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Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Ranked #53 of 100 hotels in Punta Cana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2007
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2007

My husband and I were so excited to go on our one week vacation to Punta Cana. It was a long flight 8 and a half hour flying time. The Riu Palace Punta Cana is a beautiful looking resort. Our room was nice. The sheets felt horrible and the bed was very hard. It seems everywhere you go the floors... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2007

I am Dutch and still at the Riu Palace Punta cana at this very moment. I went to an internet center outside the hotel where they charge you 1 dollar per hour !!! Over all it is not as bad as I read in some previous reviews. Though I admit the bed is hard, there is a nasty smell in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2007

Hotel: RIU Palace Punta Cana - Amazing Time! Date: January 14, 2007 Reviewer: Funky Couple, Toronto, Canada We are a couple that travels to the carribean and to europe as much as we can. We have never been to Punta Cana and it was recommended by my aunt (who is a travel agent and who lived in the Dominican) to... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2007

Group of 13 friends (single, couples in our mid-20's) stayed at the RIU Palace in Punta Cana over New Year's. Good: Beach was amazing (however there were rough waves, seaweed... doesn't bother me, but does the ladies) Scuba Diving had bad visibility, but sea was extremely rough. Could be good diving in calmer seas. Beach Volleyball Court was used quite... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2007

1-26 through 1-29 at the Riu Palace. The weather was too sunny, the drinks were too cold, the rooms were too clean, the staff was too friendly and the toilet paper was too soft. I bought bug spray and didn't even remove it from the bag. Please don't believe what you read....I've been to the D.R. five times and this... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2007

We just got back from the Rio Palace Punta Cana Hotel last night, January 27. If you want to go a vacation to really relax, enjoy the ocean, the pool, eat and drink; this is the place to do it. It is a really beautiful hotel, and one of the nicest from the lobby to "any" room at this hotel.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2007

I'm not sure where i should start but i'll try from the beginning. Well after a 6.5 hour flight to Punta Cana we were greeted but a Sunquest rep giving us direction to our bus for the short ride to the RIU Palace. On Arrival we were greated with a drink and a hola by one of the friendly bar... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2007

My husband and I (35 & 24) stayed at the Palace from January 10th to the 18th. After reading the reviews I also was a little nervous upon arriving but walking into the hotel relieved a lot of my jitters. The ride to the hotel was an interesting one, but you need to remember you ARE in a 3rd world... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2007

Returned this weekend from a stay at the Palace & since I use this site frequently when considering new hotels, I thought I'd pass on a few of my own observations. I've traveled throughout the Caribbean and this was my 3rd visit to Punta Cana. For my husband and me, the draw of Punta Cana IS the beach - we... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2007

We arrived in the Dominican on January 3rd for a 7 day all inclusive at the Riu Palace. As soon as we checked into our room we wanted to come home, I was 5 and a half months pregnant and we brought our one year old daughter with us. I should mention we’re 32 and 33 years of age. My... More

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Address: Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana 4*
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Riu Palace Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
Punta Cana Riu Palace
Riu Palace Hotel Punta Cana

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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#42 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana #43 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana #44 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana #45 Family Hotel in Punta Cana #47 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana #53 Business Hotel in Punta Cana
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* Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * 4-story building * Surrounded by 63,000 m2 / 75,000 sq. yards of lush gardens * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Hig??ey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int???l. Airport ... more   less 
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