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Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
Ranked #8 of 41 Hotels in Puerto Plata
Montreal, Canada
1 review
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“BEST VACATION!!! SO MANY MEMORIES”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

This hotel was GREAT! Best vacation I have EVER been on. It's been 3 months and I'm still talking about and reminiscing on how much fun I had. Myself and 10 friends stayed at Grand Paradise the week of May 26 2014. Because it was low season the resort was very quiet except on the weekend because many locals spend their weekends there with their families and friends. The weather was amazing, hot and sunny everyday. The rooms were just okay a little dated but clean, bed and pillows were comfy, new towels given everyday as well as water bottles/soda were stalked in the fridge daily.The beach was absolutely beautiful and very clean. The scenary of the mountain was breathtaking.The only negative thing about the beach are all the vendors trying to sell you stuff, but a simple "no thank you" and they will leave you alone. The food was good at the buffet! Our waiter Eduardo was a sweetheart. I'm not sure why people gave bad reviews on the food. It's typical tasty Carribean food and well seasoned, if you're looking for 5 star French/Italian cuisine then go to France or Italy for that. We also ate at both A la Carte restaurants and the food was good too. Drinks were soo good.. again, I'm not sure why some reviews say the drinks are watered down. These people must be alcoholics or something. My friends and I were drunk every night! The best bartenders were Jose and Ramone! Don't forget to try the Mamajuana drink!

There's lots of activities to do on this resort, Jonathan and Joel took us on the bike tour around the hotel grounds.. excellent workout! Also we did two excursions including the Catamaran to Sosua to do some snorkelling and also the Damajaqua Cascades(27 waterfalls) jump. Speak to Carlos, Ricky or Sandra on the beach and they will get you a good deal on excursions. One of the days our group went into town which was an amazing experience to see the other side of Puerto Plata something you don't see when you're on a resort all day. We did some shopping, made cigars at a cigar shop and went to different little restaurants. We also went to a local hang out spot and enjoyed some Presidente cervesa, played dominoes and got freshly picked mangos from the trees. Our two cab drivers were so nice and made us feel safe because they never left our side.

Nightly entertainment was lots of fun. All the animators were amazing Aris, both Jonathans, Joel, Yanet and Amaury. These guys work so hard and such long hours but they always made sure my friends and I were having a good time. And boy, can they dance! Especially Aris and Jonathan Javier they definitly kept my friends and I entertained every single night lol. After the nightly entertainment make sure to check out the Disco/Nightclub called Club46 it's a 2min walk from the resort.

All in all the Grand Paradise is awesome, not a 5 star hotel but I will definitely give it an overall 8/10.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

I really enjoyed my vacation at this resort. Food was really good, not too many choices but the food was always tasty. Every night they will have a diffrent station with something new...really loved that. The restaurents are really good....But i ordered the Risotto @ the italian restaurent and they dont use Arborio rice, so it does not have the same texture with regular rice....so they exchage it for a lasagna wich was Delicious!!

Drinks were really good even if they dont use premium drinks and they put lot of rhum if you want ;-) Rooms were always well cleaned and they gave us new towels all the time even if we were planning on using them again. The only problem it that the ventilation in the bathroom did not work so after a hot shower the humidity will stay in the room, so on the 3rd day i decided to open the balcony door to let the humidity out. The A/C worked perfectly.

Lots of locals on weekends, but did not bother me because it was more fun @ the night club.

***One thing i did not like was the fact that you can Not take any food out of the buffet?!?! We were going for a qalk and wanted to get some lil snack with us and they said we cant.....i dont get it? Obviously i wait till they werent looking and took my snacks anyways.

But i really liked my vacation and i rate this hotel 7.5/10

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

i met many friendly people here. the resort staff was wonderful. Javier was my favorite. i walked the beach and felt very safe. the beach was clean and the ocean was sparkling. there was a large selection of food and the dining room staff was excellent especially eduardo and pablo. marilyn was the first of many happy faces i met and will always remember. i also had an hour massage with mary. this resort is great and hope to come back soon. i traveled from newark airport with my friend maria.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

I will definitely be going back! Amazing staff! Front desk staff Maria was very helpful throughout my stay. Entertainment budds: Amauri, Aris, and Jonathan were just too fun. Overall just GREAT! For the price; you get what you pay for. Don't expect a 5 star hotel, because it's not.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

I want my time and money back - terrible food, pushy sales people, watered down drinks, none of the amenities are free, the animation staff just hit on the guests, 'specialty' restaurants served the main buffet food, no ambiance, ugly cheap plastic dining room. Never again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Amazing service, excellent location, friendly staff, overall a great experience. Many thanks go out the staff, especially to Aris and Jonathin for keeping us entertained. We had a great time on the bike tour with Aris, and whenever we needed anything he either had it or got it quickly. Jonathin was a bundle of energy from start to finish and always entertaining.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place is just terrible. The food is awful, the bars close early, the alcohol is watered down, the staff AND other guests were rude as can be. It doesn't say so on the website, but you can only eat at restaurants other than the terribly disgusting buffet two times during your stay. The buffet and bars aren't always open During their stated hours. You have to get your own drinks when you are eating. They don't put what is stated on the drink description in the drinks you order. The nightly shows are repetitive and boring... Oh and also the only thing to do aside from eat at night. The "free" things to do with your all inclusive aren't free at all. you have to pay insurance on any equipment you borrow to use for your all included excursions. There are sales people walking along the beach and interrupting your conversations, book, nap or relaxation trying to sell you things... Nearly every five minutes. you cannot get a moment of peace. I WILL NEVER RETURN TO THIS RESORT. it was a completely miserable experience of rude people, bad food, and utter boredom. If I could rate it lower than a 1 I would.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Property: Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
Address: Complejo Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata 332, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#7 Family Hotel in Puerto Plata
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Paradise Playa Dorada 3.5*
Number of rooms: 425
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Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Hotel Puerto Plata
Paradise Beach Club Puerto Plata
Paradise Beach Resort Casino
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