Don Juan Beach Resort
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We had our other hotel cancel day before the trip. Don Juan gave us
equal accomadations at an equal price during a very busy Easter week.
The staff, though not understanding all that I told them, were quick to
make us feel at home. Little probelms were quickly corrected.
Though the policy is "to take no food from the restaurant area", the hotel staff helped us fix meals when we would not be able to return before lunch would be served. They even packed a sack lunch for the young people in our group the day we left.
All the other guest I talked with from Canada, US and England were having an enjoyable time.
Loved the 2 step, cha cha
My husband and I along with another couple spent a wonderful week at the Don Juan Beach Resort in February 2004.
There wasn't a day we couldn't find something good to eat whether at the buffet or a light snack of hot dogs, hamburgs or pizza by the pools. Breakfast was always my favorite, fresh fruit and fresh squeezed juices, eggs just the way I like them and a variety of breads for toast. I've seen a few people complain in their reviews about the lack of service, that was not the case for us. There was never a time that we were without drinks, the waitresses at the pool bars took very good care of us every day/night as well as during our meals. On our last day one of the waitresses gave us 2 bottles of rum and 2 bags of coffee along with a big hug. Rooms were clean and well kept, every day the maid left fresh cut flowers on the bed.
The only complaint - the restaurant you need to make reservations at, it was awful, we ended up leaving our meals and going to the buffet.
The speed boat/snorkeling trip you can take right from the beach was so much fun my husband and I went on it twice, we swam with sharks and manta rays also snorkeled around the mangrove. We stayed off the beach except to buy trinkets and cigars my advice, if you like to walk but don't want to be bothered ... walk out in the water, the vendors don't seem to like going in after you. Shopping in town is a trip, barter for everything!!
My final piece of advice ... take a lot of $1.00 US bills, they go a long way and the employees will love you .. at least for the time you are there!
It was the best vacation ever, thanks J & L!!!
What a cute simple resort!!
We(my friend and I) have just returned from from this hotel..I have to say that "yes" I did enjoy my vacation very much, with very few complaints..but hey who doesn't have them. For starts if you have any allergies to pollen or molds PLEASE make sure that you bring appropriate medications. I had to go into town but did not want to take anything from their pharmacy(although very helpful) I do agree with all the people below and above me getting your own drinks is the quickest route they really do run on Dominican time at this resort. The room was very clean and the cleaning staff was great, even just a simple box of chocolates everyday keeps them happy. One day the new girl forgot towels and we had them within 5 mins. Food was great and never short of a great selection...Now onto the beach, very shady palms and the sand and water is beautiful. However the beach is very public but the local do stay out of your way and are only bad on the weekends lets remember we are in their country....the venders are very pushy but if you just wave your hand politely and a simple no they will walk on past(we never had ANY problems) Lastly if you are travelling to this hotel check where you are landing...we landed right in Santo Domingo 10-15 mins away from the hotel a lot of other people we met they were very angry because of the long drive from La Romana and Punta Cana(not a very pleasant drive) So if you are use to 5* hotels and choose this one because you are CHEAP and want a last minute trip don't complain about this 3*+ for what it was rated I enjoyed it very much..and if it ever came up again I wouldn't hesitate to go again!!!
It's the CHA CHA Slide Yo!
I have been to better resort in the Dominican Republic, such as the RUI Naiboa in Punta Cana, but this was still decent. The beach was not private, which will ruin your relaxation time due to vendors.
Snorkeling in the Bay was fantastic as you were able to get equipment by placing a $50 deposit per room. Were out of swim towels for two days, when told 15 minutes... conversion of time I guess. Whatever you do, do not let that bother you, if you are not being served quickly, get the drink yourself. Rooms were very clean, leave some nice tips for the cleaning staff. My brother brought items from home such as bath oils, shampoos, etc as well as a dollar each day. This gives you great service in your room. Things get fixed, towels get replenished, clothes folded. Food was very good compared to other places that I have been, always something new each night. Good resort for the money.
Beautiful view and water, not the best hotel
My boyfriend and I just came back from my trip a few days ago, and we were not very impressed about the place.
Because we had to drop other tourists to other hotels, it took about 2 hours from La Romana airport to get to the hotel, which is too much time for me. The hotel is directly on the street of Boca Chica, so the first impression of the hotel (if we compare with the other hotels during our 2 hour trip) was not good.
The room we got was OK, and this is because we asked to get another room (with one bed). Watch out, some rooms have a view on the commune stairs. However, the service for the room was not the best. we were missing towels and some people were missing toilet papers!
