As usual we were a little apprehensive about staying here after reading the negative reviews but I can honestly say that it was one of the best hotels we have stayed in abroad (and we do go away four times a year!)
The rooms were basic but clean, good aircon and no insects, towels were changed whenever you wanted. Cleaner left bottles of water in our fridge for us when we'd run out which was nice.
When we arrived we'd been given a ground room floor but they moved us immediately to a first floor room when we went back to reception.
The food is lovely, there are plenty of options, always a good selection of meat, pasta, salad etc - not to mention the dessert trolleys. You can help yourself to wine and soft drinks during your meals.
The two themed resturants are a must , really relaxing with delicious food and fantastic service. We saw people walk out half way through their meal - maybe they were expecting chips!
There is a quiet adult pool and bar if you want to get away from the noise of the main pool. The animation team organise pool games, water aerobics plus many other games and competitions such as darts, french bowls, table tennis, archery, crazy golf etc.
The animation team work really hard and also provide the evening entertainment which is alright as long as you like watching dancing.
The bars are good and alcohol is of a nice quality, they are generous with their measures and will fill any size glass/cup/botlle that you put in front of them 24 hours a day!
The staff all speak very good English because this hotel is mainly used by English and Canadians apart from at weekends when Domicans stay for a few days - some guests were uncomfortable with this but I thought it illustrated what a good hotel it was if the local rich people chose to stay there.
There is a free shuttle bus to the beach but it only takes ten minutes to walk there. The hotel has a free resturant and bar at the beach where you can sit in the shade and chill. The beach is amazing, if you walk to the right of the resturant (as you stand facing the sea) you can walk for miles and find yourself a private bit of beach.
The hotel is in a security guarded strip along with numerous other hotels, clubs, casinos and pubs but we found it quite safe to leave the complex. We caught local buses (20p each) to wherever we needed to go including the local mountain. The hassle from the locals was nowhere near as bad as we've experienced inplaces such as Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey. The locals here will take no for an answer if you tell them politely but firmly.
I would definitely return to this hotel if ever I came back to the same area, for the price we payed it was fantastic value for money.
Do not be put off by negative reviews - I have come to the conclusion that people only write reviews when they want to criticise rather than compliment a place!
- Also Known As:
- Occidental Caribbean Village Playa Dorada Hotel Puerto Plata
- Caribbean Village Playa Dorada