Iberostar Dominicana Hotel
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Don't spend money on Iberostar Dominicana/Iberostar Punta Cana
Me, my wife and another couple just returned from vacation 3/31/03-4/7/03 from Iberostar Dominicana. We were traveling with AppleVacations, and they did a great job with the plane, local transportation and getting us settled. Resort is appox. 45 minutes from the airport so it's not that bad. But the resort was not anything that I expected. We been to Punta Cana 2 times before this trip and this time I was shocked:Check-In: Our room was not ready when we got to hotel. Finally when we got the room, my wife discovered that we have "beautiful" view of the back of the restarant and two small beds instead of one king size bed (which we requested). We had to wait for another 2 hours to get a different room.Room: The rooms need complete furniture reanovation. Drawers get stock and wouldn't open. When I sat on the bed, the bed crashed in two and fell right on the back of my foot (and I'm not that heave). Later, it's discovered that the frame was broken. By the time they fixed the bed. It was 5PM and we lost the whole day with all room and bed changes. TV don't work very good. And there is not enough lighting in the room. They have a electrical outlets that said "110" but you have to buy an adapter from them. Turned out, that adapter didn't work for us, and when my wife was trying to use a hair drier, that we brough with us (theirs very bad), it made a huge fireball from the back and melted. Tip: don't use any electrical appliences in this hotel.Pool: One credit I have to give to this place is the pool. There a two fairly large clean pools. There some daily activities, and games in the pool. However their also a shortage of chairs next to the pool. So you have to try to reserve some early in the morning.Beach: Very nice. Clean, a lot of palm trees and palapas. White sand and clear blue water. What else would you want from the beach. There are some waves. My wife was afraid to swim on the beach, and we used the pool most of the time. But I liked the beach.Gardens: Beautiful. A lot ifferent birds waking around the property, especially next to the restarants.Restarants: Service is good. But, food is terrible. In the day time I was eating only sweets and my wife was eating bread sticks and coffee. Because if we eat some meat, we would have to spend some time in the restroom. After a while we saw other people follow the same route, lunch -> restroom. At one point, I was completely amazed, when we got a reservation to one of the restarants for dinner, and for the main dish I was served a white bread with 3oz. grilled chicken breast, mustard and another white bread on top. This is a good sangwich to have in the buffet at lunch time, but for dinner in the restarant, ...... Bar: Only one thing to say. The person who cleans the floor and the pool in the morning, is the same guy who serves drinks at night. They don't know half of the drinks. And the ones the know, they mix them wrong.Entartainment: Bad. During the day there an hour of gymnastics and dancing lessons. And the rest of time you on your own. Night show was terrible, it was boring, not coordinated. Half of the jokes were told in Spanish, which was even worst for us, because we don't speak Spanish. Seating next to staging is terrible, you have to come 2 hours before the show to get a seat, where you can actually see something. At night, after the show, you can visit a Casino which is VERY small, or go to the Disco. Disco was something. They were playing eather rap or Spanish line-dancing songs. Even when we tipped the DJ, he would play 2 normal songs and then go back to line-dancing. On top of that, somehow there were 16-17 years old kids there. They were allowed to drink. At one point we had to leave, because the whole floor next by the tables was covered with whatever those kids ate for lunch. I almost threw up myself after seeing it.Staff: General staff is good (when you can explain what exactly you want), not a lot of people there are fluent in English, but they try to understand.But the managers are terrible. When we were coold us "Maybe you are in the wrong hotel, I can't help you". We paid more then $1000 per person, and they can't get us a good room?After that, I gave up, and tried to make the best of that vacation.Other: Bottom line, the resort is terrible, but we had fun because it was 4 of us, the beach and the pool is good. If you can get a GOOD deal, you might want to go, otherwise stay away from Iberostar Dominicana/ Iberostar Punta Cana. If you going, try to go to Iberostar Dominicana and not Iberostar Punta Cana. Dominicana is better.Last year we were in Secrets Excelence, which is not far from Iberostar Dominicana, and that place was the BEST I ever been to. It's a little more money but it worth every penny of it. If you can spend $1000 per person, try to spend $1400 and go to Secret Excelence.I hope this review helped.
