This was our first time in Punta Cana and the first time staying at a Riu location. My husband and I had a wonderful time and are looking forward to returning in the near future. You do have to keep an open mind when you travel, star ratings are based on the country you are visiting and not your home country. We really enjoyed staying at the Riu Bambu, the pictures you see on the internet and in brochures are a true likeness of the hotel.
The rooms are very clean, we stayed in a standard room as we go to our room to shower and sleep so if you can spend the extra money for a more comfortable room.
Fruits and vegetables were always fresh good, fish was delicious, meat not that great. Didn't like to booking process for a la carte, we didn't have a choice as to which restaurant we could choose and 2 were not a la carte. Mexican was terrible, Asian was fair, the steakhouse was a surprise, I ordered a steak to be cooked medium and it was cooked to order and hot off the grill.
The beach and pools were great. If you liked noise and entertainment the main pool was the place to be, great play area and activities.
Quite a few activities, the staff tried there best to get people involved, although it may appear that they are being pushy at times, please bear in mind that they are only doing their job and continued employment can be dependent on how well they can get people to participate, it's also a great way to start conversations with other vacationers.
My husband and I are not big drinkers but we strongly believe in supporting the local economy in the hotel description it does say local products so when you order a drink, taste it before you walk away from the bar and if you find that it tastes weak just ask the the bartender to add more alcohol.
Quality of service was dependent on the staff person, some loved their job more than others.
Overall we had a really great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Punta Cana * Situated on Arena Gorda Beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Within the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino and Riu Naiboa hotels * Main building and 1-story bungalow complex * Surrounded by 46,000 m2 / 50,300 sq. Yards of palm groves, adjacent to the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higley * 600 m / 1,980 ft. From Caribbean Street * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Bambu Punta Cana
- Riu Bambu Dominican Republic