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ClubHotel Riu Merengue
Ranked #14 of 41 Hotels in Puerto Plata
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“Fab Holiday and Fab Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed in the Riu Merengue for 2 weeks and it was fab, could not fault anything, the only fault, if you can call it that, is that you are isolated, and there is no where to go outside of the complex, but the entertainment in the hotel is mint!! The food is lovely and there is always plenty of choice and variety. The hotel rooms are spotless, and the staff can not do enough for you, they are always very polite and helpful, The hotel is right on the beach which is breath taking and well worth a look, and a 'romantic' walk along.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Anyone who says this place was a great hotel with great service or great entertainment is either deaf, blind or stupid.

Thank GOD riu bachata was right next to us because the trip would have been completely unbearable otherwise. The pool at bachata was so much nicer! The merengu had a dirty pool, constantly filled with people's plastic cups, hair and bugs. I never saw any hotel staff clean it. The place was just littered with annoying children! Splashing, screaming, running around- having no regard for other people's surroundings but since they are kids the blame goes to the parents.

The rooms were decent in cleanliness but I don't understand the double beds pushed together to make a kingside bed. I couldn't cuddle with my boyfriend because one of us would have fallen through the crack in the middle of the bed! How annoying!

Then there's the food.... oh my God I have never eaten such crap in my entire life. They couldn't even get the French fries right. We never had a decent meal anywhere, except for one night when they had a mexican theme at the buffet. The only other good thing was the coffee at breakfast. We ended up getting sick our last three days with dirreah!

If you are a beach lover then this is not the place for you. You cannot walk more than 10 feet into the ocean without stepping on these incredibly sharp painful rocks. I don't know what it was exactly but it was unbearable and I cut my foot several times. Not to mention there was seaweed everywhere!

The worst part of the trip for us was the amount of locals that frequent the hotel grounds. I guess they only pay a small entrance fee to get in and they were there in droves!!!! We could never get a good seat at the shows, or at the pool because these locals would just come for the day or night and take over everything. Sorry but in my opinion the actual guests of the hotel should be guarenteed seats to these things before a local who probably paid close to nothing to get in! We noticed on more than one occasion that the waiters and bartenders would mainly only pay attention to the locals because they were either friends or family members of theirs. It took forever to get anyone's attention at the bar and when we did they could have cared less to serve us.

The only great thing we did was paradise island. That almost made the trip worth all the bull because it was truly paradise! I recommend everyone do it if you're able to.

I would never return to this hotel. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and I would much rather pay the extra $500 and stay somewhere half decent. Lesson learned and I can't imagine HOW this place is considered 4 stars.

  • Stayed October 2012
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Stayed last 2 weeks of August with wife and 2 teenage daughters. This was our first trip to Dominican Republic and unfortunately it did not live up to our expectations. I would estimate the hotel was at less than half capacity when we stayed.

The rooms in this hotel, at best could be described as 3 star. Generally they are in blocks of 8 rooms with 4 on each floor accessed by a common hallway. They are spacious but dated and in need of an overhaul.

The main bedroom had numerous chips in the ceramic tiled floor and the air conditioning was noisy. The fridge provided for the mini bar was extremely noisy and seemed to be running constantly, we ended up having to pull the plug on this during the night, There is also a ceiling fan, again this was too noisy to keep running all night. There were 2 small double beds in the room, these would have been too small had we had all 4 persons in one room. Fortunately we had 2 rooms, so ended up with a bed each. The beds could have used some new mattresses. Sheets were changed once during our 2 week stay. The beds were not made up when we arrived and we had to call a maid to get sheets and pillow cases.

The bathrooms were extremely dated, the toilet flush was very loose and on the point of falling off. The shower was by the window which had the bottom half covered over and was cracked and the mirror was loosing its silvering. Towels were changed every day although sometimes this wasn't until quite late in the day.

