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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Plaza Real Resort

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Plaza Real Resort
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Juan Dolio
Bloomington, Indiana
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“What a bargain!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

I read other reviews and was a bit nervous. For $36/night, I was willing to put up with a lot. OMG. The grounds are beautiful - meandering through trees on a little path., past a restaurant, bar, and pool. My room was #47, in the very back on the third floor. I had a large living room, kitchenette (which I can't review, as I didn't stay long enough to use) with table and chairs, bedroom with bed & pillows that were fine, large bathroom with bidet, and a balcony with table & chairs that I could get to from either living room or bedroom. If I had to pick the worst feature, it'd be that the mirror/medicine cabinet was rusted. Who cares?!

The beach can be accessed by crossing street and tasking slight turn to the right. There's a covered pathway.

Finding the main entrance is a bit difficult. I spotted the name from the main road and had the taxi stop. It's the side entrance, so we wandered through asking people. Instead, when you see PLAZA REAL HOTEL on the building, turn to its left side. The entrance is there.

For the price, I was expecting cockroaches and mold. I have no idea what people are complaining about. Don't pay Motel 6 prices and expect the Ritz. Clean, comfortable, huge. The only reason I didn't give STAFF an EXCELLENT is because I never had to deal with them (other than check-in/out) because everything was good.

  • Stayed February 2013
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

We had a nice stay in this hotel. The stuff was very friendly. It has several buildings, some older and some new. It's good for the price. The beach is 1 minute away, it's really good, wide and clean. Not so many people. If you need to get away from a big city and relax, it's the right place.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

The place was horrible, there were bugs everywhere, dirty floor and bathroom old and dirty, Air Aconditioner didn't work, .....we stayed overnight but couldn sleep and got then got out of there and found another hotel. The picture in Web is wrong, the actual building is different and have for sale and for rent signs. The rooms are way in the back after crossing a dark path.



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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

the only problem was the bed it was it was killing my back but other than that it was ok the shower water was hot and the AC work very well.... the beach was a 2min walk the owner was nice the WI+FI was good the pool was clean again for the price it was ok

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Plaza Real is a great place to stay in the Dominican Republic. Everything you need is right there at your finger tips. Beach, restaurants, and car rentals all very easy to access! The rooms and pool are great! There is a nice swim up bar. The people at Plaza Real are amazing! It is a very clean, very comfortable, and a very friendly place to stay!

  • Stayed November 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

don't know what to say
it was a great place to stay and felt very comfortable
safe too...my boys were playing in the pool and I did not worry about them at all.
What a great place.
I liked that the staff did everything they could to make our stay a good one.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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East Bay San Francisco, California, United States
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Our family of six: Mom, Dad, two young daughters, and two small dogs, stayed at Plaza Real Resort in Juan Dolio for six nights. We are experienced travelers (even the dogs!), and value oriented. We prefer authentic local flavor to sanitized resort stays, and this small, local resort delivered a slice of Dominican life at the beach. Our fellow guests were a diverse group from Europe, the Caribbean, North and South America, and included many families. Our daughters loved their stay here, living in the pool which we had to drag them from to go to the gorgeous white sand beach across the street. They also loved the cable TV (a great diversion when the pool was closed) and watched four different channels of cartoons in Spanish whenever they could get a chance. Mom and Dad appreciated the BBC and CNN as well!

We stayed in unit #78, a "triple" which cost $50 a night. Unit 78 is a two story apartment that fronts the street above the ground floor shop space. This location has its pros and cons: a balcony view of the Caribbean Sea along with a large multistory resort. This resort is being built Mon-Sat, 8am to 6pm, and is supposed to be completed by October 2012. The noise did not bother us humans since we did not hang out in our apartment much during the day, but one of our dogs really hated it, hiding under the bed to escape. Sitting on the balcony watching the comings and goings on the street all hours of the day and night was very entertaining, especially since the Plaza Real is the hub of activity on this stretch of the beach. The beachfront properties that surround the Plaza Real are tall, posh and pricey resorts that seemed to be largely vacant.

The first floor of our apartment was a living-dining-kitchen area furnished with two ceiling fans, a double sleep sofa, two arm chairs, TV, dining table with eight chairs, and a balcony with a table and four chairs. The kitchen had cabinets, sink, gas range, and refrigerator, along with some cookware and tableware. Since this is NOT an all inclusive, our kitchen helped us save money by making breakfast, snacks, and mixing our own alcoholic drinks. The pool side cafe has wifi, excellent food and service at reasonable prices, but they do NOT allow outside food/drinks by the pool.

The second floor of our apartment had one bedroom with a queen bed/AC/ceiling fan and another bedroom with two twin beds and a ceiling fan. The beds were comfortable although well worn with clean but old sheets/pillows. The two baths were identically equipped: two bath towels, bathmat towel, bar soap, shower, toilet, bidet, and sink with cabinet. As in most Caribbean locations, toilet paper is disposed of in the trash, not the toilet. Drinking the water is not advised, so it's good to keep bottled water for drinking and tooth brushing just to be safe.

The grounds of the Plaza Real complex have four walk-up multistory buildings, as well as four small single story cottage accomodations. Local muralists painted landscape scenes on the interior and exterior walls throughout the buildings. Well maintained, charming tilework is everywhere - interior, exterior, floors, walls, and stairs. The complex is located in an enclosed landscaped garden with paths, fish/turtle pond with bridge, local crafts and decorative objects, as well as two business cottages: a masseuse and a mani-pedi-hair salon. The masseuse, Carolina, is EXCELLENT and an expert at therapeutic massage. A one hour massage costs RD 800 pesos (about $25 USD), so we adults indulged daily. The complex grounds are locked at night and patrolled by security who will let you in when you show your room key. All the resort staff are very friendly, helpful, and courteous, and keep track of everything and everyone, so we always felt safe and welcomed. Sometimes it takes a while to get what you need, but it will always be provided with a smile; being able to speak Spanish to the staff really helps you get what you need faster.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Plaza Real Resort

Property: Plaza Real Resort
Address: Avenida Boulevard | Villas del Mar, Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > San Pedro de Macoris Province > Juan Dolio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Juan Dolio
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Juan Dolio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Plaza Real Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located a few metres from the fantastic Juan Dolio Beach, in the Dominican Republic, the Plaza Real Resort is a fantastic spot to host visitors who want to spend a relaxing holiday time in a wonderful and tranquil environment. Three bars, two restaurants, shops, beauty saloon, swimming pool, garden, international telephone center internet point, laundry and casino are some of the services guests will be able to enjoy at the Plaza Real Resort. ... more   less 
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