The staff at this hotel work very hard and are extremely friendly and cant do enough for you. I have enjoyed a relaxing 2 weeks here in the gorgeous sunshine and beautiful setting and I did have a great time.
However I was last here 16 years ago but unfortunately it is not the standard of hotel it was back then. I would no longer rate this as a 5 star hotel but as a 3 star at best. The rooms are in desperate need of refurbishment with windows cracked and needing replacing and the whole rooms looking very tired. The beds were not very comfy ad the pillows were like bricks. It was, however always clean but as we were on a ground floor room there were a lot of ants out on the balcony, fortunately none made it into the room. That was really my only criticism of this hotel.
Food very good- buffet style so you need to time it when its less busy especially in the evening which we found was around 7pm. Plenty of choice even for my fussy eater teenage daughter. Every other evening is a themed night. Breakfast was also good with plenty of choice. At lunchtimes the chef would cook a specialty around the pool of the Merengue Garden or you could eat in the snack bar or main restaurant.
Drinks - Pretty much anything you wanted
All in all a great holiday but accommodation in need of refurbishment you just need to look past the shabby rooms
- 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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- Also Known As:
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- Club Hotel Riu Merengue
- Clubhotel Riu Merengue Puerto Plata
- Riu Merengue Dominican Republic
- Riu Merengue Puerto Plata
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