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The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort
Ranked #11 of 40 Hotels in Puerto Plata
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Had a great time on vacation. All the guys on the entertainment staff (John Cena, Puchy, Banana, Jhony Bravo) were very friendly, so much fun to be around & kept us laughing every day. John Cena always went out of his way to talk to everyone, and made you feel welcome. They always made sure that everyone was having a great time. The shows were amazing. Every single one of the performers was outstanding and amazingly talented. VIP Party was unforgettable! The rooms could use some cleaning and updating. Thankfully, we weren't in them very long. Thanks to the guys for a fun vacation!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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The Management T, Manager at The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Dear Guest,

We really appreciate that you took your time to write this comment, expressing the great time you had at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach & Spa resort.
We are really happy that you liked our facilities and we will congratulate our animation staff for providing a great hospitality.

Best Regards,

The management

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed here from 11/26-12/03/13 and based on our experiences there are some things that make this resort AMAZING, while other parts drag it down to the "3 star" rating. Starting from the best, I have to agree with most of the reviews that the entertainment and overall staff raise this resort to another level.

In order to be specific, I would like to give a round of applause to:

ENTERTAINMENT STAFF - John Cena, Johnny Bravo, Big Bamboo, Lenny Cravitz, Puchi Puchi, and Caramello!

OTHER STAFF - George of the Jungle (Towel Center), Mosquito (Aqua Center), William (At the Beach Bar), David and Marien (At the Pool Bar), Victor (Best Security in the Resort!), Eddie Murphy (Vendor Booth), Miguel (Horseback Riding), and last but not least John Wayne (Excursion/Horseback Riding)

***If anyone is interested in booking ahead of time I was told that John Wayne can help prepare your trip for you (829-886-1658)...He really helped us throughout our trip...Great guy!!***

Another good, but not great, part of this resort is the alcohol. While it says there is "Top Shelf" alcohol available at the VIP beach bar...unfortunately there is not...No big deal though, because the alcohol is generally good...and definitely not watered down!

The only part about this resort that I actually rate at three stars would be the food. I am, by no means picky, but the food here was not very good. There were several days that my wife and I skipped meals because of it. With that being said, you can normally find something that is edible...even though you probably won't consider it good...

The VIP beach beds are fun; the Thursday foam party is amazing; the beaches are clean and free of rocks, but the water isn't very clear due to the waves; the Sunday party looks like a great time as well, but was canceled on our Sunday night...

Overall this trip was definitely one I would not mind repeating...I met so many great people at this resort and would love to see them again! Cheers to the Tropical at Lifestyle and, most of all, the staff that makes this resort memorable!!

Room Tip: We chose building 6 in the 3rd floor...This building is close enough to everything, (Including the b...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Leo-Bergin
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The Management T, Manager at The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Dear guest,

First of all we would like to thank you for choosing The Tropical at Lifestyle Holydays Vacation Resort as the hotel to enjoy your vacation and we also would like to thank you for writing this nice comment about your experience.

We are very glad to read that you had a great vacation and we hope to have the opportunity to host you again very soon.

Best regards.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

This was my 1st time in the DR & I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful staff at the Tropical Lifestyle. If anyone can get you up and dancing by the pool it's a wonderful group of young men who make up the entertainment staff. They are equally enthusiastic, fun, social and extremely outgoing. You'll be dancing the Meringue or Bachata before the night is over! They consist of Jhony Bravo, John Cena, Lenny Cravitz, Big Bamboo & Puci Puci. They are so much fun that even the shyest of people cannot help but get up and dance around the pool. They also participate in the evening shows at the colloseum as well. All of them are so cute. Me gusta mucho! Another friendly worker I have to mention is "Mosquito". Even though his specialty is underwater sports he is always there with a big smile and friendly words. These people make you feel as if you already have friends even though it's your first time there. As far as the Buffet waiters & waitresses I've never met a finer crew. To mention just a few, Carlos Esteves, Jacqueline Esteves, Kelvin, Reuben & tons more. They are the sweetest people I've ever met! I went with 3 other friends and all 4 of us enjoyed Tropical immensely. You could go by yourself there & never feel alone.

Janice Calderon

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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The Management T, Manager at The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear guest,

On behalf of all our staff at Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa. We appreciate your comments regarding your stay with us. We are glad to know that our staff and services were up to your expectations. We will forward your review especially to our entertainment and food and beverage staff.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Had a wonderful time at this resort. The staff is very friendly and helpful! One of the highlights of my trip was doing the water aerobics. John Cena was AMAZING! He made the workout so much fun. Also, I had recently had surgery on my ankle and he adjusted his exercises to make sure I was able to do all of them.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Dileene B
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The Management T, Manager at The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear guest,

On behalf of the management we would like to thank you for posting a review about your experience among us and for choosing Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort and Spa for your holidays.

