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ClubHotel Riu Bambu
Ranked #75 of 112 Hotels in Punta Cana
Reviewed 15 January 2012

So my review is a little late as we stayed at the Riu Bambu last March 2011. We were so impressed by it that we have decided to go back again this March. the staff was excellent, food delicious and drinks a plenty. Yes he pool bar is small but you have no problem getting a cocktail. the only thing lacking at the resort is a beach bar. It sure would be nice to have that, but oh well you need to walk those calories off.

The beach was excellent! Always clean, lounge chairs available and plenty of places for those who want shade or sun!.

The rooms were spacious and spotless. Fridge stocked with beer, water and soda. Never ran out of hot water!!!

All and all....Don't believe what people say about this resort......you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

After reading some previous reviews we had some concerns but these concerns were totally unfounded. No problems at check-in, rooms large, comfortable, spotlessly clean and mini-bar fully stocked. Shower over bath, good pressure and never experienced problems re water running cold. Yes, the pool is small but who cares when the beach is right on your door step running for miles in both directions. However, word of caution, if you do decide to go on a long walk along the beach make sure you pin point where your hotel is, very easy to walk by it as so many of the hotels look the same from the beach!! Food could not be faulted, New Year was, as much as you could eat, lobster, king prawns, caviar, rib-eye steaks and so much more. Staff very helpful, Animation Team worked hard and very professional. All-in-all an excellent holiday but would note that there is no need to take local currency, all $ notes and possibly £5/10/20 notes (English) is all that you will need. The local shops in the resort will not barter, indeed shop staff appear rude and care little if you buy or not.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

Dont' be put off by the bad reviews. Not my favourite hotel but good basic and clean. The staff are great and really friendly and helpful. We were dissapointed with the pool. The photo's are very deceiving the smallest pool I have seen in my life. The picture of the ones with the sunbeds in it is the kiddies pool so very noisy. The other pool was very small. Disappointing that we couldn't use the other hotels which it states you can, apparently they have stopped it now and you can only use the one your booked into now. Overall a good hotel if you can get it cheap enough haggle with the prices and get a good deal like we did.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the bars & restaurants are good we were in 3312 which was a walk but very quiet...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Catherine35
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Chris Rock is the best!!! We had so much fun and evrything was nice. One thing they can improve is the bedding (not bad but it can be better). You must try everyday Soup... muy rico!!

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

I travelled to the Bambu from the 14th - 28th December 2011 with my children aged 15,12 and 11. We had the most amazing time and can't wait to go back.We had 1 full day of rain and it did rain most nights but the weather was a good 85 every day. Let me start by saying that I am anal when I go on holiday. I go armed with anti bacterial wipes and disposable gloves....sad I know....but I didn't need to use them here!!! The room was cleaned spotlessly every day and the hotel grounds were full of people cleaning all day. The pool area was immaculate. Drinks were never watered down and sometimes were actually so strong I couldn't drink them! My children did the para sailing ,kayaking and had a go on the body boards. The beach is stunning. I don't do sand but this was like talcum powder and again immaculate. The food does get a bit repetitive but we never went hungry. One night we sneaked into the Palace next door for dinner and their food was amazing but it was full of stuffy old people looking down their nose at anyone that had children enjoying themselves.The Bambu is far more relaxed and fun. You don't have to tip because the service is excellent anyway but we like to reward good service and the staff were always grateful (they work long hours for pretty pants pay). We did go on a day trip to Saona Island which was just like paradise. It's a long old day but well worth it. By the end of our second week we were feeling a bit trapped so we got a cab to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. The service was rubbish but it was sooooo good to eat some junk! There is also a shopping centre which has Armani and Tommy Hilfiger shops to name but a few. We asked the hotel to order our cab and it arrived in seconds and we arranged for the same guy to collect us. Transfers were smooth and easy as was our departure from the DR. The pools are plenty big enough (despite what the moaning minnies say) but you do have to get your towels down early to get a good 'pitch' by the pool. If you prefer the beach there are always plenty of sunbeds.Some people from other countries were very rude and arrogant and liked to move their sunbeds so they were blocking the path and nearly on top of your sunbed...no idea of personal space.If you smoke anything other than Marlboro take cigarettes with you! They are very expensive to buy in the hotel shop. Once you have entered the Riu complex (through a barrier and armed guards) you are very safe. There are people on the beach and around the pool that will try to sell you stuff but just tell them 'No thank you' and they will smile and walk away. At the end of the day if there was something to complain about I would tell you now....but the only people that seem to be complaining are whingers who should just stay at home. (Really who gets on their hands and knees to find mould on the bed and take photos of it)? Honestly the Bambu is not a Platinum or 5 star as advertised because when you compare it with the other Riu next door it is a hell of a lot less superior but for us it was ideal as we had a relaxing family holiday without the snobs and will be going back once we've saved up! Please feel free to mail me if you want to know anything at all!

Room Tip: We were on the ground floor in a family room. (0603) It was very quiet and about 1 minute from recep...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Address: | Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#64 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#69 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
#69 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range: RM645 - RM1,613 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ClubHotel Riu Bambu 3.5*
Number of rooms: 740
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located in Punta Cana * Situated on Arena Gorda Beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Within the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino and Riu Naiboa hotels * Main building and 1-story bungalow complex * Surrounded by 46,000 m2 / 50,300 sq. Yards of palm groves, adjacent to the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higley * 600 m / 1,980 ft. From Caribbean Street * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more   less 
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