A Great Family Vacation!... After a false start
Our initial arrival didn't go well, but they did make it right after the first night.
Upon arrival we were sent to the block of rooms on the first floor. These rooms were run down. Instead of two beds for the "kids" (age 22 and 19), there was one big bed and a cot! The rooms were directly behind the Bar that blared music from 5pm until midnight and the first morning we had to kill a cockroach in the bathroom! We immediately went to the front desk to let them know and they moved us to two rooms in the main building. (Room 513 & 514). We highly recommend these rooms. They are more updated, very clean and have great views of the pools and beach. Two separate queen beds in one room and one King plus in the other.
The restaurants are all first come, first serve, so there is never an issue getting a table. The buffet offers a wide variety of choices, the food here was very good and fresh.
The evening entertainment runs from 8pm until 11pm, and it's loud! But quiet after 11pm.
We didn't really spend any time at the pools but it looked lovely and the there is lots of seating available.
The only NEGATIVE during our stay was the seating at the beach! There are not enough umbrella huts to accommodate the number of guests, so you have to wake up by 6am to ensure you get one. They're all taken by 7am. Not really what you want to do on vacation!
Overall we would highly recommend the Riu Palace. It's very clean, the staff friendly, the food good and the beach BEAUTIFUL!