I stayed at this hotel from 8th August until the 22nd August.
when we arrived we were greeted with a fruit cocktail slush, appreciated due to the heat. the check in was smooth, we were told one of our rooms wasnt ready but would be in about 20 minutes.
we went to our room and it was lovely, 9011. our second room was 9012 which was interconnecting. ours a double had a bed which a family of 6 could have slept in and our daughters was two singles. They were clean, tidy and big enough for our bed a table and chair, sofa, dressing table, drawers and a built in wardrobe. there was a fully stocked fridge, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and all the usual toiletries.
a towel swan with flowers was on the bed, this was replaced each day with elephants, snakes and numerous other animals.
The mercado buffet restaurant had a wide range of food, breakast had cereals, breads, cheese, fruit, salad, bacon, sausage, waffles, pancakes, etc. also the banana smoothie was delicious.
Lunch at both the mercado and pool bar was good, pizzas, pasta, chips, burgers, chicken, salad.
Dinner again at the mercado a full buffet, with a roast everyday, fish, soup, pizza etc again and also a dominican section. who knew bananas wrapped in bacon would be delicious?
There are 3 speciality restaurants. the pool one we didnt eat in as we are not keen on fish, but the menu did look nice. the mexican we ate at once, which to be honest was more than enough. Mexican food is a family favourite and we all were disappointed. we would have liked it more if it was a bit more spicy, it was a bit bland, but maybe that is what traditional mexican is like. the service was also the worst we received in the entire fortnight. the brazilian was amazing, 7 different meats are brought around each on a huge skewer, these are placed on your plate which already has on a jacket potato, corn on the cob and vegetables. One word of advice, do not have too much for a starter as you will need to be rolled out of the restaurant. The service both times we were there was excellent. men do have to smarten up for these 3 restaurants, either long trousers or long smart shorts need to be worn. my husband forgot and was turned away, very funny.
The pool is huge with sections for volleyball, basketball and water polo. There is the jacuzzi in the centre, which does feel cooler than the rest of the pool. There was a man cleaning the pool constantly when we were there. There was the usual reserving of the sunbeds but there were plenty, especially if like us you didnt mind where you sat.
the beach was lovely, yes there was seaweed, but guess what its the sea. the sand is blistering hot and the breeze fools you into thinking you arent getting burned. The kids loved the kayaking, you can use the catamarans but need to have an hours training before you do. this costs $40 each.
The entertainment, erm!!!, ok its not broadway or the west end but if you observe it with an attitude of im on holiday and i dont really care, its fine.
the stargang work their little socks off, from first thing in the morning to the entertainment at night, they even give themselves nicknames to try and make themselves sound more interesting, hollywood, mickey mouse and shakalaka to name a few.
we did two excursions, 1, the dunebuggies which was fantastic and mucky. then the first choice dominican night which was also good with a tour of puerta plata and a meal in a restaurant.
As this is there low season, they seemed to be updating the decor. there were painters in and landscape gardeners all over, but they didnt get in your way.
overall this is a great hotel and i would recommend this to anyone, whether you want an active holiday or a chill out holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada hotel is located in front of the large golden sand beach of Costa Dorada, 10 minutes from the city of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic's north coast. This wonderful 5-star All Inclusive resort is a wonderful haven for aquatic sports lovers. Renovated in 2011, the IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada hotel has 498 Double Rooms and 18 spacious Junior Suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Costa Dorado
- Iberostar Puerto Plata
- Iberostar Costa Dorada Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata
- Iberostar Costa Dorada Puerto Plata
- Iberostar Hotel Costa Dorada
- Iberostar Costa Dorada Hotel
- Costa Dorado
- Puerto Plata Iberostar
- Iberostar Hotel Puerto Plata