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The Residence Suites at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort
Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Puerto Plata
Reviewed 2 July 2007

We had a great time! We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite overlooking one of the many pools. The beach was a short picturesque walk through the resort. The food was OK, not a great bargain for the money. But the Europeans we met all felt it was a bargain for three meals plus snacks and drinks per day. (we americans are always looking for more, I guess) The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We will be going back again and again. We liked it so much, we purchased a 15 week package.
On the down side:The electricity went out for a few minutes on a couple of days but came right back on and I did see some bugs, on two occasions, which was not very appetizing. But otherwise, the resort was clean, very comfortable and beautiful.

Stayed: June 2007
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Reviewed 3 April 2007

The resort was very nice , the people very friendly and the varity of the buffet was above avarage. Making reservations for the restaurants was very difficult . We were able to book 2 restaurants in our one weeks stay. the wait staff was pretty much attentive considering the tipping is included and from my observation not too many people were tipping extra. I read many negative reviews previous to my trip there, so I was prepared for the worst. It was not so bad, there was plenty of shows and games, the light show by the pool was the best! I will certainly go back. Our package included a trip to ocean world which was well worth it.

Stayed: March 2007
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Reviewed 27 December 2006

Worst food ever in a resort! Don't be fooled by pictures on website. That is not what you get. This place is so bad we would never go back there. The only thing they are concerned with is the VIP World Timeshares. If you already own a timeshare, you will be treated terribly by their staff. They use the hard sell to encourage you to leave your timeshare company. And when I say 'hard sell', it is actually threatening. We place is the worst resort we have ever visited. Don't go there!

Stayed: December 2006
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Racine, WI
Reviewed 12 June 2006

Personally my wife and I thought the resort was beautiful. We stayed in one of the suites, of which all of them were in the process of being re-done inside(On a side note I noticed that they had completely gutted one of their hotel/studio buildings and were re-doing that too). The only problem we encoundered was low water pressure one day, and that was corrected after contacting the hotel staff within an hour. The cable TV was a fuzzy, but what are you doing inside watching TV on vacation? You can do that at home! The room was clean, and very nice and up-to-date.

The drinks at the resort were great, but I do agree that the buffet food was just OK, nothing spectacular. The resort grounds were impecably manicured and very well taken car of. The staff was really friendly, and went out of their way to make us feel comforatable there. Not everyone speaks english(wait staff, maintenance, etc), but the people on the front line all do speak english -- we speak very little spanish and had no problems.

By the way, for the person who complained out not having hot water, all you have to do is flip the switch with the light on it in the bathroom to "ON" and you will get hot water. The tanks are electric and controlled inside of the room.. presumably to save energy when not in use!

Overall, the Hacienda was a good experience, the VIP areas were just incredible if you have access to them. It was very relaxing will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 10 June 2006

Went through Sundance vacations and were extremely excited, but what a disappointment! Rooms were old, rundown, exposed plaster, dirty. Moved to the "newer section by "nicely" complaining and the room was SO mildewed we got sick! The buffet food, although plentiful , was pretty disappointing. Forget the other restaurants too (the ones you have to make reservations to) -- went to Mexican, they had a couple of steam trays and a choice of 3 or 4 entrees -- what a joke!! The beach (Confresi) was filthy!! Trash would just keep washing up on the beach. The "gym" was a bunch of old rusted out equipment, outdoors in a hut!! The "included" drinks were one kind of draft beer and a limited choice of cheap alcohol drinks...I could go on and on, but just avoid this place unless you are content staying at a dive motel....

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed 15 January 2006

the lhv club is a waste of good money as flights are more expensive than a holiday when you have a problem and call them they ask you to email the problem and you get a responce with in 24 hours what a lie this is my youngest son was attacked by ants in the vip area not just a few ants litrally thousands of them crawling all over him stinging him fortunatly he was not alergic to them the buffet what a joke they dont even have chips all you can eat is the type of food they eat yakk comunication between staff is extremely bad just avoid this place im sure there is better places to stay in a beautiful place like the dominican republic than here or luperon beach

  • Stayed: September 2005
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manchester, englan
Reviewed 2 February 2005

wouldnot recommend this hotel to anybody until it has had a complete makeover rooms pool area footpaths.. we only sampled the food once and ate out after this. we moved suites three times until they put us in an accomodation of what we considered ok but still not upto standard we had no choice and this wasnt done until our second week.although the suites were clean most things in them didnt work and in one suite the roof leaked through the electric light when it rained.the lighting upto the accomodation was none existent so was very dangerous pool was dirty with dead bugs and coakroaches in it.the beach was a trekat night especially with children.the pool area was unsafe and the and not very impressionable when you got there.the dominican staff were extremely nice and friendly been to dom rep many times will return but not to hacienda suites!!!!

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Additional Information about The Residence Suites at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort

Address: Columbus Torre 1 | Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic (Formerly Hacienda Suites)
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Puerto Plata
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range: £104 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Residence Suites at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine waking up in your own luxury suite as another perfect day dawns in the Dominican Republic. A gentle sea breeze rolls in as you enjoy fresh island fruit and cup of famous Dominican coffee on your private terrace. Just a three-minute walk away, breathtaking Cofresi Beach awaits with water sports, sailing, deep sea fishing and the aquatic wonders of Ocean World. And, as a member of the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, you can plan to enjoy even more exclusive V.I.P privileges. The Residence Suites offer every comfort and luxury of a first class vacation destination. Set within 12 three-story Spanish-Mediterranean hillside buildings, couples and families can enjoy our two bedroom suite with spacious living and dining areas, private baths and fully-equipped kitchenettes. No detail has been overlooked to assure your vacation experience provides every comfort and luxury. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hacienda Hotel Puerto Plata
Hacienda Resort All Inclusive
The Residence Suites At Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata

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