My reviews are unbiased as I travel as a wedding photographer and do not chose the hotels I stay at.
So... this is a massive hotel resort which is all connected via their own efficient bus system. I am not sure you could see this whole resort in one week. There are of course different levels of quality around the resort and like many other hotels worldwide different coloured bands means different levels of comfort.
Buffet food is pretty much the same in all the restaurants you will just dine in different / better / newer soundings.
A la carte restaurants have the usual old fashioned first come / first served / advanced booking - it's honesty like a big organized mess, patience is needed. The food is a bit hit and miss, some of the group hated some of the a la carte's and some loved them. I personally had an amazing ribeye steak in the steak house and the Spanish tapas were good. But the buffet is very good and very varied with different nightly themes which is nice.
The beach is one of the nicest beaches I have seen for a few years. Pure white soft sand, no seaweed, wide and long with no rocks anywhere.
The wifi is free around the resort. It's patchy and speeds vary but in the receptions it's fast and efficient.
Ok for a wedding there you will not find this to be the prettiest hotel, there s little or no architecture to use as a photographer. But that said the beach is amazing and you will get those beach shots people envision. Two choices for ceremony location, on the beach or a cute gazebo that will give you more privacy.
Would I spend my own money to go to this hotel? No. Mexico seems to have invested in the upkeep of their hotels much better, some TLC is visibly needed at this hotel, and in Mexico the a la carte restaurants have a modern system that we all enjoy back home in North America with a first come first served, no advanced booking and if busy they give you a pager whilst you have a drink. Not rocket science but makes a big difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa enjoys a privileged, sea-front location on the renowned Playa Bavaro. The resort, located on a sprawling estate of lush tropical vegetation and a coconut plantation, is next to the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa, the Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino & Royal Suites. The facilities of these adjoining resorts are open to guests of the Grand Palladium Punta Cana (excluding the Royal Suites). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort And Spa
- Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort Spa