I travelled with a friend from February 13th-20th. We were 23 & 25 yrs old and we're just going for a good time & a great tan. We arrived to the hotel around 1-1:30. The line up for the check in was quite long because there were quite a few guests. They only had one receptionist at the time. She was doing a really good job and she was pleasant but it took quite a while. We then had to wait until 3pm to get our room. It wasn't a big deal because we were able to leave our luggage at the front and go off into the resort. It was raining on our arrival, so we were upset about that but that was certainly not the fault of the hotel. The entertainment stage was inside which is good for rainy evenings. They also had an "arcade" which consisted of 2 pool tables & 2 fooseball tables & 2 computers (each room got 1 free hour of internet per week). This kept us entertained for a little while but can get boring easily when it rains for more than a day. The entertainment staff were beyond amazing! I just wish they had more games throughout the day because they are very fun to play & watch, but they already work so hard. There were a lot of older people at the resort during our stay until towards the end when about 20 younger (about 18-20 yrs old) showed up, which I was assuming due to reading week. Some of the older guests should have been on Grandma's gone wild for sure..they could still have fun! The food at the buffet was edible...the made to order omelets were good but they always had the same stuff to put in them (corn?, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, ham & sometimes cheese), and the rest of the buffet was always the same for breakfast. There wasn't much variety for the lunch or dinner either. My friend & I ate bread, potatoes & pasta every single day. We are both pretty picky and were too scared to attempt the other stuff. Thankfully, about a 5 minute walk from the hotel is the playa dorada mall that includes a Pizza Hut. We got a large stuffed-crust pepperoni (we were told the hawaiin wasn't that great) & 2 pepsi's for $23 US. We took the leftover pizza back to our room. Somebody else that was there did the same thing the day before & the maid threw it out when she cleaned the room so I wrote a note that said " No Touch Gracias" and she left it in the fridge. There was one more restaurant that I had noticed at the mall called Hemmingway's Bar & Grill. It was more of a sports bar feeling, so good for your man to sneak away to watch the game he just can't miss. I'm not too sure on the prices or food quality but we always saw people there so it couldn't have been that bad. We only had the chance to do 1 a la carte and we chose Michael Angelo's (italian). The service was good, the bread fantastic of course. They ran out of the canelonni & the meat lasagna before we ordered, so we both had the chicken. My friend had the tomatoe & basil soup and said it was delicious. The chicken had an amazing presentation and was quite tasty. It was drizzled with a tomatoe-like sauce with a side of mashed potatoes garnished with 2 pieces of broccoli & a carrot. We mostly lounged at the pool and were able to get chairs at 9:30-10am no problem until the last couple of days when a lot more people showed up it seemed. We were able to get a couple of lounge chairs one afternoon at the beach. Oddly enough, we found it hotter at the beach then we did at the pool. A lot of people got up early to claim there chairs, which I found was fine BUT I noticed a ton of them not being used for almost the entire day which I think is unfair but that's just greedy people and that will never change. All in all, we did have a good time. I would go back if it was no more than $800 fror the week but not sure if I would pay more than that. The staff are really good and friendly as long as you treat them the same way but the hotel needs some upgrading & the food needs to step it up a bit.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Hotel Puerto Plata
- Paradise Beach Club Puerto Plata
- Paradise Beach Resort Casino
- Paradise Beach Puerto Plata
- Paradise Beach Club Casino