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Had an absolute blast!!
My husband and I went to Punta Cana for our honeymoon last week. I did not read all the reviews of the Hotel Allegro until several weeks before we left, and to be honest, I was scared to go after reading them. I was in for the best shock of my life when we pulled up to the hotel. The check in area is all open and it is beautiful.
We were showed nothing but kindness and helpfulness from the hotel staff. There was somewhat of a language barrier, but we got by with lots of smiles. The majority of the bartenders do speak English. Our room was nice, not the greatest, but it served our purposes. The rooms were a bit run down, but they are in the process of remodeling.
If you put the Do Not Disturb sign on your door, hotel staff will not bother you. They even cleaned our room as late as 2:00 in the aft. when we asked. The locals are very persistant in getting you to buy their products, but it is actually fun to bargain with them. They are very friendly and fun to talk to. We were approached quite a bit about time shares as well, but we politely told them no and kept walking and it was fine.
The food was ok, I am not very adventerous when it comes to trying new things. My husband, however, thought the food was very good and loved the buffets. There are only 2 specialty restaurants open at this time as they are remodeling one of them. Both were very good.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience with the hotel, the staff, food and facilities. We met some wonderful people during our stay as well. If you are booked at the Hotel Allegro, you will not be disappointed.
My wife and myself celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary by visiting this resort the first week in October, the weather was perfect and the scenery beautiful. The service was good but there were way to many people in the resort trying to sell you either a vacation club or activities outside of the resort. Our room was nice and clean with two double beds, TV, safe deposit box and bathroom. The maid service was very good. All the rooms that we could see were basically the same but not like the room in the brochure. The food was good and plentiful as were the beverages. From reading previous review's it was a good idea to bring travel mugs with us (we would have spent half the day getting beverage's that were served in 8 oz. cups).
This is not a bad place to lay on the beach and read a book or go sailing. One thing that really disappointed me was that I e-mailed a few times ahead of time in english and spanish to see if I could arrange alittle something special (a bottle of champagne) in our room upon arrival but received no response to any of the e-mails. Upon arrival I was told at the desk that they would only do this for an additional charge. You would think for an ""All inclusive" resort that it would not be a problem. I guess I expected to much.
My husband and I travelled to Punta Cana for our Honeymoon in October 2002. It was beautiful weather and great food! Our room was standard and very clean. The restaurants were clean and great food with many selections. Neither of us felt sick after any meal or drink. I have heard many rumors on that.
Now to the problems - the maid service did not speak English and come in at ALL hours of the day or night. I got 2 credit cards and some cash stolen from our room although most of our belongings were locked up in our suitcases. It was low American season so the employees sure spotted us and kept asking us to buy things and participate in the time share meetings. We never left the resort as we were warned of the locals. Not much shopping in the resort and no chance of exchanging travellers checks for American money. Don't bring travellers checks if you travel to the Dominician - the american dollar is worth much more.
I loved Punta Cana but would NOT recommend the Allegro Resort.
A good place
The Allegro Bavaro Resort, all inclusive, with one main buffet restaurant and four specialty restaurants (need reservations and only allowed once per week for each) was a good resort. It is not outstanding and amongt the top resorts but it was a good, clean, comfortable and active resort.
The food was not gormet all around but it was all good food. It didn't get you sick and in fact was tasty and gave good variety. Of the four specialty restaurants, the Italian eas by far the best: very good food and very good service.
The pool was wonderful but I'm more of a beach person and I couldn't have been happier with the beach facilities.
The licquor is not top shelf but its licquor and if having those carribean drinks it is good. If drinking it straight you will notice the difference in quality.
Most of then hotel staff was very helpful. No one ignored a guest's request.
The golf ($95 a round) was expensive.
Americans should be aware that the Punta Cana area is visited by far more Europeans that Americans and when we were there I would say half of the guests were from Germany.
Yes I would go there again....but not till I finish seeing other places first.
Beautiful resort, hotel staff not that great
I was in the travel industry for years so my now husband and I have traveled quite a bit around the Caribbean. Punta Cana is definitely a keeper, but I would probably stay somewhere else next time. The Allegro is a nice resort- very well-kept grounds, beautiful beach, yachts were docked just off the beach, fairly good food and great people- except the front desk staff. We checked in and let them know it was our honeymoon. They offered us an upgraded room for free but said we needed to wait until later that afternoon. All in all, we never got the upgrade-which is fine- we didn't pay for one. The room we did get, though, as well as some other people we talked to, didn't have air conditioning- just fans blowing room temp. air. We were hot at night, which really sucked. When we requested to at least change rooms they kept putting us off until we finally just gave up. Other than that, the place is perfect.
Allegro Bavaro: where you don't wanna go
the place needs some fixining up, slow service,the place is seriously understaffed, long waits, roaches all over the place, mold on the walls, if there is a problem the staff will ignore you, there are no King Size beds available at this hotel so don't let your travel agent tell you otherwise.
Hope you haven't paid for it yet, if you did I feel sorry for you,
Time of my life!
I recently took my first real vacation and we went to the Allegro Bavaro in the Dominican. I had the best time! The service was incredible, The food was amazing, and the entertainment was first rate!
I can't wait to go back!!!
