Decameron Beach Resort
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... spare. Bringing all you need for a week of eye surgery requires some careful thought and planning (thanks Felicia) but means we never pack light. Our first challenge in every trip involves navigating the gauntlet of getting bags checked in. This time we had 10 LARGE suitcases and the microscope, which comes in two pieces a large shinning aluminum case for the scope and a bazooka-like tube which carries the stand--unfortunately conspicuous ...
... and said goodbye to the group. Feel sad to leave the group as they have been great and made me feel more than welcome here. I've had a mixed time here, at times it's been difficult to arrange IT lessons with the group and so difficult to find things to keep myself busy, but when I could work with them it was great and they are really enthusiastic and work extremely hard! I've definitely learnt a lot about the difficult living situation in the bateyes and managed to carry ...
........ so on Monday the 18th I went to San Pedro de Marcoris.
Getting up at 5:30 am, on the Motorbike at 6 am. Reaching San Pedro at 8:20 am Stop at McDonalds, for a coffee and to get all the dirt out of my face and change cloth. (By the way, the Big coffee at McDonalds is 25 RDS, BUT if you like milk, it's 10 RDS MORE 35 RDS. I belive that this is only possible in DR, I really want to get to know that cow one day, it's probably a golden ...
................ so i went to San Pedro de Marcoris yesterday morning to ask Elli ( can't write her real name as she works there) where to put down the money. Elli told me that we only can deposit the money if the embargo has not jet taken place,............ shouldn't my lawyer know that as well? Could have spend day at the beach instead of Bank's. What ever, ...... she ask me if we did put the letter down, so the things under embargo won't be ...
... house, and driving Alberto to his orphanage, NPH.
The orphanage was wonderful, open, colorful, and happy - the kids spent most of the time playing and it was clear why Alberto wanted to return so badly to the rest of his friends and his school.
Afterwards, Steph drove us to a small restaurant near Playa Carribe where we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Decameron Beach Resort San Pedro de Macoris
It was simply a bad experience, a complete waste of money, time and health! This is from someone coming from the third world like country, but I never thought I'd pay for this kind of misery! The reality of Decameron Beach & Casino Resort is nothing like EXPEDIA's description! We had purchased a vacation package for 3 with a room that sleeps at least 4 people and we were sent to a smelly, dark, filthy room with only one double size bed. We refused to take it and spent the next two hours trying to get ourselves another room, which took bribing several people! At least the last room we were shown had two beds and more light, but the smell continued to be overwhelming. The bathroom was filthy beyond description!! I would say it had at least 5 years worth of accumulation of dirt, mildew and what not!! It had only a total of two bath towels and our requests for additional towels were completely ignored. To add to the above, the next day we came back to a room that was never cleaned, no clean towels, the beds were unmade and our calls for service went again ignored. The next day, after "learning the lesson" and in need to survive we had to pre-pay the housekeeper to bring us clean towels, sheets and toilet paper, which we continued to do daily throughout, but we still had to do our own beds and cleaning. I used half of the toothpaste tube I had brought to scrub the toilet seat and the sink, believe it or not...!The restaurants were filthy too! The infamous El Bocaccio was infested with flies, the floor was slippery from the grease and dirt, several cats paraded freely and it was always happy hour for all sorts of roaches. The reception staff was rude, while it was hard to distinguish if some of the female staff were dancers or prostitutes! Our room had a very loud air conditioner unit, which in a way, was a positive thing because it buffed the very loud music played almost 24/7. And to top it off, after surviving in these conditions for three days our immune system gave up! In my case, the vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and stomach cramps were so severe, that I ended up spending several early morning hours in the resort's Emergency Room, incurring medical expenses, four prescription medications and three days to recover. It is now 2 weeks after and my 7 year old son keeps saying: "I will never go on vacation again"!
Trust me - its horrible!!
Trust me! I have been living in the DR for over a year now and have been to many hotels through-out the island and this hotel has by far been the worst! I can honestly say that it is the worst hotel I have been to IN MY LIFE! To begin with 1st day - I have no towels in my room, the beds were BROKEN, the toilet was clogged with someone elses "remains", and the room was filthy! After hours of complaining and a night on a broken bed they fixed it IN THE MORNING, and the towels - I had to go get them at the reception myself b/c they never brought it to my room. The food is disgusting!! The service is worse, even the manager has no clue of what he's doing. When I asked the front desk where the gym was, they said they didnt have one - of course, I later on found it right next to the so-called club. Then on top of the food poisoning when I went to check out they wanted to overcharge me - aparently they conveniently didnt remember giving me the rate that they did and wanted to charge me $30more! I wouldnt recomend this hotel to my worst enemy, I advise you there are many other hotels in this country and in Juan Dolio that are 100 times better!
