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Riu- What's it really like?

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Riu- What's it really like?

Whu are the reviews of the Riu so totally different? What's the real deal there? My husband and I are going for four days in March and I'm confused by the reviews. People either say it's terrible or great. My experience with tripadviser reviews is that they're pretty correct. I can't make heads or tails of the Riu's reviews. Can anyone tell me, is it really that bad????

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We just returned from the Riu last week. In my opinion it is neither terrible nor great. The lobby is very nice, nice bar and alot of seating. The buffet food is mediocre, ala cartes are much better. The beach is beautiful with plenty of chairs. It is a two minute walk to the Atlantis for any nighlife or gambling. The rooms are just okay, a bit dated. If we were every to return to Paradise Island, which we will not, we would stay at the Riu again. The cost of food and drinks elsewhere are ridiculously expensive, which make the Riu much more appealing. We usually go to the Riviera Maya and are accustomed to the beautiful, sprawling resorts there, so we very disappointed. However, we probably would have been disappointed anywhere on Paradise Island, we did not care for it at all. To me both the Atlantis and the Riu reminded me of hotels in Atlantic City, not a tropical resort. If you like Paradise Island, we you will enjoy the Riu. I hoped this helped a bit. If you have any specific questions, I would be happy to answer them.

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We also recently returned from the RUI Paradise Island and apparently we have similar tastes as Lucys. We definitely prefer the sprawling tropical resorts found in most other winter destinations (lots of pools, more restaurants and bars, lots of palm trees and beautiful tropical landscaping not to mention FAR superior rooms and more activities both on and off resort). We have been to a number of all inclusive resorts and the RIU just didn't begin to compare on any front which sorta surprised me since the RIU (and the Bahamas in general) was more costly.

If you like say the Cancun or Miami Beach scene with the high rise hotels crowded on the beaches you will likely be happy at the RIU (assuming you spend little time in your room). I thought the food was pretty good at the RIU; the beach was great; and I had a good massage at the spa but the rooms were definitely substandard (and the bathroom was the smallest I've seen at any resort I've been too).

I wouldn't lose any sleep over your decision to book at the RIU. You can definitely have a good time at the resort, even with the inadequacies, particularly if you're only going for 4 days. If the weather is good you will really enjoy the beach and it's fun to head into Nassau for some shopping and people watching.

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I agree that you should not fret about any negative Riu reviews. My rather negative review was in fact because I was comparing it to other Riu resorts. Compared to the cost of the non-inclusive Atlantis next door, Riu is a nice deal.

We may have been dissapointed that above the lobby, it in just a regular hotel with a four star pricetag, but we had a great time.

Riu has a standard. If you have seen that standard, you would most likely agree with the negative review.

Enjoy the Riu, these reviews can help. I won't just whine here. I will address my trip with Riu and provide the data. Pictures, names of managers I politely shared my concerns with etc...

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We really enjoyed our stay at the Riu I'm a huge fan of Riu's if you see the expense of Bahamas you'll be very glad you stayed at the RIU. It's $9. a beer that can add up everything at Atlantis has a price involved. We checked out Atlantis, were we glad to come back to the RIU The Greed The HUMUNGOUS & not one smiling face. The RIU is Clean comfy Beds great food grest alacartes Japanese,Steakhouse, Loved Gourmet Sir Alexanders a real treat with desserts to die for Smiling faces everywhere the staff speaks English. The Riu spent $$80 million on the lobby every night they provide entertainment & dancing too. the Animation team looks after your children & ATLANTIS next door Casino & exuberant prices I was so glad to stay at the RIU room#1227 excellent.

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We just got back from the Riu last night from a 4 day sun trip. Heres the deal; people that are looking for 5 star service and rooms will be disappointed for sure. If you want an average room with average food, but really want a great beach and swim in the ocean, you will be very pleased here! I travel internationally and have stayed in some pretty ritzy 5 star hotels as well as some low enders. I was very nervous about this choice, but, I got exactly what I expected. Four great days in the sun with my teenage daughter, fresh fruit and fresh slushi's, a couple of good deals at the straw market, and a nice tan!