Probably the best thing about this Riu are the grounds. The hotel is beautifully maintained, and everything is clean and newly renovated. The pool is beautiful with a peaceful waterfall, good amount of lounge chairs available, a bar right behind it and large trees that make you feel nice and tucked away. The lobby, bar and restaurant all look brand new and the hotel is very clean. The rooms have a liquor dispenser with 4 full bottles of alcohol that is refilled every 2 day!!! also stocked with beer, soda, coke and water in the fridge. The bathroom was great, big shower, brand new, and super clean, good water pressure. We had a room facing the pool so we had an awesome relaxing view of the pool and the bar downstairs (room 325). The night time staff, including the front desk, bartenders, buffet staff were soo welcoming and accommodating, much more so than the daytime staff.
The walk to the beach and the nightclub Pacha is maybe less than 5 mins with a few nice shops along the way. Best to go to Pacha night club after 12, thats when it gets live, so drink up at the hotel until its time to go b/c the bar at pacha is not free. The beach was AMAZINGGG!!!! Pool bar/restaurant, beach volleyball and soccer, loud music and only about 3-4 locals selling things along the beach but they were not over bearing or annoying at all. As soon as you say "no thanks" they move on.
The entertainment/animacion team is absolutely AMAZING. We watched the show every night and were absolutely impressed by the variety and quality of the shows. It was always a great fun time, some shows included the audiance while others had performers and a live band and singer on the side along with dancing at the end until the bar closed..During the day the animacion team would set up various games or fun things to do by the pool with some good music, however other than that there was really nothing to do at this hotel.
The BAD PARTS ABOUT THIS HOTEL. Worst thing is the food. The buffet was the exact same selection for lunch and dinner with very little variety and never really tasted that great anyway. By the 2nd day we dreaded having to eat because it was the same and nothing new! Best buffet is the breakfast, mostly because you really cant go wrong with eggs and toast, but the highlight of breakfast was the fresh smoothies. However if you've been to cuba, the food is no where near as terrible as it is in cuba. So If you can handle cuban food, you really wont mind this food. The hotel literally only has a pool, thats it! No spa, no hot tub etc just a pool and a fake beach that no one goes to. We went to the Rui Bavaro a couple times to use the spa and eat the food there just to change it up. Also english is probably the LAST language everyone speaks. My friend was surprised that literally everyone spoke every other language than english. Spanish, French and Russian are the dominant languages.
Overall I would say this is a 3+ Star hotel and would go here again based on the low price which makes it definitely well worth the stay. The Dominican republic in general is a beautiful country that we just fell in love with!!! The city, the ppl, the diversity was beautiful. If you are a savvy and responsible traveler i would recommend going off the resort. We went out partying to the REAL Dominican spots and had the best and safest experience ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * Separated from the beach by just the Riu Taino hotel * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 4-story building * Surrounded by 20,000 m2 / 24,000 sq. yards of tropical gardens * 50 km / 31 miles from Hig'ey * 150 m / 495 ft. from Caribbean Street * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int'l. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Naiboa Punta Cana