We are very glad to read your positive feedback about our staff. we will congratulate John Cena for providing a great hospitality.

We will be pleased to welcome you back again.

Best Regards,

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

I went with my family for thanksgiving weekend and it was horrible. We were 4 adults and 2 children in 2 rooms. First of all when we arrived at the reception we were received with a smile which mad us feel welcomed but the person that gave us the hotel information didnt really do a good job at this. She just told us which buffet areas we had access to and that we had access to the VIP Beach, not to know that the VIP beach is divided in 2, one for members and the other side for the rest of the guests. We felt really bad when we tried to go into the beach and were told that we could not go to this side. While still at the reception area I heard noised as if a construction was underway so I asked the person and she confirmed this and I asked if our room was near that she said no and guess what, the construction was next to our building (#5)
The construction was the first thing we saw when we opened the door of our room. When we get to the rooms in one them the bathroom drains were clogged and the room filled with water, after a couple of hours we were given another room which also had problems with the drains, the shower filled with water up to our ankles while we showered. The furniture in the rooms are really old, to say that one of the chairs fell over and the bottom fell off of it!! That is incredible!!! The service in the buffet area was really bad we sat at the table and not one person came by our table and asked if we wanted water or anything else to drink but I noticed that people sat at tables next to ours and were waited on immediately (I had a feeling that this happened because we are dominican and the people around us were from other countries, I really don't want to think that but its the only thing that comes to mind ) Now let me tell you about the food, it was horrible, there was not a good variety to choose from. Bottom line, I wont recommend this hotel to any of my friends.

Room Tip: Never accept a room in building #5 !!
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Mel C
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The Management T, Manager at The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

We appreciate the observations concerning the service at the hotel, and we are sorry that we were not able to impress you with some of our services and amenities at the resort.
We are in the business to bring an enjoyable and excellent experience to all of our guests.

Our rooms are in general in very good conditions even though, we have a continuous maintenance improvement plan in place for our rooms.
We must say that the level of satisfaction obtained concerning the quality and variety of food and drinks has always been very elevated according to the opinions reflected in our satisfaction questionnaires.
Besides, the selection of products that compose our gastronomically supply is done taking into consideration the diversity of the guests who visit us.
We sincerely regret that the quality of the food offered in our Hotel have not met your expectations after all.

We appreciate your observations which are treated with the utmost interest, since we believe that this is the best way to know what specific points we must focus our attention to improve in all aspects.

Best Regards,

The Management

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Hello there folks. I just got back from another wonderful vacation in the DR. I stayed at this resort in July and again in November. The resort is clean, the food is good, and the staff is amazing. My Dominican mother Jacqueline took care of me while dining. My friends John Cena, Jhony Bravo, Bambuu, George of the Jungle, Banana, Puchi Puchi, and so many more made my time here unforgettable. They never lacked for a good laugh or fun activity. If you're looking for an affordable, but great place to vacation, come here! You can beat Jhony Bravo in pool like I did .

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Arielle G
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The Management T, Manager at The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Dear guest,

First of all we would like to thank you for choosing Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa as the hotel to enjoy your vacation. We are very glad to read that you had a wonderful vacation and we will congratulate our animation staff and Jacqueline about your nice comments regarding them.

We hope to see you back soon in our lovely hotel.

Best regards,

The Management

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

There were 6 family members, my husband and I ,3 daughters and a granddaughter, that enjoyed the week at The Tropical. The service was excellent. Our housekeeper Raquel went above and beyond to keep us supplied with water. John Cena the water aerobics instructor was amazing he got everyone involved in the workout. Two of our waiters at breakfast Froiland and Ava were very attentive as well. The only negative thing that comes to mind is that the rooms we had, although clean, need to be upgraded.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Annie B
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The Management T, Manager at The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Dear Guest,

Receive cordial greetings from all the team working at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa. We would like to thank you for your kind comments. Your feedback will provide motivation and confidence to keep working to satisfy our customers and improve our service.

We are looking forward to welcoming you once again and continue providing the most unforgettable experiences.

Best regards,

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Address: Columbus Torre 1 | Playa Cofresi, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic (Formerly Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa)
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Puerto Plata
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range: $86 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 282
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within the sprawling Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, The Tropical offers a classic hotel vacation experience set within quaint, two- and threestory, Mediterranean-style buildings. The mood is laid-back and distinctively Caribbean. Guest enjoy all resort facilities and amenities (excluding the V.I.P areas) including swimming pools, a choice of excellent restaurants, exercise rooms, tennis courts, windsurfing and so much more. The Lifestyle Tropical is Ideal for couples seeking a private island hide-away with all the advantages of a world-class resort. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort And Spa
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Hotel Puerto Plata
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort Spa
Hacienda Tropical
Hotel Lifestyle Tropical Beach

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