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Barcelo Bavaro Beach - Adults Only
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Good day, we just came back from week at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. All three members of our party were very happy with the overall service we got. The hotel is nothing less then spectacular, the food very good and the staff very friendly and professionnal. Of course there is always place for amelioration but overall, we really enjoy our stay. As we mentionned when ask by the staff if we had any comments, we would have liked to see a chef with a grilled (BBQ) during the day next to the pool and beach area like we had in other locations. We also found that sometimes, key personnal members did not speak nether english nor french which can cause problems. As an exemple, I was witness of an incident one night near the beach and I ran to find a security guard. I really appreciated that their are always security guards near by and it took me only few minutes to find one. But then, he could'nt understand what I was saying as he spoke only spanish. Nevertheless, he react promptly and took charge of the situation.
So without a doubt, a very nice stay!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Eric H
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We went to La Brisa for a nice dinner and when I tried to ask about something on the menu (I also tried to ask for whole wheat bread) the waitress got annoyed and rolled her eyes. When my boyfriend ordered diet coke and another waitress brought the drink he said "is this diet?" we got a confused look and no answer. They should have sent someone over who knew english, the staff was very rude. I went to a small shop in the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Hotel (connect to Barcelo Bavaro Beach Hotel) there was a little store that sold jewely, purses ect. The man who worked there was very rude, after picking 3 necklaces, I told him that I was going to get my boyfriend to ask his opinion and he sighed and said "I thought you were going to buy something, you have waisted my time!" The rest of my vacation was very pleasant. The buffet was good and the service at the buffet and Chez Gourmet was very good. I also reccomend the mexican restaurant at the Palace Hotel. The pool was beautiful and the room was nice and clean.

Room Tip: Try to choose a room in the 10 or 20's area to be close to the pool. Our room 4001 was not that close to the pool.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank danabanana21
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

BAD - we got there at 9:30pm and the hotel tried to change our reservations and "upgrade" us to the Palace Deluxe and it took a while for them to realize we weren't switching and to get our room. So we were not happy on our first day of vacation. Not the best way to start a vacation!
GOOD - Once we got our room, it was the perfect spot, near the beach and pool with a king size bed that was so comfortable.
GOOD - The hotel is newly furnished with great sitting areas around the hotel, lobby and pool! Very impressive.
GOOD - Food was very decent, with variety and very tastey. The a la cartes were great and very "gourmetish"
GOOD - Beach was nice with new beach chairs but there are sea urchins in the water so just be careful.
BAD - there are mounds of seaweed that is not cleaned up daily and kinda a sore sight.
GOOD - Staff are friendly and polite but not too tentative for drinks.
BAD - Beach towels are a mix between new and old.
GOOD - Our maid was amazing and so tentative to all our needs!
BAD - Everything at the hotel is really expensive so if you want to do any actual shopping, go to town, the cost of a cab there and bad will be a cost savings compared to whats at the hotel.
GOOD - Lots of french speaking guests so the staff speak french, if your french speaking.
BAD - Lots of boats going back and forth during the day if that is something that would bother you.

Room Tip: Second block is close to the beach and pool. It is a little loud outside the room because of the theatre but you cannot hear the theater inside the room.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Molly Y
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We are really enjoying our trip to Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort. The service is excellent. Smiles are many. The beach is lovely and not crowded. Our biggest disappointment was a trip we booked with Sunquest to another island and the bus never showed. The restaurants are nice, the rooms are clean. The staff works hard. We would recommend it. And, no bugs.... Really looked hard but couldn't find!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Travelled with a girlfriend and we both have been to Punta Cana several times. We love the PC weather and beaches. We had a good vacation, but would probably choose another hotel in the future. We had a standard (superior) room, garden view.

THE GOOD - Adults only. Absolutely no children around, they are all over in the Palace location. Shuttle service between the Palace and Beach convenient. Down to the beach by 8:30-9:00 am each day and no problems getting a beach chair. (Can't say the same for the pool chairs - all the chairs under the awmings, they are gone by 7:30 am) While it is at an extra cost, the resort's Spa is fantastic. The prices are in US and for $200 we got a 100 min treatment - body scrub, massage and facial. I highly recommend this. You can go earlier and/or stay longer and enjoy the sauna, turkish bath and private pool and loungers. Hotel staff are all very friendly.

THE COULD BE IMPROVED:

FOOD - Food at the buffet was the same each day - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Was surprised that dinner didn't have theme nights. Food was average. Service at the buffet was spotty. Doesn't matter which meal, beverage service is slow and sporadic. Servers are very friendly, but they probably need some re-organization. They all looked busy, but there were always tables that needed clearing, setting up and guests that needed coffee or water. Water glasses were small, combined with slow water service, combined with hot weather - Ug. Free restaurants - here is my review - Sante Fe Steak House - pass on it - They do not know how to cook steak and quality of meat is poor. Coral Seafood - not bad, but service is very very slow. La Brisa - best restaurant - food and service very good. La Gourmet - average food and service.

ROOM - All the rooms are within a short walking distance to the beach. The beds were comfortable and the sheets were REALLY soft. Small plasma TV. Very few English channels. If you have a laptop or IPAD, bring a HDMI cable and if you have Netflix, you can stream your own movies. You can purchase WIFI access fro $45 US for the week - I thought that was a very good price. Room cleaning was good, but there wasn't 1 day when the cleaner forgot something - one day the coffee & creamers, one day face cloths, one day water and it goes on and on from there. Bath tub / Shower - tub looked older than the 3 years that this part of the resort. Narrow for showering. It worked, but wasn't great.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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7  Thank c c
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