This was our 11th trip to Dreams and as always a very enjoyable one. Many of the reviews are very detailed so I will give one more from a family with young children perspective and our general likes.
Room: First off, we have stayed in both the old tower and preferred side and we find that the old tower is just as comfortable. If you really need the space and a large balcony then the preferred side is the way to go. They recently repainted the walls and retiled the bathtub in the old tower. I find the location of the old tower more convenient when I need to go back and forth from the pool or beach multiple times in the day. With the preferred side it was nice to have the tub on the balcony.
Food: If you have children who still drink milk daily just order 1 liter of milk from room service. This saves you from ordering a glass of milk several times a day. My eldest has been drinking the milk there for several years without any problems. Don't be alarmed when the milk arrives in a tetra-pack and is not refrigerated. The milk has been ultra-pasteurized. My children enjoyed the spaghetti with meat sauce, pizza and tortilla soup from room service. Each of the non-adult restaurant had high chairs and children's menu.
My personal favorites has always been the escargots, calamari and meat and seafood lovers at Oceana's. The melted cheese appetizer, chicken mole and fresh fish ceviche at El Patio. The onion soup and steaks at Seaside. With young children we have not been able to enjoy Portofinos yet. The portions at all the restaurants are small, but this allows you to have an appetizer and dessert without being to full.
Don't forget there is small shack on the beach in front of the old tower that is the Barefoot Grill for burgers, hot dogs, etc...for lunch and Coco cafe adjacent to the gift shop for espressos, cappicionos and snacks.
Activities: We are what you would call helicopter parents (children always within our sights), but the kids club staff are really great that we allowed our daughter to attend it several times over the course of six days. My daughter called it her school in Mexico and remembered the name of one of the staff from just spending an hour in there six months earlier. Check the daily activity sheet called the sundial to find out what activities are available. The children to kids ratios were really good, the only issue is you don't know the age range until you get there. This is not the hotel's fault. Sample activities included bungee trampoline daily around 11am, cookie making, arts and crafts, sand castle building, playing in the pool, movie nights on the beach, treasure hunt (happens only on Tuesday so don't miss out).
The activities staff are the best and more recently they have visiting professionals from tennis coaches, Pilates instructors to yoga instructor.
Location: The location just can't be beat with the private beach. The airport ride is just $260 pesos and the ride back is $160 pesos. The hotel is only a 10 minute cab ride to the Malecon (try going on a Saturday or Sunday evening as it is much more livelier).
Other: The hotel offers free portrait sessions with no obligations to buy. I would highly suggest Cris, she does an amazing job with young children. We have used her twice already and were ver pleased with the results.
If you can bring pesos. Much more convenient and cost savings to use pesos. We would tip based on the following in pesos, but you can do more or less based on your ability and the level of service you received: $40 for maid, $20 in the mini-fridge, $20 for turn down service, $50 for breakfast, $20 for lunch at barefoot grill or $50 if at world cafe for lunch, $100 for dinner, $50 for room service ($20 only if ordering only milk) and $100 two times a day if we have ordering drinks all day. Even
This was our first time during Easter break and there were plenty of palapas for the beach even with people reserving them early. The pool area was a different story, as a common courtesy to other guests remove your towels if you're done for the day. We have gone at other times in the year and this was never an issue before with people reserving chairs and there not being enough. If you have a late flight ask for a late check out. It cost us $10 US to stay until 2pm which allowed the kids to play longer and get in a nap.
Staff: These individuals are really the star of this hotel. We return year after year because of them. Please tip as they really do work hard to make your stay pleasant. Any complaints about staff not being fast enough or not smiling is just ludicrous. Try running back and forth all day bringing drinks in the hot sun, there is going to be a point in time where you might not be smiling. They work anywhere from 10-12 hours a day. Some specials thanks to:
Bethy for being the first smile we see as we arrive.
Jessica, Rubi and Alejendra from the kids club.
Juan, Tony, Oscar, Ezie and I'm missing a few people from the entertainment staff.
Analisa for keeping our room spotless even with the mess of two kids.
Lilia, Salvador, Ismael, Orlando, Christian, Daniel and a few others whose names escapes me at this time from the bar and restaurants.
See you again in a few months!
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