We've traveled to many all inclusives over the years. We are a 40 year old couple, and this time brought my husband's mother with us (76 years old).
I can't understand anyone who says the people are not friendly. The people were wonderful and always saying 'hola' if they walked by you. They always smiled when serving us.
30 minutes by bus from airport. Checked in at 2pm room not ready so went for lunch and came back. Check in is at 3pm usually.
Had the loft suite. Was just like in the pictures. Nice, but a little worn. Musty smell in room (not too bad). Occasionally had a sulfur smell through the room from time to time seemed to come after someone had a shower (although in the shower smelt fine).
The loft room was nice with the two levels (upper level had 2 double beds, although you can get just a king size). Upper level also had a table, TV, luggage rack, bedside table, and iPod dock. Wall plugs are recessed so you may want to bring an extension cord (standard North American voltage and plugs). Minibar restocked with water, coke, coke light, fanta orange, sprite, and presidente beer.
One for every section. Palace section was a little more active (aerobics in
afternoon). Music playing most of the day. Not too bad though..we just tried to sit away from the speakers and it wasn't too loud. Pool was nice, and there was a small swim-up bar (we felt it needed more seating for the number of guests). Occasionally waiters would come by the lounge chairs around the pool to take drink orders. This was not as frequent as at some other resorts we've been to. There was also guys coming around to sell tours (they have a hut near the towel bar). The pools seemed to be busier in the afternoon (seemed everyone went to the beach during the morning, early afternoon, then to the pool area which was hotter in the late afternoon).
Nice large beach, good for walking along. Sand was soft and nice under the feet in the water also. No waiters coming by to take drink orders (although you are never very far from the bar huts). Beach bar drinks are limited (no mohitos!!). You are frequently chatted up by vendors (tours, jewelry etc). Not enough washrooms nearby (2 stalls for the whole beach/pool area)
Was better than average (although not the best we've had). Only went to one a la carte (Brazilian) and it was not that great (very salty). The buffets were better, nice selection of foods (I loved the veggie pizza). For lunch go to the Punta Cana side buffet restaurant (El Behique), much better selection than the beach bar buffet at the palace side. Also, no wait for a table (the beach buffet was always overcrowded and the selection was not as good). The El Behique is less than a 5 minute walk. The buffet breakfast and dinner at the palace was good (Karina our waitress was really nice and funny!).
Sports bar...went once..philly cheesesteak was good...little salty...but if you need a snack, it had better selection than most places had for 24 hour service.
Average for all inclusives. Lobby bar was better for most things. Mohitos were only available there. Had a whiskey sour which was on the menu (was nothing like I've had), very sweet and not very sour! At dinner could only have soft drinks, beer or wine. Surprisingly the house wines were not bad (had the red and the rose).
This is a joke really. But if you just want to pass some time it is a distraction. I played the 5 cent slots just for fun. We spoke to a couple who lost $20,000 on eight ball roulette. Don't do it!...they suck you in and then take your money!!
Went to two. The Micheal Jackson was quite good (for a resort show) as well as the Celebrity Impersonation show. (although a black Brittany Spears was strange!)
Resort train was cramped and they need to have two of them! We would rather walk. Going from the Bavaro lobby to the palace area was only a 10 minute walk along one of the side roads.
Overall it was a good resort for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino enjoys a privileged sea-front location on the renowned Playa Bavaro. The resort, located on a sprawling estate of lush tropical vegetation and a coconut plantation, is next to the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa and the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa. The facilities of these adjoining resorts are open to guests of the Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana
- Palladium Punta Cana