We stayed at the Barcelo Capella for a week in early January and got a really good rate. We requested and received Buidling 4 with oceanview. Rooms are a good size and sink outside the bathroom was nice. Lighting was a little dim. They only provide 2 towels per day with no washclothes, so if you want some, bring your own. Rooms were cleaned every day and bottle water, beer, soda replaced daily in fridge. Pillows are horrible - bring your own if you are choosy.
Buffet was average, but had a huge selection. Pasta bar a favorite for most, busy. Got a little boring towards week end though. Went to french restaurant and paid the extra $10 pp (or $20 for lobster) and was a nice break/definitely worth money. Also went across the street to italian restaurant - very good! Tried to go back was closed for night. They also will do takeout pizza, $10 for pie. Went to al a carte restaurant on the beach, most food was not good, but people who got seafood said theirs was.
Hotel grounds are very beautiful, lush and huge. Beach is also one of largest we've been to in our 7 trips to the Caribbean. No problem finding beach chairs. Vendors are a nuisance but we did buy a few things so the convenience of having them right there was nice. Most resorts have private beaches and not sure why this resort allows vendors on.
Kids with us (early 20's) enjoyed the mini golf, basketball, shuffle board, chess, tennis, beach volleyball, pool games, etc. Also enjoyed the disco at night, although music TOO loud! Drinks are 1/2 filled with alcohol, guess so people don't keep coming back for more! Just average brands, have to pay extra if you want top shelf.
They say the hotel water and ice are filtered. We all had minor stomach issues while there, but could have been the unusual food and too much alcohol, who knows.
My daughter was very nervous about going to this resort after reading the not so good reviews, but had a great time. The resort is not like the Hyatt in the US, more like a Holiday Inn Express, but it's all relative - for people who live without running water or electricity, it must be a palace. We all had a really good time, the weather was perfect, and it is, afterall, not the "states".
We would return to this hotel. If you're looking for a moderate hotel with a good price, I would recommend.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Capella Beach Hotel
- Barcelo Santo Domingo
- Barcelo Cappella Beach Resort
- Capella Beach Resort
- Barcello Capella
- Cappella Beach Resort