"My boyfriend and I just returned from a 7 day stay at Riu Merengue. We were very fortunate to get a room in the garden (1621.) The grounds are BEAUTIF ... " More

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Hotel Description

An all-inclusive stay in Puerto Plata awaits you at Riu Merengue All Inclusive. You'll be 5.6 km (3.5 mi) from Ocean World Adventure Park and 11.2 km (6.9 mi) from Fort San Felipe. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 4 restaurants, 3 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

Flat-screen TVs with cable channels are featured in all 998 rooms, and you can enjoy balconies, WiFi, and in-room childcare. Refrigerators, minibars, and free bottled water are also available.

A day of pampering at Renova Spa can include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, facials, and body treatments along with access to the sauna. The buffet restaurant, La Roca, serves international cuisine. With 4 bars/lounges to choose from, you can enjoy a drink at the resort. Spend the day at the private beach where you'll find sun loungers, and enjoy the onsite nightclub and free kids' club. Plus you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a sauna. Buffet breakfast is available for free. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this 3.5-star Puerto Plata resort, you'll be 16.7 km (10.4 mi) from Playa Dorada and 17.9 km (11.1 mi) from Pico Isabel de Torres.

Standard Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$140 per night


Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room (Ocean View)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Riu Merengue All Inclusive ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
3 out of 5

Bad room choice

The first room 403 aaigned too small, dirty. Bad odor (mold), air conditioning not working appropriately, the fan didn’t work at all. Plus it was to far from main lobby, restaurants and activities. Only one bell boy to carry suitcases to all visitors of that area. I have to expend half of that afternoon seeking for relocation to a better room, by myself because the front desk personnel’s was short and to busy. Finally I got room 1261 which was OL

Posted by , from Miami on Jan 16, 2018

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4 out of 5

Perfect resort for a relaxing AFFORDABLE getaway

Cons: The bed was awful! So hard our arms fell asleep. But we were able to manage since it was a low-key restful vacation.
Location: We took the VIP Catamaran tour to Paradise Island. You MUST DO THIS!!! Best day of our trip. You take a 1.5 hour bus ride there, but SO WORTH IT!! :)
My boyfriend and I just returned from a 7 day stay at Riu Merengue. We were very fortunate to get a room in the garden (1621.) The grounds are BEAUTIFUL in that area and well maintained. All of the houses are brightly painted and the shrubs and trees are well groomed. I also took a run through the Village. Not as bad as reviews said. The room was very nice upon arrival. Yes, there was a little musty smell, but you get that at most resorts where the air is on all day and it's humid. The bathroom was clean and had a nice shower-head and great water pressure. The only downside of the room was the bed. It was hard as a rock. We both tossed and turned most nights, but luckily we were able to sleep on the beach or by the pool. The beach in front of the Merengue was the best of the 3 RIUs there. Lots of sand and pretty flat. The Bachata beach has gotten smaller since last year so I don't recommend going down that way. The food at the buffets was great! My boyfriend and I are super into fitness and, therefore, really healthy eaters. We were able to find meat and vegetables that weren't soaked in cheese and sauces every meal of every day. No salads the whole vacation! Woohoo! I highly recommend the chicken at the steakhouse. You literally get half a rotisserie chicken and it is melt off the bone good! Overall, if you're looking for a budget friendly vacation, this is the spot to go! The beach and facilities are great. Not 5 stars, but definitely a 3.5-4 star hotel.

Posted by , from Milford, CT on Apr 20, 2017

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4 out of 5

Good Hotel.

Pros: It is relatively close to my home, my two kids were free.
Cons: Buffet variety, specially deserts :-)
Location: Puerto Plata is a nice city, beautiful beaches, good people.
The hotel is good but needs to improve in some ways like taking reservations in a-la-carte restaurants, the current system is making a huge line one hour before its opening, needs more a-la-carte restaurants and the buffet needs to have more variety (specially deserts). Also, the rooms need to have more pest controlled, we found some roaches. Overall, I will give a 7.5 out of 10.

Posted by , from San Francisco de Macorís on Apr 19, 2017

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2 out of 5

Not very tourist friendly

Pros: Good bartenders and that was pretty much it.
Cons: It is poor that you can schedule things in your vacation only to have the tour guides cancel on you the day of the tour. It makes it hard to plan.
Location: Nothing. It was not safe to leave this resort because of its rural setting. Had to take a 20 dollar taxi ride just to reach Puerto Plata.
Resort is to far from everything elevating the price of everything you would want to to outside of the resort. Riu Merengue did not support tourist well as it was dedicated to providing for locals. If it was not for meeting up with a local tour guide named James most of our excursions planned on travelocity would have been canceled and we would have done nothing. We were also not picked up for the airport on a prepaid also.

