Took my 16 year old for four days to escape the Iowa winter. We booked Jr Ocean View, got 6th floor, center of building, SPECTACULAR view of the ocean and pool area. Love, Love, LOVE hearing the ocean waves crashing outside my open balcony door...ahhhhh relaxing.
Pros-Location (walking distance to flea market, shopping, easy bus ride to downtown or Wal Mart or to the other RIU's which are fun to visit and you have full access to all 4 of them!) Resturant staff very good, great rooms, great shower, clean facilities everywhere, plenty of resturant options, wait staff on beach is excellent, the beach is great even if shaded in the late afternoon and somewhat small...we never had a problem finding 2 beach chairs or poolside although it was fairly busy Jan 18-22 when we were there. Snorkeling right in front of the hotel around to the right in front of the rocks was very good with 100s of fish, and I saw a barracuda and a couple puffer fish (nothing compared to Hawaii, but for the convenience it was really good!)
Cons-Buffet food is what it is, not as good as cruise ships, also didn't change much while we were there (but we always found plenty to eat!), beds a little hard but sleepable.
This is our second stay at a RIU (once at CABO) and both times we had a great time and felt the value for the money was very good. Compared to other hotels that cost 50-100/night less people had all kinds of problems in their reviews like bad smelling water, noisey rooms, etc, where if you just pay the RIU Palace you will basically have a worry free vacatinon with few or NO complaints...what's that worth? We probably had 20 virgin Pina Coladas a day, this had to easily offset the price of an all inclusive even though we don't drink alcohol.
We would certianly go back in a heartbeat, and probably will. I've only given two other places that status: Grand Wialea and Kaanapali Beach Hotel, both in Hawaii...so I think VERY Highly of RIU Palace Las Americas.
Tip-If you like a little bit of an ocean walk/hike (maybe 1.25 miles?), we walked the beach from the RIU Las Americas to the RIU Palace Penisula and RUI Caribe and then enjoyed their facilities one day...in a couple places you have to walk around some stuff but it's a fun walk with lots of neat ocean front things to see and activities if you want to parasail or rent wave runners or eat at an ocean front grill etc along the way. Took us 1 hour and was a highlight of the trip for the cheap (free) fun we had...spent $1 each to take the bus 5 minutes back to RIU Las Americas.
Our Balcony on Jr Ocean Suite was HUGE and the rooms for that catagory seem to mostly have the best...
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