I am almost considering boycotting Trip Advisor because I got so nervous with the bad reviews for NO REASON! This place was amazing and beautiful!
My friend and I stayed here for Spring Break week in April. We are both two women in our late 20's from New York. This resort is a good mix of couples, families, and singles. Absolutely no issues at check-in. We got there around 5pm, no lines, check-in took five minutes, and we were greeted with frozen drinks. Most of the workers speak English, so no worries.
Rooms: We stayed in the Junior Suite Deluxe -very modern and clean! FYI, the bathroom doors are sliding frosted glass doors, so you can hear everything (just sayin'). The beds were super comfortable. The maids were very friendly and ALWAYS restocked on towels, drinks, etc. We left $2 on the nightstand for her daily.
Hotel: Very modern and clean. The Barcelo complex is huge -there are three different hotels with a train-type car for transportation between the three of them. The best is definitely the Palace Deluxe. Close to the beach and just convenient. I don't think I saw one bug, anywhere. As far as buying gifts, etc, do NOT buy them from the hotel! Way too expensive. There is a flea market just a little bit aways down the beach (looking at the ocean it would be to the left side). Go there and buy whatever you need, they have everything from liquor, cigars, shirts, statues, jewelry, etc. They name a price and you can talk them down. I bought 2 shirts for $10 each, 3 small bottles of mamajuana for $5 each, and a necklace & matching bracelet with the dominican stone for only $10 total (they wanted $25 for it). Just to give you an idea. There are also vendors selling excursions down there as well. We did not go through them, we went through the hotel... although I bet they are a LOT cheaper.
Beach: BEAUTIFUL!!! I'd say this is the best part of the resort. There is some sea weed, but who cares? There are workers who rake it up through out the day. There were always plenty of beach chairs on the beach... the pool is a different story. When you check-in to the hotel, they give you cards for beach towels, so you won't need to pack your own. FYI -a LOT of people wearing thongs, speedos, and a few topless. Not used to that, being from NY and all, but whatever.
Pool: There are a bunch of pools, one of them is adults only and that was where we hung out most of the time. Most important about the pools: go and get your towels early in the morning when you go down to the buffet for breakfast and put your towels on beach chairs to save them or else there will probably be none left as the day goes on.
Food: Important -I highly suggest you make your dinner reservations for your entire stay, the first day you arrive! We waited a couple days before making ours...stayed for 7 days and only were able to get one reservation for the Japanese restaurant at a decent time in the evening. If you wait until the last minute to try to make reservations, you will either get a late slot (10:30/11pm) or not get one at all. The Japanese place was really good! We had hibachi, very entertaining and the food tasted the same as home (New York). We also heard from others that the Italian restaurant was really good, but we weren't able to get a reservation. FYI- also heard from a bunch of people that the seafood restaurant was horrible. The buffet was where we ate most of the time. Pretty good food, nothing out of this world, but good. The food has a little bit of a different taste than American food. They always had a huge variety of foods, and they switch it up a bit every day. Never had a problem with the service... waitors came over as soon as we sat down, asking what we'd like to drink & filling our glasses with water. We also ate at the Sports Bar one night for dinner -they are open 24 hours. We ordered nachos -that was a joke! It was a small bowl of plain tortilla chips, a side of guac, a side of sour cream, a side of salsa, and a side of cold shredded chicken. Don't order those. I got a burger for my main meal, it was pretty good.
Entertainment: There is a show every evening at 10pm with dancers and singers, etc. Pretty cool. If you have kids, they do something a little earlier in the evening for them with clowns, etc. There is also a nightclub, it's pretty cool. They played good music, both latin and american. There was a casino attached to the club, but we didn't go in it.
Staff: They were all very friendly and attentive. Maybe learn your basic spanish -hello, goodbye, good morning, good evening, thank you, etc. before you go.
All in all, I'd highly recommend this resort. Don't pay attention to the negative reviews on this site. Neither my friend or I got sick. We ran into no problems at all. Check-out was a breeze. Everything was good, food was OK -we are in a different country, so don't expect everything to taste like it does at home. I'd definitely return, but with my boyfriend next time (it's such a romantic place)!
- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel
- Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel Punta Cana
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe*****, a unique and unrepeatable locationon the best beach of Punta Cana, protected by a coral reef that converts the sea into a natural swimming pool.This an all-inclusive luxury gastronomic hotel is a new concept in luxury on the best beach in Punta Cana.All the rooms have terrace and sea views (front or partial) and jacuzzi for two persons with hydrotherapy, Well-being of the latest generation. ... more less
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