I was at this hotel from June 2-7. I am a long timer on Trip Advisor, and as much as I heed my own warnings, I read every review and start to worry I made a bad hotel choice. No worries my friends~! In fact, I am patting myself on the back as this was a wonderful vacation choice and I would definitely recommend.
I booked this trip thru cheapcaribbean.com. I had no problems whatsoever. We flew into Santo Domingo (from Ft. Lauderdale). The custom’s line had to be the quickest one I have ever experienced. Don’t forget you need to purchase the $10 tourist card. I arranged a round trip transfer thru JM Transfers; they were right on time and waiting with a sign. No issues there, I would recommend them as the price was the best I could find.
The drive was a little over two hours. Not a “bad” ride per se, but if you have ever been out of the country, you know what I mean. There were a few white knuckle moments, but we arrived safely.
Check-in was fine. We were there around 5:15pm, and we were the only ones checking in at that time. We got a brief rundown of the towel card policy, map of the hotel, etc.
We were in the 6000 block of the hotel. The room was super nice and updated. The bathroom was modern as well. We had two double beds, a nightstand and two lamps on the wall. The dresser had a few drawers for clothes if you wanted to utilize it. The closet had a safe (additional $ per day, we used it and never had any issues with it), a small fridge and three shelves on the one side. The other housed the ironing board, and had plenty of space to hang items (there was about 6 hangers). We stored our luggage in there, so it’s pretty roomy. The fridge had diet coke, coke and sprite as well as tonic water. Whatever was consumed was replaced the next day.
The bathroom was a fairly decent size. For some reason, we kept getting two towels every time they made up the room. (there was three of us). Please note that there is no washcloth, so if you must have one, bring one from home. Also, they only supply shampoo, and if you are like me and need about a half-gallon of conditioner, bring some of that as well! (I would stock up at home – buy the empty 3oz bottles and fill them up; a small container of sunscreen for example will set you back $22!). Water pressure was never a problem and we always had hot water. There were two large bottles of water next to the sink and those were replaced as well. As a normal precaution for us, we brushed our teeth with it.
The resort is pretty dang big! The Palace side is definitely the quieter side, but if you wanted to be in the thick of it, it was a nice stroll over to the other side. Everything connects together nicely, and everything is marked well.
The beach was fantastic. There were a few rocks, but nothing major. We spent most of the day beachside and then would migrate to the pool when it got really hot in the late afternoon. There are plenty of chaise loungers, we never had a problem finding 5 together – in fact we would grab 6 for a spare to throw clothes and gear on. The towel club (you know them - the people who reserve the loungers at XX in the am and never reappear) didn’t seem to have any members here!
There were a total of four pools. The one at the Beach part – all the way to the end, was practically deserted. And the one by the pizza place, I saw one person in it. The entire time. The other ones are lively, animation team going, kids playing, etc., so if you want somewhere a little quiter, hit those.
There are no shortages of bars here. Each one had self-serve cold water and sodas. If you had to have ice, they would get it for you. I prefer beer over liquor, and Presidente was what was on tap. I took my Bubba Mug, as the tiny (6oz? 8oz?) get warm and old real fast. They didn’t mind filling them up for you. Liquor is plentiful. The lobby bar has some top shelf; all you have to do is ask.
You would be really and I mean REALLY picky if you starved here. Seriously. We ate at the two buffets (one at the Palace and the one at the Beach), and two of the a la carte restaurants. From fruits to pastas to carved pork, to rice and beans, etc… Honestly. There is something for everyone. My favorite would have to be the pizza. They serve up that deliciousness from 7pm-7am. We’d eat dinner and a few hours later hit that place up it was so good! The only thing I wish they had was to go boxes. Oh by the way, out of 5 of us – no illness whatsoever.
We took out the catamaran and our party also used the kayak. My daughter gave the trapeze a whirl, good times. There is a crew that walks around with various animals (money, iguana) and takes your picture. They are pretty decent and $10 each. They do have a disc option as well.
The shops weren’t too bad. I found some really nice things in the place directly across from the photo shop. I got some nice canvas prints for $5 each. However, as I mentioned early, if you run out of any sort of personal items; it’s going to cost you!
We went to one “variety show” one night. The Beach side is in partial English, but let’s be real; it’s people dancing and hopping around – you don’t really need any explanation there.
We did one excursion to Saona Island via Seavis Tours (separate review). I discovered that group via trusty Trip Advisor. I highly recommend them. It was a wonderful day and worth every penny.
I don’t even really want to go there, but it has been brought up. The “they cater to Italians” theme I have seen in plenty of reviews. Well, call me crazy, but I wasn’t anticipating leaving the US for the DR and being around a bunch of Americans. That being said, we didn’t feel “overlooked” or “neglected” at all. Service was never an issue and I feel we were treated fairly. Everyone was friendly and we didn’t feel like outsiders.
I hope this review has helped, and I hope for those of you who are second guessing – DON’T. Just go and have a great time! I would definitely recommend this hotel. Please feel free to email if you have any questions.
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