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Riu Bambu

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Our Opinion

Closer to a 4 star rating, Riu Bambu is an older hotel with recent renovations. Located on a great palm tree lined beach with a nice pool area. The water play area with slides, waterfalls, splash pads and a wading pool is great for kids, plus access to Splash Water World is included. Typically good food with Riu.


Overview
The RIU Bambu is a fantastic, all-inclusive beachfront resort with a lively atmosphere. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, it is just a stone's throw away from Playa Arena Gorda beach with its many watersports. It is one of the most popular properties with Canadian vacationers.

Location: Directly on the beach, 30 minutes from the Punta Cana airport and 5 minutes from the Caribbean Street shopping complex.

Highlights
  • Beachfront in multi-resort RIU complex
  • 2 kids' pools plus access to Splash Water World
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lots of dining options

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Ray_6062 : Quebec, Canada
Expected more from a RIU hotel

My wife and I stayed at the RIU Bamboo from Oct 3-10. Upon checkin the lady at the counter tried to convince us that our room was among the farthest from the beach and lobby and tried to sell us on an upgrade for an additional fee. We spent an hour looking at upgraded rooms only to find that the room she was showing us was already occupied. We ended up keeping our initial room and it was perfect. It was in a secluded part of the resort with its own pool and next to the Spanish a la carte restaurant. Not sure if the try to sell upgrades to many visitors but I suggest looking at your room first. They are recently renovated and very spacious with all the amenities that you need. The rooms are extremely clean however I think the cleaning ladies throw all the debris in the hallway and stairs. They were really dirty and not cleaned all week.The buffet restaurant Colonial offered a good variety of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The a la carte restaurants however were a huge disappointment. They advise that these restaurants are unlimited however if you want to eat there you must line up between 6:00 and 6:15 otherwise the restaurant is full for the evening. The Spanish was ok, the Italian and Steakhouse were good but wine drinkers beware. It is the same wine all over the resort and it is really bad (red, white and rose) and they do not offer a wine list to buy some. So it is their crummy wine or nothing.There are several pools with lots of shade and chairs. Same for the beach. No need to get up at the crack of dawn to get a chair. The beach is beautiful and you can walk for miles in either direction. The drinks at the bars were pretty bad as well. There are liquor dispensers in the room with soft drinks in the fridge so I ended up making my own drinks before going to the beach. If you are a beer drinker you'll be happy, it is really good.All in all it is a nice resort with a few minor things that I think they can improve on but still a good choice to spend a week in the sun. Personally I will probably choose one of the RIU Palaces, it is worth the additional cost.

  • Kristine F :
Vacation

I stayed at the riu bambu for my 2 week holiday. Had a lovely time. The staff are so friendly and really goes out of their way to make your stay pleasant. The buffet has a large variety of food and they got many diffrent kinds of juice, fizzy and alcoholic bevereges.The only thing that drags down is alot of the meat, specially the beef was always dry. But the chicken was always perfect. And with so many coconut trees around, i missed having coconut on the fruit table at the buffet. The cleaningstaff made sure the room was spotless everyday and i loved the pool area and the beach.And having caribbean street with all the little shops for suvenirs was great ☺️ all in all i had a really plesent stay 👍🏻

  • Jan W : Filey, United Kingdom
Beautiful area

Not the hotel I would stay at againFirst room we had was damp and really could smell it very small twin room, we asked for an upgrade which we got it was much better and glad to say they didn’t charge us the extra £100. My sister and I thought the food was mostly very good and lots of English food for children which is great for families.The staff are very friendly and hard working . The area was beautiful and we loved the beach and the trips which were arranged by the hotel. I would say it would be ideal for families with young children as they is lots of things happening for them.

  • Mike C :
Don't do it !!

I have never been so motivated to write a review about any other hotel that I have visited. Like you I'm sure , before booking we viewed reviews about the hotel that ranged from good to terrible , but we decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. We most definitely wish we had gone somewhere else !!On day three of our fourteen day holiday , my partner and I became ill , with stomach cramps and violent diarrhea , which lasted six days. It became evident pretty quickly , despite denials from our holiday rep , that a great deal of other guests were suffering from similar conditions.I am no food hygiene expert , but our experiences included cold rice , pork , vegetables etc , which were left at serving stations to be consumed by the poor unsuspecting guests. We personally were also served uncooked chicken portions, hamburgers and steaks that a good vet could have revived. Poor cleanliness on cutlery and marked and dirty dinnerware. To air on the side of caution , we took three boxes of imodium with us on our holiday. They were all used before we returned - my recommendation is to take at least six.We booked this trip through Tui , and if you are unfortunate enough to have to deal with " Judy" , based at this hotel , I wish you the best of luck. From our experience , her attention and concern was non- existent , save for the time that she was selling us a trip and therefore earning commision , I suspect.If you proceed with choosing this hotel , I sincerely hope your experiences are better than ours ! We have stayed at Riu resorts previously and have found them far superior to this hotel. I am at a loss at it's 4 star rating !!

  • johnyroh : Birmingham, United Kingdom
Just returned from 14 nights

This hotel was lovely brilliant holiday all staff including bar. Cleaner, entertainment was absolutely great my room was done everyday fridge was refilled every day hotel staff was very friendly and helpful the a LA carta meals was superb me and my family would recommended this hotel and would be returning thank you so much rui bamboo punts can't a for a fantastic holiday experience Mrs y Johnstone

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
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  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily (buffet & made to order food stations)
  • A la carte dinner at Italian Caribe Grill & Steakhouse (dress code and reservations required)
  • Pizzeria snacks & domestic drinks 24 hours a day (incl. house wine with dinner)
  • Day & night tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Games room
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba lesson in pool
  • Free access to Splash Water World in the Riu complex
  • Gym
  • Entrance to casino at Riu Palace (drinks extra)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to Pacha disco (drinks extra)
  • 560 bungalow-style guestrooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars including Swim-up bar
  • 2 pools, and 1 for kids
  • Tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
  • Water sports centre
  • Boutique and shops
  • Massage services (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical services on call 24 hrs (fee)
  • Golf nearby

Guest Rooms include:

  • 2 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Stocked mini-bar
  • In-room safe
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Full Bathroom
  • Hairdryer

Kids Deal - Kids 12 and under stay and eat free when sharing with 2 adults. Max 2 kids. Limited availability.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy the Kids' Mini-club and supervised programs.

Stay at 1, Play at 3 - Receive full exchange privileges at Riu Taino and Riu Naiboa. Dinner restaurants excluded.

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.

Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for details.

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 Bambu
    Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

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ClubHotel Riu Bambu
Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 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.

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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.

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