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“Enjoyed Every Minute” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Bahia Principe San Juan

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Grand Bahia Principe San Juan
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rio San Juan
Guelph, Ontario
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Enjoyed Every Minute”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2008

Me and my boyfriend stayed at this resort and loved every minute of it....

great beach, pool, staff, service... we definitely recommend this hotel. great family place and shows - after the show there is a delay between the end of the show and the time the disco starts to open up....

GREAT PLACE...
this was a 2.5 years ago now so it's hard to remember specific details..

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Eduardo_Tanya
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  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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montreal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2008

Hello to all,

Well we just came back from Bahia Principe yesterday and all i can say is OVER 60 bites all over my legs. What first started out as oups take out the "off" hun we have misquitos turned into what the heck is going on my legs are covered in bites. Well got back from there yesterday the 28th Dec and went to bed and woke up with new bites. So did a little research to find out we have bed bugs. Just called the doctor and he explained to us the allergic reaction comes after and it is for this reason there are still new bites coming out.

All my thoughts are not negative on this place as the food in the buffet Le Brisa was good and we did 2 tours not to be missed. The Laguana Jeep Safari Tour and The Caribbean Buggy Tour. Two words to describe these There Great !!!! But i would not go back and would not recommend this hotel to anybody. We went to the Royal in November in Playa Del Carmen and this place does not come close to the Royal. So If you like bugs and lots of them this is the place for you..........

  • Liked — Animation and Tours
  • Disliked — The BUGS.........
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank travelmanran
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Ottawa,ON
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2008

It was a good hotel because of the staff and the entertainment, food was plenty and ok. Really big resort lots to do lots of friends to make. Just make sure your bed is clean. I and a few other people had bed bugs once we arrived home. Trust me its the worst thing as you cant see them and will make you go crazy. I have lots of photographs if u need to see symptoms.

  • Liked — People
  • Disliked — Bugs
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank vv_lebelie
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Burlington, Ontario
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2008

I don't know how people could find fault with this resort. We just returned last night and can't say enough about the San Juan. The grounds are beautiful and immaculately kept. All of the staff we encountered were friendly and courteous, and they certainly worked hard to meet our needs.
Our room was comfortable and well-appointed. The TV was old , but we didn't come to the DR to sit around and watch TV. We spent a lot of time on the beach and found it quiet and relaxing- loads of lounge chairs even though the resort was pretty full. The water was warm and fine for swimming. The pools were lovely, although we didn't spend much time there as the beach was so nice.
The buffet offered amazing choice and very good quality. The hotel put on a Christmas Eve dinner that was absolutely wonderful- a treat for the eyes and the palate. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and service at the Mexican and Italian restaurants and did not have trouble getting the exact time and day we wanted.
There is lots to do at this resort, so no one should be bored no matter what the weather. On the other hand, you can "do nothing "and have a wonderful time.
We did have an issue with the our lock/key not working when we checked in at 1:00 am, but the problem was dealt with promptly and to our satisfaction.
I highly recommend this resort for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful spot. Even better than the 5 star Bahia Principe Cayacoa in Samana which we enjoyed last year.
The people who didn't like this place should just stay home and whine to each other.

  • Liked — The beach.
  • Disliked — The TV.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank shoestrings
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Pasadena
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2008

The bahia principe is a beautiful resort.The grounds are huge and kept very clean and tidy.The pool was big and the beach, you could walk for miles.The water was just right,you could go and jump right in.The whole time we were there we might of had ten minutes of rain,it was sunny all the time.The food was good, lots to choose from.The desserts were awsome, mostly what i ate.The a la cartes were okay, nothing to brag about.
Went on the jeep safari trip which was an awsome time.The tour guide got us drunk.The scenery was just beautiful.Also done the view from the top, but at the time the cable car was broke so we went to a beach instead.Still a good time.The highlight of the trip was the horseback riding which i would recommend for any skill level of rider.We went down through a brook(river) and valley with just amazing scenery.
The only downfall of the resort when i was there, were the evening entertainment.Seemed like they put on the same show all the time.
Overall the resort was just beautiful and i would return in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 Thank newfie686
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2008

My boyfriend and I and another couple stayed here for a week December 5th -December 12th. We couldn't have had a better time!!

