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Hotel Beach House Playa Dorada
Ranked #35 of 40 Hotels in Puerto Plata
Reviewed 24 January 2012

This was a first stay at celuisma and it was a very good one. We arrived at 1 in the morning and the staff were very helpful. We are a family and wanted to switch to adjoining and they were very helpful with trying to fulfill our needs. The entertainment staff are absolutely wonderful at their job they speak english spanish french and german and are very good with keeping the kids entertained, Luigi was one of their favorites. during the evenings they all pick random guest to dance with and teach you if you don't know how. The food was pretty good we ate at the buffet most of time and it was good no complaints. We ate a la carte once at the italian restaurant, it was horrible. The bar staff are also very nice and friendly and bring you drinks when you are by the pool or at the beach. We stayed in block 12 in one of the renovated rooms it was very clean and the maids are very helpful and friendly as well.

Room Tip: blocs painted white are renovated, 11,12,13,14
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5  Thank Jessica M
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

This is the second time that we went to Celuisma Tropical, Playa Dorada, the first was last year 2010. We noticed that there were some staff changes and that many renovations had been done since the prior year.

Our room was Unit 19 and we had a great view of the ocean, a new flat screen TV and service to the room was exceptional. The beach sand was clean (they have a beach cleanup every morning) and the water was good for a dip in the ocean.

On the beach we found that Dio (Diomedes Parra) was perfect for arranging trips and excursions. We liked that we didn`t get ripped off and he explained what we would be getting for what we paid. He also told us some of the pitfalls of some trips such as long drives or stops along the way. He didn`t nag us, on the beach, to make a purchase as others did and we appreciated that. He is mild mannered, easily approachable and would recommend using his services.

The staff at Celuisma was also very friendly and helpful. They try their best to help keep us occupied when there was a lull in activities. Perfect for bored kids.

The buffet food was also more flavorful than the prior year. They even cooked a fish we caught when we went deep see fishing!

Overall, great value, clean beach and relaxing.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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9  Thank cjameson
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

Our group of 27 had a great time at the Celuima Jan 1-8, 2012. They upgraded everyones rooms, as we had only booked standard rooms and most of us were upgraded to superiors and some to suites. A few of us did had to juggle room location to be closer together, which is a huge pain. We were a bit dissappointed with the respect they give to returning guests, and think that they really need to get better with welcoming guest back to the resort.
We ate at all 4 of the a la cartes. We enjoyed the Carribean the most, and went there twice. The fish entree was excellent. Mexican was our second favorite, followed by The Grill and least favorite was Italian. Buffet is okay, I am not a buffet person, but I always found something to eat. We ate most of our lunches at the beach bar, the chicken is very good. We wish they would serve Nachos and guacamole everyday instead of just in Mexican restaurant and on mexican night in the buffet. We also would like to see ice cream offered for dessert, either at the buffet or at the a la cartes. The ice cream in DR is so good!
Beach was great. We did get some rain, which also brought sea weed in. But we didn't let that bother us from enjoying the ocean. Kids and adults had fun playing volleyball everyday too! Victor the beach bartender is wonderful. Tip him well and he will bring you drinks to the beach everyday!! A nice touch!
Vendors on the beach do get annoying, but we always become friends with them the first day or two, and then they do leave you alone. We did book the Dune Buggies with Ramone off the beach and we had a wonderful time. We booked with him last year as well. Some of the group also did horseback riding through him too. We bought jewlery off the #5 beach vendor, be prepared to haggle the price down. Some of the girls and Moms got their hair braided. It should cost around $30 for a full head or $15 for half head of braids.
Entertainment staff work very hard all day and love to play with the kids. Shows at night were okay, definatly have seen much better but it's something to do.
Overall a great place for the price we paid. We would return if the price was right again!
Thanks for the memories!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank polariscouple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

My 3rd stay at this hotel in 10 visits to Playa Dorada. This is my favourite hotel because in all my visits the staff have been constant and the location is ideal. I have found all staff here to be very professional and friendly. They go out their way to help you in any way they can and I cannot find any fault with this hotel. I have booked again in May this year and look forward to my return. It would be unfair to single out any individual staff for praise because in my experience they all deserve my heartfelt thanks. If you can speak a little basic Spanish it will greatly enhance your enjoyment of this magical country.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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7  Thank 36jethro
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

