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“Grand Paradise Samana” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Paradise Samana
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Las Galeras, Dominican Republic (Formerly Casa Marina Bay)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Las Galeras
Toronto, Ontario
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Grand Paradise Samana”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Grand Paradise Samana from Feb 12-19,2013. We flew with Westjet into the Samana airport, which is very nice. Thank you to Herman our Westjet/Hola tour rep., for the history lesson on Samana! A very big thank you to Noris Silverio , mgr reservations,
who answered all my email questions very quickly. One more thank you to Armando Trinidad our driver to Samana, you can find Armando at the taxi station in the hotel parking lot.
We had and excellant week at the hotel. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The food was good and the desserts yummy...lots of choices. We really liked the coffee with warm milk.
The property was expansive and beautiful and we really appreciated the ability to walk for miles in either direction. The town of Las Galeras was close for shopping. We enjoyed watching the horses from our oceanview balcony! We went whale watching with Kim Bidell and saw several whales.

Room Tip: Second floor oceanview was nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We just returned from 2 weeks and were pleasantly surprised. I had read some reviews and was leary, but was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and the staff were all very friendly, courteous, respectful and helpful and always happy and smiling.
The rooms were nice and it is a beautiful location with the mountains surrounding.
The beach was better than I hoped, however it is not like in Punta cana, but smaller and narrower and the water is not always as clear as we are used to but it was very warm and there was alwys lots of room for everyone and shade if u wanted it..
Also this resort was quieter and we enjoyed that and there were always chairs any time of the day!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, the grounds were kept clean and so were the rooms and especially the bathrooms were well maintained.
Also a plus there were not the sellers going up and down the beach like in Punta Cana, or mexico- that was a REAL plus!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: The rooms do not have a coffee msker. I brought one
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

My husband and I have had several trips to Punta Cana, once to Playa del Carmen and we wanted to try something new as we really liked our previous experience. If to be short, here are some highlights.

Advantages: 1) from Samana to Las Galeras this hotel has the best beach (however not as great as in Punta Cana); 2) Bungalows (not a standard room) are nice. We had to pay $25 per person/day extra to be upgraded there; 3) Nice photo team

Disadvantages: 1) Food is really repetitive and poor quality; 2) very small lobby; 3) awful coffee; 4) it is the only hotel around the area; 5) there was a lot of grass in the water, so instead of soft sand you will have to walk on a grass; 6) sometimes you will have homeless dogs running on the beach

Overall:
1) Will I come back?
Yes, only if I wont have money for a better place, as long as I don't expect Four Seasons service
2) Did I enjoy my trip?
Yes I did, after we changed the room
3) What is the best advantage?
We didn't eat any single night at regular restaurant. There were no problems reserving your dinner nightly at Seafood/Italian Restaurant, so it compensated somehow redundancy and overall frustration with the food selection.

Room Tip: Bungalow is much better than any regular room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Overall the place is satisfactory, but nor for families. We experienced TOTAL nudity on the beach every day of our stay (2 weeks- Jan.-Feb.) We saw the lady totally naked lying on her back on the lounge chair on the beach every day. Little kids were standing around her. Finally we went to the front desk to complain about it, but there was no action. We also complained to the rep of the tour operator (Sunwing) but again no action was taken. The people at the resort told us that this has been going on already for 2 months. That's why we think people should be warned that this place is appropriate for adults only and not for families.

Room Tip: Block 5, 6, and7
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Staff and employees were outstanding and the restaurant staff went out of their way to be of assistance.
Reservations were made by one living in the Dominican Republic...and the registration using the passports and AMEX went reasonably well...but they did not place the names of those staying anywhere in the system...only the one making the registration....if there had been an emergency in the US, NO CONTACT COULD HAVE BEEN MADE...
Only one plastic entry card per room....additional was US$5.00
Very poorly lit paths with uneven stone pavement handicap compatible it is NOT
Towels were old & worn....looked dingy....
ALL Wifi was an expense..$14.99 per day is what I bought....
Upon checking out for departure....t he ONLY RECEIPT was the AMEX card receipt...no itemized accounting copy....

Room Tip: NOT SURE....what I can offer....
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfield, Connecticut
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We just returned from a lovely vacation to Grand Paradise Samana. The family vacation was one of our favorites, great sports for the kids, the grounds were wonderful, the beach beautiful, the sunsets magnificent, I took many many pictures. It's always important to know someone who has your back, and that person for us was Noris. You have a key employee there, please let her know we think so. She arranged for the taxi to and from the airport, made sure we had a perfect room based on our specifications, answered all of our questions, called the airport, and much much more.

There was a young woman at the front desk, forgot her name, who gave me much great information on the horseback ride to the waterfall. "Joseph" was a lot of fun at archery, our family even attended the evening music revue he was in just so we could add our support. Thank you Grand Paradise Samana.

Room Tip: we enjoyed beach front rooms, very quiet and nice view from patio in back, also private dining room...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

If you are a person that just wants to do lot of shopping and lying on the beach on your vacation.. do not go to Samana. This extraordinary peacefull place is great for people who want to see something else then the resort, for example whales from January till March, beautiful nature parks with caves decorated by original indians, local villages, waterfalls, untouched nature ..yet still you can spoil yourself with all inclusive package in this hotel and as well rest in the beautiful beach. Even I am not the type of "hotel person" and never really enjoyed the animation programs on vacation.. here you see the same animation team each evening performing something else.. and you just somehow start to like the people and get used to them. The managers of the hotel are very nice people doing a great job and being very friendly and helpfull! It was really nice holiday, hard to leave and hard to not go back even there are so many places I would love to travel to.. I do not quite understand why, but I definitely have to visit charming Samana again :o) Veronika from Prague, Czech Republic

Room Tip: building no. 1 - near the beach, near the reception, sea view - palm trees in the way, but still you...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Las Galeras, Dominican Republic (Formerly Casa Marina Bay)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Galeras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Las Galeras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Paradise Samana 3*
Number of rooms: 334
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Also Known As:
Grand Paradise Samana Hotel Las Galeras
Casa Marina Bay
Grand Paradise Samana Las Galeras
Grand Paradise Samana Dominican Republic

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