I just returned on April 26th, 2014 from a one week vacation at the Barcelo, Punta Cana.
First of all I would like to say, the 10 women I vacationed with are the people who made this vacation exceptional! I traveled from New Brunswick with 10 women friends, and without saying, I can't remember a better time! The beach was beautiful and the water, amazing, so beautiful.
The downside of this hotel (to me) is that it is very outdated. The grounds are really beautiful and you can tell at one time, this must have been an amazing place. However, like anything else, if not kept up, it gets run down, and this is exactly my opinion of this place. The food at the buffet is (in my opinion) not very good at all. I ate donuts every morning with a slice of bread with peanut butter. This is all I could take. The dinner restaurants in the evening were good. The Japanese is by far the best!.
When we first arrived we were given a room that really, "should have been closed down, until renovations made to it". After I complained to front desk, they did move us into another "acceptable room" the next day. That was a good thing.
Remember to bring bug spray with you, as well as Claritin, and Calamine lotion. The bugs ate from my knee caps down to my feet, that when I got off the plane I had to go to the Emergency Room of the hospital, and a doctor saw me and gave me an oral antibotic to take x 10 days plus a cream antibotic to also put on the sores. I have traveled down south for many years, and I must say this is the first time I ever encountered such bad bugs. Other people tell me this can happen anywhere, so I guess this was a first for me.
The staff were all very nice and I must say "hard working people", and they always had a smile on their face, so nice to see. I also met some wonderful people from Halifax. I don't know if they feel same! (lol) My roommate and I probably scared them half to death when we accidently tried to open up their room with our card! We were shocked and so were they when they opened the door. However, being from the Maritimes, they were wonderful people and forgave us for OUR mistake. We did apologize and all week long when we would see them, we had a great laugh.
Would I go to this hotel again. "NO" - but because of the group of women I was with, I have to say, I have only good memories of this trip.
Without hurrying my life away, "come-on April 2015"!
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Breezes Punta Cana
- Barcelo Punta Cana Resort
- Barcelo Premium Punta Cana
- Barcelo Dominican Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Barcelo