Punta Cana Hotels

Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

Pros

  • Gilded, grand hotel elements in lobby
  • Nightly entertainment in the Spanish-style gazebo/plaza
  • Moderate price

Cons

  • Not good for solo travelers
  • Food is middle-of-the-road
  • Initial glance is far better than actuality
  • Some maintenance issues and musty smell in many rooms, usually an indicator of faulty a/c

Published 10/12/2015

Fodor's Review

By night this mega-resort decorated with Arabian-style domes looks like a fairy-tale palace and its generally older clientele are a departure from the other Riu resorts. It is favored by German, English, and Canadians. In need of updating, particularly the bedding, the long-and-wide junior suites are simple but attractive; with dark wood against sunny yellow walls, it's shades of Old Havana. Each has a jetted bath and a terrace (but not necessarily a sea view), flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and full liquor bottles in dispensers. The buffet options are wide-ranging but still best when you arrive early. There are several à la carte restaurants but no real standout. In the pool, a lively swim-up bar, four Jacuzzis, and semi-submerged lounge chairs add panache. The long stretch of beach and the pool complex are breathtaking, but by day's end the pool is often too dirty.

Hotel Information

Address:

Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Phone:

809-687–4242

Website: www.riu.com

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 612 rooms
  • Rate includes: All-inclusive

Published 10/12/2015

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