I purchased this deal through Living Social vacation and it was just an ORDINARY experience.
We arrived at the airport and was immediately taken to our transportation company, Turinter, that was a plus. Check in time was 3:00 PM and we arrived at the hotel approximately 1:30 PM but we were allowed to have lunch while the concierge stowed our baggage until 3:00 PM.
The exterior facade is beautiful and clean, the grounds are beautifully and lovingly manicured to perfection. There is a turtle pond and two swimming pools. The hotel is located on the beach and we had a spectacular view and could hear the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The buildings are three storied apartment styled structures arranged in a courtyard style with an elevator as well as stairs for access to the rooms.
Free WIFI was available in the several common areas which was a plus although internet access in the internet room was available for a fee.
The room we were in was moderately furnished and decorated in a Caribbean theme; We had a few hiccups, the TV was not working properly and the air conditioner leaked. I would also suggest that the hotel add a garbage can to the room, there was only one and that was in the bathroom.
The bathroom had beautiful salmon pink tiles on the bottom half and floor tan tiles on the top half. There was a circular shower stall and HALLELUJAH !! a bidette, who would have thought; I have never seen one in all my travels. The lighting in the bathroom and in the room in general was very dim, bathrooms definitely need bright lighting, especially over the sink. There was also very little vanity space to put your personal items.
What I HATED was that there was no designated smoking area so if you were allergic to smoke or just hated it you could spend the whole day moving to try avoid the smokers.
There was a buffet food dining room where food was served at designated times and outside of those hours pizza and hot dog were available. I must say the best food was the pizza which was consistently good. It was baked in a wood burning oven and baked on site, Excellent !!!. While we were there from Tuesday to Saturday the meals went from hohum to bad only improving on Friday. Presentation is everything was definitely not a watch word for the kitchen staff. I know it was an all inclusive but the quality of the food was very poor. What saved me was most days there was a different stewed bean dish prepared Dominican Style. The cook was definitely heavy handed with the salt and the watered down juices were heavily sugared. I ended up making my own limeade daily with the fresh limes. I was also disappointed at not being offered much traditional Dominican dishes.
The daily activities were interesting both by the pool side and the exercise classes. The gym was a small room sauna style ...real hot !! but had the basic machines. It was a little irritating to sit by the beach as vendors were allowed to ply their wares and was sometimes too persistent, thankfully they were not allowed to enter the complex.
Security was very tight especially at nights where the officers were armed. I felt very comfortable walking through the plant covered walkways at nights.
On a whole the staff was very friendly and accommodating.
There was no in house information about the hotel or the daily activities and was advised to watch channel 94. Not very helpful.
Overall, I think the facility was clean, staff accommodating and was a good deal for my money. I do think that they need to work on the quality and presentation of the food.
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