Riu Merengue

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Overview
This 544 room resort is without a doubt one of the most outstanding and best selling resorts in Puerto Plata. Ideally set on two private bays, you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of surrounding hillsides, lush tropical gardens and countless palm trees. Guests keep coming back to this delightful hotel owned by RIU Hotels of Spain who are well known for their superior quality in design, attention to detail and exceptional service.

Location: On the beach, 15 min to Puerto Plata, 20 min to Playa Dorada, 45 min from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • detteLasalle : lasalle
New place for a holiday

We were two couples that went to the Riu Merengue for two weeks from Nov. 15 to 29. Because we booked our trip from different agent and different days we had rooms in a different locations of the resort. So we talked to Wilson and Maria and they moved us both couple in a same area, it was very nice of them to do so.Another good thing which is appreciated is they have free wifi all day in the lobby and sometimes it works in the theatre. Personally I never use it when I travel but for this trip I used every day, may be the weather helped.We happen to go in the time where it rained every day for two weeks. Mind you we had some sunshine also, we made it to the beach which is fabulous lots of natural shaded area and lots of day bed there's always empty one. To bad the water is not to clear. The pools are also great, although they lack of stairs (ladder only) and even the kiddy pool no step or ladder.the day entertainment is good they work hard to get the people involve, but I found the night entertainment is poor they work hard but they should stop lip sinking and have real band, out of 14 days we had 1 karaoke night and 13 lip sinking I think customers deserve more.The food was very good the buffet had some menu changes every day, the snack bar was also good, and the bars were super and I also loved the glasses, and the self serve for the pop.The rooms were kept very clean and the same for the whole resort.

  • MaulikJani : Toronto, Canada
relaxing, friendly staff, clean and food options for vegeterians

Contrary to the reviews I read the place was really clean with barely any bugs. You could see the hotel was making an good effort to keep the place clean. Food was good with more options available during dinner compared to lunch. The entertainment staff was fantastic and made sure everyone was having fun, there were always some activities going on. Minime, Eddie murphy & lily were great in the entertainment staff. The beach was ok as it was a bit murky due to rains. The only negative was smokers everywhere, it would be great to have designated smoking zones. I was suprised to see parents with children smoking while with thier children. I would not hesitate to recommend someone else to go here and would love to go back.

  • LauraSteen : Cowes, United Kingdom
I wouldn't return- not a 5 star in any way!

Having been sold this holiday by Thomson as a 4/5 star hotel we were immediately disappointed as we arrived at our room - it was very dated and shabby with mildew in the bathroom, cockroaches running around and generally a pretty crummy finish - I know the rooms are only to sleep in but they were not particularly clean either!The pool area was great and the food was ok, although would get boring after the first week.The staff at the bars and restaurant were friendly but the animation and reception staff were not great! The beach was also a disappointment - no clear blue waters! All in all - if you get a cheap deal by all means go for a cheap break but don't pay big bucks! It's not worth it!

  • vikki3008 : Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
2 week sister holiday

We arrived at the Domincan republic on the 13th November for 2 weeks where we was welcomed by our rep Dindo who was very nice and informative on the coach to the hotel on arrival to the Roy merengue we was welcomed by all the lovely reception staff and a glass of fruit punch. When we got to our room it was made beautifully by the maids with a lovely Swan on the bed. A few weeks before arrival I emailed and asked for a room near the amenities and that is just what I got I fact you couldn't get any closer. We had an amazing 2 week holiday with all the animation staff day and evening keeping you entertained even though the weather wasn't the best on the first week and there was a fab range nightly entertainment and was never repeated during the 2 weeks there. LIlly was one of the animation team in the hotel who was new and getting to know the ropes but I have to say she was one of the most friendly girls there and was always a good laugh. We met some people at the hotel and we loved to copy cheeky monkeys laugh (aheaheaheahe). I would also like to mention out amazing waiter leonardo in the main buffet restaurant who saved our table every night he was on shift and layer it with flowers. To be honest the whole holiday it self was amazing and will deffinatly be going back to see all these lovely people again 😬😬😬

  • jackiecullompton : cullompton
2nd visit

After deciding to go back to the Dominican Republic after 8 years we so glad we did, the staff were brilliant in all departments, including our rep Dingo, who couldn't do enough to help us. The food was OK something for everyone. Rooms are a bit tired but you only sleep in them.Still no kettle in rooms so this was a bit disappointing. Would I return, yes I would if we got another cheep deal, as we holiday 3 times a year. A special thankyou goes out to Dias for looking after us so well.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • All day & late night snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks from 10am-2am
  • In-room mini-bar stocked w/soft drinks, water & beer, replenished regularly
  • In-room liquor dispensers regular replenished w/rum, whiskey & gin
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis & darts
  • Pool table
  • Aerobics
  • Fitness centre
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to Disco (18+), drinks included
  • Entrance to Casino at RIU Bachata (drinks extra)
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Dominican a la carte restaurant, dress code & reservations required
  • Pool bar
  • Bars
  • Mini-disco
  • Swimming pool
  • Children's pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Casino at RIU Bachata
  • Fitness centre
  • Scuba diving school
  • Watersports centre (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Caribbean Street w/shops, games room, spa, beauty salon, internet room, pharmacy & cigar shop

Hotel Rooms include:

  • Two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Liquor dispensers
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Balcony
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids

Suites include:

  • Similar to above w/separate living room, sofa, and coffee table & chairs. Limited availability.

Kids Deals - Kids 12 & under stay & eat free when sharing a Hotel Room only with 2 adults. Max 2 kids. Limited availability.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised kid's activities daily from 10:30am-12:30 & 3pm-5:30pm and Mini-disco.

Stay at 1, Plat at 2! - Guests receive full exchange privileges with RIU Mambo and RIU Bachata for breakfast & lunch, and day & evening access to all pools, bars and shows. Some restrictions apply.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Merengue
    Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic

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ClubHotel Riu Merengue
Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata 57000 Dominican Republic

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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