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Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

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Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

We are planning a trip to Punta Cana in early September and can't decide between one of the Dreams resorts or the Punta Cana Princess.

We have three couples going, all in our thirties. I have read the Princess is not all that lively at night, but that you can shuttle over to one of the other princess.

Just looking for suggestions from those who have stayed at the above

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1. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

PCP is very quiet and laid back day and night. You can go next door anytime to use the facilities of the Caribe or the Tropical Princess (same resort), walking can easily be done the shuttle is not necessary but there is one. PCP is great for the price. But the Price reflects on the level of luxury. The rooms are not luxurious, but styled in the tropical style. Very large and clean however. So that might be a factor when choosing. The resort is very small there is no need for a tram. It is very well located as would Dreams PB but not so much Dreams PC. The ocean is fantastic and it is on a great stretch of beach. Dreams PC not so much. The water can be rough, sand is a bit darker, and if memory serves there are rocks in the water to one side. There is a free shuttle to the Tower Casino from PCP which is in the Plaza Bavaro area (once there, have a drink at Steve's, or go to Mangu disco) Arieto disco is at the gates of the Caribe/Tropical next door. Caribe/Tropical have better nightly shows than PCP and have a fun lobby party after the show before the disco gets rolling.

I guess one major factor is budget, then consider level of luxury, activity level and then location.

Both Dreams PB and PCP are closer to the airport, this might make a difference. the waters get rougher the more north you go.

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2. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

we will be looking to have fun at night....We don't want a 'dead' resort completely. We probably wouldn't mind the shuttle over to the other princess.

The beachfront is very important as well. Price - not so much.

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3. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

The PCP is pretty much "dead" at night. There is some minor entertainment in the lobby at night, karaoke, that kind of thing but it pretty much shuts down by 10:30-11pm. We loved this as it was really nice and quiet and we could sleep with out patio doors open and hear the ocean and the palm trees blowing in the wind :-) If you want entertainment, as previously stated you can go to the sister resort and watch the shows - it's a walk of about 7mins or you can take the tram. Dropusaline pretty much summed everything up already. The PCP in my opinion is on the best stretch of Bavaro beach and it's not crowded at all. We tried this resort for the first time in March and can't wait to go back for 2 weeks in Jan. I've attached the link to my pics on webshots and I also have a review posted on TA.

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4. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

Well we have already narrowed it down to 2. Dreams PB or PCP.

Dreams PC is removed and the beach is not that great.

PCP is very quiet, next door is not far away but that means always having to be away from home so to speak. PCP is great if you want the adults only atmosphere and the option for more. I call it the best of both worlds.

You have to consider luxury level also. If you want or need the frills then PCP might not be for you but with that being said, you are very comfortable at the PCP. The decor is not as modern, it is tropical. the Dreams PB is quite a newer resort.

The greatest advantage of PCP is the proximity to Plaza Bavaro if you want to check out Steve's or Mangu and Arieto or the Casino, and the fact that it is adults only with the option for more

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5. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

I am going to Dreams PB for a wedding and was looking for a non family resort to stay at for a portion of my trip possibly. Would you recommend I split a one week trip in 2 between Dreams PB and PCP? PCP prices look awesome even for the honeymoon suites. I do like late nights and mostly want clean rooms and quiet beaches during the day.

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6. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

Dreams has set a very high standard for me and all properties that I visit are compared against them. I'm going to the PCP in August for a few days so will be surely doing the compare and contrast. The beach looks beautiful but I like something to look at. I haven't seen a vista picture with anything of substance in it. I like to have a point of reference in my pictures since you can only take so many shots of flat water. I like a pier or point of land or something (but not that rusty barge!). For this reason, I really like the beach at DPC since there is a point on one side which is beautiful with the sunrise. I also like the variety of water at DPC, from flat smooth and coming in really far up the beach at mere inches, to the more wavy part. People love lying on what's basically wet sand waiting for the waves to come in AND fighting the power of the waves in the other area. We all like something different though. The beach at DPB is beautiful too, with white soft sand, but I feel that strip of beach is a bit too busy with a lot of tourist boat traffic. It's all personal taste...

The PCP will be my first time at an adults only property so I'll see if that makes a difference. I don't particularly enjoy other people's kids on my vacation but they're never irritating enough that I feel like I wish them away either. Adults only has never been a requirement for me in my hotel.

There are more restaurants to choose from at Dreams. They're all without reservations at both hotels but I've grown used to 7 choices and not 4. For quality of resort and dining and nightlife all in one rather compact area, I anticipate that Dreams will best PCP but I'm ready to be wrong on that. It may also be that PCP has something that Dreams doesn't which will put them over the top...like the really long beach that comes with sister properties in a row.

You likely will have had to make your choice by then, but I'll be offering my comments once I've arrived at the PCP.

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7. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

Kaki - Think you will find the PCP is much like the PC section of DLR in terms of size and location to the sister resorts. Walking from the PC section over to the buffet would not be much different then walking from the PCP over to the buffet at the Caribe Club.

Also yes there are only 4 a la cartes at the PCP but you do also have 5 others at the Caribe and Tropical that you have access to - but you do have to reserve these.

The one thing that I wished other PC resorts like PCP would start offering is an a la carte lunch restaurant. That part we really like at DLR.

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8. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

in my opinion no to pcp. read my review

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9. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

It sounds like you had a horrible time, dirtymonkey. I understand why you gave it a poor review.

I'm not so worried though. I'm not picky with food so I'm sure I'll find something I like. In particular I love mushrooms so I hope I can find the steak you got! (I'm not making light of your issue of making a specified food request which was overlooked.) I'm pretty savvy with the vendors and can easily look without having them in my face. I tell them pointedly that I'll buy what I want and they have to leave me alone or I'll move on. I'm usually wearing a goodly amount of larimar too so they know I've been down that road. If I run into issues of only finding chips and cold cheese, I'll be very vocal there and the forum. They don't want to mess with me.

So far I'm a bit disgruntled with their (lack of) service since I sent an e-mail days ago and have not received a reply. Will send again since I know the internet in the DR can be dodgy, but when I hear that from others and experience it myself, I think it's a horrible first impression.

I'm still looking forward to it!

Kaki

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10. Re: Punta Cana Princess All Suites resort or one of the Dreams??

Just read your review dirtymonkey and our experience was totally the opposite to yours. We have never experienced such stellar service in all of our visits to PC and actually on any of our vacations anywhere. It's a shame you didn't enjoy your vacation. As you yourself have stated you are high maintenance so perhaps this resort was just not a good fit for you, although there is no excuse for poor service. Glad to see you enjoyed your experience at the Excellence though........

Kaki - which email address did you send it to. I have always had a response the same day and I know most others have commented that they have as well. Did you send it to Hector's attention?

Edited: 23 July 2010, 01:22