******REVIEWS FROM OUR VALUED CLIENTS******
The flights: Although listed as
a direct flight, the departure made a stop in Orlando for fuel. Everyone was surprised and made us about 30 minutes late.
Rtn was fine.
Transfers: Van for 6 and it was fine.
Beach: It's Punta
Cana... it was great.
Pool: Disappointing...didn't feel inviting. But turns out a new pool is
part of a major renovation. We went to the Riu Bambu pool.
Service: Somewhat disheartening...
while service was mostly good, all the workers were sharing their soon to be layoff as hotel scheduled to close today 4/17/12
for 3 months for a major remodeling. All mentioned "no mas trabajo" (no more work) as they served.
It was good. But disappointing that the Japanese specialty restaurant closed the night before we got there. Then mid-week
the Krystal closed... leaving only the steak house and the buffet. Luckily the Buffet service was excellent.
definitely in need of remodeling.
Entertainment: very disappointed. Again, went to the Riu Bambu
Would you return: probably not to that hotel, the Riu Palace bavaro or Riu Palace
Punta Cana looked cleaner. Though I must admit because of the upcoming remodeling... the hotel was almost empty (and emptier
as the week went on). It was nice having that peace & quiet while the other resorts were packed.
you recommend this resort? Knowing what I know now, would NOT have recommended this hotel as currently modeled, but
after the remodel it should be better, so maybe later in the fall. But for now, it was definitely not as nice as the Palace
Punta Cana, Palace Bavaro or even the Club Riu Bambu.
How did you find our service? You guys are
Are you satisfied with the service provided and received?
You guys are great.
Would you recommend our service to your family or friends? Always do!
Any additional comments: Just that the hotel closing really affected the environment, the feel to the vacay...
kind of like a little sadness from all the resort workers. Definitely affected all the tourists.
A few pictures
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Client Review : Riu Palace Macao! (08/06/10-7nts)
Thank you for the ‘welcome back’ message, and the opportunity to provide feedback. Karen and
I had a great time, got some rest & relaxation, and great tans. I could have easily stayed another week.
provided my comments below on the specific areas you requested.
FLIGHTS. Our flights were generally
fine, as they left and returned on schedule. Aircraft was adequate, and service was acceptable. I travel frequently for business,
and I have seen both ends of the spectrum in terms of flight comfort and service. These flights were on par with the average-to-good
TRANSFERS. From the airport to the hotel, we were transported very efficiently on a large, comfortable
bus with air conditioning and an entertaining agent that “welcomed” us to Punta Cana for 30-minutes straight.
It was quite entertaining, and well done. The transfer from the hotel back to the airport was a bit different; a mini-van
arrived at our hotel about 80 minutes behind the scheduled pick-up time. The mini-van was packed to capacity. Late and uncomfortable.....
BEACH. Absolutely wonderful and gorgeous. We soaked up the sun on the beach 5 to 6 hours every day. Wish
I was there now! Water was warm and clean. Occasionally a guy would come sliding down the beach, pulling a wheelbarrow of
coconuts, with a machete hanging from his waist. Fresh coconut milk through a straw right from the nut, on the beach....aaaahhh!
POOL. The pool was nice. Not very big, but adequate. We didn’t spend much time in this area (mostly
used it as a foot-path between the hotel and beach!)SERVICE. For the most part, very attentive and prompt. Especially at dinner.
The wait staff at the Riu Palace Macao gets a “thumbs up” from me. The maintenance staff, on the other hand, gets
two “thumbs down”. Explanation below in my review of our room.
FOOD. YUMMERTIME! The food
at the Riu Palace was well above our expectations going in. The buffet restaurant had a wide variety of salads, fresh fish
and shellfish, Italian pastas and pizzas, casseroles, and desserts every night. The a la carte restaurants had delicious food
as well; although the “pace” of the meal was sometimes too slow, and the portion sizes were occasionally too small.
However, presentation and flavor were well above average and exceeded our expectations. As an aside, the coffee in the Dominican
Republic is the best I’ve ever had. And I consider myself a seasoned coffee connoisseur, having not missed a day in
24 years now.
