a traveler from Travelocity.com
on October 30, 2007
My husband and I went here after staying a few nights a Barcelo Punta Cana (very nice - same price), and our RCI Resort - Occidental Grand Flamenco (Superb). We were disgusted with the pool it smelled like beer, we couldn't swim up to the bar, all of the teenagers took over the bar from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Our room was okay, but would definately upgrade if I were you if you care to stay here. All of the guests were from Germany, France, Netherlands, Holland, and Cuba. Nobody spoke english. We found 1 couple after 5 days who spoke english from the US. The staff doesn't try to accommodate us not speaking spanish and disregards what we say or ask. The shows were horrible. They are all want-to-be stars and have a long way to go until they get it together. The bars are smokey, the restaurants are smokey, they had just a few restaurants we could go to. The steakhouse was the best. The Mexican was authentic, but too much for my stomach. The Italian wasn't really Italian??? Our room was next to the bottling room where they changed the refrigerators every day and all we could here was clinking of bottles and NO sleep. If you stay at Rui, upgrate to the Palace. We walked over there and snuck in. Naimbio was horrible too. It was just a place for teenage buddies to go and party for cheap for the weekend. Body Piercings, drugs sales, weird colored hair, tatoos galore. It was a DIVE. My husband and I wished now we stayed at Riu Palace and paid the extra $65 per night. It would have been worth it . . . or stay at a different resort. The staff didn't speak english.
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