Let me do you a favor. Don't go to Albatros Resort in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic. My wife and I have been vacationing in the Caribean every year for the past twenty years. Mostly thru RCI trading our two bedroom condo at Orange Lake Country Club in Kissamee, FL. Over the years we've stayed at many resort's on many Islands at many levels of luxury. From two (2) star to Five (5) star resorts, Usually in the two to three star range because of our vacation request. We like to go for three to four weeks conseculatively. Because of that its very hard to get those consecutive weeks at a five star resort,so we've become accustomed to less than five star resorts. That being said, let me tell you about Albatros.
First , I had been in contact with the resort before we left out of concerns I had after reading conflicting reviews. We needed at least a one bedroom condo because a friend of my wife was joining us for this vacation and I wanted to be assured of some privacy. When we arrived the staff was very friendly, gathered up our bags and took us to a studio. A very small studio at that. After immediatly turning down this unit we were taken to what they called a one bedroom unit. The place was so dirty it was unbearable to think of staying there overnight let alone three weeks. In addition when the average person thinks one bedroom condo, you think of a living area,kitchen area, eating area, with the pull out bed sofa or murfey bed in the living area. Not the case here. The cooking, eating,sitting and sleeping area were all in a 10x12 space. By this time I was about to blow my top when a small Dominican cleaning woman motioned to me to look at the room she had just finnished cleaning. As I went in to look around she said this is PREEMO room. The room was still dirty, but the floor was clean. Its only saving quality was it was a two bedroom unit. Still the same cooking and eating area but at least some privacy for us.There was a young woman who spoke english and was able to communicate the problems we had with the unit. The staff removed all the curtains and washed them,cleaned the windows, repaired the shower, replaced the microwave and mini refrigerator with ones that worked. Luckally the air-conditioner worked, which I learned later is not the case in most units. You can't drink the water so they supply you with a five (5) gallon bottle of water, However, only the first bottle is free. Every bottle after that you get charged. I could go on and on about how bad the unit was so sufice to say it was the worst we've ever stayed at. You can compare it to a dirty flop house with bare light bulbs and dead bug stains on the walls.
Now the resort itself. There is no access to the ocean, after a small beach area there is nothing but volcanic rock between you and the water. You can gain access to the ocean with a five hundred (500) yard walk westward on a rocky path to a beach, but we were told if you choose to walk there only go in large groups because of the assualts and robbery's along the path. The pool area is in such disrepair you cannot walk around it barefoot. The music in the pool area is so loud you cannot carry on a normal conversation let alone relax. In addition Everything played is spanish rap type music. Not conducive to any relaxing time at the pool. The only food store is a twenty-five (25) dollar round trip cab ride to San Pedro. We went to buy some groceries and the taxi driver waits up to an hour for you. There is absoluletly nothing in Juan Dolio except construction everywhere. The so-called mini markets have nothing but booze, beer and some canned goods.
On one of my walks exploring and looking for a store with edible food I came upon a security guard type toteing a pump action riot type shotgun who began talking to me demanding money. I just smiled at the guy and said sorry I don't speak Spanish and kept on walking. I speak Spanish fairly well but I didn't want him to know that, So I just played dumb. On the second day of our stay my wife tripped and fell on the uneven walkway and sprained her ankle. The next ten (10) days she spent in a wheelchair the clinic loaned us.
This so-called resort is owned by an Italian firm and almost seventy five percent (75%) of its clientel are Italians. As a matter of fact most of Juan Dolio's Business are owned by Italians. Given that fact you would think they would have a fantastic restaurant. Again not the case. The cook is a Dominican who has a trick hip, looks like a pirate with a braided goatee and a walnut hanging at the end of the braid, and drinks considerably. Speaking of drinking, I've been known to enjoy a cool gin and tonic from time to time but the so called pool bar only has coke and sprite.In fact there is no ICE at the resort, I mean really, a vacation resort without ICE......... IN fact the pool bar was just a hang out for the employee's. Where have you ever stayed where the management allows that!!!!!!!!!!!
So now you know. After reading this, if you still want to go to Albatros in Juan Dolio, remember I told you so........
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- Also Known As:
- Albatros Club Hotel Juan Dolio
- Albatros Residence Juan Dolio
- Albatros Club Resort Dominican Republic/Juan Dolio