Posted by , from Mesa,Az on Aug 3, 2015

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5 out of 5

Will go back!!!

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for five days last month and we loved it. The only con is if your a non smoker you wont like this hotel and the food was great, especially the drinks. Beautiful beach and pool very friendly staff.the entertainment was very good as well which included karaoke. We definitely want to go back but we also are interested at the other two hotels that are connected with this hotel which you can enjoy as well their pool bar and restaurants.

Posted by , from Queens NY on Mar 23, 2015

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3 out of 5

Nice Resort in the Middle of Nowhere

Pros: Free breakfast, Quiet, friendly staff
Cons: Nothing close, rocky beach
The staff was very friendly especially the entertainment staff. The resort grounds are pretty and the accomodations are nice. The food is very good and there is a nice variety. Although I will say we did start to get a bit bored with it after three days. Puerto Plata itself is 20 minutess from the resort once you exit the resort the surrounding areas are like shanty towns. It's not really the kind of place where you would want to wander around outside of the resort on your own because there aren't sidewalks, it's all roads once you exit the resort. There is only one road that leads to this places. Usually when I travel I like to wander and meet locals and I feel like this place was kind of off in the middle of nowhere and made it hard to get in touch with local culture. The distance meant you had to pay taxis to get anywhere and consequently we ended up spending a lot of time in the resort which was kind of boring for us. We did end up getting a couples massage on a cabana on the beach which was very nice and not terribly overpriced. The beach that the resort is on is rocky once you get into the water which makes the swimming experience less than ideal. The water is also not crystal clear or even close to crystal clear. You are definitely getting what you pay for. There's a reason why resorts in Puerto Plata are cheaper than those in Punta Cana.

Posted by , from Evanston, IL on Feb 3, 2011

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2 out of 5

Never again!

This place is horrible; dirty and dated. Food sucks, I came back with bad food posion. Don't bother going on any horse ride at the beach. Just catch and saddle up one of those humungous cockroaches in the hotel room. Forget about pictures on a web site. AC was barely working.

Posted by on Jun 23, 2010

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1 out of 5

Don't waste your time

The drinks were weak, the food was horrible andthere was a three inch cockroach in my room and the beds sucked too, you could feel every spring.

Posted by on Jun 15, 2009

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3 out of 5

Riu Merengue - so-so

This resort is the ONLY one I've seen in the Caribbean without a coffee pot in the room. Also, the variety of food is limited, the room air conditioning was not very good, and their internet service was down far more often than it was 'up'. There was really only one restaurant. Though you might assume from the ad that there were more, the second - and only additional - eating place was the pool bar, which was dedicated each evening to a 'reservations only' establishment. The beach was nice, but relatively small. Three resorts - all owned by the same company - surrounded this area of beach. Long walks were not possible because the beach front only encompassed these three hotels. The fitness facility was a good one, but it was shared by the other two resorts, so it was almost always crowded. Because we have been to the DR six times, we have other resorts with which to compare first hand, and based on previous experiences, we would not return to this one.

Posted by on Oct 2, 2008

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3 out of 5

Our stay at the Riu Merengue

The second day of our vacation was accident filled. My wife slipped out of the shower and onto a more slippery floor. I was unable to pick her up from the floor and called for help. They were very prompt about sending 2 people to help her up off of the floor. We did not find out until we returned home that she has a cracked bone in her foot. I had to complain many times before the hotel supplied a wheel chair. But they would not recognize that she had any injury caused by the hotel. The following day they supplied our room with 3 floor mats. It was a big help.. They tried every way possible to make our stay more comfortable, but the damage was already done.

Posted by on Sep 27, 2008

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About the Riu Merengue All Inclusive

Location Bahia De Maimon, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

All-inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
  • Meals and beverages at companion properties

Activities and facilities/equipment
All non-motorized water sports are included.

Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Windsurfing

Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

  • Dancing
  • Language

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old


  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Motorized water sports
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Premium or imported alcoholic beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Offsite tours

Property Features

Riu Merengue All Inclusive is an all-inclusive resort. Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Other items and amenities, including taxes and gratuities, and access to recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. Simply step outside to unwind on the resort's beach. At Riu Merengue All Inclusive you can cool off in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools and indulge in a pampering afternoon at the full-service spa. Free breakfast is available. There are 4 restaurants on site. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 4 bars/lounges. WiFi is free in public spaces. This Art Deco resort also offers a complimentary children's club, a children's pool, and a sauna. Self parking is free. A complete renovation of Riu Merengue All Inclusive was completed in March 2015.

  • 998 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 4 dining venues
  • 4 bars or lounges
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Nightclub
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • On private beach
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's club (free)
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Puerto Plata (POP-Gregorio Luperon Intl.) (29.4 km / 18.3 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Riu Merengue All Inclusive offers 998 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • Private balcony
  • Minibar
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free buffet breakfast.

