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Riu Republica (Adults-Only)

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Customer Rating 106 Reviews
Value
 
3.9
Service
 
3.8
Beaches & Pools
 
4.3
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
3.9
3.7 out of 5
"this place is nice, very small, food was not that great, staff did not speak English good, but it still was a nice place." – keonasummer2016
85 out of 120 (71%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
1 of 2 pools (the quieter one) Fun at the beach Beautiful View Pool Bar Riu Republica Beach Honeymoon :-) A drink for every hand! Courtyard View reception waiting area Great Place

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September 9, 2016
5 Stars All Around

My boyfriend and I purchased this vacation 5 days 4 nights 3 months prior to the resort opening. The resort is amazing. Bartenders, entertainment, cleaning services etc all amazing and very attentive. If you give a tip to your bartender, they'll treat you amazingly. Most of these employees work solely off tips so tip them 2/3 bucks here and there. I can't saying anything bad about this resort. The entertainment is amazing. The staff is beyond friendly. The pools are super clean. The buffet is always different and never packed out. I would stay here again if I ever came back to Punta Cana.


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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From: New York New York
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

July 28, 2016
Pretty good deal overall

First I have to say that this was my family's first out of country excursion and our first time to an all inclusive resort so I don't have much to compare to other than hotels along the shore in the Northeast US. I thought the resort was pretty good and my group of 6 was pleased. We stayed from July 17th - 23rd. RESORT - The staff at the front lobby were good. They got us in our rooms within an hour of arriving at 2:00 PM. Most spoke pretty good English. Bartenders and servers were fine. There were people cleaning common areas all the time. Tile and stone work throughout was beautiful. The room was awesome and cleaned daily. Some reviews mentioned the firm mattresses, which they were, but we all slept just fine. Fridge was stocked every 2 days. The landscape is not fully matured yet due to the newness of the facility but palm trees and tropical plants everywhere. BEACH - The beach was large enough to hold about 150 handmade tropical looking umbrellas and lounge chairs and there was still plenty of room for beach activities. I can't say that for many of the adjacent resorts which we looked at from the beach. The beach was cleaned every morning by resort workers. The ocean was warm, clean and beautiful, Some sea weed but not enough to be an issue. To get a shade umbrella you have to go out before 9:00 AM, or leave towels on chairs all night, which unfortunately many people did. POOLS - The pools were nice and you have access to 2 of the 3. The quiet pool and the party pool. The party pool has the bar and swim up bar. Only issue with the pools was the water temp which was in the 90's so it was hotter in the pool than standing in the sun. They need to find a way to cool these pools off so they are somewhat refreshing. If you can afford the VIP reservations then you get your own pool with dedicated pool bar. EATERIES - The main buffet was good, offering a wide variety of foods and it had an indoor seating area with air conditioning or an covered outdoor seating area. We used the outdoor seating area because it was never too hot and we just preferred being outside. It's also adjacent to the pool. There are 3 specialty restaurants, Italian, Asian and Steak. We ate three times at the Italian restaurant, we like that on the best. The steak at the steak restaurant wasn't good but it had excellent chicken Caesar salads and mozzarella sticks. I have the ribs and they were good. It's the only one with full service. We didn't try the Asian. You have to make reservations for all so do that when you first get there. Mike and dairy products are non existent for some reason so they don't have milk for cereal or cream cheese for bagels. They did provide warm milk for coffee. CHEAP CARRIBEAN - Everything we were suppose to get we got. Transfers to and from the resort were handled by Amstar. They're like a subcontractor. My only complaint about our reservations was that our seat assignments for the flight home were changed and my wife and I had to sit in separate rows. Not sure how this happened since we had assigned seats before the trip started. We didn't have time to try to change. AIRPORT - Arrival was fine, no issues. Departure was a nightmare. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 2:40 PM so maybe that is peak time, I don't know. We allowed 2 hours and 30 minutes for check-in, security, customs, etc. and we barely made our flight. The big problem was checking in with the airline (AA). That took at least 90 minutes. EXCURSIONS - We only did the Reef Explorer 1/2 day trip which is basically a snorkeling trip at a coral reef with beautiful fish everywhere. We really liked this trip but it was pricey. Oh yea, we also took a van to what we thought was a shopping center. Well it turned out to be a small strip mall with 2 small shops. They had a better variety than the gift shop at Riu but the prices were very high. OVERALL - We had a very nice experience, especially considering the price, and I would definitely go there again. Would probably schedule my return flight home for early morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the mid day rush. Since we sat around in the room for 2 hours in the morning with nothing to do I would pick an early morning departure. Also, we had no problems with food poisoning or diarrhea as mentioned in some reviews. Not until we got home but that could have been from the airline food/drinks.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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From: Brick, NJ (USA)
Age: 55-64

