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“Riu Palace In Punta Cana!!!!! Awesome!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #53 of 102 Hotels in Punta Cana
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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“Riu Palace In Punta Cana!!!!! Awesome!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Visited the Riu Palace and felt like a Queen!! Visited with two girlfriends, first time in the DR. The hotel was beautiful - classy and grand! The beach was just lovely. Palm trees and soft white sand. The food was great. The Japanese restaurant was the only disappointment. The rooms were very nice, not much of a view but we spent most of out time on the beach. Loved the Liquor dispenser in the room. The service was excellent. We loved the servers at the pool very attentive and super super nice. Traveled with Apple tours and appreciated that there was a Apple rep on the property. We are already planning our next trip. It was an all round great experience and a trip we will remember for a long time. Thanks Riu Staff. You guys were awesome.

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing the fountains in the center of the hotel. Really pretty view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Traveled as a family, two adults and a teenage daughter, the week before Christmas.
We had a wonderfully appointed room, not much of a view, but then who spends a lot of time the room,
Our location was handy to the pool, lobby and the beach.
The beach was beautiful, clean and conducive to walking.....could walk for hours.
The water was choppy all week and a bit rough to swim in.
The food was good for Dominican...we ate in 4 a la cartes and would rate them as follows 1. the Gourmet 2. the Brazilian 3. the Italian 4. the Japanese .....#1 was the best.
The buffet was good as well, we enjoyed sitting outside at the buffet for lunch.
The service was second to no one....felt very welcomed and served promptly in the restaurants and bars, our maid service was efficient.
Overall a very nice vacation..we enjoyed very much!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Ottawa, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is my third time in Punta Cana, the last two were at Bahia Principe (I liked that resort but a tad large.) The Riu was a nice size with all rooms being close to the pool and beach (no trollys). The food was good, especially the Italian restaurant. We didn't go to all the restaurants because the buffet was good. The grounds are beautiful and the room was kept very clean. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom was spacious. We were in a regular room (junior suite) and friends of our got a corner suite. The corner suite was gorgeous but I was just as happy with ours as we didn't spend a lot of time in the room. The entertainment was fun, better than the other Riu's nearby, we checked them out too. The staff is super friendly but not too much English, but if you try out a few Spanish words you can meet in the middle and figure out what you need. The only thing we didn't like, unfortunately, were some of the other tourists. They were rude in the line up for the buffet (you think they hadn't eaten in a week!) And they were also ignorant and impolite to the hardworking staff. The staff were NOT rude back but I'm sure they did not appreciate it! You're on vacation, people, lighten up.
The beach was fun. Fairly big waves for boogie boarding most days. We took a snorkel tour out one day, just be careful you understand what you are signing up for. What we thought was swimming WITH the dolphins turned out to be driving BY the place where you swim with the dolphins. No harm done it was still a fun snorkel trip but don't expect the reefs to be great, it's good for a beginner.
The one thing we did that was one of my top 10 favourite things ever was we went horseback riding on the beach. No, not the plodding, skinny sickly horses but the front desk recommended a great ranch. It took 30 minutes to get there (they pick you up) but they take you to a remote part of the island (near Excellence and Zoetry). The horses were spunky and lively and responsive. We had a few experienced riders with us and we all enjoyed it immensely. We rode for 2 hours through the rainforest and galloped along the beach quite a bit. The guides took pictures and videos of us individually galloping on the beach with our OWN cameras and didn't ask for anything extra. They were having as much fun as we were. We were a party of 5 and they only charges us $56 each. A Bargain!!! The name of the ranch was : Rancho Carabeno near Uvero Alto.
Most of the time though we sat on the gorgeous beach and soaked in the sun. It didn't rain at all when we were there, in fact I don't think it ever has when I've gone to Punta Cana in the spring. All in all a great trip! We had teenagers, one 8 year old and couples and we all enjoyed ourselves.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms are really close to the beach and pool, our room was # 31 I think. The rooms on t...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The hotel is huge, very clean. Our room was nice and very cold but a little old. It certainly needs to be upgraded and remodeled but not bad at all. Really, we were only in the bedroom just enough time to take showers, change clothes and sleep time. The restaurants were all excellent. We visited the Brazilian steakhouse which btw the service was outstanding. It was my husband's birthday and we had gone to capcana for the day ( fantastic), the tour was late one hour coming back. When we arrived at the hotel I went straight to the restaurant to ask the manager if we could still have dinner vi explained the situation to him and told him that it was my husband's birthday. He said, don't worry, go to change, take your time and don't tell your husband anything. We will have a surprise for him. Wow, when we came back the table was beautiful, and the service was amazing. At the end, they brought him a beautiful cake :). Very special indeed

Everyday we had lunch at the all you can eat restaurant by the pool. A great selection of food, cheeses, fruits and fresh vegetables

The beaches are one of the most beautiful ones I have seen and I travel a lot. The people are so generous and hospitable. The activity crew are the best. They go out of their way to entertain you. The only thing I really didn't care as for the low grade alcohol. If you are looking for a premium, don't come here. They don't even have jw black The monitors and pool drinks were pretty good

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We were booked at the Riu Bambu, but upon our arrival, they asked if we wanted to change, free of charge to the Palace. Evidently, they had overbooked. Since the lobby swarmed with folks with luggage looking travel-frazzled, we grabbed the opportunity.
They called a taxi to shuttle us next door.

Let me back up and say we booked the vacation with fun jet. We printed travel instructions from home, including airport arrangements. This turned out to be more crucial than I could have guessed.

