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Restaurant review in Riu Palace Las Americas @ Cancun

As I mentioned in another post Budget travel to Cancun, we stayed at two All-inclusive hotels during our travel in Cancun. I will first review the restaurants in the first hotel we stayed, Riu Palace Las Americas.

They have a Fusion restaurant, an Italian restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, a Steakhouse, and buffet. All restaurants are open for dinner, except the Italian one is open for both lunch and dinner. Buffet is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We did not get a chance to go to the Japanese and Mexican restaurant, so I will review the other four we’ve been to.

The Fusion restaurant “Krystal” and the Steakhouse are the two most popular ones in Riu Palace. One time we went to Krystal at 8pm, we waited till 9:30 to get a table there. The next day, we went to the Steakhouse before the opening time, and there was already a long line waiting outside. They don’t accept reservations, it’s all first come, first serve. And even if you have to wait, the waiting time is easy to kill in an AI restaurant. Just go to bar and get a drink! 🙂

Budget travel to Cancun

Joseph and I wanted to go to Cancun for a long time. The past December we finally made it! We really enjoyed the sunshine and beach there, especially for us who live in Michigan. The sea is the bluest and purest we’ve ever seen!

I have known that hotels in Cancun are quite expensive and our budget was kind of limited. We agreed to spend at most $2k on this trip. And to be honest, with the hotel and airfare expenses during the holiday season, it was difficult to make this happen. So what we did was: use Chase Ultimate Reward points for airfare, applied a Hyatt credit card and received a two free night bonus, and out of pocket money for the rest of the expenses.

We spent a total of 6 nights from December 21st-27th at Cancun hotel zone in two all-inclusive hotels, and booked a one-day Chichen Itza & Ik-Kil Cenote tour. Our total cost is around $1,241 (see below), which is even less than we originally planned.