My husband and I vacationed at the Gran Bahia Principe Ambar from December 15th to December 22nd, 2008. My husband had to meet with business contacts one day and the rest of the time would be spent vacationing.
The arrival at the airport, transportation to the hotel and check in went without any issues. The room was fine (nothing spectacular) and the Ambar portion of the resort is very easy to navigate. The beach was great and never a problem finding a lounge chair.
The pool was cold! It is not heated and, what appears to be hot tubs in the pool, are not - just bubbly water. There is no beach service so running back and forth to the pool bar to get a 4 ounce size cup of something is a bit much.
Service at this resort does not exist. Front desk staff, conceirge, waitresses, etc. all have a lazy, don't care attitute. We were supposed to have daily service of our mini bar (which never happened). When you called the Express number, they just never came. We were also supposed to have Butler service and a pillow menu but we never received either.
All inclusive drinks at this resort are misleading - not top shelf. If you want top shelf, you have to pay extra. Also, no ginger ale or cranberry juice on property. I even asked the conceirge to call the grocery store and I would take a taxi to go and purchase it but she said they didn't have it either. Also, getting ice in drinks is almost an act of God.
There is no posting at the Ambar section of activities in the other complexes. You never know what the activities or nightly entertainment will be unless you leave your resort and travel by jitney to the other sections of the resort to find out.
They say they have tour operator representatives at the Ambar section but they are never there. There is no one that can answer questions regarding your return to the airport . When you finally become extremely aggravated by all the run around, they will actually begin to argue with you. I don't know about you, but we don't want to be running back and forth from one section of the resort to another and have people arguing with us when we are on vacation.
All in all the trip was at best okay. The food was good but nothing exceptional.
We had stayed at Excellence Punta Cana (adults only) in the past and it was fabulous. We will not return to Gran Bahia Principe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 pool Sun terrace with sun umbrellas and loungers Relaxation zone with Bali beds Outdoor Jacuzzi BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additionalcharge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (free) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffetrestaurant 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars 1 snack- bar Gazebo de bodas Smokers' lounge with bar service (cigar menu with additional charge) Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms 528 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Ceiling fan Air conditioning Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer Bathrobe and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen TV Coffee-making machine Minibar Safe Butler service 24 hour room service Evening turndown service Pillow menu 2 disabled rooms for a maximum of 3 adults Prime location right on the sea front Exclusive lake-style pool Aroma menu WiFi (free) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel Punta Cana