When we arrived in the rooms, there were drinks in the refrigerator. The room was spotless and clean. The beds were two large singles put together to form king-sized. Nice, full sized tub, plenty of towels, which get replenished more than once daily. This is the first place where'd I've stayed that brings fresh towels around 9:30 at night.

Immediately changed and went in search of sustenance. The lunch buffet at 4:00 is nothing much to brag about, but it was post-peak. I gulped down coffee, and we went strolling. While checking out the restaurants, we ran into a fellow American who was very unhappy with his lack of transpo at the airport. (we had a private shuttle employed by fun jet.) we found that we'd have to eat at the buffet that night, then sign up for restaurants the next morning.

Our experience at the lower level Riu was that restaurants are always booked. At the Palace, we were able to sign up for 3 nights. The food has been phenomenal! At the Krystal, we had elegant and prettily-plated food that included appetizers, main dish, and desserts. At La Altagracia, we had escargot, oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail. Lobsters and steak with carrots, cauliflower, and baked potatoes formed the main meal and baked Alaska topped it off. We don't drink at all, but all sorts of drinks were offered. This is an all inclusive, so you don't have to pay a dime, however, tips are surely appreciated.

If you go to this hotel, you will be pampered. The pool is nice, the beach is pristine. The atmosphere here is not party or clubbish, but down the road is the Riu club. I assume more of that can be found there.

Room Tip: Our room had a balcony on the yard (road) side. You could hear traffic, but not any boisterous yelli...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My family arrived at the hotel for a March Break vacation. My first impression of the lobby and the main entrance was clean and very well maintained. The front desk was occomadating and friendly. The rooms were somewhat not to my expectations, i would almost discripe the room as standard. My kids slept on a sofa matress that i would describe it as slightly below average. The room service was was excellent, very friendly with a "hello- olah" every morning however did not speak any english. The landscaping was excellent, very well maintained, the pool was very clean, the entertainment staff were very friendly and alway found them trying to get guest to participate in activities. Again, the only draw back was the lack of some of them not speaking much english. The beach was fantastic and very well maintained. The gym was alilttle dissapointing, a little small and some days the exercise machines would work other days not. The did have a childrens play ground a little of the path, however they were only open during the late part of the afternoon. The italian resteraunt was dissapointing, considering i love italian food. The steak house was o.k. however the buffet is the best bet. Get there early becouse it was fresh. The buffett had a different theme every night, the selection was excellent and the service was excellent. The pool service was good, however i would recommend tipping a $1 every order, service is faster, bigger smiles every time. There is a kiosk that provides photos, i would highly recommend, not only were they very friendly, Elena one of the photographers was very good with the kids, a litte expensive but the quality was great. The nightly entertainment was average to good, they always put a strong effort to entertain every one. More accomadating to the age group of 40 to 60 years of age. I would say the overall experience was great. i would recommend the Rui Palace Punta Cana.

Room Tip: Make sure you see the room first before unloading your bags. Make your happy. Try and get the pool...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hills
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed at Riu Palace Punta Cana 2/24-3/3/13. We read all the bad reviews b/4 we left, and were a little worried we'd picked the wrong place. Honestly, after being here, it made us wonder about people--are they just being mean, or are they impossible to please? We are from Iowa, and appreciate SO much being able to get away from the cold to beautiful places like this. If the sun is warm, and the drinks are cold, we are generally happy!! We traveled w/ a group of 8, and we had so much fun! This is a lovely hotel, super-sweet, hard-working staff. We spent a lot of time by the pool. Thanks to Sylvestre for helping arrange chairs for us, and thanks to Garcia for being such an awesome pool-side waiter! If you go, PLEASE tip wait staff, housekeepers, etc. We always do, and found here, like other places, no one acts like they expect it, but it is surely appreciated. The beach and water here are most beautiful. We traveled w/ a group of 8, and we all had so much fun! Afternoons by the pool were a great meeting spot, as well as the plaza bar after dinner. Great music in the eves. Nice, reasonable-priced shopping areas within the hotel complex. Be sure and bargain w/ them, as well as the beach vendors, who were very nice and not pushy! Beautiful walkway b/t hotels. Never experienced any musty smell, unless you mean humidity, which is everywhere in the Caribbean! There was a sewer-ish smell now and then, but have experienced this at many other resorts, possibly b/c we're at sea level? Ate at all the specialty restaurants and buffets. Food was generally good. Oh, sure, some stuff better than others, but don't you find that everywhere? Drinks were PLENTY strong, so not sure how much alcohol people want! Ask for a double, if your drinks aren't strong enough for you, and bartenders will pour it for you. They even had Jack Daniels, which made my husband happy! We have experienced Sandals that prides itself on "luxury" (with prices to match) that was always running out of JD! Our accomodations were great, room spotless. The best fridge-restocking I have ever experienced. We have traveled to the Caribbean probably at least 40 weeks, and stayed at many other resorts in Mx, Jamaica, Caribbean-- other RIU's, Jewel, Sandals, Excellence, Secrets, Iberostar, and this resort compares favorably. There was lots going on here, which we loved! Took the afternoon snorkel/party cruise, and had a ball! I would not hesitate to return to this hotel.

Room Tip: We did not pay for a Superior room, so we were facing the hotel next door. Had a bit of an ocean vie...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Playa de Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
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:
#38 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#41 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#43 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#44 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#45 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#48 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana 4*
Number of rooms: 612
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * 4-story building * Surrounded by 63,000 m2 / 75,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Hig??Ey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int???L. Airport ... more   less 
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