September 1, 2016
Good Fun

This hotel was pretty good, the only complaints I had was that the beach was hidden by the high sand dunes, these need to be flattened unless it it there for ecological reasons. The food at the speciality restaurants need major improvements, the buffet was great. Most employees at the hotel do not speak English! this made communication challenging. The hotel itself is great and the service otherwise was good. The hotel was clean and comfortable, drinks in the room, bottled water, rooms cleaned very early so it was nice to come back to in the afternoon. Leave tips for the housecleaning. They left hibiscus petals in the bathroom which was a nice touch. The entertainment was good by the pools, on the weekend there was foam and balloons which made it feel like it was Spring break, but that was only on the weekend! Lots of music by the pools bar to keep you energized, if you want more quiet you can go to the other pool it does not have a swim up bar but they do come and serve drinks so that is nice. Would like to see better shade with the umbrellas, it does not really protect you from the heat. Overall a great experience, I would recommend this place. I was hesitant about going after reading the reviews but it was good. I am very picky and there was not anything major to complain about. take the outback safari tour!


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
2.0
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4.0
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From: florida
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

October 23, 2016
Overall Very Good

Overall, our week's stay was very good. The staff was friendly and courteous. The room was nice. Service was very good. The beach was beautiful and excellent for long walks. We enjoy good wine and that was the biggest disappointment. The resort's choice of wine was "undrinkable". They used a local Dominican Republic winery. The specialty restaurants give an option to purchase better quality wines which we did. But, at best, those wines were mediocre. Last year, we stayed at the Riu Macao and the wine and drinks were superior. I'm guessing that the Riu chain may be starting to cut corners.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
2.0
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4.0
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From: Morristown, NJ
Age: 55-64

August 1, 2016
Great Hotel

I just got back from this hotel today and I couldn't be happier with my stay. Clean hotel. The staff was friendly. The beach and pool were fantastic. The music at the pool area was great. That being said the entertainment was too notch. I stayed for a week with 8 other family members and friends and each one of us was very impressed. No complaints at all. I highly recommend taking a trip to this resort. You won't regret it.


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
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5.0
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From: New Jersey
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

October 13, 2016
Overall a great trip to the DR!

We have been to multiple AI resorts throughout the years, and this would fall somewhere in the middle. RIU describing the property as a 5 star resort is a bit of a stretch, but overall we had a lot of fun. No issues with communication or anyone in our party getting sick as stated in many reviews. I will try to describe our experience below: PRO: Smaller resort, so no tram is needed for transportation on the resort Beach was beautiful with plenty of chairs Never a problem getting chairs at pool around 9am and loungers in the water were usually open Entertainment crew did a good job of getting everyone involved (Gucci and Panda were the best!) Buffet constantly changed with many great offerings for bfast, lunch & dinner Room was clean with large shower and double vanity sink in bathroom No reservations for dinner but received pager that worked throughout resort when table was ready Sports bar had playoffs on and was very popular in afternoons Beach party at night was a lot of fun Quick check-in / check-out process CON: Room smelled like smoke very bad Large waves on ocean so lounging in the ocean was not really an option for most Huge dune between resort and ocean really obstructed views from entire property (cut-out to walk through) Specialty restaurants were mostly buffet style with similar offerings Music at the pool was mostly in Spanish, so hard to enjoy it after a while No assistance upon arrival, just dropped off with bags and had to figure it out as we went Elevator by our room was out of service for over half of our trip Nightly shows at the outdoor theater were very repetitive No beach service so it was a good trek to get a drink when on the beach Few waters at the pool and line at pool bar got backed up pretty quickly Resort was very modern and a bit stark Transportation was booked through AMSTAR (at the time of booking trip) but took a long time to leave the airport. We waited about an hour after we got to their representatives as they kept waiting for other flights and other resorts to fill the bus. Then they wanted us to sit through a sales pitch the first day there, just to claim a return time to the airport. When we refused the timeshare like pitch for excursions (which was over an hour) the AMSTAR reps became rude and very short. It took three more attempts to get a time to meet the bus back to the airport at the conclusion of the trip. This was the most frustrating part of the entire trip. For our party, these were minor inconveniences. Overall, we had a great time, especially for the price. Tips were definitely appreciated and service got much better after a couple of bucks. I would recommend the resort to someone looking to just relax but not to someone looking to be constantly entertained.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
3.0
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From: IL
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

