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Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

Just returned from a week at the hotel. after having read previous reviews, we were a bit sceptical about a few things, the smell in the rooms, the problems having to tip all the staff etc. We need not have worried because everything was fantastic. The hotel itself is amazing, the reception and main bar area are absolutely beautiful. The... More 

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USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

I am a very big fan of "IBEROSTAR RESORTS" Five stars...and love the caribbean. I am a very simple guy but when is about selecting my vacations spot.. I don't look on the 3 stars resorts. WHY??... Location, food and services... The Riu Palace Punta Cana to me have everything you need during your vacations. When you go there why... More 

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U.S.A.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

The hotel has bizarre architecture for an island. The Riu Bambu next door was appropriate and one of the best lobbies I have seen. The mustiness is due to the high humidity. The A/C worked great in our room but, even with dry clothes-- going home everything in our suitcase was slightly damp and smelly by the time we were... More 

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Macungie,Pa.
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4 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2010

Let me start off with positive: beautiful beaches, chairs, palm trees, blue water. We could have stayed on beach forever. The pool was great, clean, nice bartenders at pool bar. The grounds were well kept, pretty structure. Got the best tan ever in 4 days, careful of those overcast skys, I tan easily. Loved the walking path to other RUI's,... More 

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

Before our trip I would read reviews every night. I was beginning to get a bit concerned about all the negative reviews. My wife and I have just returned, and the only thing we could find to complain about is how fast a week can go. For any one who is preparing to go in the near future do not... More 

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Joliet, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

We loved our weeklong stay at the Riu Palace resort. We honeymooned here and were so sad when we had to leave. The food was fantastic. We liked the buffet better than the theme restaurants. You had to wait in line each morning to book reservations at the restaurants. They were fun to try, but the buffet was outstanding too.... More 

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Toronto
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2010

I just returned from one week at the Riu Palace Punta Cana. I am an avid reviewer of hotels prior to booking and I always see negative reviews that may change your mind when it comes to booking your vacation. I have stayed around the world usually in 4, 5 or 5+ resorts. This hotel was GREAT!!! I really have... More 

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Denver
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

It was a very interesting trip for my girlfriends and I - this was a Girlfriends Getaway for three single women. We needed to destress, rest, relax and pamper ourselves and have some nightlife fun. I read the mixed reviews prior to us going and thought it couldn't be that bad on the negative reviews. Well, most of them were... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

Where can I start... My wife, myself and another couple stayed from February 28th to March 7th and was actually very impressed by the beauty of this resort from the moment we pulled up to the front of the resort. We travelled with a couple that has never been on a vacation like this before so it was very fresh... More 

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Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

I have stayed at 5 Riu's from Jamaica to mexico to now Dominican.I am not one to complain. There is solution for everything. A large group of us just returned from the Riu Palace Punta Cana. We all had a great time! Yes, our 1st room had a very bad musty smell especially in the bedding. I had a difficult... More 

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