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
  • bellashophie1 : saint john
Holiday for Christmas

Our room was great 1103 beachfront , buffet was good, Beach was great , went to the Bachata pool as it had a swim up , staff was helpful and friendly, I’ve been here twice before 2007&2008 and had a great time, things have changed and the one sad thing is the disco /it was a happening spot back then great music and everyone went sadly now no one goes as you have to pay for the drinks and the drinks were 5 US a drink and it wasn’t premium liqour,,,we stayed1/2 hr bought two drinks and left,,, Christmas dinner was buffet with 2 seatings...meh ,,, we spent two days in sousa on sousa beach it was amazing ,,,, I heard in April the Rui will be no more as it has been bought out , going to the Bachata in March hoping for a great experience,,, one more thing , we only had our fridge filled twice in 7 days...the weather on a positive was amazing

  • NYwisetraveller : New York City, New York
Avoid coming to this place

This is the worst place where we ever vacationed, in over 10 years. Terrible!! Went there for 10 days to celebrate New York Eve and was terrible. Smelly, old, nasty rooms and you get woke up by workers yelling at 6 am. Lizards come in the room if you are on the 1st floor. Food- not much variety. They don't provide umbrellas if rains like sister hotel Bachata. I don't have enough words to say how bad, terrible, horrible this hotel is.

  • Julia A : Brantford, Canada
The whole family enjoyed staying at this hotel!

Excellent service, very well maintained huge territory, nice beach line, good variety of food! We have been having great time there! Went for 7 days with family ( 2 adults, 2 kids of 5 and 7 years). Very spectacular night shows, well organized mini disco and animation program for kids. The Riu Merengue is joined with Riu Bachata. You can feel free and attend shows at the neighboring hotel too, as well as visit their restaurants and use their beach. So lots of options to make your stay not boring and not routined. There is the cruise ship terminal beside Riu Bachata and it was impressive to watch those huge ships coming to the harbour. The pool at Riu Merengue is not too big but you can always find a spot. And you can always go to Riu Bachata's pool which is bigger. I would definitely suggest going there !!Nice hotel for a good price!

  • ryga85J : Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Not as good as i expected

I arrived at the hotel, and all i can say is that i was extremely disappointed in this hotel. The hotel is advertised as a 5 star hotel, yet does not posses the qualities or facilities of a 5 star hotel, perhaps a 3 star rating is more generous. The hotel and rooms were basic, bed, wardrobe, bathroom, and balcony... When you pay the amount you do to stay here you expect a bit more and a lot nicer room. The housekeeping team did however, keep the room clean and well presented as best as they could with the room. The fridge was also kept well stocked. Cannot fault the hotel grounds, the gardens and beach were beautifully kept and the location of the hotel is also beautiful. You're surrounded by a trees and mountains, which is beautiful to wake up to, or lie on the beach and see.The food at the hotel was average, seems to appeal more to the Americans as did a lot of the themes in the hotel... Bars, entertainment, facilities etc... Breakfast was appalling, in terms of hot food the eggs were the only edible food. Don't touch the "bacon", in fact they serve better "bacon" at lunch and dinner which they label as "Pork Chop"... There was a range of cakes, donuts and various other things for breakfast, but again appealing to the Americans... Lunch and dinner however was a lot better and with a greater variety, did get boring after a week though.I would return to Puerto Plata, however not the Merengue.... I do understand Senator will be taking them over at the end of March, so lets hope they bring the much needed improvements and upgrades that the hotel needs. It does have great potential, but many things let the resort down.

  • elsieshanks : County Durham, United Kingdom
merengue holiday from hell

just arrived back on the 16th January 2018 what a pure hell hole , most rooms have cracked windows and mould with a smell to them fridge rusty and dirty. internet pathetic have to go to reception lobby for wi fi .swimming pool dirty and you have to dodge dead wasps, cockroaches and flies. beach dirty and sun beds are dirty, never saw anyone washing or cleaning pool area in 2 weeks and I was up everyday at 6am before staff started work as you had to be to reserve table for night at steak house or italian ,as buffet restaurant was a joke food terrible and cold and not enough for everyone ,you can never get a clean table unless you go as soon as it opens and getting someone to clean a table is a joke .Italian is disgusting steakhouse is ok but if you are a big eater don't expect a lot as you get a small sandwich steak and 9/10 wedges. you have to que on a morning from 6 30am to book a table as only 70 places available, even though we were told by tui rep that you did not have to reserve table or you can bribe the man who takes the reservations with dollars and you get booked .rained for 36 hours non stop had no umbrella in room so went to reception to ask for one ,was told house keeper would bring one, went back next day to be told they didn't have any, but hotel staff had plenty walking around nice and dry , It was about 1/2 mile from our room to restaurant by the time you got there you were drenched and had to sit in soaking clothes to eat food, buffet restaurant could hold 650 people at a max ,the staff said there was over 1000 people in and they couldn't cope which was easy to see as they were greatly under staffed . was told by rep you could use sister hotel for food but when you went up you were chased back down to merengue, drinks are cheap and nasty no international brands at all ,entertainment what entertainment it is pathetic also.young people just getting smashed off their heads and fighting ,swearing and being sick everywhere 24 hours of the day I advise any one from uk if you have booked the so called riu merengue please go and change it or get a refund as it is the merengue now and it is terrible the only good thing to come out of this holiday is instead of putting weight on myself and my husband have lost a stone in weight each .This is more like a 2star 18/30 holiday

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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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