January 3, 2017
Awesome

My husband and I had a awesome time at Rui Republica. I must say before our vacation I was reading the reviews and was a little reluctant of some of the reviews but I soon found out that you just can't please everyone. The rooms were very big and stayed clean with fresh towels daily. The staff was very pleasant and went out there way to make you feel special. The food was wonderful. The buffet the Italian restaurant and the steak restaurant was so delicious. We really had a nice time and can't wait to go back this year sometime.


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Overall Rating: 5
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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From: Slidell,La
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

January 12, 2017
Trip on first week of Jan 2017

It was quick and easy to book, when I had a question my call was answered quick with almost no wait time. The resort was great, well maintained, pools were clean, beach was spotless, nice fine sand like you might not expect being on the border of the Atlantic. Waves were big which I love, but could tell a lot of people didn't go in the water because of it. The only thing that would of make it better would be a sit down order by menu option for dining as all the food was al le carte. Buffet style. But don't eat to much because the deserts are awesome. Definitely buy the taxi pickup and drop off. from and to the airport. The " free" trip to town was just a shuttle to one gift shop sponsored by the hotels. That being sad there was a lot more stuff there than in Hotel gift shop. We took one excursion snorkeling and boat ride which was very well done. I just kinda wished they would have opened the boat up a little because it looked like it could go fast. Adult only is the only way to go, the only down side is you tend to see how old you are because you question " are they an adult" The weather was 80-85 everyday, 97 percent sunny, lots of daylight as well which was great for us coming from the north. STOP READING AND JUST GO !! Everything will be just where you left it when you get back..


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
5.0
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5.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
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5.0
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From: Green Bay , WI
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

February 26, 2017
Fun week

Very beautiful resort! The rooms are very nice with liquor bottles, beer, and mixers. They only restock the fridge every other day , but you can request more. Oversize shower for 2 adults to soap and have some fun! Double sinks too. We had a king bed with a sofa and coffee table as well. Th balcony is good sized and has a towel rack to hand your wet stuff. The only negative about the rooms, is that the doors slam very hard and make a loud noise. It echos down the halls and you can hear doors all night- if people are not courteous enough to not let them slam. excellent band and entertainment every night. Plan to eat later and then go right out to the stage area for after dinner drinks and the show. Food is excellent. Whether it is the buffet or a-la-cart, you will find something yummy. Definitely do the Asian restaurant! Pool is awesome- swim up bars and activities. The "Fun" group keeps things going with mini golf, dancing lessons,water aerobics, volleyball, and sing a-longs. The music keeps everyone singing and dancing n the pool as well as the drinks! Booked an excursion to Soma Island .Do it -it is awesome-but please book with your Amstar rep when you get there. They are awesome !

Fun week Fun week
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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
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From: Peabody, Ma
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 26, 2016
Great new resort but issues in the kitchen

Great new resort. Great rooms beach and pools. Unfortunately many people including us got food poisoning and left early. Ruined our vacation. You can't enjoy the beach and pools when you are throwing up and running to the toilet. It's a new resort so hopefully they get things fixed. No beach service and no room service either. Even if no food issues this resort is a 3.5 star since the only food you can get after 10 pm is a hotdog or burger warmed up in a microwave in the sports bar.


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Overall Rating: 3
Value
 
3.0
Service
 
3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
2.0
Room Comfort
 
5.0
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From: Chicago
Age: 35-44