Stayed at the Riu Palace Bavaro from 21/06/13 to 03/07/13 and had a great time , don't worry about the poor reviews ! they are just not justified.
Check in - Very quick and efficient , and bell boy took care of our bags being taken to our rooms ( had previously mailed hotel direct asking for inter connecting rooms ) and all was good.
Rooms - Excellent , nice bright and modern designs and all the comforts that you could want . Great air conditioning and a well stocked fridge and optics ! ours were changed frequently .
Cleanliness - Very good , everywhere is kept spotless , day and night .All the workers are a credit to the hotel.
Grounds - Very well kept and a pleasure to look at and walk through .
Beach - Won't find better , I have stayed at many places around the caribbean and this is the best by far , lovely white soft sands and clear blue sea with miles and miles either way you decide to walk .A real bonus is the situation with sunbeds ! I have never known a hotel like this where you can get sunbeds without reserving them at anytime in the day ! on the beach or around the pool , there are loads of them , and the hotel was full when we stayed.
Food - The speciality restaurants are well worth booking in advance , yes you do need to be prepared to queue briefly at around 08:00 - 09:00 to make sure you get the requested restaurant, but the food and service is well worth the inconvenience. I tried them all , and the Krystal was my favourite ( went 3 times ! ) The buffet was very good for breakfast , but a little limited at Lunch and dinner.
Entertainment - Not great , I have watched enough of the hotel type entertainment over the years , and this was similar and not really of interest to me. There were plenty of daytime activities going on that you were free to join in with if you wished , and not pestered into .
Bars - Lobby bar & Cappuccino bar were fantastic ! great drinks and service and really nice options for coffees or milkshakes when you wanted something different.
Weather - For our stay the weather was great , really nice and warm and mainly sunny every day , with a lovely breeze down on the beach ! only had one rainy afternoon the whole stay.
Overall we had a great beach based holiday in a great location .Great clean rooms with good food and drinks . I have stayed at many Riu hotels in the past and this was to the same high standard , I would recommend you to try here , you won't be disappointed .
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