The cleaners, to be fair, did clean the rooms every day to an acceptable standard. Neighbouring guests had a habit of dropping food in the hallway which attracted ants and other bugs, fortunately very few of these ventured into the room.

The Pools at the hotel are split in to 3 pool areas, 1 for each main hotel. You are welcome to use any of these 3 pool areas, however you could only get towels at your host hotel. Towels were issued by exchanging a towel card that each person received at check-in. There is a $20 charge if you lose your towel or card. Fortunately we did not lose either. 2 of the pool areas have entertainments through out the day and can get noisy. The 3rd pool was classed "the quiet pool" while we were there and did not have any entertainment. It was also only open to international guests, maybe as a way of trying to resolve some of the issues with locals at the weekends. We used all 3 pools during our trip and generally found them to be acceptable. Obviously being outdoor pools you will get some vegetation, insects and bird droppings in the pools. There was a person cleaning constantly whilst we were there, vacuuming the bottom of the pool first thing in the morning and using a net to catch floating debris throughout the day. We saw the water chemistry being checked throughout the day. We only experienced one occasion where one of the pools was closed for cleaning, we didn't see the reason why, but the pool was taped off for a couple of hours one morning.

There are no lifeguards at any of the pools.
The sun loungers were plentiful, however, I would imagine if the hotel had more guests these would run out pretty quickly. Sun loungers were given the occasional wipe down by the pool cleaner but many were dirty. There were also vinyl covered cushions for the loungers, these varied in condition but also being a dark colour became extremely hot during the day if left in the sun.

The beach was ok, although we only used it once. There are a lot of sun loungers on the beach and there is plenty of shade from the trees if you want it. The beach is within easy reach of virtually all of the rooms. Water shoes are a good idea as the beach is made up of coral sand and there can be sharp shells and stones on the beach and in the water. There are kayaks and pedalos available but the water was rough and there were no lifeguards, so we didn't use either.

We didn't experience the same level of disruption at the weekends as others have reported, there was however a noticeable influx of locals on Friday through the Sunday. We mainly used the quiet pool during this time.

The restaurants were definitely not up to standard. As the hotel was running at reduced capacity (off peak season) not all restaurants were open. Also we were only told when we arrived that you have to eat your evening meal at the buffet restaurant of your host hotel. You are able to have breakfast and snacks at any of the restaurants when they are open.

Breakfast was the same choice every day and did not vary except for some of the fruit juices available, even this only tended to vary by whether they had milk added to them or not.
Daytime snacks also hardly varied throughout the day. Limited to French fries, hotdog, burgers and a bit of pasta and pizza. There was also a salad bar which was limited in selection. The burgers were burnt black on the outside and raw in the middle. Fries were overcooked when the snack bar opened and then undercooked after that when they were replenished. Other snacks during the day were not available, Fruit was limited to Melon, pineapple and banana. There were no grapes, oranges, apples etc. There were no nibbles available either (crisps/chips, nuts, sweets). Basically the day time food was awful and we did not each much during the day at all.

Evening meals were very mixed with some nights being average and some being very poor. The evening buffet opens at 6:30 every evening. This is not the right time to go as food has been standing for a while and disappears quite quickly as people queue to get what they can. It is better to wait half an hour and go after 7:00pm. By this time the queues have reduced and the food is being replaced with fresher food, although I expect this would be different when the hotel is full.

The choice of food was not huge, and very limited for children. The best night was when they served freshly cooked (sort of) pasta dishes. This happened about 2 times each week we were there. There was a selection of vegetables and a couple of meats which you would place on your plate to your choice and then hand to the chef. He would then stir-fry these and add a sauce (tomato, bolognaise, cream) of your choice, he would also then add precooked pasta (twirls, shells, spaghetti), again you choose, and then serve it on a plate to you. At least this food was hot. The other food on the buffet was hit and miss depending on how recently it had been replaced, even then it might only be warm. Other food selections included a number of meat dishes, the meat is of poor quality. Beef was very tough, chicken was mainly bone. There were lots of vegetable choices, mainly local and not varying much from night to night. Most vegetable were overcooked.
There was a "theme" to the buffet most nights, however this seemed to be limited to the extras and only included a couple of dishes. The Chinese night was overpowered by black bean sauce with everything covered in a thick brown sticky sludge, even the fried rice seemed to be overpowered by it. Lots of people have commented on food running out and whilst this did not happen when we were there I can imagine it would happen regularly when the hotel had more rooms filled.

