Dominican Republic 17 nights all inclusive - £798pp @ First Choice (flying from London Gatwick 21/10/17)
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Dominican Republic 17 nights all inclusive - £798pp @ First Choice (flying from London Gatwick 21/10/17)

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Found 30th Jul
17 nights all inclusive to Dominican Republic staying at riu bachata, other hotels are available, flying from Gatwick on 21st October on Dreamliner, found this on first choice website from £798 for 17 nights

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Do not stay at this Hotel or the Merengue next door absolutely disgusting for a Rui Hotel ,watered drinks an terrible food and old tired rooms would not even rate it as a 3 star

paullaydon1

Do not stay at this Hotel or the Merengue next door absolutely disgusting … Do not stay at this Hotel or the Merengue next door absolutely disgusting for a Rui Hotel ,watered drinks an terrible food and old tired rooms would not even rate it as a 3 star


Hmmm, having Haiti as a neighbour, I was wondering how fudged up a place it might be.
Also Hurricane season.

The Country is a great place to go , Haiti is not a problem ,it is Riu Hotels that are the problem ,they have changed from a luxury hotel chain to a budget one without telling the public, the South of the Island is a better option , a bit more up market

I'd be bored out of my brains on a 17 night all inclusive! Decent deal though.

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This article was a few years back. As far as I am aware it's still just as bad.

All trips to this hotel have been cancelled by Thomson. My neighbour had to go and choose somewhere else for their October holiday. Just thought I'd mention this in case you book and then have to change it.

Original Poster

Iberostar Costa Dorada is the best hotel, a little more expensive but worth it

We went there last year (November) - same resort (Riu Bachata). Whilst its not what I'd call 5 star we had a good time, the pool was good, friendly staff. Buffet was decent, a good variety, but got a bit samey. However there are rotating restaurant nights (with limited availability) each night - that offer better quality food - Italian, Steakhouse & Caribbean IIRC, (The Italian one was our favourite, but the steakhouse one was also good - although that's the most popular, so need to queue up about 30mins before to guarantee a table)

Rooms were decent.
There is free wifi in the reception & public areas (they give you login details for the free wifi at reception).
The wifi in the rooms you have to pay extra for, but we noticed after you sign into the public wifi it offered a free day's worth of wifi in the rooms if you fill in a form, including your email. (Slightly tricky as I think one of the fields was mislabeled/spanish, but got there in the end. It will email you new login details for the room wifi) That free day's worth of wifi never seemed to expire the entire time we were there (2 weeks), so used it for netflix etc (Having netflix is a god-send after a while). I did turn off the wifi whenever not using it, so don't know if that made a difference. You can only use it on one device at once though, and to change devices you need to "sign out" first. (had to guess the url of the logout page, I think it was the same as the signin page but with /logout or /signout or something)

(the free wifi doesnt have the single-device restriction, but the room wifi, once signed up was quicker+ more reliable)

Overall a very good trip - the day excursions are expensive, but you'll appreciate getting out and about so budget for spending a good chunk on these!
If you need to buy anything at any of the shops be prepared to haggle. They'll start out at some ridiculous price. I found you needed to counter them around 10% of that, and usually ended up paying about 1/3 of their starting price, which would be roughly equivalent to what you'd expect to pay in a UK beach shop, or maybe slightly more. Be prepared to walk away. You can haggle in the resort shop next to reception, but you'll probably get a better result walking round the corner to one of the shops just outside the lobby. The cheapest prices however are in the supermarket in town, which is part of the city-tour excursion, or you can get a taxi. It sells souvenirs at reasonable prices (along with anything else you want), so try and resist the urge to buy from the resort shops, where you'll be ripped off!

So overall - not perfect, but was a very good trip, and recommended!
Edited by: "Gorskar" 31st Jul

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Hmmm, having Haiti as a neighbour, I was wondering how fudged up a place … Hmmm, having Haiti as a neighbour, I was wondering how fudged up a place it might be.Also Hurricane season.




You obviously have never been to the DR!! Haiti is miles away!

If you can stretch an extra £185 then go to the Gran Ventana resort which is miles better than the Rui hotel. I have stayed at both and wouldn't go back to the Rui resort but wouldn't hesitate to go back to the Gran Ventana which has an amazing beach

Hurricane season, no wonder it's cheap. Try book some sunbed sessions while your over there as you'll come back as white as you went

Supatramp

You obviously have never been to the DR!! Haiti is miles away!




Then Scotland is miles away from England...

Yep. Hurricane season. Made that mistake many years ago. 14 days drinking watered down spirits while it lashed it down outside constantly

Stayed at this hotel January 2016. Hated it, couldn't wait to get home and I was only there for 7 nights. Main cruise ship stop point hotel that lets all the passengers into the hotel and use the beach ( for a fee), rammed constantly. Crap rooms and facilities, food just about edible, drinks meh. There is a reason that this is so cheap! Avoid!

We stayed at the bachata and noticed every new bottle of Smirnoff was already open . I asked for neat vodka to try and it was watered down a ridiculous amount while the locals at the weekend were buying unopened bottles of spirits from the staff at the swim up bar and bunging them a few dollars. Most of the spirits were just water wouldn't go here for free , 9 hours on a plane to go here!! Yeah right.
We just been to Aruba .. More pricy but unbelievably better

smk7731st Jul

Then Scotland is miles away from England...



Except that there's no border between them!!!!!! Idiot!!
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