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Trying to choose a PDC hotel...Would like to hear the good and bad of your PDC hotel experiences

Trying to choose a PDC hotel...Would like to hear the good and bad of your PDC hotel experiences

Jan 8th, 2001, 12:50 PM
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Trying to choose a PDC hotel...Would like to hear the good and bad of your PDC hotel experiences

Going to PDC for the first time next month. We are having a tough time choosing from the many resorts but were looking at Rui Palace, Gala and Iberostar Quetzal. Would appreciate any input on these or others. Some basic criteria we are looking for...good food(buffet is fine as long as it is varied daily and is fresh/good quality), a fantastic beach and a great pool area. Thanks for any help in advance.
Jan 9th, 2001, 09:47 AM
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There is no such thing as a 'bad experience' at any of these hotels. Either of these places will satisfy the basic criteria listed with the Palace going over and above because the dining room is all a la carte - no buffets at the Palace. Based on our experience at their sister resort the RIU Yucatan, this is an excellent chain of hotels so you will not go wrong with the Palace.
The same l-o-n-g beach with many lounge chairs fronts all of these resorts and the pool at the Iberostar is apparently gorgeous and appears equal in gorgeousness to the one at the Palace.
If you haven't already been to these sites, try www.riuhotels.com and www.mytravelboard.com/playa to further assist your decisions.
Jan 9th, 2001, 11:28 AM
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Re: above posting
Just arrived home from one week at the Riu Palace, 3 out of the 4 restaurants are buffet. The only one that is a la carte is the Brazilian restaurant which requires reservations in advance. The resort and staff are top notch. Don't hesitate if you have any other questions.
Jan 9th, 2001, 03:54 PM
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I vote for the Gala. It meets all your requirements. It has the best beach of the three. Since it is at the end of the hotel strip it is much less crowded and it is also wider. It has two pools - a small one for adults only and a huge one for everyone. The food there is excellent. They have two outstanding ala carte restaurants - one Mexican and one Italian. They also have an ala carte seafood restaurant open two or three nights a week. In addition they set up excelent outdoor buffets at least three or four nights a week. Very fresh and varied food. Breakfasts and lunches are all buffets but have the option of two different restaurants. Excellent and fresh - they had different specials everyday. Great fajitas and guac.
Jan 26th, 2001, 01:17 PM
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We just returned from the Royal Hideaway. A little pricy but well worth it. The grounds are beutiful. the beach is great and you never feel crowded like some of the AI we walked by.
Jan 26th, 2001, 07:25 PM
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~~~And the food at the Royal Hideaway is extraordinary...We're spoiled!!!

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