Deserts in the buffet did not vary from night to night, what was available did vary throughout the evening slightly and seemed to be dependant on what was brought from the fridge. There were usually 1 or 2 flavours of ice cream available.

The main restaurant in the Merengue is generally open with unglazed windows. this means there are a large number of flies around the food and you need to be careful what you select. It also means that there are birds in the restaurant sitting on the wooden beams in the ceiling. Be careful where you sit!

We used the restaurant in the Bachata for breakfast on some occasions and found it to be basically the same although they did have a chef cooking omelette every day, where as in the Merengue this only happened on some days. We found that the Bachata restaurant seemed to have a lot more flies. There is also an outdoor terrace where you can eat if you wish.

Drinks in the restaurants were limited to fizzy pop, fruit juice, local beer and wine and water. The staff in the restaurants were good and would keep your water glass topped up and would if asked bring other drinks. You can serve drinks to yourself if you wish. Used plates were cleared away quickly, however when we were there, there was no pressure to leave the restaurant quickly. Waiters would also move tables together for larger groups if requested.

Also advertised are the table service restaurants. These are set up in what are the snack bar restaurants during the day. The table service applies to the main course and desert, the starter is self service from a small buffet. You have a choice of the Steakhouse or the Italian restaurant. They are both in the same place served by the same people with the same starter buffet. The only difference is the main course menu choice and the table decorations. You have to reserve a table and this can only be done on the day you wish to attend. Reservations are made in the breakfast restaurant and are available when breakfast opens at 7:00am. The reservation list was full by about 8:00am every day we were there. Reservations are for one of 2 sittings at 6:30pm or 8:30pm. As there are only about a dozen or so table for each restaurant I would imagine when the hotel is full it is very difficult to get one of these reservations.

The evening entertainment was less than average. The announcers shout over the microphones so that you can't understand what is being said. They also say everything in 4 or 5 languages seamlessly so it is difficult to hear the bits in your language. The evening show staff were predominantly dancers and this was reflected in the content of the show. Their performance of Grease has to be the worst I have ever seen! Essentially there are sound clips of the movie played over the speakers whilst the dancers, dance and try to mime to the words, even the dialogue bits. Still it only lasted 45minutes. Besides the dance shows there was a poor magic show, half of this was spent trying to teach one member of the audience to dance like Michael Jackson. Other shows were the sort of audience participation shows you would expect to see in many 3 star resorts throughout Europe and generally included people running through the audience trying to collect shirts, shoes, shorts and bras.
Childrens entertainment consisted of a mini-disco every evening which followed the same sound track every night and lasted for about 30 minutes.

Drinks from the bar were limited to the unbranded selection. There is no option to pay for proper drinks, although Budweiser was available in the Bachata bar if you got on well with the bar staff ie tip them well. The drinks available seemed to contain very little alcohol and you would struggle to exceed the drink drive limit even if you drank continuously all evening. The bar staff were friendly, quick and efficient. You can tip them if you wish but I don't think it would make a great deal of difference to the level of service you would get.

Whilst we were there, we did not have a problem getting a table in the evening, but most evenings the entertainment area was full, so if you are going when it is busier you may have a problem.