I went over there for a week, during the fourth of July weekend. It was ok. The food wasn't all that to my appealing. Even though each night they had different cuisines and three other restaurants. The drinks were ok. The sevice was great. They are very friendly and very well oriented. I was impressed to see that they mostly spoke more than four languages. Each night they had some talent shows done by the staff themselves. They were ok even though by the fifth day I was kind of bored. The beach to me was horrible. Nothing like what you expect a carribean beach to be. The pool was so so. The majority of the time it was dirty with leaves and other things. In all its not more than a 3 star. But then again you cannot expect so much more for such a low price. Its worth going but don't set high expectations.
Good value, some improvements could be made
We (girlfriend/myself in 20s) went over July 4th weekend after getting a last minute net saver ticket on American Airlines for $220 from JFK->Santo Domingo.The hotel is an easy cab ride from the airport - cost 900 pesos each way ($30 US)... Got a deal on expedia for $109 a night.Given the bad reviews, I wasnt expecting much - but I suprisingly liked the place.... so the details - Beach - the beach was great, was not really crowded. we only got bothered by the vendors once or twice an hour, and i think they saw that we never bought anything, so they left us alone. ditto for the timeshare people. we were also the only americans in the resort, dont know why they choose to harass the europeans more..Food - the food could definately use some improvement.
the buffet sucked - we ate dinner there the first night and had kids runnign around the place and felt like a ponderosa... definately definately make reservations for the alacarte places. we ate at the italian and mexican places and the difference was HUGE. great service at the alacarte places and the food was decent (not 4 star, but great value for the money). for lunch, i suggest finding mirandas buffet which is hidden on one side of the hotel - much better food than the main buffet. the drinks were plentiful and unlimited, but none of the bar areas have places to sit and the drinks arent too strong unless you tip... Room - they gave us a suite, which was huge, though it had very minimal furniture. the accomodations sufficed and were very clean, but it was obvious that it was dated (bathrooms had water damage on the walls and the showers only warm water). the maid did keep the room stocked with bottled water to drink and a big jug in the bathroom for brushing teeth, etc. There was also no clock, no lock on the safe, no ironing board, only 2 small pillows, no place to keep clothes...Service - most of the staff does not speak english - given the communication problem, I felt they were friendly, and tried to help.. we tipped a little bit here and there but not that much, and never felt pressured to tip much...I'd probably rank the place as a 2-star, maybe a 3 star if you take the beach location into consideration. If they were to higher a new chef and do some renovations, this place could be super nice... it has a nice setup with some great potential.Overall, if you get a good deal on the place, I'd recommend it for a low budget stress free vacation. If you're looking for a 4 star experience, I'd definately go elsewhere - but it was great for a weekend getaway....
I stayed at the Barcelo Decameron in March 2003 for four nights. It was everything I expected in a 3star hotel. The food and drink weren't great but it wasn't horrible. They always had fresh fruits and vegetables. Plus, they have three restaurants aside from the main dining area, that were wonderful. I recommend the Brazilian place. The staff was friendly and helpful but the entertainment staff was a bit overzealous. If you want a stress-free, no frills vacation, I highly recommend this hotel
Below average vacation
My husband and I had never been to D.R. We left from Toronto on Jan. 26 flying to Santo Domingo. We were picked up in a van and taken to our hotel. The first room was not bad, but the green doors have to go. There was no hot water. We asked for a room with 2 double beds and were accommodated. That room was lovely. But.. the building was very noisy. Solid concrete carries every noise. A cricket kept us away for 2 nights. The people in the restaurant are not very nice. Instead of being happy to have tourists, it appeared some of them resented us. There is definitely a language problem. The food was o.k. but my husband suffered with 'intestinal disruptions' for days and even vomited. I was o.k. because I was picky about what I ate. The beach is nice, but with a lot of seaweed. The towel people are absolutely delightful, as well as the entertainment people. We really enjoyed them.. perhaps the restaurant people could take a hint. The Chocolate bar down the 'lane' was rocking and eventhough we're in our 50's, we sure enjoyed it. Eventhough there were some questionable people there, it was better than the hotel Disco, that totally sucked! All in all, it was o.k. but we won't go back.
