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Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
Ranked #53 of 111 Hotels in Punta Cana
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Sacramento, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great stay at the RUI Palace Bavaro”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We really enjoyed our recent stay at the Rui Palace Bavaro where we stayed for a friend's wedding. All inclusive resorts are usually not our thing so we were a bit skeptical initially but we were pleasantly surprised. We stayed in a junior suite- garden view and the accomodations were very spacious and nice. The food was good, there was a broad set of options to please everybody and a good selection of healthy foods along with the not so healthy foods. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The drinks were decent but better if you tipped a couple $U.S.

The pool bar and pool area was a lot of fun and the gorgeous beach was a short walk down a path. There was a espresso bar that we enjoyed every morning and a gym that was not extensive but enough to get the job done.

One thing to be aware of is that the standard room for couples is to have two double beds pushed together to make a laaarge king size bed. However, it is two separate beds with two separate sets of sheets etc... You have a choice to share one of the double beds or sleep in two separate beds as they are not connected just pushed together. Very odd... We ended up moving rooms to get a single king bed and so did a number of others in our group. The staff was very accommodating with our request to move. Make sure to request an individual king size bed if you actually want to sleep together!

The wedding/reception was also at the resort and they did a great job with food, DJ, the works. We had a great time!

Room Tip: Ask for an IDIVIDUAL king size bed if you actually want to sleep together!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

so yer would go back, and I don't say that often. staff great food great can not fault a thing best hotel I have stayed at for a while beats sensatori Thomson standard by far loved every day. we did however get a free upgrade to VIP so im sure this helped but would have loved it anyway only gave us use of adult free pool! two weeks flew buy and wish i had booked 3 weeks book you wont regret it unless your stuck up and really fussy......

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2014

Let me start by thanking Starlin Gomez of customer service the guy did the four of us a real solid,HOOKED US UP.We where there may 1 to 10,I emailed him prior about our anniversary\vacation the four of us where celabrating.Put us right in VIP beautiful rooms together with a stunning view of pool and beach.Dont beleive bad reviews the, place food and drinks cant be beat try it you wont be sorry

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Trenton, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is the 5th Riu that we've been to. We traveled on May 28th to June 4th. First of all, don't believe all the reviews!! Go there with an open mind!! This is one of the biggest Riu's we've been to. This one is more modern than the previous ones we've been to. The resort is huge and it's a little walk to the beach and pool, but it's so worth it. The specialty restaurants are good. We tried the Italian, the Japanese and the steakhouse. We did go back to the Japanese restaurant, the Gesha. The steakhouse, was definitely not for us!! Where they sat us the fan was working at all. Luckily we weren't wearing anything too heavy!!

The food in the buffet, great!! Never had a problem eating anything in the buffet. The night we went to the steakhouse, we ended up at the buffet so he could eat! Word of advice, we found out that the para sailing in Punta Cana, totally illegal!! We didn't know that, thank god we never that!! We found out that someone got caught in the palm trees and the people in the boat cut the line and kept going.

I highly recommend doing the dune buggy!! We did that one on the last day. The reason we waited, is because you'll get extremely muddy!! Luckily we wore flip flops and a t-shirts that we ended up throwing away. We also did zip lining and a 3 in 1 tour, which was snorkeling, motor boats, and snuba, which is a combination of snorkeling and scuba.

All in all we had a great time, we would definitely want to to come back.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

Amazing hotel. Many options for all the family. Great food, beautiful surrounding, new and modern suites. Great animation program. Excellent diving school and excursions. Nice staff, great disco and funny poolbar

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Derby
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2014

im not going to write a long review just the facts. arrived 3pm slight delay with check in as couldnt find our booking once resolved check in was quick. our room was large with a jacuzzi & king size bed (very comfy) Hotel very clean Staff amazing nothing was too much trouble. Food incredible i have never seen so much choice.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Rockville Centre, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2014

My cousin and I went there for our birthdays. When we got there we had to wait an hour to check in because apparently our room wasn't ready. Finally when we did get our room the sheets and pillows smelled sour as if someone went in the pool and just dried off in the sheets. I had to go to the front desk twice to ask someone to change the sheets but all housekeeping did was make the bed up. The third time I wasn't so nice and thats when they finally changed the sheets. The food was absolutely disgusting I don't understand how can they have 4 restaurants and all of them had bad food. I must admit I was very disappointed in the Riu and I will never stay there again I don't care if its free. After checking out of the Riu I found out my flight was cancelled and my cousin and I ended up checking in at the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana and I must say they did not disappoint if you are looking for the best all all around comfort and bang for your buck stay at the Dreams absolutely amazing!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
Address: Playa de Arena Gorda | Higüey - Punta Cana, Punta Cana 74100, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 111 Hotels in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro 4*
Number of rooms: 610
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana * Inside the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa hotels and the ClubHotel Riu Bambu * The Splash Water World will be opened from 1st November 2016 * 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 Higuey * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport ... more   less 
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