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Barcelo Punta Cana
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Arena Gorda Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #66 of 100 hotels in Punta Cana
Toronto, Canada
1 review
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“Fantastic holiday,premium suite all the way.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Our holiday started a rough when the front desk couldn't find our reservation. And yes believe the the reviews, there is an issue with the front desk. Very disorganized, not very helpful. But by the next day we had everything straightened out by the girls up in the Club Premium.
If you plan on going to this resort pay the extra money and get the premium suite. Trust me. It so worth it. You get a bigger room, better views, and premium suite benefits. Such as club members lounge with bar, games, TV, free Internet, snacks, etc. the kids loved it. The staff was amazing. Thank you Rosa, Yessica and Angela.
They treated our family kindly and were so accommodating. You girls made our trip. We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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barcelopc, Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear Guest,
We would like to thank you for your feedback about your recent stay with us, being of the utmost importance for us and our main source to improve our facilities and service.
It's a pleasure to know that you had a good time with us in general and you will keep a good memory of Punta Cana and our Hotel.
Your special mention of the staff, like Rosa, Yessica and Angela that enhanced the quality of your trip is also greatly appreciated. We recognize that our staff plays a valuable role in the vacation experience of our guests, but reviews like yours serve to motivate us even more.
We certainly hope you will decide to visit us again in the future, thus giving us another chance not only to comply with, but to exceed your highest expectations.
Yours sincerely,
Sandy Pfeil
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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We got here at night, it is a beautiful hotel, but do not judge a book by its cover! It was dirty! Our room had bugs, and our toilet did not flush!!! No one came to look at it either! We only stayed one night and never again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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barcelopc, Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear Alyssa,
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to communicate your opinion about your last stay at Barcelo Punta Cana.
We are very concerned to read that your experience with us did not live up to our usual level of service . Indeed, your well being and entire satisfaction is our primary goal.
We would like to extend our most sincere apologies for any inconveniences or difficulties you may have experienced during your short stay with us.
We will be very glad if you give us the opportunity to host you again in the near future!
Regards
Sandy Pfeil
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Kansas City, Missouri
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I am a travel agent and travel all over the Caribbean and check out many hotels. If this hotel was rated a 5 star, I would not give it the best reviews, but it is EXACLTY and more of what you would expect a 3 1/2 star to be, which is exactly what it is rated. For the people that tear it down and have gave it horrible reviews, they must of been expecting a 4 1/2 or 5 star property. Head down to the Bavaro Beach Palace and pay the money if you are expecting a perfect resort.

With that being said, I loved this resort and enjoyed it very much. You can ALWAYS get into the Restaurants, even if you don't have a reservation. The staff is there it make you happy and it shows. The check-in was a little slow and from what I gather is that they move slower in their country than Americans are used to. The place is a little old, but not bad at all. The grounds, pools, beach, restaurants all are well kept and very clean! Our room was older, but the bed was new, the pillows, mattress, blankets, and all the furniture are new and met all of our expectations. Esmer, a waiter was wonderful! If you find him, tip him good and he will smile and take care of you the entire time you are there.

One tip that I have, if you leave the resort and go shopping 2 miles down the road, do not use the first shops that you come to. We learned the hard way. Walk past all of them and head to the back. You get things 60% priced less in each and everyone one of the shops in the middle and back of the shopping village.
Barceló is a great property.

Room Tip: Oceanfront in building 1,2,or 3
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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barcelopc, Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear Customer,
Greetings, thanks for choosing Barceló Punta Cana for your holidays. It was a pleasure to have you with us, Thanks for taking time to value and rate our product and services. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We hope you give us another chance to serve you, if you happen to visit Punta Cana in the future.
With best regards,
Sandy Pfeil
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We just returned to Dublin after spending the most fantastic two weeks at the Barcelo hotel. We can honestly say it was the best holiday we ever had from the time we checked in until the time we left. Sandy (manager) and all her lovely staff were so welcoming and the treatment we got was very high standard. This was our second time to visit this hotel and it gets better.The restaurants are very high standard, and our favourite was the Mirador . The weather was lovely, the beach is what you imagine the caribbean to be. We can see ourselves returning here again in the near future. Its great value for money and a dollar tip goes a long way, would definately recommend this hotel for all ages. My thanks to Sandy and the hard working friendly staff who made this a fantastic holiday.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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barcelopc, Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear Patrick & Jackie,
We appreciate the time you invested in writing a review of your recent stay and on behalf the entire team at Barcelo Punta Cana we would like to express our gratitude for the kind words you have submitted about us. Also, we would like to sincerely thank you for acknowledging so many positive elements experienced during your vacations. Please rest assured that we will share your comments with the rest of the team.
We are proud in creating memories that last a lifetime, give unforgettable experiences to our guests and pleased to see that we have reached our goal.
You can be assured that we look forward to welcoming you “back home” where your Dominican family awaits you.
Best Regards
Sandy Pfeil
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