Won't go back
I didn't expect this to be the nicest place in the world, but I have traveled extensively and this is the worst I have seen so far. The weather was beautiful and I did enjoy spending time at the pool, as well as the beach - when I wasn't being approached by vendors every ten minutes. My room was quite disappointing, with a beautiful view of the ocean straight ahead, but a view of a lot filled with trash to the left. The air conditioning sounded like a truck, the water took at least 5 minutes to warm up, and the television changed channels on it's own. The safe in my room had no lock so nothing was protected. The bathroom sink wasn't attached to the wall, the way it was designed. The food was awful. There were roosters running around in the roads. I think I may have been poisoned by the food, as I am still nauscious after having returned home. The shows at night were unimpressive, and frustrating at times because they were too long without much entertainment value. The "nightclub" was also unimpressive. One of the two pool tables only had two balls. I don't regret going because the cost was a steal, I got to enjoy the good weather, and though I was disappointed in the accomodations I was able to deal with it for the simple fact that the weather was so cold at home and so warm in the Dominican Republic. The staff was relatively friendly. However, I won't go back and don't recommend this place unless you are absolutely desperate for a cheap, low-quality beach vacation.
Bring on the emmodiam
Everyone that we met at this resort had an experience. The sun was great, but the resort id definetely missing management. Needs alot of repairs, broken toilets, showers, air conditioners. Maids are always forgeting something, the food & the selections sucked. They ran out of red wine beer. Bad place to go March 10,03
Not the best, not the worst
My husband and I just returned from a week at the barcelo decameron and although we went anticipating an average vacation, it was still a let down. We`re both fully aware that as a three star, it`s not going to be up the standards that we`re used to at home, and we didn`t mind because our only goal was to get on the beach and relax. We flew to punta cana and endured a three hour bus ride to the resort. When we got there I requested an upgrade to an oceanview room, which we received, and so off we went, across the resort, across an alley filled with aggressive vendors to our hotel room. It was located in an eight story building directly across from the beach. Accomodations were alright, again, we didn`t expect the waldorf, or even hot water. We didn`t get either. The water was freezing and the toilet barely flushed. But there was water in the room to drink and also a great a/c system that kept the place freezing. Sliding glass doors led to a balcony with a great view of the ocean...and a junk yard. Right down below the building was a field filled with garbage, roosters and loud music. ugh. Right in the middle of the resort, it was a major eyesore. Oh well. The beach was nice, the water warm, but lots of seaweed. At the bar and in the restaurant my husband and I tipped constantly but there seemed little point. The people there were miserable, with the exception of Moises, at the pool bar (obnoxious loud people dominated this area and we stayed away, far away at the beach) and Juan at the beach bar. The drinks were fine, but the food was bland and much of it was gone off. Quite a few people were sick at this resort, myself included. I was laid up for an entire day with food poisoning, and spent the rest of the week scared stiff of anything but tomatoes, eggs and cucumber. I`d guess I`m the only person to venture to an all inclusive and Lose weight! But we didn`t go for the food, we went to relax, and we spent every day basking in the beautiful sunshine. There was a great breeze each day down on the beach so it was never unbearable, and it was fairly easy to get a lounger. Lots of vendors, they never leave you alone but just say no and you`ll get five minutes of peace. At night beware of the alley as there are some dodgy characters out there who will proposition you, and the music is really loud. So loud that in our room on the eighth floor we couldn`t sleep because some God awful blues band was playing with their amps up to 11. So after getting sick, we had to move rooms a number of times because the sliding door fell out of place, and over the balcony, crashing eight floors below. The next room didn`t have air conditioning, or a working toilet, or a working television...so we ended up in a suite on the second floor which was quite comfortable and that`s how our holiday ended. Again, it was alright, just not great. Or good. I wouldn`t really recommend it, unless you don`t care about anything but sunshine. Don`t go for the food, the rooms, the people or the even the drinks. We went last minute and got a great deal, and I don`t regret it, but we won`t go back to the Dominican any time soon. Hope this helps!
I just came back from staying at the barcelo decameron and we had a great time, I was a little scared after reading some of the reviews, but I have no complaints(except for the snotty europeans) could of done with out them!!! other than that the food was good the drinks were even better!!! the activity staff was really good, and the guy you get your beach towels from (Rocky) was the best. The entertainment at night was always a good show, they had the audience laughing out loud!! I really have nothing bad to say about the place, I don't think its the best place for older people, it is geared to a younger crowd, so if your between 18-40 and like to party and have fun its the place for you.
You won't find very much seafood at the resort, but if you go down the road thats between the resort and the beach you'll find a restaurant thats called the lobster house, if you like seafood its wonderful. there is also a bar right beside it alot of the locals hang out there and it is so much fun, they have a live band 3 nights a week, its called chocolat and it gets hopping around 11:00pm.
I go away on holidays every year and this one was the best.