This was the first trip I've ever been on so i can't compare this resort to any other but I can say that anyone who gave this place a bad review must be impossible to please.
The hotel was beautiful and very clean.
The rooms were a decent size, clean, everything worked, plenty of hot water and a bar fridge restocked daily with beer, pop and a gallon of water.
The food on the buffet was great and the a la carte's even better.
Plenty of bars so you didn't have to go far for a drink. the beer was good and the drinks full strength and tasty.
The hotel got pretty quiet after midnite but for those who want to party all nite there are a couple discos just a two minute walk away.
The beach just outside the hotel is good for relaxing but there are better places to swim if you walk a few minutes in either direction. There are vendors on the beach but if you say no they will leave you alone.
There's a mall right next door for shopping. I found the better deals to be on the second floor so I would recommend going there first.
The best thing about the hotel was the staff, very friendly and eager to please, from the front desk staff to the guy who sweeps the floor. If you tip don't forget about the guy who sweeps the floor, judging by how happy it made him,I don't think he gets many tips.
I had a great time here and meet lots of great people, guests and staff.
I would recommend this place to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Dorada, a gated oceanfront community on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, is home to Gran Ventana Beach Resort, one of the country’s friendliest, most welcoming hotels. Located directly on the beach, our Puerto Plata beach resort boasts three pools, a kids club and an airy, cool and fresh lobby. We also offer a superb, all-inclusive value for families, couples and group vacations. ... more less
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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
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