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Rooms at RIU Palace Punta Cana

Room at RIU Palace Photo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

All rooms at the RIU Palace Punta Cana are junior suites - the resort has 7 four-story buildings in the shape of a horseshoe overlooking pools and fountains. The architecture is "palatial" - All rooms have balconies with padded chairs, a small table and a built-in clothes drying rack. The marble bathrooms have a deep Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, a powerful hair dryer and magnifying make-up mirror. The double closet houses a safe with a heavy old-fashioned lock and the key is on a rope chain. The one and only key to the room is also bulky to carry around. More storage is available in the living room dresser that also doubles as the TV stand.

The king size bed is comfortable but not "plush" as has been the trend for the past few years in name brand hotels throughout the US. The carved black wood furniture adds formality to the decor. A small bar area has a mini fridge stocked daily with sodas, beer and a gallon size water jug. A liquor dispenser has bottles of Stoli Vodka, Gordon's Gin, Brugal Rum and Brandy.

Plenty of towels but no face cloths - a dispenser of generic soap/shampoo in the shower and small bottles of lotion are replaced as needed during the twice daily room service - but no air conditioner. All is kept very clean - even the balcony is washed down daily - and the maids decorate your bed or bathroom with towel art and flowers daily. We did leave tips and small gifts and they were appreciative.

If you can afford to splurge, there are a few minisuites available - these are corner rooms located on each floor in the turrets. They are very spacious with an oversized living room, walk-in closet, small bar area - step up to a king size bed and a very large bathroom with separate shower - a large Jacuzzi tub - like a small pool that opens into the bedroom from the bathroom and is framed with marble pillars. The wrap around deck is very large and is accessed trough the sliding door in the living room.

For a really special occasion - reserve the minisuite on the 4th floor of the turrets and you'll find a winding staircase on your balcony leading up to a gazebo area with your own outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the lush grounds and fountains... Really, really special!

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