I travelled with my husband and brother to the Gran Ventana on the 19th September 2009 for two weeks. After reading loads of reviews which were less than complimentary we were looking forward to the holiday as much as we would look forward to a bout of toothache. However, our worries were soon put aside after our first 24 hours in the hotel.
We found the choice of food at the buffet restaurant was far superior to other places we have visited on an all inclusive basis, including a previous trip to a 5* resort in the Maldives. The a la carte restaurants were the best we have come across anywhere on our travels and the staff went the extra mile allowing us to order as much as we wanted on each of our visits. My husband can be a little fussy where food is concerned and he thoroughly enjoyed meals in all of the restaurants. Alcoholic and soft drinks flowed freely in all restaurants.
The bar staff were great, in particular the main man at the swim up pool bar, he would always deliver me my ‘usual’ as soon as I perched myself on a bar stool. We had no great issues concerning people hogging sun beds and then not using them. The management seemed to handle this very well.
There is plenty to do in the hotel if you want to do anything, however my preference is just to read a book and take in the action happening around me. There was always some game or other happening around the pool and whist not being a participant myself, it was still fun to watch. The entertainment staff were great and I particularly enjoyed the dance routine at the pool each day. These guys have so much energy and are very friendly, in particular, Jhonny, Sexy Face, Mini Me, Gleny and Ratata.
The evening entertainment was ok, some nights were great others were not, but there is something for everyone. In particular, the show that has all of the entertainment team taking part had us all in fits of laughter and the Michael Jackson impersonator is excellent too. The mini disco is fun for youngsters and they also seemed to enjoy the twice weekly movie night too which was on before the main entertainment.
We didn’t use the quiet pool and I did not use the beach, however my husband and brother both enjoyed the beach. My husband hates the sellers on the beach, however he said these guys did not pester him.
The rooms were clean, however people have complained on this site of a damp smell. This is the 3rd hotel we have stayed in at in the Dom Rep and all of them have musty smelling rooms caused by the humidity in the country, nothing else untoward. Rooms cleaned daily, towels changed daily, fridge restocked daily and beds changed every other day. The beach towel system was a great help and saved us space in our luggage, definitely worth using.
My husband and brother went on the dune buggy trip and had a fabulously time, although they did return in a filthy state. We all went to the Ocean World where we all had a great day, it just wasn’t long enough. My husband did the dolphin encounter and my brother and I did the sea lion encounter, a great experience all round. On our previous visits we did the Jeep Safari and Catamaran trips, both were excellent.
All of the staff were a great help. I had an ear infection, something I am prone to getting, and had to visit the medical centre. The bell boy made sure I had the correct documents and took me along and returned from me after see the doctor, definitely above and beyond the call of duty.
We had such a fantastic time that we are returning in May this year, a year earlier than we anticipated. If you decide to go you will have a great time. We did not meet anyone in the resort who didn’t, we even met a few people who were on their 3rd or 4th visits.
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Ventana Beach Hotel
- Gran Ventana Dominican Republic
- Gran Ventana Puerto Plata
- Gran Ventana Beach Resort Puerto Plata
- Hotel Gran Ventana Beach
- Grand Ventana Beach Resort
- Gran Ventana Hotel Dominican Republic
- VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata