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ClubHotel Riu Merengue
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #9 of 42 hotels in Puerto Plata
Goole, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great Hotel, Would go again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We went here in January 2011, hotel was nice and i like the set out, all the little apartments, i prefer this to a huge tower block.

Everywhere is clean as always at Riu hotels, the pool area is great and the beach is really nice, private to so no hasslers!! loved the kayaks and water sports ( awesome)

Entertainemtnwas great also, my girlfriend won Ms Mambo - not sure if thats good or bad when you see what they have to do! we still have the bottle of rum she won though! :)

The food was good, my mum got ill but we did drink a lot, when you got a rum and coke, it literally was rum, with a dash of coke, which was great on a night.

Would definately go back in the future, want to go elsewhere first though, we actually walked around the other 2 sister hotels and thought this was the nicest, and cheapest, best beach, restaraunt and pool.

One bad point, dont go on sea fishing trip :p

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

we had the best relaxing time at this hotel. I highly recommened it! excellent service, food, amazing beach and very nice people. We stayed there during the 2nd week of october ..couldn`t even dream for a better weather!!! The tours we took were Paradise Island and Puerto Plata tour. If you will take it be carefull were you buy your souvenirs. Do not rush, cause we payed more money buying rum and jewellerys from cigare factory. It will be much less when you get to the rum factory(almost half of the price)!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

My wife and I are in our 60's and when we vacation we require clean accommodations,good food,good times and a nice beach. The Riu Merengue excells at all these. The rooms and the property in general are very well maintained. The food is good quality,good selection, tasty and nicely presented. The staff are up beat, friendly and really try to make your vacation enjoyable. The check in and check out are very efficient. The beach area is kept very clean and there's always a more than adequate supply of good quality lounges.The quality and service at the a la carte restaraunts is superior.The biggest fear we have is eating,drinking too much and gaining weight. We always have a very relaxing vacation and look forward to returning. This is a very well managed resort. The roast pig is excellent.

Room Tip: The beach front rooms have the best views but all the rooms are laid out nicely.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed for two weeks, cannot fault anything, from excellent food, animation team, staff all happy and smiling working so hard in such heat, I really don't know how anyone could complain about this hotel.....it really was fantastic!!! Pool clean, beach beautiful and clean. Rooms clean, beds comfortable! Nighttime entertainment fab! Would love to visit again, and would recommend to anyone, young or old :0)

Room Tip: Quite a walk to our room 1197, but could of moved, just couldn't be bothered to re pack!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My first impression upon arrival was how beautiful the scenery was. The ocean water was clear and clean, the beach was great, the open bar had lots of variety, and the shows were excellent at night. Although i found it was very annoying to harassed on a daily basis by people who wanted you to buy their stuff. there is a street with shops on the resort, the second you even try and walk past it you have people native to DR following you being very pushy about you having to visit their store. What i found completely inappropriate was a man (who also owned a shop on that small road on the resort) came onto the beach and started taking pictures of my wife, and then asking her to come back to his store to purchase them. She didnt even want him taking pictures of her! Her and i both repeatedly said, no thanks and he kept saying "come on, just a few pictures, ill give you a good deal" and began taking pictures! It was completely ridiculous. And to add insult to injury during our stay there was one day where they allowed local merchants to come into the main entrance of the resort to set up a booth and sell things, and we were harassed even more. We couldnt even walk by without someone trying to force us to buy their jewellery, literally trying to out it on my wife as she was trying to speedwalk by. I understand that by selling their products its helping the DR economy and everything, but im paying 2000 dollars for my wife and i to go on this trip, and there should be regulations far more strict than the current ones on how these people are allowed to sell their products. We ended up spending our whole vacation avoiding these merchants, which was a real bummer because if they werent so pushy i would have gone into the stores on my own accord and bought some souviniers.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Salford, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

my wife and I are iin our 60,s...we have travelled the world and have always stayed 5 star,so this is an honest opinion.
We have just returned from 2 weeks at Merengue, having disregarded negative moaners on some reviews,we kept an open mind.
This is not a 5 star resort but it is a very good 4 star,
ROOM
I don't think as some say in need of upgrade and dated,,I have stayed in 5 star in Singapore,Dubai,Thailand,Kuala LumparUSA,SthAfrica, etc where there is modern furniture but had to leave half my clothes in the case ,the rooms in Merengue have drawers and wardrobe space to spare.
The beds were comfortable and big.Maid service brilliant,also fridge kept topped up,towels changed daily..over the top clean.

