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BlueBay Villas Doradas Adults Only
Ranked #3 of 41 Hotels in Puerto Plata
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2004

This hotel is the poorest representation of the Dominican Republic. We have stayed in the Dominican 3 times had it been our first, it would have been our last. The rooms were poorly lit, the furniture was very basic and well worn. Of the three rooms that we had the air conditioning either did not work or was so noisy it was impossible to sleep with it on. The rooms on many occasions were not cleaned until about 5pm. This is particularly surprising because it took 3 cleaners no more than 4 minutes to do the whole room. The food in the dining room was often of poor quality and often not very hot. One of our pastimes was trying to find a plate or cup without a chip (many people enjoyed this game) and then when you were successful you had to make sure it was clean. Never before on an all inclusive have we had to eat out but we did this time. Staff here obviously did not attend charm school. They appear to be poorly trained and see guests as a nuisance this is also true of the bar staff who if you ask for anything other than beer, they guess how to mix them so they are never the same twice. Most drinks are served in disposable plastic cups. The entertainment is something else. Our first week saw a troupe of dancers who were quite good but the animation team fell out with them and they walked out. Then it was down to the guests to entertain, i.e. show us your knickers or wave your bra in the air etc. not what I call entertainment. You gain access to the beach via a bridge over a swamp which has an awful smell at various times of the day. The beach itself is fine, remembering that it is not the Caribbean Sea so no white coral sand and clear water. But the beach itself was very good, as long as you don t want a sun bed. To get a sun bed be early about 8.30 is normally ok (same goes for the pool). The barman at the beach bar was probably the nicest and most consistent member of staff that we met. The pool area was very well maintained and was kept clean. A separate pool for the activities made the pool bar and main pool much better. The only problem in this area is constant harassment from holiday club (timeshare) members who appear to work for the hotel. We booked this holiday last minute with Airtours and didn t expect a lot but was surprised at how basic this accommodation was. More a 2 star in reality and would have been less critical had it been advertised as such. Having said that who would book into a 2 star in the Dominican????

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2004

The Accommodation We stayed at one of the pool side Bungalows and I must say that the accommodation for us was good apart from the TV reception was terrible. Others were not so lucky, there rooms were very small and some had cockroaches and lizards with there apartments.The Pool Three Pools, one small kid s pool and two others, one which had a pool bar.The Bars Very smelly and the alcohol was not very nice, local rubbish.The Food This was the worst part of the holiday, a lot of people had very bad stomach s and there had been rumours that two girls before we arrived were very ill. The buffet restaurant was opened from 7am 10am, 12pm 2.30pm, 7pm 10.30pm, make sure you get there early as the start to pack up the food 1 hour before they close and unless you get there when they open the food isn t very hot.The Entertainment Very poor, you can only take so much Ballet, apart from the Animation team, Speedy and Winston were funny, The Michael Jackson night was OK.Trips Do not buy any trips from the Reps as you will pay double the amount, go to the Plaza where you can save a lot of money, one good trip is CB Tours Paradise Island with Hulio who was very funny.Other restaurants Make sure you book as soon as you arrive otherwise they will be full, the Chinese service was very rude and very slow, one group waited 1 ½ hours for soup and a lady asked to change her order, the waiter said hurry up.The Beach If you looking for the Caribbean experience go to the South of the Island, Pueto Plata has terrible beaches, not clear water; you need to go to Sousa which is about 40 mins by taxi ($19)Tax Remember to take $30, $10 arrival and $20 departure tax.Overall Our Holiday was OK; the weather wasn t great but made some really great friends.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2003

Weather was great! to be honest cant say much good things about the food! Winston you rock mate. Another thing bring back amanda.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2003

The rooms were basic and clean. The food was good and enough choice for everyone. The pasta counter was particular good and so were the breakfasts especially the omlettes. Not really much choice for younger children in an evening.Shaggy was absolutely fantastic with the children and a real credit to the team. My little boy of 6 Henry loved joining in all the fun. Elvis loved Max just 13 months and called him is "Son!!". The whole fun team worked really hard around the pool in the day and entertaining of an evening they were so versatile.A couple of nights the entertainment was good especially the Michael Jackson night. One of the most entertaining things though was watching people sit on these high back plastic chairs with the legs buckling underneath and then crashing to the floor. They certainly could do with some new chairs!!Well worth a visit and a very enjoyable family holiday.From Yvonne, Andy, Henry and Max

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2003

The food in this place is awfull. It is warm not hot, there are no microwaves to reheat. The breakfast is ok, stick to the freshly made pancakes or have an omlette made, something you can see being prepared.
We had a good breakfast every day but virtyally nothing else. We could not get rid of the stomach ache for five days, we needed to be near the loo (very few and far apart) Pizza Hut in the plaza is ok, but don't have one delivered. the driver tried to ask my husband for double what we had been quoted by the person taking the order. They are cheaper than here in England. The Chinese restaraunt food was like trying to eat flavoured sponge, the food in the grill bar consisted of a piece of fat with a small amount of meat on it, along with that was a small jacket potato, and some cold carrotts, cold green beans, and cold boccolli. We gave the fish restaraunt a miss having listened to other guests opinions. Do not book any of your trips through the Airtours company!! You can book exactly the same thing in the Plaza opposite pizza hut. They are a third of the price. The food on the Catamaran trip was wonderfull, it was the only meal we enjoyed in two weeks. The crew were very good too. The accomodation was basic, there was plenty of room for three, we had the villa near to the towel exchange, there were ants and we were bitten a lot, but i would rather have one of the villas than one of the rooms in the block. The entertainment staff were good with adults but nothing there for children. The Airtours rep Sarah was a nightmare, she is a liar and i have complained about her. do not believe anything she tells you. She says trips have been cancelled not that they have been overbooked, she will never admit she was a liar or wrong in any way. She say's don't go off the complex and go into the town. I wish we had now as everyone seemed to hav fun in the town. The entertainment was very good one night and crap the next. Micheal Jackson show was really good, very proffesional. There are not enough comfy chairs to sit on in the evening, people were forced to sit on old broken office chairs that had been left in reception. The furniture that was in reception was dirty and needs replacing. I will not be going back. Sorry Dominica as i am sure there are some hotels and holiday packages that are good, but if your first experience is this hotel people will not go back!!!!

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Property: BlueBay Villas Doradas Adults Only
Address: Calle Principal Complejo Playa Dorada nr 538, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Puerto Plata
#3 Family Hotel in Puerto Plata
#3 Spa Hotel in Puerto Plata
#3 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Plata
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#4 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Plata
#6 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Plata
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Hotel Class:4 star — BlueBay Villas Doradas Adults Only 4*
Number of rooms: 244
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BlueBay Villas Doradas is an Adults Only 24 hour All Inclusive resort in Puerto Plata, was completely refurbished in 2006 providing facilities and rooms of the highest quality. This hotel in Puerto Plata, which is only for the over 18s, is an ideal place for couples to relax or enjoy their honeymoon or wedding. Its location - literally next to the 18-hole Playa Dorada golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones – makes it a favourite among golfers.The hotel’s rooms and suites are equipped to the highest standard, in keeping with the quality of the resort and its recent refurbishment – all include cable TV, mini bars and ironing facilities. ... more   less 
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