I stayed here as a package from jetblue getaways. Flight and hotel for a week it was a great deal. Unfortunately not as amazing as it should have been.
Upon arrival we waited for a shuttle to take us there, the shuttle stops at 5 or 6 amazing hotels before you get to Barcelo. Disappointment then sets in.
They assigned us a room far away from everything, good thing nothing worked in it. We went back asked for another room. They assigned us the floor directly below that one. After walking all the way across the property three times now with luggage that room hadn't even been cleaned. We lucked out on the 3rd try with a room across the street on the beach side. Not an ocean view but it was clean.
Staff was a hit or miss, I had to speak spanish to get any service during the meals. They literally ignored us otherwise. Food was mediocre, same thing more or less every night. The lunch is hamburgers and hotdogs buffet style. Drinks were so watered down it was a joke.
What I hated the most was the amount of hustlers trying to sell goods on the beach. Im laid out tanning I don't want to buy this massive painting you did of the beach or jewelry I can get at claires.
But what really got me, locals can buy day passes during the weekends to enjoy use of the pool. The weekend I was there it was like chuck e cheese or discovery zone (remember that?!?!) kids everywhere, using 5 loungers for 2 persons but come meal time not a single one remained. This place was only good because of the value I got for the entire trip. Would I suggest anyone goes and paid full price absolutely not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Talanquera Resort is ideally located just steps away from Juan Dolio Beach. Perfect for nature lovers, this 120 room hotel is nestled amongst gardens and native trees giving the hotel grounds the appearance of a tropical forest. This beachfront property is only 45 minutes from Las Americas International Airport (Santo Domingo), 90 minutes from La Romana International Airport and 10 minutes from the town of Juan Dolio. Some of the facilities are: 120 rooms - Air conditioned Garden view or Ocean view rooms, fully furnished with 1 king bed or 2 double beds, bathroom with shower/tub combination, hairdryer, satellite TV, mini fridge, coffee maker, safety deposit box ($), balcony or terrace (Max occupants. 4 persons) Guests enjoy 3 pools (including kid’s area), 1 buffet restaurant,3 bars (beach, pool and Disco bar), daily activities, Introductory scuba lessons ($), Snorkeling, Kayaking, Aerobics, beach volleyball, shows & entertainment. Internet access is available at the lobby ($), tours desk and gift shop available within the hotel grounds.In the Juan Dolio area within 10 miles you can also find: casino, golf courses, restaurants and shops. ... more less