Not what expected
2 years ago I went to Punta Cana with my husband and my in-laws. We went through Apple vacations. The resort was beautiful, however the rooms were just okay. We arrived in the evening around 8:00 p.m. and were informed that we should make reservations in the morning for the air condition restaurants (which there were 3 of them). I did that and they were booked for 5 days. I though this was terrible. Here, my mother-in-law has ashtma real bad and we had to eat outside the entire time we were there. The food was terible and the casino was small. The entertainment was okay. We made the best of the trip. Put it this way, I lived off of beer and bread and felt like I was pregnant when I left. I do not plan to return. To top it off, someone stole my camera from the baggage area of the plane. I had pictures on there from the trip and they were gone also.I feel that we should get some kind of discount for another trip somewhere else or something.Thank youAllison Leichling
Iberostar Dominicana Ultimate Beach Vacation
Beautiful beach; clean, comfortable, lovely room; Really good food for an all inclusive, friendly staff. We were there last week in march and they were full, yet it never felt crowded. Tips: Hottest time is in the very early AM before the breeze kicks in. Not a good time for a walk. You don't need to take your own beach towel, but a colorful one from home will make it easier to spot your palapa. If you can't get a reservation for dinner at a decent hour, try going a little early anyway, they will probably let you in. If you are a beach walker, most interesting is turning right, facing the beach. They really do try to vary the food in the buffet and it was all very good. Every meal we had was excellent. Try a capparina (lime, sugar and rum), they make them after 5 in the lobby bar only. Expect topless. Massages were very nice. Do not have a manicure or pedicure, different sanitary standards than the states. Very few rooms have an ocean view, but all are in a lovely setting.
Just returned from Spring Break vacation
Got back last night from the Dominicana hotel/resort. My wife and I have been to all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica six times. The Dominicana was everything Jamaica offered and more. The rooms were as nice or nicer - the public bathrooms were very clean. The staff very friendly. 900 rooms scared us into thinking that it would be crowded, but not so. The two giant pools allow for lots of space, and the beach was pristine. 21 miles of white sand. We visited the two sister properties on either side - both just as nice. We ran into rain on three days and four nights. Sometimes very heavy - I'll bet they got 6 inches in 4 days. I play a lot of tennis, but was disappointed in that, with 900 rooms and two sister properties without courts, there was little interest. The resident pro was nice and was willing to play. Tennis is free; lights at night are $3 per hour.We go over Spring break because my wife is a teacher. We go for the weather, which until this year was perfect in the Caribbean. Unlike Jamaica, the DR is visited by many more Europeans. The entertainment was better than in Jamaica, which is often just a band. This was more like cruise entertainment. Some of it was weak, but still enjoyable. Introductions and explanations by the emcee were always in 4-5 languages to accommodate the variety of visitors. Of course, it seems like all Europeans smoke, which became annoying at times, but we survived. The food is okay, but that's not why we go there. It's always good to very good, but never excellent. From Chicago, we're spoiled with great food. Went shopping on one rain day same as everywhere else with carvings, jewelry, paintings, all the same but cheapie cheapie! Of course, everything is negotiable. This is a great place for families many activities for the kids. The rooms are nice, but there is a motion detector in the room that shuts everything off while you are out. Since we were on the ground floor, our room was cool enough when we returned from the pool, but I wonde week. Hated to come home. We would return with the kids, but would prefer an adults-only next time. My wife needs the break from school-age kids!
March 24-31, 2003
We just came back from a week long vacation at the Iberostar Dominicana and we had just a wonderful time. The beach and water are just so beautiful! The staff at the hotel is great they keep all the facilities very very clean, we spent most of the time at the pools /Iberostar Dominicana and Punta Cana have two identical pools and you can use both of them/ The weather was the best, couldnt ask for more. If you have been on all-inclusive vacations you know what to expect as to the food. The food was very good, you could eat 24/7 if you wanted to. They have an ice cream stand, you have to try the ice cream it is just delicious. The grounds are so green, lots of trees, lots of different birds walking around /flamingos, peacocks, ducks etc/ You just seem like you are in a different world and the best thing is that it is not really that far 3 hours and 40 minutes by plane from New York City.I understand that different people like different things but for my husband and I it was one of the greatest vacations ever.
Beach Lover's Paradise
Looking for a place to go this year, when I stumbled across this review. We stayed at the Dominicana 2 years ago, and put it this way, the place has become the yardstick to everywhere else we go. If you're beach people, like we are this place is a must. If we had paid twice the amount for the holiday it would have still been a bargain. Sure it has some 'faults' - not all people speak English (is that a bad thing??), booking the restaurants can sometimes be a problem (try asking nicely - even if you've exceeded your 'quota' of restaurant visits - it does sometimes work), but overall Punta Cana has to be the jewell of the Caribbean. Trust me - Paradise on a budget! Scared to go back 'cos it's never the same.(?) Then again............
Like a honeymoon for the whole family!
