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whala!bavaro
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   El Cortecito | Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Alisios Bavaro Beach Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #55 of 101 Hotels in Punta Cana
Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good break.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spent a week here with my husband, sister and her teenage son and we all had a great vacation. We were celebrating my sisters 40th. and it was our treat so hoped it would all go well and it did. Warm reception from the staff and good first impressions with it being so close to the beach! The lady allocated our rooms right next door to each other so we were very pleased about that and found the rooms very clean and with everything we needed for a beach break. Cleaners came in and put clean towels and cleaned up and we loved being on the first floor so we could look out over the pool. The beach is really fantastic so if you are a beach lover you will adore this place. We spend most of our time there sipping cold drinks, enjoying the sun the and watching the world go by. I think the price we paid for all 4 of us was super reasonable and if you want a beach hotel without breaking the bank have a good look at this one. It certainly worked for us and my sister
says it was the best birthday gift she ever got!

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Charlottetown, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed at many all inclusive properties in Mexico, DR and Cuba and this was the least enjoyable. I strongly doubt if some of the resent reviews are actually written by guests.Just came back from 10 days at Whala Bavar ( Nov. 25- Dec 5 ),and while I must agree the staff were friendly and the property was kept very clean parts of the property had a prevailing smell of sewar. Although not the fault of the hotel, the beach was covered in literally tons of seaweed most of the time we were there and by the 10 th. day, it smelt bad. The first 5 days we were there we never heard English, the hotel being , as told to us by front desk desk staff, was 97 % filled with Russians who make for less than ideal fellow guests . There isn't really any bar or lounge other than 4 plastic tables at the beach bar , thus no place to gather and absolutely nothing to do in the evenings. The small town spoken of is actually an intersection with a small strip mall and a coffee shop and a bar that serves pizza. The coffee shop made life bearable as we went there every evening for a decent coffee and were server by an always welcoming and smiling Judy. Considering the price of an all inclusive vacation compared to paying airfare and then hotel expenses there really shouldn't be anything to complain about as you get a lot for your dollar but trust me, throw a few more dollars into the pot and stay somewhere else and I would strongly suggest finding out the hotels clientele during the period you are planning to travel. Again, I must mention that the front desk staff in particular were always friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: The best and quietest rooms are in the suites section but they only have 1 bed.
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whala! was a great hotel to stay in. I went with my family and we all found something to love about it.
The town is only small, has some interesting stores, bar, cafe, mini supermarket and a pizza place.
You can walk down the street it's close to the hotel. This is a safe area, very rustic but you soon get used to it, we had no trouble whatsoever.
The beach is one minute walk away, and is amazing the dream became reality.
The complex is small and well kept, beach style, our room was lovely and the maid left it spotless.
We went for the all inclusive option and I would recommend it, lunch and dinner is similar but the desserts and breakfast are special.
The staff are lovely and do their work with a smile.
We would stay again, it is affordable, covered the basics you look for in a vacation but had something special.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snellville, Georgia
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i said at the walla resort in punta cana in nov 2014 to be honest i cant complain about nothing.in my opinion the place was clean laid back and well worth the money.i took the all inclusive package and the food was good and staff was friendly

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good location and near restaurants and bars. Hotel has a mixture of every nationality you can imagine but everyone seemed to get along well. Next time will stay for 7 to 10 nights maximum because two weeks is a bit long. If you want a clean and friendly hotel it is a good choice.

  • Stayed November 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always wanted to visit Bavaro as we had already been to Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata in the past years. Well the rooms are large and nice with good working air con and the pool is super nice. Staff assisted us with everything and on our last day they arranged all our taxi back to the airport. Best place to relax.

  • Stayed November 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We found this an excellent hotel, with friendly staff and a warm welcome on our arrival.

- freshly decorated room
- relaxed, personable staff
- nice to have a choice of restaurants and bar
- sandy beaches

Thank you for the professional service, good food and clear communication.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about whala!bavaro

Address: El Cortecito | Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Formerly Alisios Bavaro Beach Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Punta Cana
#39 Romantic Hotel in Punta Cana
#46 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#49 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — whala!bavaro 3*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rooms and apartments. 30 double rooms and 6 apartments under German management. Accommodation: All rooms are equipped with bathroom, shower, safe, air condition, ceiling fan, Cable TV, Mini Bar. The Hotel features a swimming pool and sunbeds. For our Guests we offer free wireless internet access in our lobby. Security 24/7. Location: Located in the center of Los Corales de Bavaro with unlimited access to all the sun, beach, shopping and dining in Bavaro. Our Hotel Beach Club is only 30 meters walking distance. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Alisios Bavaro Beach Hotel
Hotel Alisios Bavaro Beach

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