I'll start with the cons.
Food: While the buffet was very very GREAT, the hotel has a few other restaurants here which you have to get reservations for, including: Gourmet, Steakhouse, Japanese, Mediterranean. These restaurants were average to below average. You have limited choices at these restaurants in terms of what you can order and the food at these places was just "ok" and in some instances, The Mediterranean, the food was just bad.
Rooms: The rooms aren't that great. Don't expect a lavish 5 star quality room. First off there is no thermostat in the room, so if you enjoy sleeping in a comfortably chilly room like I do, you don't really get that. The beds are pretty stiff & cheap and they don't change the sheets every day. Yes you heard me right. Also because it's a tropical environment, it's hard to keep the humidity out of the room, so your room feels almost as muggy as it does outside. The television in the room had limited options, no on-demand movie options at all, the tv reception was poor (there was a lot of static) and the channel selection was poor.
Room Service: The room service is from 11am-11pm from an extremely limited menu of about 8 or so items, none of which are very appetizing, except maybe the hamburger? Either way, chances are if you're ordering from the room service menu, you're desperately hungry.
Pros: Beautiful location, obviously. The food here (at the buffet) was shockingly good. My expectations were very low since it's an all inclusive but the buffet here was OUTSTANDING. Every single day they have a different theme for the food including: Italian, Dominican, Spanish, etc. Excursions? Lots of options! Sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, zip-lining, swimming with dolphins, fishing, 4-wheeler driving, you name it! I highly recommend you do some of these because they will really enhance your trip!
It's a great place to get away and despite the cons, I'd definitely come back.
I would stay at the Iberostar Grand instead of the Bavaro next time though. I took a tour of that place and WOW it's nice! For an extra $180 a night what you get is dramatically different.
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On behalf of the Hotel Manager, Mr. Dejan Grubanov, we thank you for taking the time to post a review about your stay at the Iberostar Bavaro and for choosing our hotel for your holidays.
We are very to read that you enjoyed a memorable holidays thanks to the beauty of premises, the variety of our gastronomy and the friendliness of our staff members. Those are part of our philosophy in Iberostar Hotels and Resorts.
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Our team in Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro will be more than happy to assist you. We stay at your entire disposition for any request you may have before your next visit,
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