A photographer goes around during the day photographing everybody, he did have a preference for attractive females, he also goes around the bar areas in the evening. On some evenings he would be between the reception area and the restaurant with a couple of "models" dressed in grass skirts for you to pose with. The photo shop is positioned in a "Caribbean Street" located on site between the Merengue and the Bachata. This is a row of shops selling local crafts, gifts and other things like suncream, inflatables and so on. The people who man these shops seem to be locals and probably have to pay the hotel chain a large portion of their earnings to be there. As such they try to be very persuasive to get you into their shop to buy something.

A couple of evenings a week the hotel allows local traders in to the hotel to sell their produce. These are located between the hotel reception and the restaurant, basically the route that almost everybody will take to the restaurant although you could walk the long way round if you wish. These people are selling jewellery, paintings, carvings and other gifts and don't like it if you don't buy something from them. Whilst I didn't have a problem with them being allowed in to the hotel, the positioning made it difficult, especially with 2 teenage daughters who didn't know how to say no.
One thing with these people is to haggle hard with them, an initial price of $300 for a painting eventually settled at $45!

We travelled with Thomson and the reps at the resort were good and helpful. Before travelling we had been told by the travel shop that the organised trips were not very expensive. This was not the case and we were a bit surprised at the cost of some of the trips. We did book one trip which was ok. This was the Columbus VIP trip to Paradise Island. The trip took us in a Catamaran to a cove where we were able to swim in crystal clear water and then to lunch at a beach front restaurant. We had the best food that we had during the whole of the holiday, freshly cooked fillet steak, with the chef cooking it in front of you until it was done the way you wanted it. There was also a buffet with other food choices that were also very good. Following lunch the boat took us to Paradise Island where we went snorkelling on the coral reef. The snorkelling was a bit of a disappointment partly because there was no instruction at all and no guide, but also because there was a bit of a swell and the water was a bit rough.

There is a casino at the Bachata, every time we saw it, there was nobody other than staff in there. The casino looked very small, a roulette table, poker table, blackjack table and some slot machines from what we saw. People were handing out free $10 bet coupons, but when you read the small print it is not a great offer so we did not bother with the casino.

The flight with Thomson was ok. The best thing was the leg room, however width of the seat was extremely tight. The food provided was awful and you have to pay for drinks, which I was surprised about on a long haul flight. Entertainment package was ok with the touch screen videos and on demand movies, however subtitles are still not available for the hard of hearing!

Thomson had made us aware of the $10 landing tax payable at the airport when you arrive, but they did not mention the $20 departure tax, also payable at the airport when you leave.

Overall we had a reasonable holiday, but not the 5 Star experience that we were expecting and have experienced elsewhere. I think for the money we spent we could have had a better holiday in a 4star all inclusive in Spain or some other European resort,

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Well my husband & I have just spent a week at this hotel & couldn't find a fault anywhere,the hotel was lovely the staff great and the food good,the rooms are a bit dated but why complain about that when the view from the room was spectacular and you only shower &sleep in the room,the weekends are pretty busy with the locals but hey everyone is entitled to a holiday

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

I went here with my BF in 2012. Overall I would say that the experience we had here was average. Considering coming from NYC it cost us $600 each for a four day weekend including airfare (through JetBlue Getaways) we knew it wasn't going to be five star accommodations.

The Room
Our room was nice. It had a tile floor and it was a bit humid. The AC did a lot towards correcting it. The bathroom was clean, though it might need to be remodeled in a few years. If you have any type of arthritis or mobility issues I would recommend packing your own non-skid mat for inside the shower. It was very slippery. As someone who fell in the shower at age 21 and had to go to the hospital for it, I take this very seriously. I made do while I was there, but there were a few occasions where the shower was scary. The TV had English (Canadian?) and Spanish channels. The English channels were all programs I was not familiar with except "Love It or List It" which I know is Canadian. The room had a key safe, which took some jiggling on our part to open and close. The mini bar was restocked every other day with bottled drinks for free. They were stingy on the bottled drinks. The alcohol dispensers were nice because I have to say the strongest drink I got at this hotel the entire time I was there came from the alcohol dispenser in the room (more on the drinks later). I think those bottles might have been the only ones which were NOT watered down.

