My family and I stayed at the Hotel Hotetur last week for 7 nights. I did my research and read many of the reviews posted on this site to prepare myself for what to expect. Quickly, a little background on my family. I am 33 yrs. old, (Caucasian American (Irish Descent), my wife is of Dominican Descent and our two children (6 and 4 yrs.) are bilingual as well as my wife and I. Speaking the language does help a great deal, however the staff were willing to make an attempt to communicate with us in English. (When they saw me, they automatically thought I did not know Spanish.)
The grounds were kept clean and the maids cleaned the rooms and did a great job at that. We listened to some reviews and I brought $100 in singles. Tipping definitely goes a long way at this place. We left the maid $3 each day and she kept the key card in the switch all day while we were gone so that we would have a nice cool room when we returned. The rooms are not 5 star caliber but you are not paying 5 star prices so you need to be understanding. The AC worked great; in fact, we woke up freezing in the morning because the room was set to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and Jorge at the front told us not to mess with the gauge because that's how they go on the fritz. So my wife and kids slept with sweats on to stay warm.
I have one major problem with this place; It is not the staff, not the food, not the night life.......... The biggest problem with this establishment is not even their fault. The Locals stay at this place on the weekends because of how inexpensive it is. The locals were extremely rude and obnoxious. Kids cutting in line at the buffet, no manners..... Parents cutting in front of lines, then when I called them out on it, (In Spanish, ofcourse) they didn't make eye contact with me. As if I wasn't even there. I was astonished. So basically, the price is right for this hotel. The influx of people is extremely calm from Monday toThursday. However, it is complete madness during the weekend. Parents leaving their kids alone (3 yr. old kid) at the entertainment show at 10pm. The kids was screaming until a worker brought the kid on stage and they paged the mom to come up and get her child. She smiled as if it were no big deal. Wow, and coincidentally enough, she is the one that ignored my reaction when she cut the buffet line. Oh well, if you travel with children here; it is a nice place. Not the greatest, but nice. Just understand that the other children are NOT supervised, so pay extra close attention. We rented a car and drove into the capital every night to visit my wife's family. Weekend traffic took us 45 min. each way. Weekday 1 hour and 20 min. each way. They also drive like maniacs over there. Do not allow one person to squeak in during a merge, because they will not stop to let you go. There is no courtesy. Don't be surprised to see women holding babies on mopeds either. It is an experience! Sorry for the lengthy review. This Hotel is not as bad as people may put in the review. It is descent. We stayed in Punta Cana (Iberostar) 8 years ago and because of that, we set the bar high. This is nothing like Iberostar but we paid nothing like that too.
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- Also Known As:
- Bellevue Dominican Bay Hotel Boca Chica
- Hotetur Hotel Boca Chica
- Hotetur Dominican Bay
- Hotel Dominican Bay
- BelleVue Dominican Bay Dominican Republic/Boca Chica