ClubHotel Riu Mambo

Address: Bahia Maimon, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic | 3 star resort
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This 3 star resort, located on Bahia Maimon, Puerto Plata, is near Outback Safari, Jasmine Spa and Wellness Holistic Health Centre, Yasika Adventures, and Altos de Chavon School of Design.
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  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness/Health center
  • Bar/lounge


  • Wheelchair accessibility


  • Continental Breakfast
  • Business Services
  • Kids activities or Babysitting

Historical Traveler Reviews ClubHotel Riu Mambo Puerto Plata

Great Food Great Service Great Trip !!


arrived home January 21 / 03 from the best vacation we can remember, everything was 125 %from the roomservice to the hotel staff to the always entertaining animation team we had a ball. The food was first class, no fear of bad water all the water used in their kitchen was purified as was the bottled water in the mini fridge in the room, the beach was great and it's a real bonus being able to travel at will between the three amazing facilities ( Mambo, Merengue,and the Bachatta ). Call us crazy but now we're saving to go back next year only this time with our four kids, they're going to love it too! Thank You Carlson Wagonlit Travel for all your assistance and thanks to Skyservice Airlines for delivering us all comfortably and safely.

First Rate


We have travelled extensively, written reviews and have had the pleasure (and pain) of a number of other "all inclusive" resorts and nothing has compared to the RIU Mambo (Merengue and Bachata for that matter as you have access to them as well. Anway we spent the week of Jan 26th at the Mambo. Everything was first rate. Food, restaurants, service, staff, beach, room everyting. No complaints at all. We would recommend this to our closests friends and relatives.Happy (and cold) in Ontario

Excellent hotel and staff


i have been 2 the riu mambo twice once in 2001 and i went in may 2002 i was there for my birthday and we had a great time it must be good as i am going back for 3rd time this

Riu Mambo Resort


January 19, 2003

We have just taken our sixth trip to the Caribbean, this time spending a week in Puerto Plata at the Riu Mambo Resort. I must say, it was one of the nicest and cheapest we have ever had. Through GWV International, $699 paid

for airfare and all-inclusive hotel, food, alcohol, non-motorized sports and entertainment. The Riu Hotel chain I’m told has a good reputation, and in Puerto Plata, there are three Riu hotels right beside each other. A stay in

one gains you access to the facilities in all three. Contrary to what one person told us, the northern "Atlantic side" of the Dominican Republic is not

a cold ocean—no, the swimming was some of the warmest water we’ve ever experienced, and with gentle waves rolling in, a very pleasant experience indeed. Lots of shade trees and plenty of lounge chairs for everyone. The

weather was perfect the whole time, around F. 82 daily, and about F. 76 at night. Food was OK—plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables at each meal. We’ve decided that good beef is just not available in the Caribbean anywhere,

nor do Dominican cooks understand the concept of an over-easy egg. But one can always find something else good and healthy to eat at this place. Water for consumption is filtered, including ice cubes—no problem there. Alcoholic

drinks are the "national" off brands, but who cares when it’s all-inclusive!

The only negative thing we could say about Riu Mambo was that the night time entertainment was amateurish and awful. Be prepared for moonlight walks on the beach or cable TV instead. The only exception was the traditional

Dominican dancers—just kids about high-school age, but they were quite good, dressed in colorful clothes, and great fun to watch.

The return flight to Boston was much harder to endure than the usual quick 3-1/2 hour flight to the Caribbean. With a stopover on the way, we were sitting on the plane 2 hours before final takeoff for home! Including the

ride from hotel to airport, check-in, and initial waiting time, we spent over 9 hours getting home! Something needs to be done about that. Even so, this is one of the best values around. Highly recommended. ****

Nice hotel, very average food


I went to the Riu Mambo from January 1 to 8, 2002.

The beach of the Riu Mambo is absolutely superb, as well as the landscape around it. However, watch out for your feet when you are swimming, as there are treaturous rocks here and there.

Clients of the hotel have also access to all facilities of the 2 other Riu hotels situated just beside it. The facilities of the whole complex are impressive and well kept.

There were many children and teenagers. Watch out if you don't want a family atmosphere...

It is unfortunate that the food is far from being as impressive as the rest of the place. For example, at breakfast, they will cook eggs in oil instead of butter. Don't get me wrong : there is plenty to eat... but you will have to work a bit to find something that actually tastes something.

The wine is undrinkable. The white wine, for example, is not even refrigerated and is serve in big serve-yourself barrels. The only drinkable beer is the El Presidente, but even then, it is the worst beer I have ever drank; and I have travelled quite a bit and often on low budget! Fortunately, the local drinks were good.

So, if you can go on a last-minute deal, for a good price, go for it! But if you pay full price, you might think of going somewhere where the food will also be 4 stars...

