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Be Live Collection Marien
Ranked #9 of 41 Hotels in Puerto Plata
Rugby, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“just got back - Please Read for all rounded non judgemental factual information”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

We read up on this hotel before we booked it and were a little sceptical but have to say it was fantastic and a wonderful relaxing experience.The sea,beach,resort and pools are fab.The staff really make your holiday.They are most friendliest genuinue people who will do anything to make you welcome.Especially the cleaners,bar staff and michael Jackson, Usher, Hector-Miguel Angel Diaz and Danny boy and mosquito who dresses as an aborigini at night and does a fire show at the beach party.The security guards who guard you at night appreciate a cigarette and a coke from your fridge, they do a good job so before you go out at night take one to them they are soooo grateful.We did enjoy the food to start with but it does wear thin and you crave a good curry!Take immodium you will need it.We arent sure whether it was the food or just the mineral change in water but most people we talked to had diorreah.A few people did get bitten at night whilst in their rooms and we think it was sea fleas in the beds although dont know for sure as they did not look like mosquito bites.They do fumigate your room but take antihistamine tablets and a Benadryl for bites.Jungle Formula coverage before you go out a night is a must from mosquito bites.Definately dine in the gourmet restaurant.Steaks are gorgeous.Mexican and Brazilian werent good.We stayed in sea view rooms and it is well worth the upgrade.We peeped at the older rooms and they are really dated ours was modern,jet bath and spacious.We agree that large groups of locals do take over at weekends and can be rude but it is their country and have every right to enjoy themselves.We were lucky enough to have met a local guy and his family who live in glasgow now who took us to his village and believe me the Dominican people are the lovliest friendliest non racist people we have met.They can not do anything more to welcome us.DO NOT PURCHASE TRIPS with people on the beach!!
After reading on here, We booked a fishing trip that was so dangerous and had to abandon after 2 hours for fear of our lives.It was an old tug boat that was full of fumes and made us sick.We actually feared for our lives as the sea was so rough and like the film Perfect Storm but could not get a refund.However we booked Ocean World through Raphael at the hotel and it was amazing and we were insured.Visit Ocean World.It is an amazing place.Go to the aviary section and feed the love birds it will be an experience you have never had in your life! Be warned..PURE the nightclub off site is full of prostitutes and pimps whilst this was an experience and no one bothers you it is slightly intimidating.The prostitutes also come into the hotel and you will see the older man lavishing these girls at the next table!
We took Malaria tablets as directed but soon abandoned them as they made us so ill.Everyone we spoke to had the same experience.The lifestyle staff will try every day to sell you their time shares.We know people who went to see the resort and whilst they enjoyed seeing the luxurious lifestyle they were bombarded!!if you have resilience it is worth going but if you are tempted to part with thousands.. dont go.The local drink 151 rum is lethal it is so strong consume with caution.You will get sellers up and down the beach trying to braid your hair or sell you coconut.Just say no.Remember this is a third world country and they are in poverty more than this country will hopefully ever know.These people are just trying to make a living.We are the lucky ones lying on their beaches!! have fun guys we will definately be going back!!

Room Tip: upgrade to superior sea view room it is so worth it
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sarnia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

Just got back from vacation at the Grand Marien and the resort was done up in the Xmas season with lights and a huge Christmas in the lobby, nice touch. Miguel Angel Diaz that looked after the pool events was very out going , friendly and a good addition to your resort. The resort is clean and the flea markets the vendors do try is sell you the goods, just walk away. I would recommend this resort to visit again

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Porto Alegre, RS
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

The hotel is nicely located in front of the Playa Dorada beach, the rooms are very clean and well kept and the staff is really friendly and seems to strive to do a good job, BUT, the hotel allows prostitutes to walk around offering services (while your kids are in the pool!), they allow sales people to hassle guests trying to sell souvenirs and other stuff inside the hotel and the food and beverage is really compatible with what you pay. Don't expect any unforgettable experience. Also if you're in a romantic trip or traveling with your kids, that's not the place for you, for the reasones mentioned above.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

This hotel is a good value getaway. The grounds are definitely much smaller than almost any other all-inclusive resort I've been to in the Domincan Republic, but the grounds are designed and laid out so well that you don't realize it right away. There isn't as much space to wander, but it still feels alluring to explore. And, most importantly, it saves you the trouble that some resort have where it takes 25 minutes to walk from breakfast to the beach.

The room was nice, clean, no complaints. The private beach was lovely, with straw cabanas on the sand for private massages. There was also a cantina by the beach so that you can grab a snack -- salad, hot dogs, burgers, fries, and the like -- if you're hungry but don't feel like walking back to the main restaurant.

The pool was large, clean, open, and the centerpiece of the grounds. It was also only a 5 min walk from the beach, so you can wander back & forth with ease. There's also a lovely restaurant that I highly recommend that overlooks the pool and is beautiful in the evenings.

I had a wonderful time and have no complaints about the place. The only issue with the size of the grounds is that 6-7 days there may make you feel a bit crazy.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

This hotel is beautiful, and an amazing place for your next getaway! The staff are all very nice and helpful! The people of Dominican Republic can't be beat! The food, pool and everything else included is all perfect! Danny (danaury) makes the hotel so much more enjoyable! Make sure to let him be the one to show you around :)

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

Overall this was a nice resort. Friendly & pleasant staff, entertainment team was great - special thanks to Micheal Angelo and Hector. Nice large pool with lots of chairs. You get what you pay for - $850/pp I think it was a good value!
We did encounter a few issues that I think could have been handled better and want to share
1) Ants in the washroom - although the cleaners tried daily ants would return few hrs after housekeeping would leave,
2) Beds were not the most comfortable and on a slope
3) surprised that so many waiters at the a la carte restaurants didn't know proper English
4) 2 of 5 adults in our group got sick!! my wife was in bed for 2 days and my father for 1 day
5) paid for late check out and didn't get fresh towels after 3 calls and rm was not cleaned.

We did pay $850/pp so I think overall it was a good deal.
I just wish they would have dealt with my concerns better, as little as a rm change or free late check out would have been a nice gesture.

Room Tip: Building 2 is a nice location, try to get building 8 apparently it's the renovated rooms
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank mpawa81
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Amazing Place.. Resort service was great..
I'm A DJ and I liked the club atmosphere in the Resort, plus the one next door @ the Casino..
-I Will definitely be going back..-Everything is literally Included, no need to bring cash just to get from airport to resort which is a few miles away in the same road..--unless you have the resort pick you up.(which I recommend)..
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Be Live Collection Marien
Address: Carretera Luperon, Km. 4,5, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
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 Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#8 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Plata
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Be Live Collection Marien 4*
Number of rooms: 584
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Be Live Collection Marien is an all-inclusive 5-star resort in Puerto Plata, located in the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. With a privileged location synonymous of beautiful settings and its heavenly beaches, it is a perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation whether it is for a romantic getaway or for a family fun adventure. The resort features a spa, nearby golf course for guests and event facilities ideal for hosting special events. This complex is located 1 hour from Santiago de Los Caballeros, 10 minutes from the city of Puerto Plata, known for its rum factories and 30 minutes from Gregorio Luperon International Airport. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Be Live Grand Marien Hotel Puerto Plata
Grand Oasis Marien Hotel
Coral Marien Puerto Plata
Oasis Marien
Marien Coral Resort
Grand Oasis Marien Puerto Plata

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