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Hotel Riu Republica – Hotel Review March 2020

Hotel Riu Republica, Adults only Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

My husband and I arrived here on March 5th for our week-long vacation in paradise.

It was paradise. Beautiful and gorgeous paradise.

Ambiance

This resort is huge! We arrived very late because our flight from Toronto was delayed for 4 hours. It was quite horrid but still, I was excited, I’m on vacation and I didn’t care so much. It is what it is.

Check-in was painstakingly slow. I was surprised to see only 2 staff members checking in the latecomers.

We were all pretty tired and hungry and just needed our rooms.

The lobby was spacious and as we were guided to our rooms, the resort even at night when all was still, the white buildings were elegant and gorgeous. The layout of this resort holds true resemblance to the last resort we stayed at Riu Playa Blanca in Panama. You can check out the resort here.

Room

The first room we were given was not up to par and of course, I stated that and they moved us quickly into another room that was just perfect. It was facing the courtyard where I can people watch and I was hell satisfied, yay!

As I normally do, my first room to check for cleanliness is the bathroom. It was clean and I was hell happy!

The room was spacious and bright and I was very content. Thank you.

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Stone Gate Inn – Hotel Review Oct 2019

We stayed at this hotel because Kenny G was in town and the hotel looked cute and cozy.

The hotel was cute and comfy and very quiet.

Check-in was quick and the staff was very welcoming.

On our way to our room, we were greeted by hotel guests and also from the staff. Everyone was really friendly and immediately I felt great about that.

Our room was just right and very clean. We faced the parking lot at the front of the hotel and I was fine with that.

The bathroom had plenty of towels for just the two of us and was spotless.

There was a small kitchenette with Keurig coffee, microwave, and small fridge. We didn’t use any of these.

On the shelves beside the tv, I was happily surprised that they had a VCR, like how amazing is that? I haven’t seen a VCR in a thousand years. That was hell crazy! of course along with that, they also had a DVD player. But still, that VCR!!

My husband loved the bed, he wanted to ask where to buy one.

It was quiet when we came back from seeing Kenny G and from the moment we woke up.

No unwanted heard conversations between the walls. It was great!

The continental complimentary breakfast wasn’t bad either. It was busy but still, everyone looked happy including me.

They had a waffle maker and that makes me hell happy.

There is a pool and Gym, but we did not use any facilities.

The staff like I said were very nice and cheerful.

We were right beside  Foodland, a grocery store,  in case you wanted to buy snacks or something to munch on, in your room.

This hotel is about a 15-minute drive to Casino Rama.

It was a short but very comfortable and pleasant stay.

 

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Residence Inn By the Marriott Buffalo – Hotel Review Sept 2019

We stayed at this cute hotel for our Labor Day weekend.

This hotel is located in Buffalo, New York, just about 2 hours away from Toronto. The drive was short and sweet and the border for the long weekend wasn’t bad at all. It was a breeze going through.

Upon entry into this hotel, I loved it instantly.

It was an open concept and had many areas to sit and relax and the atmosphere felt comfy from the start.

Check-in was a breeze as we checked in after 3 pm. So, no line-up.

Reception staff was friendly and fast to give our keys.

Parking was out front, which was very convenient.

Room

We were on the 6th floor facing the street. You can also see the outdoor space by the pool, below.

Our room had 2 queen beds, a full kitchen and a living room with a sofa.

The bathroom was gorgeous and clean.

This room accommodated all four of us.

Main Floor

I loved this space. So many spots to lounge, an area with a television and more comfy seatings. They also had a cute little wall unit as a library.

 

The gym and pool and outside patio, and washrooms are all located on the main floor.

They also have laundry facilities which were very tidy and clean.

Food

With our stay, came complimentary breakfast the next morning.

Breakfast was sufficient and the food to me was pretty good.

In their breakfast nook, you can find the usual; scrambled eggs, round sausages, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, pastries and you can also make your own waffles.

The coffee and tea bar was located by the tables outside the breakfast nook.

There was plenty of seats and it was comfortable.

My children woke up just in time for a 5-minute sprint for breakfast and when they got to the waffle stand, there was no more batter left. I went into the kitchen and even though it was 2 minutes before 10 am, I asked them for a refill, and they happily obliged. Yay!

At this hotel, there is a Starbucks and a bar called  The Roosevelt.

The Roosevelt served a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, cocktails, beer & wine. It was such a cute and inviting place to hang and grab a quick bite or snack and just chill.

Gym

My son used this facility and he was very excited to show me a basket full of earbuds if you forgot yours, how awesome is that!

Also, a water machine to fill your water bottle. (they thought of everything!)

Pool

The pool was lovely and had plenty of lounge chairs with towels for your use. I dipped my toe to test the water, and it was hell cold. So I decided not to be adventurous that day.

By the pool, you can find an outdoor space with an electric bonfire. It was so cozy and I enjoyed sitting there for a bit.

Staff

All staff we dealt with, were professional and aimed to make your stay a great one. They were courteous and always had a friendly smile.

Bonus

Beside the hotel, you can find Walgreens, to purchase that one thing you forgot at home. (like my daughter’s toothbrush)

Final Thoughts

I would certainly return to this hotel. It was very comfortable and so clean. Everything was pleasing to my eye and it wasn’t noisy. The hallway was brightly lit and I felt safe going to and fro to my room.

We enjoyed our stay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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