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Punta Cana Princess questions

Questions for those familiar with the Punta Cana Princess. We were at the Bavaro Princess a few years ago, it wasn't a super experience, there were a bunch of little things that just turned us off from the place but our main complaint was the food, both the buffet and the a la cartes. With the Punta Cana Princess being 'related' to the Bavaro Princess, I'm a little wary and I'm looking for help in making a decision. Right now there's a really good deal to the place but if I think hubby won't enjoy the food then it's a no go, good deal or not and this is a bit of a surprise retirement present for him (he doesn't read the forums, just the reviews, so he won't read about the surprise here :))) needless to say I'd like for him to enjoy everything about the week. We know we'll enjoy the beach but good food is a must. He's not picky but he enjoys good quality food. I know food and tastes are subjective but any comments you have would be appreciated. At the Bavaro Princess we found the a la cartes served a lot of the same food, coated it with a different sauce (and a lot of sauce) and put a different name on the dish.

So, what's the food like at the PCP, buffet and a la cartes......selection, quality etc?

For anyone has been to either of the Bahias and the Punta Cana Princess, if you would compare them both in the food department and other ways for me it would be very much appreciated.

Is the place in need of updating, how is it for cleanliness.....any info you can provide would again be appreciated.

Right now I'm sort of down to the Punta Cana Princess, the Grand Palladium, the Iberostar Punta Cana and the Gran Bahia , not Ambar as it's still a little pricey....been to the Bahia and Ambar several times and love them both but am willing to give another place a shot. Was considering the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe but read a bunch of reviews which were pretty negative about the food.

Help :))

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Ive been to Bavaro Princess in Sept 09 and then Bahia April 10. Loved the Bahia so much more then BP that I went again in Sept 10 and going back a 3rd time at the end of this month.

At the BP we found it a tad boring in the evening. It was pretty much lobby, show back to lobby and wait for the nightclub to open. We found ourselves doing just that the whole week.

The Bahia on the other hand we had a variety of multiple things to do both day and night. They have multiple pools big, small, loud and quiet that you can choose to go to depending on your mood. Most if not all have a swim up bar.

If you recall at BP the vendors by the pool and beach bothering you every 5 minutes to buy an excursion well at the Bahia this does not happen.

The Bahia has a market were you will find a outdoor teater that housebands play in the evening with dancing, a casino, nightclub, karokee bar, sports bar, shopping, photo place and gym.

I found the food better then BP. Then again its the carribean and its expected not to taste the same. The Japanese ala carte was excellent.

I personally will pay an extra 150$ to stay at the Bahia then BP. Also returning guests get upgrades from what I have read hete on the forums. Some have been upgraded to Ambar and some received black bracelettes.

Sorry I cant comment on other resorts that you have mentioned but I am sure someone will soon.

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Hi, We stayed at PCP four years ago and I thought it was excellent. The food in the buffet was always varied, never the same and it was always hot - not often found in the caribbean in my experience. I particularly appreciated the langoustines, cooked to order, that were available most nights in the buffet. Lobster available in the A la Carte, without reservations, was also excellent. Another bonus was the ability to come back to our adults only hotel after visiting the sister hotels. The grounds are beautifully kept, the staff were some of the friendliest anywhere, the beach bar was probably the best I've found in the caribbean and snacks were available to order at any time of the night if you so wished. In fact, we are going back one week today for 14 nights. I'll let you know what it was like now.

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Hi, we stayed at PCP four years ago. The rooms were typically caribbean four-star, but the buffet was excellent then with a vast array of different foods, both hot and cold. The hot food was actually hot, not something i've found around the caribbean. I was particularly keen on the langoustines cooked to order most nights in the buffet and the lobster in the Mare Nostrum a la carte- no reservations needed in any a la carte. The grounds were fantastically well kept and the beach bar was probably the best I've found. Snacks were available cooked to order at the beach bar any time of night and after a couple of drinks, the barman was refilling before I'd even got out of my seat. Another bonus was the ability to go back to our peaceful adults only hotel after visiting the sister hotels, which we did frequently. All in all, we loved our time at PCP which is probably why we will be there again one week today for another 14 nights. Can't wait.

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As you say food is very subjective. But if it can be of any help, two years ago, we thought the food was just good. Last year, however, we found the food so be so much better - it was great!

