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Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

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Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

Hi everyone. I, along with 4 friends are planning on going to punta cana late January 2011. It is our first time going to Punta Cana and would really like to stay at a very nice hotel. We are currently looking into two hotels. Riu Palace Punta Cana and Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel. I read some good and some bad reviews for both hotels (which I expected). I would like to get some feedback though on people who recently been to these two hotels. Which one would you pick? I've read that RIU Palace has very visible wear and tear and currently there are constructions happening in the compound? Pros and cons between the two hotels will be much appreciated.

I am starting to become an addict to this website!!

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1. Re: Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

Grand hands down.

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2. Re: Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

Iberostar Grand definitely

Simcoe, Canada
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3. Re: Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

****GRAND****

I don't remember a bad review for this property.

Some personal comments on being quiet but that about it.

Going late january

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4. Re: Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

Just returned this week from a week's stay at the Riu Palace. Although we haven't stayed at the GRAND, we have stayed at the Iberostaro Bavaro and loved it. I can't say the same for the Riu Palace.

Although our stay at the Riu Palace was nice, we found many things better when we stayed at the Iberostar chain. The food, bars, and friendliness of the staff was much better at the Iberostar Bavaro.

If we were doing it over again, we would be going to the Iberostar Grand.

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Iberostar Iberostar Iberostar!

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Iberostar no dout

oceangirl you are suspicious eh eh loking at your foto lol

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7. Re: Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

Yes --- you better watch your back when it comes to oceangirl51 and the Iberostar resorts---this chica loves that chain.

Cute Flips BTW - 'Debbie Did It' - right

North Truro...
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now, deck....everyone knows I am not capable of doing that! They are very dear to me and yes, mi amiga Debinatore did provide me with those beautiful flips!

and maybe I am just a little partial to those bartenders with the starfish on their shirts...

7 more days till I see my new favorite bartender in Mexico! wooohooo!

I need sun badly!

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WOW..Iberostar from everyone!!!..Thanks for all the replies! If you stay in the grand..do you have access to the other iberostars as well?

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10. Re: Newbie...please help me decide on a hotel!!

Yes thats one of the perks as if you want a bit more action off you go and then back to the grand to chill.