Rooms were kept very clean, bedding changed ever day as well as clean towels. Bar fridge was restocked daily as well with orange Fanta, diet Coke, Sprite and beer.( a little tip, if you like to sit and have a beer in the room, remove remaining beer before they come to stock it, and they'll leave you 4 more.)

Staff was very friendly, had no problems communicating with any of them,very helpful!! Shows were a little bland but still entertaining. If you like night life,you could go to the strip were they have a karaoke bar, disco and casino that are open later.

Food was never an issue for any of us. Always something to eat and not one of us were sick at all!

Grounds and pools were kept immaculate. People cleaned the pools all day, if it was windy, they were out there scooping out the leaves. Grounds were groomed constantly and were just beautiful!!

Did 2 al a cartes, the Mediterranian was the best by far, wonderful service, wonderful food. We even got the servers doing shots of Canadian whiskey that we brought. They loved that!!

Sad to go but would go back in a minute. Great time, great staff, great food, great room!! No complaints here!! Enjoy!!

  • Liked — Everthing, not much not to like!!!
  • Disliked — Shopping, but who goes away solely to shop!!
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank ttriptakers
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Sheffield
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2008

From the moment I looked at other reviews I seriously worried about my holiday.

But, they are nonsense!
I have OCD and so clean is best and I am pleased to say this resort is immaculate - a few ants but hey, your not in England so this is to be expected. My room was exactly what you expect of a hotel room your in it to wash and sleep so what more do you need?

The animation team were fantastic always active and keeping entertainment going, night time entertainment is family based although they partake in funny sketches later on to keep the adults amused you can then move on to the nightclub or pool/karaoke bar - your never bored!

The daytrips came as a shock as they were quite expensive expect to pay at least $69, I went on the fiesta night and would not reccomend this however the outback safari is a must and do not believe the rumours the children do not grab at your clothes or beg even though the poverty is clear.

The main thing is if you have not been to the dominican before tipping is expected, they are not helping you with your cases at the airport to make friends they want a dollar or two. My tip would be take at least $80 in 1 dollar notes, so you are prepared to tip the waiter/porter, etc.

I am booking this week to go back next year for 3 weeks and cannot wait - this is not hell on earth in fact quite the opposite!!

  • Liked — The Animation team and the cleanliness.
  • Disliked — sand fleas
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank terrilouise66613
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Additional Information about Grand Bahia Principe San Juan

Property: Grand Bahia Principe San Juan
Address: Ctra. Gaspar Hernandez, km 18, Rio San Juan 33000, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province > Rio San Juan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rio San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Bahia Principe San Juan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 608
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities and services: 4 pools BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, tennis court, mini golf, football pitch... Water activity centre Motorised sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby (1 hour free per day/device) and in rooms (additional charge) Wedding gazebo Main restaurant and 3 specialty restaurants 6 bars Playa Grande Golf Course just 40 minutes from the hotel Convention / Meeting centre Pueblo Principe: shows, live music, bars, stores, karaoke, casino and disco Rooms 608 rooms including 2 types: Suite & Standard The Standard rooms are equipped with: King size bed or 2 full size beds Fully-equipped bathroom: Bathtub plus shower, wash basin, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Bathroom amenities Air conditioning Ceiling fan Safe (additional charge) Mini-bar (Restocked daily) Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Flat screen TV Coffee set WiFi (additional charge) The Suite rooms have the same equipment as the Standard rooms but also include: Ironing set Sitting area with sofa Pool towel available in room Bathrobe and slippers Evening turn-down service International newspapers Terrace or balcony Children Bahia Scouts The hotel is perfect for families, offering a range of facilities tailored especially for children, including the following: Children's pool Mini Club with daytime activities Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service for children aged up to 12 (additional charge) Other Services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries ... more   less 
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