We stayed at the Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Cabarete on June 6th, 2014 for 4 nights to celebrate a friend’s milestone birthday.
We booked our package through WestJet Vacations and have traveled to Puerto Plata (POP) often with WestJet. We have always enjoyed our travel experiences with WestJet – great direct flight times (YYZ-POP-YYZ), no delays (except once), amazing customer service etc. I must mention that the WestJet employees at POP airport are exceptionally friendly; surprisingly, a few of them actually remembered us from our past travels.
AIRPORT/TRANSFER: Airport security and luggage claim at POP is very simple and straight-forward. For the first time, (based on my past arrival experiences at POP), one other flight arrived at the same time as our flight. Because of this, the wait time to get through immigration/customs was a little longer than usual – not a big deal for us, as were on vacation.
There is a DUFRY Duty Free store in the arrivals of POP airport – convenient for anyone who wants to buy cigarettes, alcohol etc. upon arrival. The airport also provides free luggage trolleys, if needed.
We organized a private return airport transfer in advance with Rosario Bus/Taxi Service in Puerto Plata. We have used Rosario many times in the past and as usual, we were not disappointed with his services. He offers free Wi-Fi in his comfortable, spacious, recently renovated van including a complimentary bar with cold beers, soft drinks, juices, bottled water, Brugal rum etc. Rosario’s contact cellular number is 809.399.0427. I always send my travel details to Rosario via text message and he always responds immediately.
Private transfers are great, as we arrived to the hotel before the transfer bus – so no line ups at check in. And, on our last day, we were able to enjoy the resort longer since we left an hour and a half after the bus transfer scheduled resort departure time.
HOTEL ARRIVAL: Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the bell staff at the hotel entrance. At check in we were given registration cards to complete with 2 rooms keys and 2 towel cards for each room. The gentleman who checked us in was very friendly and helpful to us throughout our stay. The hotel lobby area is quite small in comparison to the other resorts that I’ve stayed at – there is no lobby bar.
WIFI: There is free, but sometimes weak WIFI access in the lobby. I did not inquire about the chargeable WIFI access.
GUESTROOMS: We booked the Superior guestrooms. A couple of days prior to our arrival, I emailed the resort with a few questions and also noted our room requests. A special thank you to Romina who was very efficient in responded to my email.
We received renovated guestrooms and the room decor was basic but very, very clean. Our building had 3 floors with stairs access only – no elevators.
Our room was equipped with a desk, desk chair and a couple of desk drawers. An iron, full-size ironing board, alarm clock, telephone, wall-mounted flat screen TV, luggage bench, ice bucket, half size (not full size) vanity mirror and if I re-call correctly, a coffee maker. The closet has approximately 8 hangers.
The mini-bar was restocked daily with 2 bottled waters (500 ml) only – they will only replenish the bottled water that you consume. They do not supply beer, soft drinks etc. in the min-bar.
Our room had a large bathroom with a walk-in shower/hand held shower head (no bathtub) with shampoo, conditioner, hand/bath soap and a hair dryer. Our bathroom had no available space for our toiletry items, just enough of an area to place your toothbrush/toothpaste.
The room safe (USD $2.00 or $3.00 a day) is a smaller size unit with a hard key that we were required to carry around with us at all times. The safe is NOT large enough to store a laptop or binder size items.
Great size balcony with plastic chairs (2) and a table.
Our room had no maintenance issues throughout our stay and was well cleaned daily - we never had a problem with the replenishment of items – thank you to our wonderful room attendant (forgot her name) for your friendly service.
A LA CARTES/BUFFETS/BARS: Food is very subjective, so I will limit my opinions on this topic.
We had breakfast and dinner daily at the main buffet and enjoyed the food selection – the fresh breads/rolls were great! They had a cook-to-order omelette station (breakfast) and pasta station (dinner) available. The buffet is not very large, so the food selection was limited. They had a Dominican themed buffet on Saturday night and the food was really good!
We ate at lunch daily at the snack bar – the stove oven pizza was decent! Again, having a very small buffet area, the food selection was very limited.
Due to our short 4-night stay, we did not try the a la cartes.
GROUNDS: The resort is a very small property – everything is within walking distance. The grounds are clean and well-maintained. We encountered some mosquitos in the evenings, so don’t forget mosquito repellant!
There is an Esso gas station right across the street from the resort. You can purchase various “gas station” snack/drink items. They also sell alcohol (beer, vodka, rum etc.) and cigarettes. There are also a few stores (Dollar Store, Grocery Store, and Hardware Store etc.), bars/clubs, restaurants etc. within walking distance of the resort.
NIGHTLIFE: The resort was not busy, so the bar in the evenings was not very lively. We spent our nights out in Sousa and had a great time! We negotiated the return taxi fare (USD $30.00) with the taxi driver who stayed with us in Sousa the entire night. We paid the driver upon our return to the resort.
This was my 10th time to the Dominican Republic and I always return because of the warmth and kindness of the lovely DR people – so thank you for contributing to yet another wonderful vacation!
Overall we had a great vacation at the Viva Wyndham Tangerine. Even though this was my first time staying at a 3 star property, I was very content with the price we paid and would definitely return if the price was right!!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Wyndham Tangerine Hotel Cabarete
- Wyndham Hotel Cabarete
- Wyndham Cabarete
- Cabarete Wyndham