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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject:   WOW!! Read this... Reply with quote

I just saw this a few minutes ago & really feel for the folks that paid big $$$$ to have this happen to them...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:37 am    Post subject: Re: WOW!! Read this...
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I just saw this a few minutes ago & really feel for the folks that paid big $$$$ to have this happen to them...

-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html" target="_blank">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358688/Holiday-hell-Britons-stage-sit-luxury-resort-rowdy-locals-super-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html


Although not a reflection on the other RIUs in Mexico etc this is the reason I stopped visiting this hotel

As soon as the locals started to come in the hotel started to drop standards in every way

It really annoys me that they ruined my most favourite place

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: WOW!! Read this...
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clfsean wrote:
I just saw this a few minutes ago & really feel for the folks that paid big $$$$ to have this happen to them...

-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html" target="_blank">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358688/Holiday-hell-Britons-stage-sit-luxury-resort-rowdy-locals-super-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html


Although not a reflection on the other RIUs in Mexico etc this is the reason I stopped visiting this hotel

As soon as the locals started to come in the hotel started to drop standards in every way

It really annoys me that they ruined my most favourite place

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had been reading about puerto plata to plan my vacation and i realized that puerto plata is in a turistic crisis http://dominicanwatchdog.org/page-Puerto_Plata_is_DEAD,_Largest_hotel_chain_RIU_desperate_to_sell_their_mega_complex and riu is gonna leave that area to focus in punta cana its a shame that whlie theyare selling this complex they dropped all standars, and also they dropped the prices almost a third of what i paid for the riu palace mexico and in colombia we have a saying that losely translate like " what is cheap ended up being expensive" or "lo barato sale caro"

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've also been following this development on another site. For us, here in Michigan, the Puerto Plata Rius used to be very cheap. Now, they're much higher in price than the Rius in Punta Cana when doing a vacation package. That is probably due to very high air prices into Puerto Plata from the U.S. There used to be many carriers going in there, including charters. That's a thing of the past.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I stayed at the RIU Jalisco, there was also an influx of locals on the weekend. The atmosphere of the resort changed drastically. The locals were at the swim up bar an throwing their cigarette butts in the pool rather than using the ashtray in front of them. There was food everywhere around the pool left on the loungers and on the ground. These people were animals. Kids were diving off the surrounding rock into the Jacuzzi. I have no idea where the parents were but we decided to go back to our rooms before someone got hurt. Since we were there for 2 weeks we went on excursion on the weekends. Things went back to normal Mon-Fri...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When I stayed at the RIU Jalisco, there was also an influx of locals on the weekend. The atmosphere of the resort changed drastically. The locals were at the swim up bar an throwing their cigarette butts in the pool rather than using the ashtray in front of them. There was food everywhere around the pool left on the loungers and on the ground. These people were animals. Kids were diving off the surrounding rock into the Jacuzzi. I have no idea where the parents were but we decided to go back to our rooms before someone got hurt. Since we were there for 2 weeks we went on excursion on the weekends. Things went back to normal Mon-Fri...


I've read about that too at the Jalisco, but it didn't happen the two times we were there.

It's too bad about the Merengue. It used to be one of my favorite resorts.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: WOW!! Read this...
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clfsean wrote:
I just saw this a few minutes ago & really feel for the folks that paid big $$$$ to have this happen to them...

-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html" target="_blank">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358688/Holiday-hell-Britons-stage-sit-luxury-resort-rowdy-locals-super-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html


Although not a reflection on the other RIUs in Mexico etc this is the reason I stopped visiting this hotel

As soon as the locals started to come in the hotel started to drop standards in every way

It really annoys me that they ruined my most favourite place

Cheers
Pablo


Where do you go now Pablo?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Big Bambu wrote:
When I stayed at the RIU Jalisco, there was also an influx of locals on the weekend. The atmosphere of the resort changed drastically. The locals were at the swim up bar an throwing their cigarette butts in the pool rather than using the ashtray in front of them. There was food everywhere around the pool left on the loungers and on the ground. These people were animals. Kids were diving off the surrounding rock into the Jacuzzi. I have no idea where the parents were but we decided to go back to our rooms before someone got hurt. Since we were there for 2 weeks we went on excursion on the weekends. Things went back to normal Mon-Fri...


I've read about that too at the Jalisco, but it didn't happen the two times we were there.

It's too bad about the Merengue. It used to be one of my favorite resorts.

Been reading this also. BAD... loved the Rius. in P.Plata.
Some in MEXICO are getting BAD also... and it's not just the Riu's Lots of resorts Bring in the Bus loads.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:15 pm    Post subject: Re: WOW!! Read this...
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Pablo wrote:
clfsean wrote:
I just saw this a few minutes ago & really feel for the folks that paid big $$$$ to have this happen to them...

-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html" target="_blank">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358688/Holiday-hell-Britons-stage-sit-luxury-resort-rowdy-locals-super-cheap-deals-use-pool-toilet-urinate-sun-loungers-steal-food.html


Although not a reflection on the other RIUs in Mexico etc this is the reason I stopped visiting this hotel

As soon as the locals started to come in the hotel started to drop standards in every way

It really annoys me that they ruined my most favourite place

Cheers
Pablo


Where do you go now Pablo?


To a little gem I had recommended to me in Portugal its a hideaway for people from my profession its a 4/5 star

Lovely wee place where we can relax
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: WOW!! Read this...
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To a little gem I had recommended to me in Portugal its a hideaway for people from my profession its a 4/5 star

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same thing happened in 2003 when my wife and I stayed at RIU Bachata (part of the same complex) on our honeymoon. It wasn't as bad as what I'm reading, but basically on the weekends hundreds of locals would descend on the resort complex.

This was the first year RIU Bachata was in operation, it had just opened, and was supposedly the "5 star" of the 3 hotels.

We tried Punta Cana a few years later (Gran Bahia Principe) and while we liked that part of the DR more than Peurto Plata, in the end we have decided that DR is not for us. We much prefer Mexico Cancun or Playa Del Carmen ... we may try Jamaica this year.
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