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Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2008

Stayed at the Riu Palace earlier this month. In march we stayed at the hotel next door which was the Riu Bambu. At the Palace, we received a tower suite which has a huge wrap balcony and a huge tub in the middle of the room. Also had a Ocean view which was lovely. Room was great and luxurious. Nothing... More 

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Wiltshire
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

My husband and myself stayed at the Rui Punta Cana for 14 days from the 21st Aug 2008. We have previously stayed at Riu hotels in Mexico, Cuba and the Domican Republic (Riu Merengu) and have visited other Caribean Islands. We felt that the hotel was on par with the other hotels we have stayed in and was what we... More 

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pittston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2008

We stayed at the Riu Palace it was beauiful. The ride from the airport was very long and a little scary. We arrived at the hotel and was checked in right away. The room was very nice. The power was wierd it had a main shut off switch witch took us awhile to figure out. The beds were rock hard... More 

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Wash DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2008

Stayed here 8/9-8/16...Resort only 2 yrs old, my room was clean, but others had serious complaints...lots of relocating to other rooms. Food mediocre at best, don't expect much..best meal was breakfast buffet. wine lovers will suffer, ALL the wine served is severely watered down and awful!! They can do themselves a great service by presenting premium wines with meals for... More 

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New Jersey
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

My husband and i went here for a four night/5 day stay and we had a great time--Was a little nervous because of some of the previous reviews but i have to tell you we were pleasantly surprised. First of all the lobby and all the grounds itself are beautiful. We have stayed at Sandals before in St Lucia and... More 

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2008

Pros: --Beautiful beaches --Wide variety of food (those who disagree are overly demanding in my opinion) --Brazilian restaurant was awesome- tons of different meats --All-inclusive so you don't feel like you're spending a ton more money once you're there --water sports easily accessible on the beach (though I got motion-sick parasailing) --Room service is free and included, but limited variety... More 

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Wichita, KS USA
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

We stayed at the Riu Palace Punta Cana 07/26/08-08/09/08 with a group of seven, in four separate rooms. Airport arrival was as noted in previous posts. Have $10.00 per person on hand for immigration fee. Porters are fairly aggressive. If you aren’t careful your bags may be picked up by more than one. Airport transport to Riu was about 25... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

Just returned from our stay yesterday so wanted to write this review while everything was fresh in my mind. First, this is a third world country. Don't go expecting much from the country. In fact the area between and thatched roof airport and the resort is actually covered with litter and the roads are terrible. We booked through Apple Vacations,... More 

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Toronto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

We just came back from the RIU Palace Punta Cana. We stayed at the hotel July 21-28, 2008. The hotel was mostly sold out as it is high season for South American tourists and for European tourists. The hotel is spectacular to look at, however, the only 5 STAR thing about the property is the beauty of the lobby. We... More 

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Holts Summit, MO
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

Before I get started, it seems appropriate to give a little bio of myself. I am 26 and traveled to the Riu with my 30 year old husband. We are very down to earth people, and honestly not hard to please. I like most foods except spinach and homeny (whatever the hell that is). We have traveled around quite a... More 

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