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by Michael J. Shapiro | December 12, 2012

The luxury Riu Palace Mexico hotel reopened this month in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, following a US$21 million renovation project. The 434 guest rooms all have new furniture and fabrics, as well as renovated bathrooms with new hydromassage baths and double sinks. Every room now has free Wi-Fi access, as well. New restaurants at the property include the Mexican La Bodega, the Italian La Dolce Vita and the Guacamole steak house. Three existing restaurants also have been renovated. In addition, a new 24-hour lounge has debuted, as has Capuchino, a new cafe being introduced at all Riu Palace properties. The all-inclusive resort also unveiled an expanded gym, a new spa and redesigned swimming pools. The property is a little more than a mile from downtown Playa del Carmen, in the Riviera Maya.