This is our third visit to Puerto Plata and our third stay on the Playa Dorada Beach. We had previously stayed at the Grand Paradise and the Celuisma Resorts, all having positive and negative points. Any experienced traveler should know that not all things happen as expected, this time at Gran Ventana was no different, but the staff corrected any problems quickly and politely. This is the first resort that we did not have any "digestion" problems and you can see why by how clean things are kept. We found that there was an abundance of waiters/staff to serve you and to keep order.
The beach was great, but you have to be there early to get a lounger and shaded area...try 8am. The loungers by the pool where not comfortable, could use padding. The a la carte restaurants are fantastic, but you have to reserve early at the 2nd building site at the main desk 8am- noon. The entertainment was good...especially the dancers, Michael Jackson show the magic show was incredible.
We did wish that there was more activities on the beach and more bar tenders to move the lines quicker. If you want a quieter room, try for a room facing the ocean or on the 2nd building site with the quieter pool. There was no dresser in our room with sufficient drawers, only a desk with three small drawers, some shelves in the closet, you could use the night stands if needed.
We liked where these three resorts are located because they all have roads leading to the Plaza which is a great place to shop. We will certainly visit the Gran Ventana again.
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Ventana Beach Hotel
- Gran Ventana Dominican Republic
- Gran Ventana Puerto Plata
- Gran Ventana Beach Resort Puerto Plata
- Hotel Gran Ventana Beach
- Grand Ventana Beach Resort
- Gran Ventana Hotel Dominican Republic