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
  • davewarnard : Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
Very pleased with hotel

We were a family of 8 with 4 teenagers (13-17) We arrived after reading some feedback on here with some trepidation.However I'm pleased to say these worries were completely unnecessary, we loved everything. The hotel staff were lovely, the restaurant food was great as well as there being plenty of dining options elsewhere. The pools were big and clean with different pools catering for different needs i.e party pools, quieter pools, children pools etc. Our rooms were pretty basic but definatly adequate, they were always clean and our fridges stocked regularly.Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Punta Cana.

  • Jessica Y : Leeds
Fantastic holiday!

Just returned from two weeks at the RIU Bambu and we absolutely loved our time here. Our room was a renovated room and was kept clean throughout our whole stay. The maid did a brilliant job at ensuring our towels and bedding got changed regularly and our mini bar was always full. The layout of the hotel is brilliant. Everything is close together and easy to find. We visited the water park on a number of occasions and thought it was a brilliant extra to our holiday. The Caribbean street is also great for purchasing any souvenirs. The buffet offers a wide range of food to suit all. The only problem we experienced was with the A La Carts, they do not take reservations so you have to go at 6 and que to put your name down. We ended up waiting 2 and a half hours one night. Everyday the entertainment team worked incredibly hard. I especially loved the crazy games through the day, they had everyone is hysterics. The shows on an evening are also really good. We loved the Michael Jackson show. The reason we have rated the hotel excellent was due to the staff and how helpful they were. Whilst on holiday my partner had his phone and wallet stolen on an excursion. The staff put us at ease and assisted us in sorting this issue by giving us more hotel keys and towel cards. The Thomson rep Judi, who works in the hotel, helped us in reporting the incident to the police. We absolutely loved our two week stay and already can't wait to return to the RIU Bambu.

  • norniron23 : belfast
Really disappointing stay

Two of us stayed in a "deluxe" room and it was anything but. On arrival there is no team to greet you; a bellboy will grab your bag and you are directed to he chaotic check in desk. You are given a form to fill in and an envelope with 2 room key cards and 2 towel cards. What they don't tell you ever is that if you lose any of these you have to pay $20. The "deluxe" room is ridiculously far away from the reception/bars/restaurants. It was also right beside a very busy road which means we could hear every car and truck that passed. The sound insulation in the room awful. You really can hear everything going on including staff shouting on radios, holiday makers arguing, traffic and anything making any noise at all. On arrival to our room we found a blocked, flooding toilet. It took 3 trips to reception and 36 hours before anyone bothered to do anything about it meaning we had to take a long walk to reception every time we needed to use the bathroom, pretty inconvenient during the night! The minibar is not restocked every 2 days as advertised, ours was not topped up until day 9. When we asked for some more soft drinks we were told we had to "make it last". There was also a mosquito in one of the optics. The fire alarm in our room flashed continuously for 2 weeks and really disturbs your sleep. The fire alarm went off 3 times during our stay. Wifi in the room is pretty poor. After paying extra for a deluxe room I expected better than occasional reliable access. Between 4pm and 9pm you can't even update basics like Facebook/twitter unless you pay an extra $10 per day. The pool areas are nice but get incredibly rowdy during the days, no real chance of a relaxing lay by the pool. There are kids running riot in every pool so no adults only area. Really disappointing as the kids really have no one controlling them. The food in the main restaurant is standard buffet stuff including some raw chicken. We tried several "a la crate" restaurants, none were particularly good. Several were just buffet places with a main served to you. After eating at the steak restaurant I was really ill and I'm still recovering after over 2 weeks. The beach is really pretty and great for early morning/late evening walks. The hotel grounds are nice too and well maintained. The shower in the room was great and the room was cleaned daily. This was about the only positive about the room. Overall I enjoyed my time but not because of the hotel, in face it seems the hotel did its best to ruin it. We made our own fun. This place is no where near a 5 star rating.

  • jaquiesilva : New Bedford, Massachusetts
Great beach and nice staff

The resort is a moderate hotel on a beautiful beach. I have stayed at others Riu most recently the Riu palace punta cana. What a difference I have to stay. I knew when I booked it was not going to be as nice as the Palace. However I am a bit of a foodie. The bamboo pretty much has specialty restaurants but are buffet. The palace has Alacarte restaurants which I like I need a break from the buffet. If you are ok with buffet then you will be fine. The food was decent though.

  • Waldo D :
Worse experience ever !!!!

I would never recommend this hotel to any of my friends, unless I want them to be dissatisfied and spent an unpleasant time throughout there vacation stay. The food was low quality as well as most of the services offered.

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

  • 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.

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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