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Riu Merengue

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Location: North Coast Fax: E-Mail:
City: Puerto Plata Contact: Value for money: Excellent
Food: Excellent Decor: Excellent Service: Excellent
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This is day 1 of 15, to read the rest click onto the website below....

After a 10 hour plus flight, we landed in the afternoon around 5pm. First thing we noticed was how hot it was. We had already completed our tourist cards handed out on the plane, showed them and got our passports stamped. Sean managed not to pay his tax of 10 dollars, or perhaps Karolina mistakenly paid 10US Dollars to the counter staff who maybe thought it was a rather generous tip. Either way, we got through the airport quickly, picked up our bags and met the tour rep. A porter claimed our bags and carried them to our bus, lucky we had a few 1USD bills handy - everyone must make a living. The bus took us on the journey to our hotel, the five star Riu Merengue. Through the windows we saw Puerto Plata pass us by. Sugarcane fields, banana plantations, run down houses, lots of mopeds some laden with as many as four people, traffic constantly tooting and people seemingly just hanging around the streets.

We checked in quickly, there weren't too many other arrivals at the same time thankfully. We were handed a nice welcome drink and wandered off to find our room 1171. It took a while, even though we had some kind of map, but it would have been nice to have been shown to the room, as it was no longer daylight, but we found it. As soon as we got through the doors we poured ourselves a drink from the drinks dispenser. Cuba Libre (rum with coke) of course, since it's the national drink. We checked out the room, it seemed like everything was in order, complete with all the usuals you'd expect in a hotel room. We studied the drinks dispenser more fully. A litre bottle each of Whiskey, Brandy, Gin and of course the Rum. The sign stated that it was refilled every two days, so a generous allowance of one litre each per day seemed more than adequate. Underneath was a fridge with Beers, a gallon of water, tonics, sodas, and cokes. Soon our bags arrived and we tipped the carrier 1 US Dollar.

We got dressed up for dinner at 8.30pm but before dinner we couldn't resist the bar, so we had a few drinks at "La Rumba". At first it seems odd not having to use money at the bars, but you soon get the hang of it. At dinner in the La Roca restaurant we are allocated one of the nicest tables in the corner of the spacious dining room with a window letting in a gentle evening breeze, as well as the sound of the wildlife outside. We thought we got this really romantic table after showing some friendliness to Frank who took our reservation. We realised how friendly everyone was. The waiter, Tavares also made sure we were happy with everything, and he had to tell us he's not working this weekend. The food was really nice, they had so many different courses and there's no way we could try them all. They had also carved out figures like animals from fruit. Realising we had dinner at 1.30am Swedish time made it all a bit fun, but we didn't feel tired, we were too excited.

After dinner we explored Caribbean Street, although the shops were closed. We found a pool hall, free of course, and decided to have a game. Sean wanted to write that he won. Hehe. Found the beach on the way back and filled our shoes with sand. Tried to find our way back to the room, which proved difficult due to our unfamiliarity with the area, the drinks and tiredness but at last we managed, and sank ourselves into the giant beds of the hotel room.

Days 2-15

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Author E-Mail: [email protected] Review date: 02/20/2004

 

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My husband and I stayed at Riu Merengue
Feb. 2004. I was violently ill on the third day of a two week stay. Hard to believe almost 2 years later people are still getting sick.
The fist day of my illness was the worst. I was ill for three straight days. I was vomiting and had diarrhea. I did not feel like myself until 6 days later. If were to fly out of the DR on the first day I could not have done it. I couldn't walk 10 feet without needing a bathroom. As another person said I wouldn't go back if you paid my flight and accommodation! Several people we spoke to at the resort were ill too, but not as severely as I was. I felt bad for my husband who couldn't leave the room (except to eat) and took care of me for three straight days. It is too bad because the beach area was beautiful - lots of shade and chairs and the resort in itself was nice. The food was disappointing. I would not recommend staying at any of the Riu hotels.
Author: MDobbs Posted at 12:44 12/17/2006
We spent our honeymoon at this hotel from July 7-14 2003. It was beutiful. Worth the money. The only thing is that you have to walk a bit. Franchesca is halarious! Buffet personnel, very nice and pleasant. Disco is great, drinks included.
Author: LIsa Posted at 15:10 03/2/2005

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