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“Don't play Caribbean Keno!”

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ClubHotel Riu Bambu
Ranked #77 of 111 Hotels in Punta Cana
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“Don't play Caribbean Keno!”
Reviewed 20 July 2003

My husband and I spent a week (June 23rd to June 29th) at Riu Bambu and had an excellent time - that is until our third night and we ventured into the casino at one of the other Riu properties. The hostesses usher you in with a free token to play Caribbean Keno with no obligation to continue playing. The problem is that the rules are not all explained at the beginning. YOu will get hooked and it is almost impossible to win unless you have several thousand dollars to gamble. I felt very misled. At any rate, don't let the dealer make you think you have a chance in hell to win that game because you don't.

Besides this, we enjoyed the beach and the bars. Make sure you ask for Wellington (one of the on site managers) and have Luis Manuel make ALL of your drinks. The banana daiquiri was the best but you have to make sure the bartenders put rum in the drink and not vodka.

All in all, it was fun, but I imagined an all inclusive resort to be a little more special or pampering. I would have liked to have drink service on the beach as it was a pain to keep getting up to go get drinks.

THe fruits and juices were exquisite and the Mediterranean and Steakhouse served delicious food and the service was impeccable. THe Colonial restaurant was good for breakfast, but for you fellow Americans, the lunch and dinner food at the Colonial was a little weird.

I don't care what you Europeans say about us prudish Americans. The fact is, seeing naked people on the beach is very weird to us. Sorry.
Be prepared for the topless women and speedo wearing men. Oh yeah! And what about the men wearing capri pants!? Haha. That was hilarious.

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Reviewed 20 July 2003

Just arrived back this week from Riu Bambu, and my boyfriend and I thought the place was great. We found the staff to be outstanding, and super friendly throughout the hotel, especially at the pool bar. You won't feel obligated to tip them but they do appreciate it and will take good care of you all week if you give them a little tip here and there. What we found interesting unlike many other places we have traveled in the carribean and mexico is that we felt very safe there.
No one would bother you and we would misplace things everyday and the staff would hold on to it and give it back when they saw us next. With regards to the entertainment, there is always something to do around the resort if you are not the type of person to want to take different tours. Beware of the bar on carribean street though. Fun for all but some of the people there are very frisky. If you are looking for a deal on money exchange and day trips some people told us to take the minibus to bavaro plaza and you can find cheaper tours and better money exchange then at the hotel. The markets there were okay too....don't pay more then $20 for cigars and buy coffee if you like coffee because its great. The rooms and the grounds were kept very clean. After reading some of the reviews before we left we e-mailed the hotel and asked to get a room around building 5 or 19 because the a situated close enough to everything but not so close that you always hear the entertaiment and music. The food was good for a buffet but no there wasn't much seafood on the menus. Try all the restaurants if you go, even at the other hotels or on carribean street, but just don't eat everything at once in case it is on the menu again later in the week.
Some of the staff gave us a heads up and told us not to eat too much fresh vegetables because parasites can be found in the soil they are grown in!!(the cooked ones were ok and tasty too) as for the water, don't drink the tap water and hide your fresh water they give you everyother day so that you get a new one. We always kept one in the bathroom to brush our teeth with. We never got sick while we were there though. Of the five hotels we would say pick bambu or the palace next door. Go looking for a good time and lots of relaxation and you shouldn't be disappointed!!!!We had a blast!!!

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Property: ClubHotel Riu Bambu
Address: Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#66 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#69 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#70 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ClubHotel Riu Bambu 3.5*
Number of rooms: 740
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located in Punta Cana * Situated on Arena Gorda Beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Within the Riu Resort, along with the Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Taino and Riu Naiboa hotels * Main building and 1-story bungalow complex * Surrounded by 46,000 m2 / 50,300 sq. Yards of palm groves, adjacent to the beach * 50 km / 31 miles from Higley * 600 m / 1,980 ft. From Caribbean Street * 30 km / 19 miles from Punta Cana Int€™l. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more   less 
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Riu Bambu Punta Cana
Riu Bambu Dominican Republic

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