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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 100 hotels in Punta Cana
Cheyenne Wyoming
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fun trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We had a great family vacation. Went there for a week over spring break March 23-30. I think this statement I'm about to make is par for the course for all inclusive resorts. The food is very average. We didn't like the steak house at all but we went to the italian rest. one night and it was really good. The buffet was ok, we always managed to find something but it's a buffett. It got old after awhile. There were no other restaurants for dinner off the resort property you could just walk to. There was a burger joint off the property that was open during the day but we never went to it. We went on the Safari Tour that was an awesome excursion. It was a whole day affair and you got to see how the locals really lived. I highly recommend that tour. My husband and son went on the Piratte Catamaran Snorkeling excursion and they loved that so I highly recommend that too. The hotel itself was very nice, the pool was nice, the beach was great. Never had trouble finding chairs on the beach. The workers would find one for you in fact. Overall was a great trip. I just got tired of the food.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Marlborough, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Stayed here in 5/12 for a week and we had the most enjoyable time.Resort was clean,food was awsome although we ate every night at the buffet.The service was super.Beach was awsome.We will most likely return in the future.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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St. John's, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Travelled to Riu Palace Punta Cana from Apr 8-15. Our check in was prompt, the front staff were very pleasant and helpful, we recieved a glass of juice upon arrival at the front desk. Our bags were brought up to our room by the front desk staff. We had two double beds in our room and called the front desk to request one king bed and they upgraded our room from the junior suite to superior junior suite within one hour,amazing service. The rooms were very clean and well maintained the whole week, mini fridge, water and towels replenished everyday. Staff at this resort work very hard and are very friendly. Drinks served around the pool and on the beach. They will even take your own drink mugs and refill them for you. They really appreciate a tip, but don't expect it. Entertainment was great at night, usually everyone would gather in the plaza after evening meal and a band would play and the entertainers would dance with the guests, we also went to all the Restaurants and they were excellent. Spent every day at the beach and it was wonderful, would stop by pool bar in the evening to have a drink and it was a great atmosphere. There is entertainment at the pool as well as the beach, played darts, horseshoes, volleyball,and dancing lessons. The grounds were kept very clean and maintained. The General Manager and management staff for all departments was present around the resort everyday and through the night and we were introduced to everyone of them during a presentation our first day on the beach. I would highly recommend this resort. It was a wonderful week for myself and my husband. Would definetly return.

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Room Tip: We stayed in 3109 junior superior suite, no musty smell and overlooking courtyard and pools, very cl...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

To anyone that is planning a vacation to the Riu Palace Punta cana,you will find the grounds are next to none,very clean hotel over all,the service is fantastic. We are here for one week and i am still here as i write this review.we tried some of the restaurants here,(kristal) the meat we hade over all was accepptional,the next night we tried (rodizio) the service was great ,the food was terrible,they started with hotdogs yes hotdogs and try to say they were chorizo not even close,then they served some chicken pork and beaf all tough and not very good at all we ended up leaving early and back to the buffet.the next night we were at the la-Altegracia ,the service was great, nice restaurant,by the water,but the food was terrible,tenderlion,was very tough and over cooked,lobster was powdery,the sides were ok,,,we left the food and ended up at the buffet, i need to say for a resourt of this size and the money it brings in surely you can have more then one type of wine,and this wine you have is not very good if you don't like the wine you will have to drink water or pop wich i don't like with my mealls ( work on you wine list) so we are here for another 3 nights we will try 2 other restaurants..i will keep you posted.

Room Tip: bring plenty of suntan lotion,or oil, if you run out $27.00 for a small spray on bottle,rip off. no...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milford, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We returned yesterday from a week long stay. We have been to Punta Cana many times, but this is the first time at the Riu Palace. The resort and the grounds were beautiful. Every employee was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was generally wonderful and the presentation of appetizers and desserts was unbelievable. Our room was lovely- the first time we have had 2 sinks in the bathroom. One problem was that twice when my husband was in the shower the power went out. After calling the front desk help came quickly although the man who came spoke almost no English. Fortunately my husband speaks some Spanish. The other problem that all the resorts have is the saving of the pool chairs. I got up at 6am every day and sat by the pool until all the other chairs were taken. If you put your towel on the chair it is considered "reserved", but you have to get up early to find an empty one. Unlike the other resorts we have stayed at however, it seemed to me that the pool staff was being paid or tipped to reserve chairs for guests. I would sit in my chair before any guests had come down and watch the pool staff lay towels on certain chairs. Sometimes the people sitting in those chairs wouldn't appear until noon. Other times people would only spend an hour or two a day sitting in those chairs. I never saw money change hands but I believe something unfair was going on. The pool itself was the smallest one we have encountered, but was big enough for the number of people using it. A lot of people swam in the ocean which was beautiful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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buffalo,ny.
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Just returned from Riu Palace Punta Cana on April 14th, went with 2 other couples, pros: property very clean,beach very clean, workers very friendly, although once you tip, they always look for you..had some in restaurants competing with each other to get us..
Cons: paid for Premium Liquor, it is NOT!!! Had talks with front desk and beverage manager who than gave us or own bottles of premium alcohol ..No matter which bar you went to, they will have bottles of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam and Stolli Vodka but that is NOT what is in bottle!!! We actually had them pour from bottle what they were trying to give us and than had them open a new bottle and smelled them and you can definitly tell the difference..If you do not want to serve premium alcohol than don't offer it!! We 3 couples would have went elsewhere..feel cheated that we did not get exactly what we paid for.
FOOD- a little below what we have had at other Riu's..some restaurants are better than others..Buffett is just ok..wish they had a grill going at beach so you wouldn't have to go to a restaurant ..
Overall, clean place, very nice beach , if you have nothing to compare it to than it is fine, but if you have stayed at other Riu's and other chains than it is below par.

Room Tip: Stayed on 2 nd floor, really didn't hear noise, there are elevators if on higher floor.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bemus Point, New York
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I am a Travel Consultant who has been to the Dominican Republic more than 15 times...I have toured or stayed at most of the resorts in Punta Cana and La Romana.....Every year I bring a group and stay at a resort which must have certain amenites for my group. They count on me to
bring them to a resort I know they will be happy with. The Riu Palace Punta Cana was supposed to have everything my group requires and for the most part they did..... What did this resort do for me to give a 3 star rating?????? They cheat on their alcohol ......They say they have international brands and they do....BUT, they refill those bottles with cheap subsitutes....If you pay exta to go to a resort that offers international brands they should be giving you what you ask for.....My husband caught the pool bartenders refilling bottles with unlabled junk....Every night at the lobby bar we had to argue with the bartenders over what was actually in the Stolichnaya Vodka bottle....It tasted like a very cheap watered down Tequila....Ever had a Tequila dirty martini?????We actually made them open a new bottle and made them smell it....It was terrible....The second time that I made one of the Managers come over to the lounge bar he admitted it and then blamed their corporate office....Nice work RIU..... I will not be booking any Riu's in the Dominican...Which is too bad because I book a lot of people .......... The resort is beautiful, beach beautiful, food was fair.........But, I want to stay at a resort that actually has what they say they do........

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

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 Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#42 Luxury Hotel in Punta Cana
#43 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#44 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#45 Family Hotel in Punta Cana
#47 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#53 Business Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana 4*
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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Punta Cana Riu Palace
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