I have to say when i booked my vacation i was a little worried. I had read some of the reviews and was a little put off by them. I was so glad that i listened to my husband and just booked. This was our first time to DR.
Checking in/out - checking in was smooth. we checked in on a friday at 3:30pm and in our rooms within 15 min and mosthly becasue we were asking questions about the resort. i did however see the lines longer on saturday. So i guess the wait would vary on the day you arrive. Check out was super easly, just turned in my key and done.
Rooms - we had two rooms (2105 and 2108) near the casino. It was perfect, it offered a view of the pool and ocean. room was standard, with flat screen, mini bar (stocked with beer, water, sodas and apple juice), and banana chips. The room was clean and spacious. they even provided us with robes and slippers.
Food - The food was good. we mainly ate at the buffet, breakfast was the best. fresh fruit juices every morning. we did try the jananesse restaraunt which was excellent! and the Marlin restaraunt was just O.K
Beach and Pool - The Beach was nice, super clean and plenty of chairs. Crystal blue waters and powder sand. Plenty of shade and sun for sunbathing. the only problem is that the current was a little strong and if you are not a swimmer maybe you should stick to the pool. The pools were so much fun. we manly stayed at the main pool with swim up bar. they had music playing and the entertainment staff always had some activity for the adults.
Entertainment - there was always something to do! Lots of activities by the beach, nightly entertainment was good and the disco was fun.
Excursion - we did the Buggies VIP ($75 pp), it was super fun, we drove to a secluded beach and a lagoon inside a cave. They provided us with drinks. We also did the sightseeing to Santo Domingo ($80pp). This is an all day trip ( about 12 hrs), you are taken to museums, shopping and a cave. a must do, if its your first time to DR.
Casino - the only bad thing about the resort. Its super small, half of the slots are not working and wont accept your bills. We are big casino fans and would have liked if it was a bit bigger with updated slots. but like i told my family, if we wanted slots we should have gone to Vegas.
Resort grounds - Super clean! this is a big resort and i was amazed how clean it was. there was always someone cleaning right after you. Staff was nice and friendly.
overall, this was an amazing trip. A great place for families on a budget! I highly recommend it. If your looking for a 4 star resort then this isnt the place for you. If you are looking for paradise but dont want to break the bank then Barcelo is your place!
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- Barcelo Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Breezes Punta Cana
- Barcelo Punta Cana Resort
- Barcelo Premium Punta Cana
- Barcelo Dominican Punta Cana
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