My wife stayed at the Barcelo for our honeymoon. We had a tough time finding a place that we wanted to stay. The main reason that we chose the Barcelo was that they had a package that included airfare and so we were sold. The resort is quite a drive from the Punta Cana airport. When we arrived we were checked in very quickly by a friendly front desk representative and were on our way to our room. Much to my dismay we were assigned a room that had a terrible view and we weren't able to see the ocean but instead we saw some jungle and a service road that was used for deliveries. The room was clean and comfortable but it didn't cool down that much and I had a tough time sleeping after a long day at the beach and pool. We had a nice mini fridge in the room in which we could store drinks that we purchased.

The pool and beach area were wonderful, so long as you didn't wander off the part of the beach that belonged to the resort. We made the mistake of wandering too far and as soon as we neared another property we were bombarded by locals trying to get us to tour their resort. They would even chase after us after we said no. We eventually gave up and just stayed around the beach in front of the resort. There was always a place for us to sit and nobody was fighting over lounge chairs like I've seen at other resorts. We would walk down to the pool around 8 or 9 and claim our spots with towels and then go to breakfast.

The food at the resort was amazing for it being an all-inclusive resort. They did an excellent job of representing all of the different cultures that visit the resort. We could eat American food, Mexican, European or Asian cuisine. They even had sit down restaurants that had awesome food but those places required a reservation which wasn't had to get. We only ate at the Italian Restaurant and enjoyed it quite a lot.

My one disappointment was the lack of internet access. They had a pay service that you could use but it only allowed 1 of you access at a time. So my wife and I had to alternate using our devices to talk with family back home. In today's age I figured most high end resorts would have better access to internet, not this location.

We mainly went down for a nice relaxing honeymoon away from the cold winter that had claimed Michigan. We got exactly what we wanted. The weather was wonderful, hot but not humid and sun almost every day we were there. There was plenty of adult beverages and wonderful food and we left happy and relaxed. I would book again if nothing else was available but I would first try some of the other resorts in the area before booking back at the Barcelo.

Room Tip: Try to get a room that faces the water and not the service road.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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barcelopc, Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Guest,
We greatly appreciate that you have chosen Barcelo Punta Cana for your holidays and Honeymoon. It is through communications of this nature that our customers give us an opportunity to assess and evaluate our performance, as well as to ensure that we maintain and deliver the level of service expected from us. It is a pleasure to read that you enjoyed a nice time with us, which reflects the commitment and quality of service we have exhibited through the years.
Thank you for taking the time of sharing your opinion with us which we will take in the highest consideration, especially your comment regarding the Internet accses.
Thank you for your comments and it would be a pleasure having you back as our guests!
Regards from Punta Cana!
Sandy Pfeil
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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I stayed at the Barceló Punta Cana beginning of April 2013. Looked great when we pulled up but it went downhill from there. Check in line was terrible. Two people working behind the desk, no specific line, people cutting each other, took over an hour to check in and our room wasn't even ready.

Restaurants/Bars -- Food was ok, not the greatest. A lot of fried and greasy food, stale bread at the buffet. It was hard to find something really good to eat, although the fresh fruit was delicious. The reservation system for the restaurants is terrible. Nothing available everyday except for 9:30pm and you can only make reservations that same morning. Well, nothing is still available! Don't drink any water but bottled water from your room because even the bottled water provided to guests has ice in it. Alcoholic drinks were not that good. Ordered the same drink from 3 different bars and received 3 different drinks! NO consistency in the bartenders!!

Beach -- Beautiful! No other words to describe the beach. Best part of the vacation. The waves were big and water was too strong one of the days but overall it was beautiful!

Beach/Pool towels -- terrible system. They wouldn't give you a towel unless you had a senseless piece of paper that we were never given. Second day on the beach absolutely no beach towels after 3pm. We asked the girl and 3 times she said, "Come back in 25 minutes." She lied they never got any beach towels. Complained to guest services -- nothing was done.

Casino -- a joke. Very sketchy and half of the machines were broken and on the floor.

Theater -- Shows/entertainment were good.

Shopping -- Gift shops at the hotel were poor. Items were very expensive.