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Funny for food, I thought the Bavaro Princess was excellent, especially the a la cartes. Better than the Caribe Princess and Better in ways to the PCP. The food at the PCP and Bavaro Princess were not that similar, and I went to both during the same week, and I repeated a visit to the Bavaro Princess a couple years later. I found the PCP was more unique and interesting at the buffet. ie the buffet at PCP is smaller, so instead of putting out everything in their repetoire, they changed it up more often, and the theme dinners especially the gala were excellent. The a la carte restaurants depended what you ordered. we had steak at the PCP and at the Bavaro Princess and a slight nodd goes to the PCP. PCP had the fondue restaurant which is a nice treat for a special supper and a sea food restaurant by the beach which we had an excellent hubby's bday dinner (thanks to guest services). The great thing about PCP is also you can go dine at the next door Caribe. So you can go to the creperie, and the Brazillian restaurant, whereas you did not have that option when you went to the bavaro last (unless you booked Platinum). The PCP has a no reservation policy, and BP does not. In general I still give the Bavaro higher marks for food - perhaps it was what I ordered - nothing with sauce! except the tortellini. And higher marks because of the a la cartes. I found the buffet was varied but repetative. I did appreciate the buffet and themes of the PCP and the option for variety at the a la cartes. I know from a friend that the chef will make or alter dishes just for you at the PCP. You can make specific arrangements with the guest services office.

As for clean, yes very clean at the PCP. It is not as new and modern as many of the hotels are now, but it is very clean and tropical. It was a small, ultra quiet adults only but you can go next door for more "life" if you want or need it. Often hubby and I would go from the PCP to the Caribe late at night for the 24hr snack buffet, instead of ordering from the mini-grill at the PCP. the best feature of the PCP is the fact that it offers a variety of experiences. The location is fabulous also.

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Thanks for all the info and the comments. I still have my work cut out for me to decide where to take hubby but your comments have helped, so thanks again.

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mamalud - We were just at the PCP last week and had a great time! However, I know everyone's taste in food is different, we did not care for the food at all but I had read many reviews "raving" about it. You can however, dine at their sister resorts too, which we did not do. Everything else about the resort was great! They have a fantastic pool and beautiful beach. Service was good too. The rooms are a little outdated but very tropical and are kept extremely clean and are very big. Keep in mind that this is a very quiet resort, not much nightlife going on there, but we were going just for rest and relaxation and that is definitely what we got! Good luck with your decision.

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Its hard to put much weight on how something was four years ago. A lot can change and usually does.

I am in the process of writing my review on PCP. We were there from 8/14-8/21. Beautiful grounds. Great pool. Great bartender at pool (Nelson). Room had beautiful view but AC could not keep up with the heat. Had to deny maid service 3 of 7 days because she would keep the hall door open and open the balcony door which would just heat up the room all over again. The AC ran nonstop for the week we were there.

I have to agree with missouri. After day two at PCP, we no longer ate there. We went over to Caribe for ALL of our meals. I know we are American and eat different but I believe in safe food handling amongst other things. PCP had too many items(meat, cheese, etc) which were not refrigerated properly. Went for a piece of apple cobbler at Mare Nostrum and stirred up fruit flys. Pancakes, french toast, all bread was hard as a rock. Most things were just what I would consider bad cafeteria food, i.e., lots of juice, gravies, and no substance. Fruit was terrible except for pineapple. All bread was exposed so was inedible. Cereal was poured into very large bowls and there it sat for hours. I am sure they brought it back to the kitchen after breakfast and brought the same cereal out the next day. Tex-Mex was pretty good but server had an attitude because DH wanted frijitas and I didn't and it says for two only. Italian was okay. Caribe had much much bigger variety in buffet and had all breads under cover. Cereals were in dispensers. About 8 fruit juices were available. Again the same menagerie of concoctions though. Ate at Mama Mia's twice and the Brazilain restaurant. Men take note!! No one follows the rules. There was my hubby following the rule with pants, sleeves, shoes and they let anyone in even men in shorts, flip-flops and wife beaters. Why have rules?

P.S. Shuttle was a problem. Drivers were annoyed when you asked them to take you back over to PCP. If you want to take the shuttle over to Caribe, have the front desk call to make sure someone is coming over otherwise you wailt for a very long time.

We went to the Tower Casino every night. I believe the dealers must be told NOT to smile because they were the unhappiest dealers I have ever seen in my life.

PCP was just not what we were looking for and we would not return.

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