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Iberostar Punta Cana
Ranked #10 of 28 Hotels in Bavaro
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

First time in the Dominican for me and we had a great time at the Punta Cana, made lots of new friends and had a wonderful time.
There were a couple of bad points though:
The rooms weren't amazing and looked a little tired, the air conditioning was very noisy so found it hard to sleep and the lift kept breaking so we had to climb six flights of stairs to the third floor.
Good points:
Beautiful gardens, fabulous and attentive staff who couldn't do enough for you and really good entertainment team. Food was amazing, so much choice..
I highly recommend the A La Cartes, we had 6 bookings over two weeks and used them all to great effect. The best experience was the Steakhouse and the Oriental and the Fish restaurant was also wonderful. The only downer we had was the Mexican where the service was terrible and we ended up walking out.
If you are looking to book excursions, we had a wonderful time on the Parasailing, Segway tour and Treasure of the seas, all well worth the money and made our holiday all the more memorable.
Big shout out to Paula and Rich and Gwynn and Karen, Ola!

Room Tip: All rooms are in a good location and give you a view of the beautiful gardens.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Hotel, Staff and food was excellent. Will definitely return. Went with my daughters ages 25 and 19. Had so much fun. The beach activities were the best and the beach entertainment staff are truly amazing. The evening shows were also excellent and a good variety. I am a very picky eater and enjoy good food and found something to eat all the time. This is a hotel that treats all people from all over the world like they are special. Staff are always pleasant, food always very fresh, rooms were always clean. My two daughters and a friend all enjoyed this hotel and we all want to return next year. When we returned home to Ottawa, Canada we were already looking at booking our next vacation to the Iberostar Punta Cana. Very good value. The grounds are immaculate yet not overdone. It felt like home away from home suitable for people from all over the world. Great music, activities, good food and a nice size resort that is very easy to walk everywhere. The staff speak Spanish, english, german and French. I even went to the Disco until 3 a.m. with my daughters. We had so much fun that I would book my next vacation here for 2 weeks instead of one. This hotel and staff makes you want to stay longer. I have nothing but fantastic things to say. This is a trip we will never forget. The size of the resort was perfect. The variety of food was perfect and course the staff exceptional, always attentive. Thank You for making this holiday special.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Victoria G
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We just returned from a one week stay at Iberostar Punta Cana. We traveled with four kiddos, and they had a fantastic time. They swam all day, ate pasta, french fries and endless ice cream, and slept like logs every night. To see my children smile all week means more than anything else. That said, I leaned very heavily on trip advisor before we traveled, so I wanted to provide feedback on our experience.

We selected Iberostar specifically because we had stayed at an Iberostar previously and had a wonderful experience (Iberostar Paraisio Maya in Mexico.) My assumption that the quality of accomodation and service would be consistent at another Iberostar was wayyyyyy off. The rooms were clean and sufficient, but 100% average...nothing even remotely luxurious or impressive about them. The beds were adequate, but obviously old and need to be updated.

We are American, and I am very conscious of the "Ugly American" perception when traveling internationally. I worked with my children on their behavior before we traveled and my husband and I were careful to always be deliberately very gracious and friendly to the staff and other hotel guests. During our stay, there were very few Americans as guests. Without naming other nationalities or making generalizations, I found the other hotel guests to be unbelievably rude. A grown man literally pushed his way in front of my 9 year old daughter at the buffet line. By the time we got on the airplane to come home, my daughter was overly sensitive to having people "cut" in line (to the point of tears when she thought that people behind us on the plane were going to get off before we were - long flight, ready to move the legs, etc.) Funny to talk about - but in reality, not funny, because there was no common courtesy shared among other hotel guests.

I had read about how wonderful the service was at this hotel, and how tipping went such a long way with service and also benefited the staff members that work so hard. Well, I will say I saw the same staff members working breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will also say that we may have gotten a handful of "thank you's" after giving our servers a tip. I'm not looking to be thanked, per se. But I did not find the staff to be appreciative. They were completely indifferent, sometimes barely acknoweldging us when we said "thank you/gracias." I also noticed the staff members (especially the younger ones) being more focused on socializing with other staff members vs. paying attention to waiting guests. ***The bartenders in the lobby bars in Punta Cana and Dominicana were the exception - very friendly and happy to see us. Overall, our service experience was very diffrerent than what I read from other reviewers.