The Food

We went to the steak restaurant one evening after I got up at 7AM to make a reservation at the buffet. The steak restaurant was just OK in terms of quality. I thought the service was nice. In retrospect the meat that I got there was good because it was a full cut. I felt that at the buffet the rest of the time the meat I had was full of bones.Pork? Full of bones. Chicken? Full of bones. I actually wondered if Riu Merengue's meat was all the bones and Riu Bachata got all the boneless cuts. If you are at Riu Merengue you can't eat at Riu Bachata for dinner (only for lunch). Riu Bachata is a more expensive stay from what I understand, so maybe they get better meat at dinner? I don't mind working around bones when I am eating, I understand that in some cultures nothing is ever boneless. I just thought the ratio of bones to meat was very high. I never got a serving of meat at the buffet at dinner that wasn't full of bones. Also, the service in the buffet was pleasant, but not particularly helpful. I asked in Spanish for Coca-Cola, and the server told me they had it. What I received was not Coca-Cola. I did appreciate them bringing us a carafe of coffee every morning.

The Pool and Animation Team
I enjoyed all three of the pools. There were some kids on weekends, yes. There were some locals who brought their kids, yes. I didn't have any issues with them except for one family that was related to an animation staff member. The animation staff member was cutting loose (in his bathing suit, not in hotel gear) and behaving very wildly with his family. I don't think that personified what Riu would want represented. In fact, even when some animation staff were on duty they were behaving poorly. They are teenagers and young adults and they considering gyrating their pelvis around the pool to music to be entertainment. I didn't mind sexy dancing when it was part of the evening show, but for the animation team to do that once every hour around the pool was tasteless. They didn't try to engage us or start up games or anything, we just had to endure watching them dance as we sat around the pool. It was as if they were assigned pool duty and considered that as a time to laugh with their friends and then dance every hour. Needless to say I didn't get any day time enjoyment or use out of the animation team. I did appreciate the evening shows, they were well executed. While I was there they had Cats (the broadway play), Grease, Hispanic culture show, and a Madonna music show to name a few. Each hotel has its own show every evening, so you have multiple ones to pick from. In the evening the pools shut down so you are kind of limited by what you can do. There is a dance club named Pacha (which even has the same logo as the Pacha dance club in NYC) but we didn't try to go there.

The Bars
The bars were the most disappointing part of our trip. I came armed with $200 in single USA bills to tip people, but I gave up after disappointing drinks everywhere I went. They serve you frozen drinks and beer in tiny 8 ounce cups. The drinks are all weak. After tipping a bartender for my first drink and ordering shots afterwards, we suspected the shots were watered down. They were served in thimble sized plastic glasses and I think that was to stop you from tasting anything. Continuing to tip, I ordered a half glass of tequila in Spanish (un media taza de tequila). He gave it to me from a Jose Cuervo Especial bottle. It was watered down. I drank the whole thing and I didn't even get a buzz. There were some Americans who were on our flight into Puerto Plata who had bought liquor at the duty free shop in America, and then brought it to the DR. They would up staying at our hotel and they drank their duty free liquor while they were in the DR. I thought that was a great idea and we are going to employ that the next time we go to an All Inclusive resort. I am not a big drinker, but even when I ordered my frozen drinks and asked them to add more rum to them I still couldn't taste any actual alcohol. Again, going back to what I said about the mini bar in the hotel room, a rum and coke I made in my room was the strongest drink I had the whole time I was there. It was the only time I felt as if I had consumed any alcohol. I think the budget price of this hotel plus the cost of a bottle of rum will make for a nice time, without having to book some fancy, more expensive property.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Well after reading the reviews on this site before going to the Dominican I was a bit worried about our choice of location ! But well those reviews well totally off !! Me and my boyfriend have just returned from a fortnights holiday here and WOW it's amazing :) we were expecting an overcrowded place with lots of locals , well I can assure you the whole 2 weeks we were there it was absolute bliss ! The complex was very much quiet and piece full on the beach and at the pools ! The entertainment team do a great job but it does get a bit repetitive , we seen them
Perform their Chicago burlesque show and that was really good along with grease and micheal Jackson ! Would totally recommend this hotel to family and friends