Simply the best


I have been there January 2000. It was great. if I could, I would go there immediately again. Especially the animation-team and the great choice of meals is worth to go there again. CU Mambo

Simply the Best


On reccomendation from our daughter, after having her honeymoon at the Mambo in November 2001. We booked up a holiday with my daughter and husband for June this year 2002. The holiday was so fantastic we came straight home and rebooked to go back in November 2002. This holiday cannot be faulted in anyway.

A member of staff comes around on a regular basis to ask if you have any problems. Nine of us that were on the holiday sat together to try and think of anything we were not happy with. Of course there was nothing to complain about.

From the staff, to the rooms, to the food and the entertainment there was nothing to fault.

We told friends about the holiday, they booked up and went in September 2002 and are planning on going back there asap.

It was that wonderful we have just arrived home. and the first week back we went to book for xmas 2002 but could not get a flight so we have now re-booked to go back again in April 2003.

We are all counting the weeks we only have now 18 weeks to go.

Highly reccomended for the value of money, being all inclusive you could not get better.

Loved and would go back


i went to the rio mambo last christmas. I was with my parents( i am only 12) There is so much to do and fun for all the family. we stayed for 2 weeks and would have loved to stay longer. i would strongly recommend it. the food is fab and the workers are to. the kids will love it and to get then out of you hands there is a kids club. i hope this was helpful!

The Riu Mambo is Fun and Relaxing!!


Hello everyone, my husband and I just returned from our second honeymoon to Riu Mambo in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Aug 5-12, 2002) along with 4 of our friends - and we had a GREAT time!

I'd like to start by saying that I have written 2 other reviews for and I have to mention that I find these reviews VERY helpful when choosing vacation spots .. as a result, you will find my review to be quite long and detailed. :-)

ARRIVAL - When we first arrived at the Puerto Plata airport, we were expecting what we saw in other trips to Santo Domingo and Cancun. I was telling my friends to promptly get their luggage, as I expected them to just dump all of our bags in a general (unattended) area .. but instead we were nicely surprised to find they actually had a regular luggage belt and the facilities were quite modern. Next, I instructed them to be prepared to have locals aggressively approach them to carry their luggage to the shuttle bus and ask for tips - again, no such thing happened. In fact, it was such peace of mind to be able to help load and watch our own luggage be put on the bus.

On the 30 min drive from the airport to the resort, a representative from the Riu Mambo (Jos) did a great job of welcoming us and getting the ball rolling on check-in procedures. We filled out all the paperwork on the bus, which saved a lot of time. Upon arrival, things seemed a little hectic at first - as we all tried to find our luggage (in the dark) and figure out where we were going. Once in the hotel lobby however, we were greeted with a glass of fruit juice and our envelope was ready for us, containing our room key, towel cards, safe key etc. One thing that's nice about this resort is there is NO all-inclusive wristband to wear!! Since the 3 Riu resorts (Mambo, Merengue, Bachata) are all located in its own private, enclosed area. We were told on the bus to leave our luggage and the bellboy would bring it to our rooms within 20 minutes. Since it was pushing the end of dinnertime and we were starving, we opted to walk it to our rooms ourselves (short walk) and a lady (which we later found out was the Director of the resort) was very nice in walking us right to our building.

Later that night we went for a walk .. don't be alarmed if you see a man standing in the garden with a long shotgun!! It is just the security guard - but he certainly freaked us out the first night, since we didn't know!!

HOTEL ROOM - We were a little disappointed at first when we found out we were on the first floor, but all the buildings at the Riu Mambo are 2-stories so we realized it was no big deal. The room was average. It was an average size, with two double beds pushed together. It was definitely not immaculate and it seemed a bit gritty, but later we found out it was just our room which had a minor ant and fruit fly problem (our friends' rooms were fine). The rooms had an in-room mini bar, which were fully stocked with pop, beer and water and above there was a hard liquor dispenser. In the closet was the safe - all these things definitely contributed to making our stay more enjoyable :-) One thing we didn't expect was the amount of mosquitoes and insects and unfortunately did not bring insect repellent - big mistake!! Fortunately our friends brought some and we put that to good use. On the second day, we also noticed a bazillion ants marching on the wall and around the door outside of our room. We told reception and they gave us a can of bug spray and we decided to fumigate our entire room. Later on in the week, we had ants in the room again and the staff were not as cooperative about lending us the bug spray - so we took matters in our own hands and "borrowed" a can from the housemaid cart and returned it empty :-) One thing I have to mention is that the PILLOWS SMELL!!! Bring your own if you can, or else ask for an extra sheet and drape it over the pillow. The smell can be found throughout the room but is most concentrated in the foam-style pillows. We suspect it is due to the dampness in the air - as if they got wet and were not dried properly. It was so terrible - we had to ask for a new pillow.