The beach is nice, but not as nice as Cuba beaches. However, we were told that this beach (Boca Chica beach) is the best in la Romana. At our arrival, we found out that the beach is a public beach. The hotel has a reserved area, but it is not tranquil. A lot of Dominicans come to the beach, especially during the weekend. However, please note that our beach part is the best around, I am telling you! Also, too many sellers... Dominicans offer a lot of services, breeds (gosh I got tired to being asked about getting breeds in my hair!!!), massage, oil, souvenirs, etc. We were told that those people are registered to have the right to sell on the beach, but there are too many... Also, several dogs around. If you like dogs, OK, but if not...
The weather we got was better than Cuba weather, hot but not humid, around 27 degres celcius day, 20 degrees celcius night. We only got one day with rain.
The water is warm, and confortable. The water around this beach is low, meaning that you have it maximum at the top of your shoulders (and I am 5 feet 2...) there are no waves, and it is beautiful. We went kayaking one day, it was gorgeous!
Food is more or less good. You like it or dont like it. I got sick, due to seafood, so watch out the buffet. At least there are some varieties.
SErvice at tables are not the best, it is better that you get your own drink instead of waiting to get it...
About the resort in general, Dominicans are nice people, happy living, but not efficient. There was always something wrong (no towels for the beach because the drying machine was not working..), but if you like community living and get to know the population, you will like this place.
To conclude, this is a really 3 starts hotel, not more, not less. I recommend this place to young people backpackers, that want to now get a more all inclusive place and get to know the population around.
Little bit of paradise
Accommodation is good, great views, wonderful beach, food is good and plentiful, the staff are friendly and helpful and the sunsets are beautiful. We're repeat visitors and will be returning again.
Get Us Out of Here!!!
After approx. 12 hours of travel to reach this "resort" (flight from Toronto to Punta Cana, 3.5 hour bus trip from Punta Cana to Boca Chica) we were shocked to discover that the resort had no rooms for us even though we had vouchers that clearly showed we purchased a 7 night stay. Our tour company, Signature Vacations, likely "screwed up" but the resort was less than helpful and friendly in correcting the problem. We were not offered use of the facilities during the mix up and had to sit in the lobby for an additional three hours until finally we were given rooms for four nights. We were not offered assistance with our luggage even though our room was located on the fourth floor of Building 8. The room, with an ocean view, looked out at an oil refinery/storage facility with a gas flame constantly lit, a stone factory, and a shipyard ... hardly a pleasant view in any case. The room was large with a plain white interior, a large washroom with a jaccuzzi that didn't work, and tiny bugs crawling everywhere. The pool near our building was poorly maintained and at one point all tables and chairs under the palapas around the pool bore signs indicating wet paint.The food is less than average with limited selection and very repetitive. The mixed tropical drinks, (rum punch, pina colada etc.) were never blended and never garnished with local fruit etc. and you nearly had to self-serve since the staff seemed very indifferent to serving you.The beach is overrun with local vendors (couldn't walk five feet without being approached), dogs and the sand was like concrete in many places.The entertainment team at this resort seemed more content to play among themselves than coordinating any activities with guests.All in all, there was no magic happening at this resort, listed as a three star by our travel operator, but more realistically closer to a two star. The staff was less than friendly and helpful, the facilities less than attractive, the food was poor to average at best and the locaif the trip was given to us. Don't ruin your vacation by selecting the Don Juan Beach Resort.
Not the best but better than the tossa center
The food needed to have more variety my friend who is a vegetarian had to have salad every night. Had escalators but still had to get up another 9 flights of steps to get to our rooms, but well worth the view. Balcony as big as the room. Wonderful views from the balconies. Swimming pool could be cleaner and you have to buy drinks with dinner 1.65 euros for a 200ml bottle of coke.
Exelent resort very good service, for me and my friend was like Heaven we had a great time there last year, and we are Going back again Baby I really recomend this excelent resort to anyone we love it
Don Juan...not really impressed
I spent 2 nights at Don Juan Resort. The beach was public so I had millions of natives coming trying to sell me everything from an ear of corn to a manicure while I was trying to hang out which was a bit worrysome. The room was nice. I had a bad experience waiting for room service for some towels. The staff wasnt the most friendly although they did speak English. The food could have used a bit more variety. The Boca Chica women at the local nightclub (in walking distance of the resort) were overly friendly with my fiance. I recommend this resort for natives looking to escape staying with family.
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