ROOMS. Our room at the Riu Palace Macao was nice....high, cathedral ceiling with a mirror,
large closet for clothing, a safe for valuables, a television, and private balcony. However, our air conditioner was broken
when we arrived. I spoke to the Front Desk on day 1. On day 2, I again spoke to the Front Desk. On day 3, I went to the Front
Desk three times to ask for service. After 5 requests, they finally sent a maintenance technician to our room. Within 15 minutes,
he had the A/C repaired and the room began cooling off. But for the first 3 days of our trip, our room was unbearably hot
and humid, and it took FIVE trips to the Front Desk to request service, which was a 15-minute job. Furthermore, the hotel
shut off water to ALL of the rooms several times throughout the week. Often the water was shut-off for hours, during the late
afternoon/early evening periods, when folks are typically returning from the beach to prepare for dinner. I don’t have
enough information to determine if these issues are “typical” of the Riu Palace Macao due to the age of the facility
and/or lack of preventive maintenance, OR if the issues we experienced were an anomaly and uncharacteristic of this property.
ENTERTAINMENT. Again, exceeded our expectations! The nightly “shows” after dinner were great!
It’s not the type of entertainment that we “typically” go for, but we found ourselves looking forward to
the evening “show” every night at dinner time. The folks working at the resort do a great job and make it fun.
The casino at the Riu Palace Macao is privately-owned (i.e., not owned or operated by Riu). The poker game there is a “chop
game”....in other words, it cannot be beat because it is crooked. I witnessed many forms of cheating and rule-breaking,
both by the players and the dealers. And I’m convinced the dealers are “mechanics” (they shuffle by hand,
rather than using recessed automatic shufflers). I have been playing live poker regularly for well over a decade, and these
questionable practices are quite easy to identify. Needless to say, after a few hours at this poker table, they had lost my
“business” for the remainder of the week
WOULD YOU RETURN: Yes!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS RESORT:
Yes, with caveats
Absolutely, we will continue and already have recommended your service and agency to our friends and
Punta Cana/Dominican Republic provides great value relative to the price for a Caribbean beach vacation.
Bob & Karen
Hi Marcy, Frank & Karin,
you so much for the time you put into getting my trip together. The Riu Palace Macao was wonderful! As you know,I just
came back from Sans Souci in Jamaica, so my standards are set WAY HIGH now. Everything went smoothly getting down there.
Hotel check-in was great. I asked if we had a nice room and the
manager said if we had any problems at all to call right down. I mentioned that it was Blake's birthday on Saturday and they
assured us that we would receive a bottle of champagne on his birthday and said they "never forget" and they
didn't! The champagne also came with a little crafty gift with the words Riu Palace Macao on it and a great note
from the manager wishing Blake happy birthday. Blake really was touched! When we went down to thank them for remembering,
they said they would send another bottle up that evening and they did.
hotel room was nicely appointed and pretty big. We were on the 3rd floor which is the top floor and had a beautiful cathedral
ceiling with a huge mirror set sideways on the ceiling. That really gave the room openness. We loved the minibar frig.
The beach was fantastic. It was so nice to see waves in the Caribbean. No problem
finding chairs at the beach or pool. Food was great. I really enjoyed it. It got a little crowded at the buffet lines and
some travelers from other countries don't quite get the "there's a line" concept. The drinks were wonderful
and plentiful and we loved the bartenders in the lobby bar. The language barrier was a lot easier than I thought it
would be. All in all, a perfect trip.
I look forward to
working with you all again, when I start to plan our next trip.
Dear Frank and Marcy,
The Riu Palace Macao was very nice. Thank you for your recommendation.
We encountered no problems with our flight or at the hotel the service was above expectation. In the future, we
will use your services again it was one of the best we have ever used. Please keep us in mind for any future trips
you would recommend. You guys always know the best deals!
& A (Pittsburgh)
We had a wonderful time at the Riu Palace
Macao. Just what we needed! Thanks for listening to what we were looking for in our vacation - you hit the nail
on the head! We did not do anything but relax and had a ball with Lucas. Everyone was so friendly. Lucas
learned how to wave while he was there. Everyone everywhere we went all we heard was Lucas, Hola Lucas, Luca, etc.
He was just loving it!
We plan on going back. We thought the food was fine. The second thing
in common with all of them was the difference in the pool. My only complaint was that the pool was 4 foot 11 inches
well I am only 5 foot 3. I had to play with Lucas in the kids pool as I could not hold him in the adult pool as I was
always on my tip toes. Tom could only hold him, he is 6 foot 2 so did not have any problems.
the rooms were fine. I think the best part about Riu are the people. Everyone was very helpful and very kind.
Also we loved that you get a taste of different people. People come from all over the world. It is not just American.
We met people from everywhere. It was great.
It was a great vacation and just what we wanted. Once again, you did a
wonderful job in helping us plan our vacation!
T & L (Chicago)