I stayed at this hotel for Christmas this year with my husband and two children age 15 and 13 .
Our room was very large in block 11 always clean and practical to be honest it was a room that had recently refurbished so was nice
We had a fantastic holiday and didn't want to return home , could have easily stayed another week . All staff in the hotel were very friendly and we made some great friends that I'm sure we wil have for life . The bar staff are great and when on the beach or by the pool you do not even have to leave your sun beds as they bring your drinks to you. I recommend the trips to paradise island and the waterfalls as these were great we did book them from dio who sells the trips from the beach who is half the price you pay in the hotel with reps
Dio is a local man who is very nice and the trips are same as hotel but better more personalised to your needs so just look out for him or ask one of the sellers on the beach . We met a large group of Canadians who return to this hotel every Christmas and we went to a local village with them for the day and saw the real Dominican republic this was our best trip of all they were a fantastic bunch of people who we hope to meet up with again this Christmas .
It is 3 star hotel so do not expect a 5 star but the service you receive from all the staff is 5 *
The food is not great but there is always something to choose and if you have fussy kids the beach bar buffet is ideal serving chips , pizza chicken ,burgers, and salad daily.
Only used 1 of the restaurants Italian and that was very nice with great service . If you are like me and like to get out and about a short 3 min walk outside hotel brings you to the plaza which has a wide range of shops bars and restaurants so if a change of scene is needed its on the door step . To be honest I was a bit apprehensive about going after I read some of the comments on here especially as we usually go 4-5 * but I was pleasantly surprised and will defently be returning
Very good value for money and staff fantastic
Christmas was lovely with a lovely Christmas eve gala meal Christmas lunch we had turkey and roast very nice , and the entertainment was fantastic animation team work very hard and are great luigi , grace , diesel(mini me) are so lovely and made the holiday so much fun
Don't forget book trips through Dio on the beach lovely guy and you will have a memorable holiday and we most defiantly be going back

  • Stayed: December 2011
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2  Thank Karnev
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Staff are great! The annimation surprised me because they really try hard to make sure you are intertained, I was there the first week of December 2011 and there was bearly anyone on the resort but we had fun with the staff. The resort is old but they are doing upgrades, This resort is ok, it was the fourth time I have been there and we go because it is cheep and my husband is Dominican so we mostly visit family.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank c0urtness
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We have been here several times.
Always a great vacation. We go on Vacation with a large group.\I think there was about 14 from here and 4 from ottawa and 7 from England. We had the time of our lives. The staff are always ready to make your stay a great one. All the rooms have been redone and are fantastic.
They have redone the pool and the area around the pool and it looks great .
They have replace the old green longe chairs with nice new white ones .
They have been painting all the buildings and they look great.
The food has always been good but tjis year it seemed to me that it has gootten so much better.

The beach bar has been redone and is double the size.
The animation team is the best there is.Iam returning in january 13th for a week.And our group will be returning in dec 2012 for 2 weeks .
we alwasy book our excursions on the beach with DIO he works the beach at Celuisma and is as honest as the day is long.All his excursions can be booked with oyur travel agent or in the hotel at a higher price.
So if you are looking for a trip see DIo on the beach he will do everything in his power to make it a good one.

Room Tip: Go to the beach and book your excursions with DIO you will save lots of money and he sells all the...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata 72000, Dominican Republic (Formerly Celuisma Tropical Playa Dorada)
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
#24 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range: £112 - £291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 411
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO THE HOTEL BEACH HOUSE PLAYA DORADA The Hotel Beach House Playa Dorada guarantees you a unique beach holiday in one of the most complete and welcoming All Inclusive hotels in Puerto Playa, Dominican Republic. Specialized in weddings and events on the beach, this hotel is the perfect setting for some unforgettable holidays. Located in the amazing Playa Dorada, 5 km away from Puerto Plata, this hotel for weddings in the Dominican Republic offers endless customized services and state-of-the-art facilities for events: spa, swimming pools, nearby golf, water sports, parties, restaurants... Discover one of the liveliest hotels in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Celuisma Tropical Playa Dorada Hotel Puerto Plata
Tropical Playa Dorada
Celuisma Tropical Playa Dorada Resort
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