Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

Playa De Arena Gorda | Punta Cana 23000  [SEE MAP]Punta Cana  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Delectable cuisine at resort's six restaurants
Select suites have disappointing views, some say
Overlooking the prized sands of Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana's Bávaro resort area, the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana offers visitors an all-inclusive experience. The palatial-looking building houses 676 ornately appointed suites complete with satellite TVs, coffee makers, minibars, liquor dispensers and private balconies or terraces. Recent guests loved the comfortable, well-equipped accommodations, although a few cautioned that some suites have limited views. For more expansive vistas, lounge by one of four pools or on the property's white sand beach. Like other RIU outposts, this resort's all-inclusive package covers all kinds of amenities, including nonmotorized water sports equipment rentals, kids club activities, nightly entertainment and meals and drinks at six restaurants and multiple bars. Several past visitors cited the property's cuisine as its best attribute, but travelers who crave more options can dine at the eateries available at the resort's four adjacent sister properties.
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Location
Punta Cana
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
All-inclusive resort, 676 rooms
Primary View
Ocean
Style
Traditional, Opulent, Modern
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Families, Solo travelers

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  • 4.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

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By night this mega-resort decorated with Arabian-style domes looks like a fairy-tale palace, and its generally older clientele is a departure from the other Riu resorts. It is favored by German, English, and Canadians.

Oyster.com

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Part of a sprawling five-hotel complex, the upper-middle-range ... Riu Palace Punta Cana has excellent pools, a beautiful beach, and lots of on-site amenities. The resort draws guests of all ages, and the clientele is predominantly European – not surprising, considering the Riu is a Spanish chain.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 5734 have reviewed the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5734 reviews 4.0 (based on 5734 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana's suites blend modern amenities with traditional Caribbean style that includes dark wood furniture, tile floors, heavy drapes and bright accent chairs. All accommodations come equipped with satellite TVs, minibars, liquor dispensers and coffee makers. Views from the balconies and terraces are of the resort grounds.
  • All-inclusive rates cover in-suite Wi-Fi access and minibar items

Standard room size377 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana is located on Arena Gorda Beach, less than 14 miles northwest of downtown Punta Cana. The central Caribbean Street near the property features a variety of conveniences, such as a pharmacy, a shopping center and a nightclub, and is open to guests from all RIU resorts in the area. With so much on-site, most guests have no reason to leave the resort except for daytrips and group tours.
  • Roughly 15 miles northwest of Punta Cana International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana is home to six restaurants and multiple bars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are served at the property's main restaurant. Additionally, visitors can dine at five a la carte eateries, which offer Asian fusion, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and steakhouse cuisine. The all-inclusive rates cover all meals and drinks, plus in-suite minibar items and 24-hour room service.
  • Guests can also dine at sister properties' restaurants
  • Themed buffets available three nights per week

Number of restaurants6

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Asian, Italian, American, Spanish

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana features four pools, including one specifically for kids. Arena Gorda Beach is just beyond the pool area. The beach offers various complimentary water sports equipment, such as kayaks and snorkel gear.
  • Chaise lounges, umbrellas and towel service by pools
  • Poolside food and beverage service via La Altagracia restaurant and the Saona swim-up bar
  • Waterslides at kids pool and water park
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Kids

The resort offers a kids club with supervised activities for children ages 4 to 12. Youngsters can also enjoy a dip in the kids pool (which has several waterslides) or run around at the property's playground. Meanwhile, teens can take advantage of complimentary nonmotorized water sports equipment, such as kayaks, snorkel gear and windsurfing boards.
  • On-site pastry shop and ice cream parlor
  • Larger resort complex features a water park with additional slides
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

The resort itself offers free loaner kayaks and windsurfing boards, plus complimentary use of four shared tennis courts. However, the larger RIU complex's only fitness center resides in the Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro's spa. The facility is free to access and features a variety of cardio and weight-training equipment.
  • Complimentary group fitness classes in shared RiuFit area
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana houses two conference rooms and three smaller meeting rooms for group events with up to 400 people. All spaces can be set with a variety of seating arrangements like theater, classroom and horseshoe-shaped. Banquet and cocktail tables are also available for more casual gatherings.

    Number of meeting rooms5

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available

    Wedding

    The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana hosts civil, religious and vow renewal ceremonies. Couples can choose from two scenic beachfront venues and one garden gazebo for their venue. All wedding packages include a wedding planner, a bouquet, recorded music, wedding cake and sparkling wine toast.
    • Weddings may not be performed on Sundays
    • Couple must arrive at least three days prior to the ceremony to obtain licensing documents for civil ceremonies

    Maximum wedding guest capacity300

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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