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Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
Ranked #8 of 41 Hotels in Puerto Plata
Mississauga, Canada
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“Grand paradise review”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

It was a very nice resort, a very nice beach. The food at the la carts were great, the food at the buffet was always the same food just mixed into something different. There was no service for your drinks when on beach or pool side. Yes a bus comes every five mins but it was always full the 2nd bus was mostly empty, we did not like having to take the bus back and forth, you need to pack for the day what you need for the beach/pool. We are used to walking to things close by. The bartenders at different bars could not make your drink the same, it was always made different. Be careful on excursions the buggies, kids on side of road asking for money, when you get to the beach the guys will try and give you a drink making you think there for free then they will ask for payment when leaving. Also shops at the cave they want you to buy there stuff, they don't tell you this before u go. Entertainment was not good at all.

Room Tip: You want to be close to the beach and main pool. If you are not could with stairs you need to ask fo...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Spent 7 days (May 5-12, 2014) and traveled with my sister (we are both in our late 20's). After reading some mixed reviews, i decided to go ahead and book this resort. As it is May it is off season so the first half of the week was really quiet (which i really can't complain about...as i think if it was too hectic i don't think i would have enjoyed my stay as much as i did).

I have to say kudos to the entertainment staff (Joel, Amuhri and ??Jonathan-i think that's his name) they really kept us all entertained (i.e. Karaoke, movie trivia) and laughing constantly. My only suggestion is to upgrade the music list...and avoid looping the same songs x50. If you can spend the extra money i suggest (as everyone else has) upgrade to oceanview. I enjoyed seeing/hearing the ocean waves in the morning.
ALSO - tip the waiting staff and housekeeping...i think we were the only people who tipped the staff...and because of this they really went above an beyond to ensure that we had great dinner service...i know...you must be thinking...well I've already paid enough for this trip why do i need to tip the staff...the reason...they don't get paid all that much...so the tip does go a long way. I made sure i brought some US $1 bills.
Would i travel here again - YES

Room Tip: If you can spend the extra money i suggest (as everyone else has) upgrade to oceanview.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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New Waterford, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

excellent vacation spot! beach was beautiful with lots of shaded areas. Pool was a good time with lots of games played in the afternoon in that area. Food was good with lots of variety. WiFi, which you have to pay, for was excellent. stayed in ocean view room-very clean and quiet area-building 18. Any staff I encountered, be it front desk, waiter ,entertainer, cleaner, etc, very polite and helpful. The entertainment crew was enthusiastic and fun. They made everyone feel happy:). The Casino was also a fun place for something different in the evening. The staff here were very friendly. The variety of drinks was amazing and the Presidente beer was very good. Would def come back here and would recommend it to anyone who asked. muchas gracias!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chatham, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

Loved the hotel. We initially began our stay in a junior suite and then upgraded to an ocean view suite. Cost us only $120 to do so for 2 people for 5 nights. We also found the WiFi to be excellent!!! We even were able to get WiFi while on the beach outside our hotel room (building 16). We paid $49/device so we each had internet access. We felt it was worth it! We liked being on the beach better than the pool as there was shade which was hard to find poolside.

Location of resort is right on sandy beach.Dining room is an open air buffet and so you could watch the waves and beach for every meal. What is not to like! We always found a choice of food that was tasty. It all depends on personal taste but was not difficult. You could pay a bit more some nights to have lobster on the beach, but we chose not to. Service was OK in dining room - but faster in the end to get for yourself once you figure out the routine for coffee, etc.
There was a white tent beach party for surrounding hotels one night which we did not attend -- but definitely music sounded good and looked like was well attended later in the night.
Entertainment was quite good and something each night with the kids interactive performance before the adult. Bars close at 11.00 with the disco then opening up till 2.00am. We did go on a couple of nights but after the days in the sun, neither of us lasted for long!

There are beach vendors and staff on resort also selling vacation time @ resort. Beach vendors would ask and leave you alone - resort salesmen were more pesky.

Watched one guest have her hair extensions put in on the beach - clearly must have been there before and knew this to be a good deal. Had a few braids put in myself @ $5.00 per strand.

Definitely a must-go-to is the Michelangelo restaurant! Food was amazing and service outstanding (make sure that the gentleman has long pants). We also ate a la carte in Eden Restaurant beach side one night.

Would recommend this hotel. Not noisy, nice guests and a variety of places to go and opportunities for quiet as well as structured activities.

Room Tip: Buildings 14 and 16 have direct view of ocean. Lower floors have better view as not obstructed by pa...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

This place sucks. The front desk staff were nicer than all the others, but they were slow. Things were stolen from our rooms, too many restrictions on this resort, everyone is on vacation id imagine but we werent allowed to play music in the room after 1am. Food wasnt the best until the dominicans came to the resort i guess thats when they decided to serve "better food" but coming home to realize i have a salmonella infection so i def. would recommend to pay an extra few dollars for a better accommodation, food and just a better experience overall.

  • Stayed April 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Great stay, arrived april 26.
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  • Stayed May 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

I spent 10 days in this hotell. They always find something fun to do, even when the weather is bad. The people working here are very happy all the time and always singing or dancing. Janet, Aris and chichi took very good care og me and my friend! We had a good time!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Property: Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
Address: Complejo Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata 332, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#7 Family Hotel in Puerto Plata
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Paradise Playa Dorada 3.5*
Number of rooms: 425
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Also Known As:
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Hotel Puerto Plata
Paradise Beach Club Puerto Plata
Paradise Beach Resort Casino
Paradise Beach Puerto Plata
Paradise Beach Club Casino
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata

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