FOOD
Yes was repetative the 2nd week,who cares..the quality was good and plenty of it,breakfast brilliant,and dinner carveries,,beef,ham,salmon,pork and turkey the best ever.If you want to eat gourmet,then stop moaning and pay 3 times the price for your accomadation.

STAFF
From cleaners,gardeners,bar,waiters,entertainers,porters and reception...everyone had a smile and Holah for you..brilliant.

POOL and GROUNDS
Spotless clean...quiet pool or noisy pool..take your pick. Grounds and gardens kept immaculate.
Great Beach...sun loungers to spare at pools and Beach..even the Germans didn't bother with the 4 am towels on loungers..no need.

LOCALS
A lot has been said of the weekenders (locals),,,they are a bit loud but you can find quiet areas in resort..other reports are rubbish..maybe some people had bad experiences but I found them O.K.
We go on ho;iday to enjoy ourselves,why not them.. I saw some obnoxious,drunken Brits...is it allowable for them because they are not locals.

Went on 4 trips..Santa Dominica (long day but worth it),Jungle Safari (great day,fantastic guide),
Ocean World saved for last day..superb and Peurto Plata City Tour,,CRAP waste of money,they take you to 2 factory outlets,a couple of sites (get off bus,take photo,get back on) and the biggest joke,a Supermarket for 45 minutes,,WHY do I want a supermarket on an all inclusive holiday?

IIn conclusion,would I reccomend..definately. Form your own opinions and ignore negative reports (I think some people go on holiday to look for negatives).It is as said a good 4 star,take it as it is and you will have a great time,we did and I like the best on my holiday.

Room Tip: All rooms are in reasonable distance from facilities,,we had 1453 on ground floor..quiet,about 5 min...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Venlo, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We went to the RIU Merengue from 14 till 21th of octobre.

My compliments to the staff for the quick check inn. We arrived with about 30 others but where in our shorts and in the pool within 20 minutes. Flexible and very welcoming after a 12 hour trip from Amsterdam.

The hotel is located in a very pretty environment where you are surrounded by nature, there is a viewing point to one side where you get wonderful panoramic views of the hills , beach and the ocean. Having said that the ocean and beach are not nearly as pretty as you would get in for instance Punta Cana or Mexico.

The rooms are well equipped and big enough, although the AC struggled and was just about up for the job.

The breakfast left nothing to wish for and was good. The dinner was pretty good for dominican standards but could be a lot better and more versatile.

The entertainment team tried hard and was OK. but there was one guy with rasta hair who acted ridiculously,screaming all day just to gett noticed.We found him annoying and plain rude

We read a lott of reviews before we left talking about the "invasion of the locals" during weekends and are pleasantly surprised to say we not only had a relaxing week.. but also a relaxing and quite weekend at the Riu Merengue.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about ClubHotel Riu Merengue

Address: Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Plata
#5 Spa Hotel in Puerto Plata
#7 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Plata
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ClubHotel Riu Merengue 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located on the beach in Maimon Bay * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Located in the Riu Resort, near ClubHotels Riu Bachata and Riu Mambo * Main building and 1-story bungalow complex * Surrounded by 15,000 m2 / 18,000 sq. yards of tropical gardens * 9 km / 5.5 miles from Puerto Plata * 150 m / 495 ft. from Caribbean Street * 25 km / 15.5 miles from Puerto Plata Intl. Airport * 300 m / 990 ft. from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more   less 
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