we went down for a last minute vacation to Barcelo because of the great deal we got. we went through many reviews and were very pleased about what people were saying about this resort. we had a great time there. the food was better than most 5 stars with the 6 al la carte rest. plus the buffet put on a good spread every night with the menu changing daily. the entertainment crew was fantastic putting on very good nightly shows and always trying to get people involved in the daily activities through out the day. the beach was very nice and you could always find a chair or shade when needed with a bar and grill right next to the beach to satisfy you through out the day.the only part you had to put up with was the vendors that walk up and down the beach every day hitting on you to buy. they were friendly but always coming back to try to sell to you. the pool area was nice but a little smaller for the size of the resort and number of rooms you would expect it to be quite larger. it did have one swim up bar which always had your regulars parking themselves for an hour or so mid day on the stools making it awkward at times to get in there for a drink. you should always get up before 9am to get a chair at the pool.
they have many sections of this resort different ratings. we were in the prestige section bldg. 10-12 I believe which was where I think you may want to be. this area is closer to the beach and next to the pool area which does not get the noise that the others got around the front and rear entrances which get the bar noise from coco bongo up until 6 am.
now the kicker, this hotel allows their patrons to bring in local girls from the community for the weekend or night to due their business which made my wife very uncomfortable. there were at least a half dozen girls through out our stay parading around with these guys. some of these girls are not even 18 yet the hotel turns a blind eye to this. I'll leave it at that and you can imagine the rest. but overall if you can get past that you will have a great time at this place. the bar and restaurant staff were very friendly and they were always there to get you anything you needed. the grounds were always kept clean and they were doing this all day. the hotel has security on site 24-7 and they were always around if and when needed.
So would we would would go back to this hotel if we got the same the same deal. I think we would definitely try it again since we do not have kids that travel with us.
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- Barcelo Puerto Plata Hotel Puerto Plata
- Puerto Plata Barcelo
- Grand Flamenco
- Occidental Grand Puerto Plata
- Occidental Grand Flamenco Puerto Plata
- Grand Puerto Plata
- Flamenco Occidental
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