Worst vacation ever
The first problem with this hotel is location. I don't think it could've possibly been any further from absolutely everything. Just to get to a small flea market you had to take a taxi for about 20 minutes or so, the good part is they wait for you to be finished.
The next problem I had was being promised things that were not delivered. We were promised an ocean view room, instead we had a view of the shuffleboard courts below. Next was the lack of elevators. All condominiums here have three floors and we were travelling with my middle aged parents and 83 year old grandmother. It took the best part of our first day there of running back and forth to the front desk to get relocated.
The rooms in the older condominiums needed updating and from what we heard the whole place was going to be levelled in a few seasons and rebuilt new... thankfully.
The resort itself had plenty of activities available, non-motorized water sports were free, this included windsurfing, kayaks and I believe the wind-driven catamarans were free as well. These however had limited availability and all required you to take a class.
The beach was absolutely beautiful, lots of palm trees, lots of chairs etc. and the restaurant on the beach had a decent selection at lunch time. But the meals had certain set times so if you were busy say in a windsurfing lesson you were out of luck since the store stocked very little decent food and whatever they did have was stale.
Anyhow, I went for the scuba diving and experienced the strongest surge I've ever dealt with and saw little at the bottom.
The nightclub was nice, but the 'sports bar' upstairs desperately needs a makeover. Three televisions, three dilpidated pool tables (missing pockets inevitably sent the balls clattering loudly across the marble floor), two ping-pong tables and a basketball net were not sufficient for the crowds that gathered come night time. The shows were not of interest to myself or any of the other younger set at the resort. They were quite well liked by my parents, grandmother and little children however.
I would not go back to either the Allegro resort or the Dominican Republic. I have come to expect higher standards from what is touted as a "World Class" five star resort.
Wonderful place to relax Allegro Resort Bavaro
The Allegro Bavaro was a really nice place overall. Almost all of the rooms face the pool or garden, so don't hope too much for an ocean view. Our room had a single king size bed, which I was told is only one of eight rooms that have this. The rest are double queen beds. We had a group of 12 people, and everyone had a great time. No one got sick (Nothing worse than a few grumbling stomachs). The food was a 7 out of 10. Not excellent, but not bad either. One thing I didn't like, was the way the fajita's were served. The guy used the same forks to serve the cooked chicken, that he used to handle the uncooked chicken. I really liked the self serve soda and beer machines. All you want day or night with out any lines. The Presidente beer is excellent. Even the mixed drinks were liked by everybody. Between 7 and 9pm every night they serve top shelf liquor shots. All name brands from the US. They also have a big nightclub on site. Everyone had a good time there. All you can drink until 2 AM without any cover charge. Free pool tables,ping pong,and basketball.
The beach is a little rocky in places, and does have a lot of weeds floating around. This beach is not very sheltered (faces the open sea), and is therefore windy.
This place really caters to someone that wants to relax. There is not a lot to do, but the walks down the beach are nice, and the beach is quiet. The shows were well done, but kind of boring to me. In fact no one in our group watched any of them for more than a few minutes.
The biggest thing this place needs is a hot tub. After dark, there is nothing to do. This would be something people could sit in and socialize at night.
I hope I don't sound too negative. I would go back for a week of relaxation. If you're into sight seeing, and nightlife, I'd go someplace else.
Wedding disasters- It seemed like a great idea but
Please let me tell you not to organize a wedding at this resort, from the beginning to end of the day it was not something you want to participate in, totally disorganized from the boat ride, the minister, the wedding organizer herself and the staff. All did there best to upset the bride and groom. Their where lies or dishonesty every step of the way.
STAY AWAY FROM PLANNING A WEDDING THERE!!!
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Travel Blogs from Punta Cana
We went to sinoa island today. We stopped off at a natural pool then island them back in a different boat. We came back and the door was unlocked again. Sigh. We went to reception to tell them and they said they'd take care of it. It's not safe to leave it unlocked. We had her a top also so for the extra towel we didn't yesterday haha Went to Japanese restaurant. We asked for vegetarian food but they kept bringing meat lol so we ...
Woke up went to eat. Went to the pool. Came home showered and went to have lunch. Walked to other nearby resorts and walked back on the beach. Had a bit of an argument haha we made up. Went back to the pool and then came home showered. Got ready for dinner. Dinner was basically all meat! Neeti and I were looking at each other and planning an exit strategy. Haha We ended up just leaving. Watched iron man 3 and passed ...
Sunny day! Got up, had breakfast and took some pics. Now scheduling return shuttle. Got tics to go to a close by island. Went to beach and pool. Went back to room to change. Eating. Went to pool again. Now getting ready for dinner. Had dinner. Came home and ...
... the huge Russian contingency. During the course of the week I made friends with my neighbors (because I'm that guy. The guy who makes friends with pretty much everyone) and one night we were hanging out on his patio and one of these Russians approached us and we got in a conversation with him. things were going well enough, until Mr. Putin's name came up then things took a turn for ...
... The brochure said Patrick had to were pants for dinner? He was worried he was underdressed? The only pants he brought, wear the jeans he wore down! When we got there we were WAY overdressed. Back to shorts for Patrick from now on. It was hot if he had on long pants. I had on pink linen capris and a sleeveless tropical cotton shirt and I was hot. Yummy dinner though shrimp fajitas ...