Rooms -- ok. First 2 nights were fine. Beautiful view. Clock didn't work, no ironing board. Shower was awful - there is only glass on 1/2 the shower so the entire bathroom is flooded. You get out and almost kill yourself on the floor because it's so slippery. And needless to say there are tiny bugs crawling all over the bathroom floor. Word of advice = where your sandals!!!
Worst of all -- the 3rd day we found a HUGE trail of ants from outside the room all along the wall next to one of the beds. Hotel sprayed for bugs while we were there and we almost died from the fumes. Come to find out we came back to our room later that day and found bugs ON ONE OF THE BEDS!! They were a different kind of bug that was on the floor earlier that day. Asked the maids to change our beds, they did, but still some bugs on the bed. They obviously didn't change the comforter. Asked to switch to another room. Guest services showed us 2 rooms first - one with 2 bugs on the comforter of one of the beds and the other room with no bugs in the bed but bugs and ants all over the floor and counters!!! Apparently this hotel sprayed for bugs -- maybe it wasn't the right chemical!!!

We ended up switching hotels by the end of the night. I was NOT sleeping in any of those beds. I'm not sure why no one else had a problem with this unless they just didn't see the bugs. Word of advice -- no matter where or what hotel you are in CHECK YOUR BED!

I would never stay at this resort again or recommend it to anyone else!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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barcelopc, Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear Kristen & Lynn,
First of all thank you for having chosen Barcelo Punta Cana as your holiday destination.
We want you to know, that your opinion is very important and valuable to us. For this reason, your comments are taken with special consideration as they help us identifying our improvement areas, giving us the opportunity to correct them, and thus achieve to offer our guests a service of the highest quality.
We look forward to welcoming you on a future occasion, in this way show our commitment for service and customer satisfaction, and quality assurance stamp of our family Barceló Hotels & Resorts.
Sincerely
Sandy Pfeil
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I was at this property for a friend's wedding in April. The property is very nice and the beach is spectacular. The food was very good and the a la cartes were great, especially the Japanese restaurant. I paid about 1450 CDN for a single room which was nice to have although it was tucked away in one corner of the resort. On tripcentral I could have gone to a higher rated resort on a higher-end island (Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica) for about the same, but I really did not have a choice as it was a destination wedding.

The biggest negative is the casino that is on the property. THIS IS A RIPOFF joint! I know that the Barcelo brand is fairly reputable but the operators of the casino (apparently it is not managed by Barcelo but rather by a subcontracted outfit) as simple thugs/con-artists. A friend of mine was scammed out of 1500 CDN on the a bingo type ball game located near the cashier cage. In addition, the cashier will not exchange chips to cash properly and will try to cheat you as they assume that you are a couple of drinks in. It is so sad that an otherwise wonderful vacation was ruined by these scam artists. I have gambled at casinos throughout the world and I understand that most Caribbean casinos have awful odds when compared to Vegas or even Canadian casinos, but I always expect that the dealers and staff are not stealing from me, this is not the case at this resort.

As much as Barcelo is not involved in the operation of this casino, I still hold them 100% responsible. After my vacation I noticed that a number of previous guests complained about this shady operation and Barcelo has done nothing to change this. Probably because it is such a huge money maker for them.

As I said before it is really unfortunate that the casino experience ruined my week and the week of the wedding party. I have to admit that if the casino experience had not happened, I would have provided a 4 star rating for the property. The non-casino staff, food, drinks, pool, beaches, etc are all great. Having said that I will never stay at a Barcelo property again. I figure that if they are willing to work with such shady operators in the casino, where else are they cutting corners?

Room Tip: Rooms that do not face the beach are quieter as the pool area can get quite loud during the day. Ot...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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barcelopc, Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Dear Guest,
First of all thank you for having chosen Barcelo Punta Cana as your holiday destination.
We want you to know, that your opinion is very important and valuable to us. For this reason, your comments are taken with special consideration as they help us identifying our improvement areas, giving us the opportunity to correct them, and thus achieve to offer our guests a service of the highest quality. Please rest assured that your comments regarding the Casino will be discussed with the Casino Manager.
We look forward to welcoming you on a future occasion, in this way show our commitment for service and customer satisfaction, and quality assurance stamp of our family Barceló Hotels & Resorts.
Sincerely
Sandy Pfeil
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Address: Arena Gorda Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#43 Spa Hotel in Punta Cana
#55 Top resorts Hotel in Punta Cana
#58 On the Beach Hotel in Punta Cana
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Barcelo Punta Cana 3.5*
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