I'm writing this, as I found reading reviews instumental in planning our vacation. Here goes:We just got back Sunday from what can only be described as the best family vacation we've ever had. Truly, like a honeymoon for the family. We are a family of four with two children, ages 5 and 7 and this resort had something for all of us! First of all, there's the weather. Sunny, cloudless and delicously warm-every single day! Then there's the beach: gentle waves, smooth sand and clear, clean, warm, blue water. (You can rent sand toys with your towels). The children played in the surf and the sand. When they tired of that, we went to the pool. The chairs are plentiful. There was also a "mini-club" where the children spend the day (free) with other children from around the world, swimming at neighboring resorts, preparing for the evening show and free choice time. My children begged to go back the next day. The adult/child ratio was about 5 to 1. The resort was all inclusive, so on the days the kids were at mini-club (10-5), my husband and I went windsurfing, took out a catamaran (sp?), played volleyball and relaxed. The food was delicious. Lots of choices. My son lived on hamburgers, watermelon and icecream cones. My daughter ate a lot of plain spaghetti and rolls. The staff was friendly and solicitious. The post dinner entertainment always included a kid show. The adult entertainment got a little too over-the-top-Vegas-y after a few nights (for me), but my husband loved it. The only draw back for me was the water. The only bottled water available to drink was carbonated. There were gallon jugs of noncarbonated water in the mini-bar in the room, but you couldn't carry that around with you. So, the kids ended up drinking lots of sugary sodas and juices. They never got sick though. Oh, and the rooms were spectacular: clean with beautiful views. I can't wait to go back next year.
Would not return!!
The Iberostar Dominicana is overrated!! Food was terrible. It was cafeteria style. It is the same food over and over everyday. They do not have high standards like in the US. Raw meat sits out. Mayo is not keep cold. My husband became deathly ill on the 4th day.
Service was okay, but lacking. Only the managers spoke english, so most of the workers did not understand you.
The beach was beautiful and the waves were big.
The room was nothing plush. We could not keep anything in the bathroom because there was always little bugs running around the counter.
We did go on the Outback Jungle Safari and had a great time. Very educational. But realize you are going to a third world country that is very poor.
We have been to Mayan Riveria, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta. I don't think I would return to Dominican Republic again.
I would recommend going someplace else. The Adventura Palace in the Mayan Riveria is beautiful.
My family and I were at the resort from 1/29/2002 to 1/5/2003 and it was just absolutely beautiful! They grounds were just fantastic, decorated for Christmas, little white litghts on the palm trees, etc. Just so beautiful. Also, I thought that the maintenance of the grounds was impecable.
The beach was clean , lots of shade palm umbrellas to protect from the sun. Water was just great. I thought the food was very good, especially the buffets. There was just such a great variety to choose from. The fish dishes were my favorites. The "restaurants" that you needed reservations for were just OK, except for the Mexican, it was very good.
The rooms were spacious, very clean and well decorated. In room safes were available to keep your valuables in.
I'd go back in a minute!
Serene and Beautiful
This hotel is soooooo beautiuful. We were bumped to a condo like suite with two double beds. There is also a beach front hotel. HUGE beach with plenty of shade huts. Lagoon like pools and tiki bars and a little carribean village with shops on the premesis. Beach massages, cheap!
This place is one of the most luscious resorts I have ever stayed in.
Bring insulated cups for your drinks and find the ice machine because ice melts fast there. Drinks are fine and there are several bars.
There is a full service spa, and you do have to reserve the jacuzzis.
The food is fine for the buffet. Restaraunts were even better. No real complaints there.
The pool closes too early in my opinion. 7ish.
The disco was too crowded and loud but I am sure younger people like it. I preferred the indoor/outdoor terrace and house band.
One thing I would definitely bring is your own snorkel equipment because to use Iberstars you have to deposit money and you only get to keep it for an hour. Dumb.
There is a casino but it is very small.
You can also go next door to the other Iberostar and do everything there but eat and drink.
We're going back this November.
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We finally managed to get into one of the onsite restaurants. We had dinner this evening at La Luna Steakhouse. You do not have to pay at the restraints but you do need a reservation and it can take days to be able to get in. Regardless of the wait it was a great experience. La Luna is set on one of the many interconnected ponds, so there is plentiful wildlife surrounding you throughout your candle lit dining experience. The ducks, ...
We gave the local market another try today and actually bought a few souvenirs. We managed to fend off their overly aggressive sales tactics, but it just about finished me. I've heard enough 'cheapie cheapie', 'best price', and 'bless my store' to last me a lifetime. I really don't think that they ...
Today was spent on the resort, not the beach, just in and around the resort grounds. We took the time to walk the grounds some more and see the wildlife up a little closer. There are quite a variety of birds living on the grounds. The ones we recognize are peacocks, pigeons, geese, flamingos and cranes. There are several species that we do not recognize as well. In the ponds there are turtles, a variety of fish and very large toads or ...
I still can't believe that I managed to convince Dave to come to Punta Cana. It's not his type of place, to say the least. Between the beaches, buffets and sunburns, it was quite a culture shock for my boyfriend. He thought that we'd only see poverty, and while there certainly were some sad moments, he seemed shocked that this beautiful country's citizens were happy.
Like any tropical location, it looked like a paradise. Our beach had a section blocked off for the ...
... about a 100 resorts in Punta Cana DR and this group lands right at the same pool and the same resort. They actually said there were 25 of them here and they come every year! Maybe next year Patrick will tag along. NOT! Still waiting for Erin's horsy to have a baby!!! Having dinner at the Italian Restaurant. But Patrick had to check out the bathrooms up there too! You know to be fair. The food at the Italian restaurant was by far ...