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Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

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Carretera las Terrenas, El Limon Km. 4, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic (Formerly El Portillo Beach Resort)
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  • Rooms
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2008

We just spent a week at the El Portillo and we liked it overall. Just as some people already noted, this is definitely not a 5 star hotel. The resort : Very clean, very spacious and well maintained enough. The cleaning staff definitely works harder than the waiting staff! We had a standard room in villa number 2, close to... More 

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2008

This resort looks nice from the outside. But it is not a 5 star resort like they claim it to be – it is far from that. The rooms are terrible. They are not very clean and a lot of things are broken and simply do not get repaired. The food is OK, but most drinks are a joke. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2008

My wife and I (early 50’s) traveled to Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo from March 3- 10 with my 78 year old mother-in-law. We had read about the Samana area for the last couple of years and were interested in seeing what it was like after trips to Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Jamaica and Bermuda. Price was right and reviews... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2008

This hotel is three and half hours drive from Puerto Plata airport ( Punta Cana airport is closer ). I had no idea it would take so long and the journey in the dark was quite frightening at times. The hotel eventually appears out of the darkness like an oasis. The rooms are very nice although very few have a... More 

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Laurentides, Québec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

We just come back from BP El Portillo. We were there from Feb 29 to March 14 - 2008. We booked by Vacances Air Transat with flight in Club Class. It begin very well the holidays. The flight was on time ( go & back ) with an excellent service on the airplane. The check-in have been made in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

This will be short but very accurate. We enjoyed every aspect of this vacation. The destination was beautiful. The hotel grounds and facilities were were above average. The room was lovely and well stocked with all that we needed. The staff was excellent, helpful and always generous with their smiles and their attemps to communicate were always sprinkled with humour.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2008

Stayed March 3-10. The weather was great. Weather reports for Samana predicted scattered showers every day, yet it only rained a couple of times for 10 minutes or so. The resort is clean and beautiful. It's beach wide, with a light golden sand and clear, warm water. The coral reafs near shore are full of colourful fish and sea life.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2008

Hi, I just returned (3rd of March) from a week vacation at this resort and stayed in the junior suite as a golden member. The 90 minute bus ride was most pleasant as it turned out to be a tour like ride. Beware though, no toilet on board! Same bad comments I've read about or noticed kept coming back: lack... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2008

Our experience at this hotel was very positive., and we found the comments in other complimentary reviews fairly accurate. Rather than repeat them I'll simply add a few observations either not covered, or not as we found things. Firstly walking shorts for men are acceptable at the buffet; long pants are required for the a la carte. The beach is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2008

We stayed at the resort from feb 4 to the 18th 2008. Transportation to the resort was 1 hour and 45 min by bus without facilities. Check in took 1 hour even though there were only 8 couples. The privilege of using the safe costs a whopping $31 USD a week even with having paid extra for the gold club.... More 

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