FOOD - The main buffet restaurant at our resort was quite good and we were happy with its selection. We really liked the selection of fresh fruits - like Mango - but make sure you get it before the main course (it goes fast!!). Like most Riu resorts, there are 2 dinner seating times - 6:30 and 8:30. We chose the 8:30 seating - and the one day we were hungry early, they were happy to accommodate us. There is no dress code, so no need to bring fancy clothes unless you want to. The worst part about this restaurant is that there is NO AIR CONDITIONING and we were just melting the first night we arrived. Try to ask for a seat by a window (for a nice draft) or under a ceiling fan and remember to specify smoking or non-smoking. On day 3, we decided to try an a la carte restaurant - and like the other 2 previous all-inclusives we went to, we were disappointed. Our resort did not have an a la carte so we decided to try the Mediterranean restaurant at the Riu Merengue. To our disappointment, it was located at the beach restaurant we had just visited that day for lunch!! The food was nothing special and the service was SO SLOW!! Needless to say, we stayed with our buffet restaurant for the rest of the week..

Our beach restaurant was great and periodically they had a special grill/BBQ outside by the pool. We always found that this little station always served awesome food e.g. first day we found curry chicken/potatoes/rice, next day we found shrimp/mussels/calamari and noodles.

ENTERTAINMENT - The Riu Mambo is a very upbeat and happening place. You will always find the resort buzzing with energy and the "Entertainment Team" is so friendly and fun. If you choose, there are always dance lessons, aerobics classes, volleyball games or Spanish lessons to participate in. Otherwise, sit back and relax on the beach and don't forget to bring your own snorkel gear to enjoy the tropical fish and creatures by the coral reefs. We were mislead in believing that the Riu Mambo had its own water sports facilities - this is not the case. You have to make the trek all the way to the other side of the Riu Bachata to access the water sports. The negative side is the long walk - otherwise, the positive side is that they are fully stocked with lots of kayaks etc. and it is located in it own area, which keeps the other beach areas quiet and available for swimming and relaxing.

For evening entertainment - go to another resort!! The Riu Mambo stage is the smallest and we found the "actors" and their costumes to not be as impressive as the Merengue or Bachata. Typical shows include resort renditions of Grease and Cats.

The disco on site is called The Pacha I think and we gave it a try the first night. There you will find the crowd to be generally young, but the music is not too bad and its not too crowded, Still it was not our cup of tea and we didn't stay too long.

The Casino is very small and has a few tables and a few slots. There were two people playing when we were there - definitely not the most popular hang out spot, which was very surprising. You have to pay for drinks there as well - even non-alcoholic ones!! No wonder it wasn't too popular..

THE BEACH - The sand is not exactly fine and white and the water is not exactly deep blue and crystal clear, but as mentioned previously you will find coral, shells and lots of tropical underwater creatures. There is a bar right on the beach - and their slushy pina colada drinks with its tiny coconut bits is THE BEST!! :P HINT: to keep your swim clothes etc. from smelling REALLY bad the next day because of the sea water and the improper drying - make it a habit to dip in the pool before you turn in for the day, as the chlorine kills everything and will help control the smell.

TOURS - We did the half-day horseback-riding excursion for $35 US with CocoTours. The price was good, but the actual riding time was not the advertised 3 hours and the group was large (approx. 30 people) and the entire tour was basically one horse following another. They make you wear a helmet for liability issues and since we had gone riding before, we were disappointed that there was no real opportunity to gallop or get the horses to just move faster. We wanted to try the horseback riding tour with a guy who was selling it on the beach for 2 hours ($20 US)- but never got around to it. If you have gone riding before, you may want to consider this.

WORST MEMORY - I would have to say the long thin bright green snake that freaked me out by slithering out of the bushes when I was walking down the path and coiling around my left foot, before continuing into the bushes on the other side (I screamed after I realized it wasn't a vine or small garden hose I got tangled in!!)

FAVOURITE MEMORY - Snorkeling past the swim line and seeing all the beautiful tropical fish!!

If you are thinking about visiting Puerto Plata, I would highly recommend the Riu complex (Mambo, Merengue, Bachata) and since you have full access (except for dinner) at all resorts, I would say stay at the Mambo and save yourself several hundred dollars - as it is the cheapest. We definitely do not have any major complaints and we had a really good time. On a scale of 1-5, I would give this hotel a rating of a "high 4". Enjoy! :-)



I got married in this hotel last year and it was perfect. You hear all these bad reports but we couldn't fault it. If your an easy going person then this is a wonderful place to get married. You just need to remember that everything is so much more relaxed and that's how you need to be, It's your wedding so enjoy every moment.

The place was great the people were wonderful, we had about 9 people come with us and no-one could fault this hotel at all.

My husband is a fussy eater but there was such a good choice of good food that even he ate loads.

I highly recomend this hotel as somewhere to go. The only downfall i could find was having to listen too the birdy song every night, wow what a fault. Perfect.

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4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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