling out a partially pre-filled registration form, and were given our room keys and towel cards. This hotel has moved to digital safes so no safe key is needed (1 less thing to lose!).

I had emailed ahead and asked for ground floor in building 7. Upon arrival we were scheduled for building 5, however due to a lower occupancy (only about 40%) and my Gold Riu Class card, we were given a free upgrade to Ocean View. We were right in the middle of Building 7, looking out at the 3 pools that ended at the beach.

Our housekeeping person was good. The room was clean every day and that’s what matters the most. For some reason they flipped the main power switch each day after cleaning, but the room didn’t take too long to cool off again once you were back and turned the power back on.

We did notice that while the in-room mini bar and fridge were to be restocked every other day, ours was done daily. Each afternoon when we’d wonder back from the pool it was fully stocked!

The resort has 2 buffets for breakfast and lunch and 1 large buffet for supper. The first morning we had breakfast at the main buffet and the rest of the time we had breakfast and lunch at the building 7 buffet. It’s a smaller buffet but always managed to find something to eat. There were a couple days that fish was the main item at lunch which made it harder for me to find something but I still did.

Supper was always a different theme each night at the buffet so that was good. We got reservations for the Mexican and Italian restaurant once. We tried for the Steakhouse and Asian but they were full and as it’s the low guest time they weren’t open each night.

The only real complaint that I had about the food was that there were days in which it seemed one of the chefs used too much salt in some of the dishes – normally some of the soups and or gravies. Otherwise the food was always good.

Snacks – The sports bar is open 24 hours and is stocked with fruit, sandwiches and microwavable food (burgers, and hot dogs).

NOTE: Supper at the Buffet: Men can wear shorts but must have a shirt with sleeves. We did see men in tank tops turned away. For the a-la cartes men are to wear pants, however we did see some men in shorts – not sure if it was due to the summer heat that they relaxed the rules or if they are generally lax about this.

There are at least 6 bars, with one being open 24 hours. There are 2 swim up bars at Building 7 (along with the amazing infinity pool), at least one at the other pool – perhaps 2, 2 in the main courtyard and the 24 hour Sports Bar.

We always asked for the top shelf liquors and got them no problem. Definitely not watered down.

During the day around the pool they’d have a mobile bar stopping by with a limited selection – this was a nice touch.

The Beach
The beach looks nice, but given how hot it was while we were there, the sand would burn your feet if you were barefoot. The ocean in front of this resort has an extremely strong undertow and as a result there are red flags flying all the time. We did venture into the water once and the water literally knocked me over and rolled me up the beach! Towards the end of our stay we saw waves that had to be close to 15 feet high crashing into the beach.

We made use of the infinity pool each day of our stay. The pool is huge! Given it was a slow time of year, the towel wars were not in use (at least not blatantly) and we never had an issue getting front row chairs at around 10AM so we didn’t worry.

There is also another pool next to the infinity pool that has built in sun loungers and is where they do the water volleyball.

We never ventured to the main pool so I can’t comment on that one other than to say it’s the quiet one as there are no animation team members at that pool.

The resort offered live singers each night between supper and the evening show, they were okay – not something I’d buy a ticket for, but better than nothing. We did see some of the shows and they were good. We tend to avoid the “embarrass the guest” nights and go for the real show nights.

The Animation team posted a schedule of activities going on throughout the day outside of the buffets. Between us we took part in the lazy games, dart tournaments, horse-shoes, and bingo. These guys work hard and several of them would stop over and chat with us for a bit while other ones just kept to themselves.

Other than relaxing by the pool, the only trips we did were to go into town a couple times and wonder around. There are some good deals in the mall but you can also get the same deals in the flea market area too. Walked around the marina – there are sure some nice looking boats docked there! Getting to or from downtown is a $12.00 US taxi ride.

I’ve seen people mention cockroaches in other reviews, I saw a total of 3 the entire trip – 2 were in the hallways of building 7 and one in our bathroom (which met an untimely death). Never once did I see one near food or drink areas. My only concern was bringing any back home with me and all we did was shake everything out before we packed up and nothing was found.

We didn’t make use of the free WiFi (90 minutes a day in a 24 hour period). I did see a few people talking to the front desk as their connections were constantly being dropped. Not sure if that’s typical for the resort or if it was technical issues that day.

We had a great time. All the staff were friendly and those who spoke English would often stop and chat with us. The only guest issue we had was a noisy neighbour who went for a week of partying and would slam doors and yell up and down the hallway at any hour of the night.

I’d have no problem returning to this resort again.


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