We were here from May 16 - 23. (Me, my hubby, 22 month old, sister and mom). We arrived at the hotel around 10:30 am and was checked in right away... Even though check in was suppose to be at 3pm. This was great! We asked to be put in building 7,8,9 since reviewers said these buildings were the best. We were in building 7 second floor. The room was standard. 2 double beds and there was a crib for baby already in the room. Mini fridge stocked with water, beer and pop. We never had a problem with anything in our room. First day, the maid made a towel bird for us but the rest of the days she didn't. We did leave tips for her everyday.
Selections was closed for lunch and dinner all of the days we were there, so we had to eat at Royalton mostly. The Mexican restaurant was only open the last night were were there, so we were able to do an a la carte for free at the Italian restaurant at Roytalton by the beach.
Restaurants: we ate at Selections buffet for breakfast every morning. Food was okay and Service was good.
Under the sea: we ate here once. The lobster was great here and the coffee was excellent. Service was a little slow.
Bella Italian: was good. We enjoyed the food here.
Buffet at Royalton: they had a different theme every night for dinner here. Good variety.
Italian restaurant by the beach (I forgot the name): It was better than the Italian at Memories. So if u want to choose just one Italian to try... I would go to Royalton.
Pools: we were able to find shaded areas every day. Tiles by the pools and water park were slippery. My 22 month old fell on her bottom a few times so be careful.
Beach: the beach was very nice... Not many shaded areas, but on our last day there, I did notice them putting up more shade.
Time share people: they sit at a customer service desk at the bottom middle of each building where the ice machines are. They are like sharks, trying to sell you time share. Saying that they have a gift for your family. We tried to avoid them best we could but they were always around.
Ooh and if your child is under 2 yrs old, you do not need to pay the $10/$20 enter/exit fee at the airport. I read a previous review saying that they didn't pay exiting, but they did pay entering because they didn't know. If u give them the money however, I'm sure they will take it, so don't pay if you don't have to.
Shopping: there's a plaza called Punta Blanca right beside the our resort. Exit and walk towards the left. Be prepared to haggle. Everyone tries to get you to go into their store, they all sell similar things. It was an experience.
We also took a shopping trip to San Juan shopping mall. (Free shuttle bus from our hotel). The only thing good was the grocery store. But we were left there for 3 hours! It was a waste of time. Too long. 1 hour would have been enough.
Hanibal, at the front desk gave us change when we needed it and answered all our questions and Miguel the Bell boy was great and very playful with my daughter. Everyone at the resort was very friendly. We tried to tip everyone who served us, most of them work 8 hrs a day, 12 days with 2/3 days off in between. They work very hard and mostly with a smile on their face ready to serve and make our trip a memorable one. Overall, this was a great family vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This wonderful stylish family oriented resort is located at Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, one of the most beautiful landmarks of the Caribbean. 5 Thematic Restaurants reservation-free dining +11 Bars +Water Park features a children pool with slides, wave pool, relax pool, Jacuzzi, Kamikaze, Space bowl, Black hole and lots of tubes with amazing surprises. In addition, the resort also boasts 3 pools. ... more less
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