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Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

At a Glance


  • 24-hour room service
  • grand hotel elements
  • nightly entertainment in the Spanish-style plaza


  • not good for solo and/or young travelers
  • food is middle-of-the-road or worse
  • complaints of overbooking during high-priced, Christmas holidays

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Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana Review

By night this megaresort decorated with Arabian-style domes looks like a fairy-tale palace and its generally older clientele are a departure from the other Riu resorts in the vast complex. 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, coffeemaker, and lots of liquor. At the buffet, the options are wide-ranging but still best when you arrive early; even still, because of its variety it still outshines some of the à la carte options. Otherwise, the Brazilian restaurant is normally the best, certainly for carnivores. In the pool, a lively swim-up bar, four Jacuzzis, and semisubmerged lounge chairs add panache; here or at the beach you can have your Coco Locos or other refreshments delivered by a waiter. The Palace's AI plan includes free admission to the casino at Hotel Riu Palace Macao; there's a free nightly shuttle to get there. Riu guests also get discounts at the nearby Cocotal Golf Course.

    Hotel Details

  • 612 rooms.
  • Rate includes all-inclusive.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 03-12-2014

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    Palace in size not quality!

    It's vast - almost too big really. There's so much walking to get anywhere. Upsides - the buffet is very good, the beach is great with a fabulous backdrop of a wreck offshore. The restaurant booking system is a joke. There is a rush every morning to queue up for a ticket to the restaurant you want to use that night - hopeless and downmarket. The drinks in the room are tacky. Most of the clientel when we were there were noisy Canadians intent on having a party all day every day. No problem with that, except they did get progressively noisier as the day wore on and the drinks took their effect! the staff were all great - better than some other hotels in DR we've used. Would I go there again? No. Go to the Palma Real. It closer to the airport, vastly superior in every way and not much more cost wise.

    by James_UK, 2/15/08

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