La Roca - This buffet restaurant specializes in international cuisine. Open daily.

Los Almendros - This buffet restaurant specializes in international cuisine. Open daily.

Italian Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine. Open daily.

Steak House - This steakhouse specializes in international cuisine. Open daily.

Nearby Activities

The majority of recreational activities and facilities described below are included in the room rate for this Puerto Plata resort (scroll up to the All-Inclusive Details section for more information).

This hotel, in Dominican Republic's Puerto Plata area, includes 3 outdoor pools. Guests also enjoy access to pools at the resort's other 2 hotels, including a pool at Riu Bachata that contains an 8-person jetted section and a swim-up bar. Padded lounge chairs and thatched-roof sunshades flank all pools.

Riu Merengue faces an 0.8 kilometer (0.5 mile) Atlantic Ocean beach. Sand extending inland under palm trees includes sports facilities.

Maimón Bay, at the resort's western end, offers a beachfront water-sports center providing kayaks, snorkeling gear, Hobie Cat sailboats, pedal boats, windsurfers, and boogie boards as part of the All-Inclusive plan. Surcharges apply for parasailing, Jet Skiing, banana-boating, sailing lessons, windsurfing lessons, scuba-diving lessons and certification classes, and snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions.

All-Inclusive facilities include 3 tennis courts at this hotel and 2 at the adjacent Riu Bachata Hotel. The nearest golf course, Playa Dorada, is 14 kilometers (8.75 miles) away.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site at Riu Merengue or near the resort in the Puerto Plata area; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Windsurfing on site
  • Parasailing on site
  • Playground on site
  • Sailing on site
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Basketball on site
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site

Spa Services

  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Free WiFi is limited to 90 consecutive minutes per person per day. A surcharge applies for additional usage. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

This property will charge an additional occupancy fee to guests arriving with more people than indicated in the reservation. For more details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 5-35 per week (rates may vary)
  • A late check-out fee will be charged

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Merengue Riu
  • Riu Merengue
  • Riu Merengue All Inclusive
  • Riu Merengue All Inclusive Puerto Plata
  • Riu Merengue Puerto Plata
  • Club Hotel Riu Merengue
  • Clubhotel Riu Merengue Hotel
  • Clubhotel Riu Merengue Puerto Plata
  • Riu Merengue Dominican Republic
  • Rui Merengue

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.


Resort Credit Promotion - Valid for US and Latin America Bookings Only

Book a minimum 4-7 night stay in any room or rate category for travel December 24, 2017-December 23, 2018, and receive up to USD 1,010 in Resort Credit coupons for select services. Coupons can be applied as follows: USD 240 resort credit at Renova Spa (2 USD 35 coupons for 80-minute Renova combination/ritual maimon, 2 USD 25 coupons for 80-minute Hot Stone Cure Stress Massage, 2 USD 15 coupons for 80-minute Deep Cleansing Facial, 2 USD 15 coupons for 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage, 2 USD 15 coupons for body treatment of 50-minutes or more, 2 USD 15 coupons for Spa pedicure; limited to 1 coupon per service/person); USD 150 resort credit at Scuba Caribe (2 USD 60 coupons for PADI Open Water, 2 USD 10 coupons for PADI Discover Scuba Diving, 2 USD 5 coupons for sailing/windsurfing lesson; limited to 1 coupon per service/person); USD 120 resort credit with a 4-6 night stay or USD 240 resort credit with a minimum 7-night stay valid at Playa Dorado Golf Club (1 coupon per round of golf/person, USD 12 for tee time, USD 3 for golf cart rental; caddy is required; additional taxes apply); USD 100 resort credit with a 4-6 night stay or USD 200 resort credit with a minimum 7-night stay at Weddings by RIU for Royal and Caprice Wedding Packages (limited to 1 coupon per wedding; applies to packages paid directly at the hotel; coupons cannot be used toward prepaid weddings); USD 90 resort credit with a 4-6 night stay or USD 180 resort credit with a minimum 7-night stay at Europcar (1 USD 30 coupon per room/day to be used in economy car rental).

Valid for bookings made on US(.com), .ar, .br, and .mx points of sale only. Guests will receive coupons at check-in. The total of credits is per room, based on double occupancy, and for guests age 21 and older. Resort Credit is non-transferable, non-cumulative, and cannot be used for future stays. Resort Credit can be used for selected services. This promotion is subject to availability and can change without previous notice. Other restrictions may apply. Resort credit and redemption details provided at check-in. Taxes and gratuity may not be included. Resort credit cannot be applied towards room rate or tax. No refunds for any unused portion of offer. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.