After reading ALL the reviews and following the recommandations of a client who's been to DR many times, we decided to stay at VH Gran Ventana for 1 week in june.
We don't regret our decision!! This hotel has the best location on Playa Dorada: best beach (we went looking at other hotels), nice landscape, good snorkeling (not as good as sosua but still), close to everything!! (20 min from airport, 10 min drive from downtown puerto plata)
Yes, this resort is getting old and tired but that's Puerto Plata's story!! And that's also why it's much cheaper than other places in DR...
But overall, it's a very clean resort and has a nice colonial look.
Since it's a small resort, everything is at a very short walking distance (2 min) which we truly appreciated.
Food was ok but a lot of things were not offered even if listed on the menus due to being in low-season. Still, we manage to eat very well,everyday and 3 times a day!!
The drinks weren't watered down AT ALL!! We even had to ask one bartender in particular to drop less booze in our jugs!! LOL
As for the staff, some were VERY nice and helpfull, some weren't AT ALL... As it is everywhere you go, you don't have to leave the country for that!! LOL But most of them were nice & polite.
Animation staff is doing their possible... You can't blame them if the guests refuse to participate...
As for the vendors on the beach, yes they are harrasing but when you know about it before arriving, it seems easier to deal with them. Don't be afraid to turn them down or to refuse looking at their junk; they're used to it.
Don't be afraid neither to take tours with the vendors on the beach, especially Neury and the guy with the silver tooth that I can't remember his name. They both work for the same tour company (GR or GM, can't remember). They're very safe and cheaper than the ones offered in the hotel. You can also get private tours if you ask them. We did cayo paradisio as a regular tour and 27 charcos as a private tour.
For watersports, you can trust the diveshop in the hotel. They have good prices.
Just keep in mind all is negociable in DR!! LOL And Puerto Plata region has SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH to offer!! Just kick back, relax and enjoy you trip!! ;)
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Ventana Beach Hotel
- Gran Ventana Dominican Republic
- Gran Ventana Puerto Plata
- Gran Ventana Beach Resort Puerto Plata
- Hotel Gran Ventana Beach
- Grand Ventana Beach Resort
- Gran Ventana Hotel Dominican Republic