The vendors are soooooo pushy. I know this is to be expected in public areas, but they are on the resort grounds as well. The resort street of shops on the Domincana side is the perfect example of the solicitation for sales of services and goods.Also, there are multiple excursion vendors roaming the pool and beach areas. I was unable to read or nap on our first day by the pool because I was constantly approached by schmoozy men trying to sell excursions. The vendors must have recognized us as new guests that were prime for the taking. I actually had two different vendors competing for our business while I was IN THE POOL with my kids. They were kneeling on the side of the pool, each with their brochures, taking turns arguing over why their respective excursions were better than the other (one to Saona, the other to Catalina.) On one of our last nights in Punta Cana, there was also a group of vendors that set up near the entry way from the courtyard to the main lobbies. So then we were solicited upon our return from our excursion, on our way back to dinner, and then again when we returned to our room.The hotel should protect their guests from this kind of harassment.

Lastly, the food. I agree the hotel does a good job of catering to an international audience. But again, the service was pretty poor. At the Asian restaurant, we waited forever for a drink order to be taken, and then another ten minutes for the drinks to come. And then no offer for refills throughout our stay. Service was slightly better at the Steakhouse on the beach (which was by far the best meal of our entire vacation.) The "American" style restaurant was a joke. The waiter was outright rude to us and stormed off when we explained we wanted to start with appetizers and hold off on ordering. He was so dramatic is was comical. There were not many hot vegetables served at the buffets, and I was cautioned by our doctor to not consume the salads or raw veggies. But by Wednesday I broke down and had some cucumbers and carrot spears. Needless to say, I had stomach cramps by Thursday and they still continue now (Sunday evening.)

The resort is pretty spread out, so we did a lot of walking throughout the days we were there. The Dominicana side has a much nicer lobby, better entertainment, more shops, closer to the street of shops, the spa, the "fun" side of the pool, etc. The ATM in the Dominicana lobby was broken for a few days so we walked over to the Bavaro to use their ATM. No big deal, just more walking.

Again, my kids did not really notice these details (with the exception of the other rude hotel guests) and they had a great time. They were happy and carefree, which made everything else tolerable. I will not be returning to the Domincan Republic. Once was enough. I will also not "assume" that another Iberostar vacation is a safe bet...I will research our options much more thoroughly before we travel again.

Safe travels...

Room Tip: We had a room on the third floor in the 5000 block facing the hotel next door (rooms 5223 and 5224...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank mers1972
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Cleanest hotel I've ever seen. Even the beach bathrooms were immaculate.

Service was great. My friends had a problem with the air conditioner and the hotel sent a technician as soon as they mentioned it.

The beach was beautiful and very clean. Hotel employees raked it and picked up what the tide washed in.

There are beach huts with chairs. To reserve your place, you put you towel on a chair. This starts about 7am when the employees put out the chairs.

The buffet restaurants were great. The food was fresh, varied and delicious. The specialty restaurants were less interesting. It was as though the food had been hanging around on the steam table for a while. After two tries, we went back to the buffets.

The local beer was good. Sometimes I managed to snare a pina colada that was the consistency of slush, made with dark rum. A favorite. Oddly enough, there was no decent iced tea.

The wine was dreadful. The plonk served with meals was undrinkable. Even the extra charge bottle we ordered at one of the specialty restaurants was unpleasant. There are so many other good drinks to choose from that the lack of wine wasn't a major inconvenience.

Bring a gallon of your favorite sunscreen because there is no place to buy more. I brought the wrong beach shoes and wanted to buy a pair of Crocs. None to be seen. Souvenir stands abound, but Walmart would have been a lifesaver.

It was a fun trip and the heat was wonderful after a Canadian winter.

Room Tip: Closer to the beach is quieter. Avoid the ones near the bandstand unless you really like late night...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank TravelingOtter441
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

This was my second visit to Punta Cana, and my first stay at the Iberostar here. Overall, very nice. Only complaint was the unavailability of reservations for specialty restaurants. Of the three we wanted, we were only able to secure one. We were put on the waiting list for another one, which got us in eventually. The third one we ended up at only because Apple Vacations hosted a dinner there on our last night. Great resort, though, and the food was outstanding!

Room Tip: The best view is facing the interior of the resort. There isn't much to look at on the other si...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Christopher D
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Additional Information about Iberostar Punta Cana

Address: Carretera Arena Gorda | Higuey, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana > Bavaro
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 Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bavaro
#4 Green Hotel in Bavaro
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Bavaro
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Bavaro
#9 Casino Hotel in Bavaro
#9 Spa Hotel in Bavaro
Price Range: $222 - $466 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Iberostar Punta Cana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 427
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly on the beautiful, sandy beach of Bavaro (Punta Cana). Friendly atmosphere. Beach restaurant. Set in a palm grove. Attractive pool area. All inclusive (generous, varied buffets for all meals). ... more   less 
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