  • Stayed August 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed from the end f July for 3 weeks and had a fantastic time. We had originally been extremely worried about what to expect given the reviews but we had nothing to worry about.

The rooms are a bit dated but we found them to be okay and who can complain when the view is palm trees and the beach.

There are 3 different pools that cold be used but we mainly stuck to the Merengue because it's more child friendly. The pool staff and in particular Danny were great and made us feel really welcome. There were always sun bed available and that was with 11 of us so cant understand the problem.

The bar staff were fantastic. Even when it was busy you were never made to wait. Diaz in particular was great with us and ensured that we had no problems.

The massages on the beach were out of this world. Maria was our favourite.

And what can I say about the entertainment team? They were great. Maria was fantastic with the kids during the day and then later at the disco. The others including sexy belly, Bon Bon, cheeky monkey, mini me, sexy Lucy, spaghetti and candy were so friendly and tried really hard to ensure that everybody was happy. We loved the beach party the best and would definitely recommend them doing tht more than once a fortnight. The parties on Caribbean street were good as well
Only thing we didn't really like was the break in the middle with international music.

The food was fine as well. There was always a lot of choice and even though I'm a fussy eater I had no problems. The waiters at the restaurant were so friendly and accommodating especially javier.

We all dreaded the weekends coming because of the reviews but again there was no need. Yes it got busier but here were no problems. The locals were great and really knew how to enjoy themselves. They did not cause any problems. In fact I would say it was some of the British that didn't know how to behave. The way they spoke to people and he faces they made at them made we ashamed to be from the same country as them. Why shouldn't the locals come and enjoy the resort. Would we be happy not to be allowed to go to places in the UK because we are locals?

All in all we have had a great three weeks and would definitely recommend the place to others.

Room Tip: Beach view rooms are the best
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: ClubHotel Riu Merengue
Address: Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Puerto Plata
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ClubHotel Riu Merengue 3.5*
Number of rooms: 998
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ClubHotel Riu Merengue (All Inclusive 24h) is located in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, and is surrounded by impressive views of the mountains and a lush, natural environment. This is the perfect setting for unforgettable holidays. The ClubHotel offers all facilities you could need for relaxing holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ll find a fresh water swimming pool, a solarium terrace, a gym and the Renova Spa wellness centre with a range of different treatments and massages as well as a sauna. In the Dominican Republic you can find a wide range of international cuisine, but if you want to make the most of your time in this marvellous destination by sampling Dominican cuisine, delicious in both taste and colour, you can enjoy a wide variety of flavours and aromas, as Dominican dishes mainly consist of fruit and vegetables. In the buffet restaurant or themed restaurant you’ll find an endless range of dishes and recipes prepared by our chefs every day. The hotel shares its facilities with the hotel complexes of the ClubHotel Riu Bachata. You’ll enjoy access to the entertainment programme and activities thanks to the acclaimed All Inclusive system. Whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or with friends, you’ll find a wide variety of activities to keep you entertained all day long.. There are areas for enjoying tennis, table tennis, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, bodyboarding, snorkelling, golf, volleyball, swimming and much more. Your children can also enjoy crafts, activities and dancing together with other kids in the RiuLand programme. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Clubhotel Riu Merengue Hotel
Club Hotel Riu Merengue
Clubhotel Riu Merengue Puerto Plata
Riu Merengue Dominican Republic
Riu Merengue Puerto Plata
Rui Merengue

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