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Puerto Plata Beach Resort
Ranked #30 of 40 Hotels in Puerto Plata
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Reviewed 17 September 2004

I have been on several all inclusive vacations and I have to say this was by far the worst one EVER. The room was so small with 2 single beds which were very old and not particularly clean. Also we had only one tiny window which provided a view only when jumping on the bed to see what was outside.
The washroom was musty and the tub looked like it hadn't been cleaned in several years.
The food was generally okay but both my travel partner and I got stomache aches including the runs and cramps after the same meal.
The pool looked much bigger in the pictures. It was rather small and crowded with lots of kids including babies in diapers which was a bit of a worry.
Poolside activities were rather lame and not many people participated.
The "watersports" were not available much to our surprise due a national holiday we were not made aware of prior to our booking.
The staff were hot and cold- friendly at times but not so friendly other times. Seemed to be they were looking for tips which determined their attitude towards you.
Overall I would NOT recommend this resort and I would pick another destination for certain.

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Reviewed 24 August 2003

This was our first time in the Caribbean, 3 friends in their 40's and 2 daughters aged 15. The first thing to mention is that we got our suitcases at Puerto Plata airport and were out in 20 minutes! British airports take note! We were hoping for a completely chilled out time, serious relaxation and a bit of luxury. We got two out of three. The accommodation needed refurbishing and was fairly dated, but it felt like home quite quickly and we were hardly in there to be honest. We just changed and slept there. It was however air conditioned and spotlessly clean; the staff really do a good job and they're all very cheerful and friendly. The food was good - a lot of variety - you would be hard pushed not to find something you liked. But the buffet restaurant could get busy and by the end of the 2 weeks we were a bit fed up with it. At weekends it was especially busy (think they must have weekend visitors), it was hard to get a table, and the service wouldn't be as good. Our advice would be to get there early and then it was much more civilised and there'd be more choice. There are 2 other restaurants which you can book into which are a nice change but be prepared to wait - the pace of life is SLOW! There are plenty of sunbeds round the pool and lots of activities going on there. One of our daughter's spent her time there, the rest of us went on the beach each day and just relaxed under the palm trees. The beach is kept very clean and there are activities there too but no one forces you to join in anything, it's just there if you want it. It looked like fun but we were just to lazy to take part! There are beach sellers who constantly parade up and down but they don't pester you if you say no. We actually bartered a bit the second week when we'd got a feeling for the place and had some fun with it. You can have a massage, manicure and pedicure on the beach if you so wish (one of us did) - a lot cheaper than in the UK! The sea is warm but not clear as we'd thought it would be and it is quite rocky so you have to pick your way in carefully, although we eventually found a spot that was clear. Some plastic shoes would have been useful. Once you're in it's fine. There are plenty of sun loungers on the beach but quite a lot of them need replacing. We managed to find decent ones every day (and we didn't get down there until about 11 am) but a lot of them need throwing out. We didn't try the nightclub and casino so can't comment on those. The staff worked very hard to entertain everybody in the evening, but it's like nothing you've seen anywhere else! We preferred to sit at the beach bar drinking cocktails and playing cards. They laid on supper at midnight so nobody needs to go to bed hungry! The waiters and bar staff were great, and the security staff were ever present but unobtrusive. There is a Plaza a few minutes walk away with a couple of bars and shops, but we really didn't spend very much money at all, just a few souvenirs. All in all we had a great time and we got the holiday we wanted. The climate is fantastic -very hot and humid but always a breeze. We would certainly return to the Caribbean.

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Miami, Florida
Reviewed 24 July 2003

Really had a good time; of course no comparison to staying in a hotel in the US. We went with a really large group of friends so we got to go to alot of different places. ie. waterfalls, blue lagoon & to really beautiful beaches. Shopping was an adventure. I don't recomend any of the Clubs outside the resort. The resort leaves alot to be desired.

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Toronto, ON
Reviewed 10 July 2003

This was my third time to the Dominican Republic, but my first time at the Paradise Beach Resort and Casino. Overall, I had a great time, & met some really fun people. I'm 22, and I went with a girlfriend who's also 22. Our outlook for this trip was to party and have a good time.
Paradise is definitely the place to be for people our age....the mall was a 5 minute walk away, good prices. The disco was the best one i've been to in Dominican. It's called the Crazy Moon. Despite it being late June, there was tons of people there, it was big, and the music was up to date (although sometimes repetitive). We heard Sean Paul, 50 Cent, Jay-z, dance music...I was impressed. It was definitely happening there, and was open until 4 in the morning for all the late night partiers like us. One of the bars stayed open until 1 (the one near the beach), which was also a plus....the only bad part about the Crazy Moon disco is that the drinks weren't included in the all-inclusive package...but we had enough before going to the club anyways. During the day, again, the music was very up to date and had lot's of variety- rock, hip hip, R&B, dance, latin, etc. The activities varied from good to boring, but the workers were enthusiastic and made everyone have a good time. The food was okay, but didn't sit very well in our stomachs (both of us each LOST 10 pounds), and this has never happened before when I've been in Dominican. The accomodations were alright. Each of the rooms we saw from the people we met were different...some were regular hotel size, with a window you could hardly see out of because it was covered in a wood design. We had this room but upgraded (thanks to some spanish-speaking people we met down there) to a room with a kitchen, and a huge room with a couch and a beautiful view. Other rooms had a loft upstairs with another bedroom...I was baffled by all of the different rooms. Neither of us really minded that the first room we had was so small because we weren't in the room that often but for people who like nice rooms, don't get the economy room. The closet was RIGHT beside the bed, you had to squeeze to get in it, and the room was pretty old looking...the wood on the windows (which was a bad idea also) was chipped, and the windows were dirty. The maids were great though, and the rooms were kept pretty clean, except for the tiny, tiny bugs crawling up the walls, and in the bathroom...they're not really an inconvienience, but for some it might be gross. Also, two people cannot open the closet drawers at the same time because they are right beside eachother, and the drawers won't open if the other person has their closet door open. It's kind of ridiculous that they haven't changed this concept. Overall, we had an excellent time, and the nighttime was probably our favourite part...oh, for the young people, go to Hemingways. It's a club/bar in the mall that is pretty fun as well. Its right in the Playa Dorada complex, so it's safe to walk there (although you shouldn't by yourself at night anyways) and all of the people who are staying in the surrounding resorts go there to party as well.
Soo...I think that young people would have a blast, but anyone who's really picky on accomadations shouldn't stay here.

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Additional Information about Puerto Plata Beach Resort

Address: Ave. General Gregorio Luperon | Malecon (city boardwalk), Puerto Plata 07393, Dominican Republic (Formerly Puerto Plata Beach Club & Casino)
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Plata
#11 Spa Hotel in Puerto Plata
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
#20 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range: £51 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Puerto Plata Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Puerto Plata Beach Resort, located on the Malecon in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic, offers breakfast and accommodation consists of 23 colonial-style buildings accommodating 40 Suites overlooking sea view and garden, relax in the large pool, jacuzzi and terrace, the hotel also has tennis courts, cafe, bar, spa, parking, reception and 24 hour security. Unique Hotel in the beautiful City boardwalk with great vegetation synonymous tranquility, privacy, enjoy in harmony with nature. And for lovers of extreme sports the hotel has access to the beautiful beach Kite Beach, ideal for those who wish to enter the Kite Surfing. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Puerto Plata Beach Club And Casino
Puerto Plata Beach Club Hotel Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata Beach Hotel
Puerto Plata Beach Resort Dominican Republic

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