Iberostar Costa Dorada
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So I'm a little behind on my posts...but as most of you know, I'm coming home in 2 days!! So in honor of this, I'm going to do two posts today: Things I will miss/Things I will not miss.
THINGS I WILL MISS!
- Having the housekeeper bring me juice when I am home in the afternoon
- My host family and especially watching Tangled and Pocahontas in Spanish with my 3 year old mini me
- Being able to take a two hour bus ride and ...
... is very often some form of plantains: mashed with onions (called "mangu"), boiled, or cut in pieces and fried (called "tostones") and something else listed above. Fun fact: when I'm asked if I want a "sandwich" that is defined as ham and cheese on toasted bread with ketchup and mayo. Don't get me wrong, I love ketchup, but I can't do it on a sandwich. I learned pretty quickly to ask for ...
... It is fairly common, however, for darker skinned Dominicans to be a little bit "in denial" of their African descent. Almost all women get their hair straightened and would probably be mistaken for Haitians if they did not. I personally can't tell until someone speaks; if they are speaking French/Creole they are Haitian. In this way, I think that there tends to be more classism than racism. If someone is dressed in nice clothes ...
... and some of them are heavy. They do this all day in the hot sun walking up and down the beach. You can get your hair braided on the beach. You get a pedicure and a manicure. You could do your shopping and book all your excursions just by sitting in your lounge chair. They come to you and they are relentless, but if you say no gracias politely, they will leave you alone. It’s sunset now and ...
... br> In San Victor we were greeted by perhaps about fifty youths from San
Victor's Defensa Civil and a younder leaders' group formed in association
with the Despacho de la Primera Dama (First Lady's Office). for another
half hour or so we waited while planting and clean-up supplies were
procured during which I tried in vain to arrange a tournament of
rock-paper-scissors like the one we had at the AVC. It turns out that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberostar Costa Dorada Puerto Plata
Quite simply the most superb holiday you could possibly imagine.
The staff, the food, the drinks and the weather were excellent and all combined to make this a holiday we'll never forget.
The hotel has everything you could imagine to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The attention to detail is amazing, every taste seems to be catered for, and all we saw were smiles on people's faces (not least of all the Star Friends staff).
I recommend this hotel and destination to anyone.
Do not hesitate
If you have any intention of going to this hotel then do not hesitate for a second.
Nothing but excellence
I haven't had a vacation in five years and I needed one quick. I ended up going to Iberostar Costa Dorada and I tell you as soon as you arrive there the staff treats you with so much courtesy and respect. I have never felt so welcomed the way I did while I was there. The food, drinks, pools and especially the view from the balcony were all superb. I enjoyed the way the staff keeps you entertained throughout the day near the pool area. They really know how to show a good time. The only regret I have is that I only spent five days there. The next time I plan to stay at least 2 weeks. Thank You so much Iberostar Family you really helped me release a lot of my tension and stress.
Ruined my vacation!!!!
This hotel looks very nice and it's beautiful at nighttime. The lobby is beautiful and well kept. The food is very good and it has a lot of variety. My family and me booked this hotel because of it's "good" reputation.However, when we first got there we had an inconvenient situation (a dispute over a bill). Throughout our stay of four days we (a party of 6 people) spent two days trying to speak to management and have them assist us with a problem that they brought about. The reception area worked backwards. Instead of giving me possibilities of how to resolve my problem they told me of a certain way (the most inconvenient for us, yet money-making for the hotel. For example, I needed a local number for a tour bus. The receptionist claimed that she didn't have that number and sent me to a phone booth around the corner from the desk. She told me to dial 0 and speak to the operator. AFter my call, someone approaches me with a bill for that call. The receptionist failed to tell me that there is a customer service window that could've given me the number without having to incur money. Finally, we asked to speak to the director of that hotel. We waited for 2 hours for him, and when he didn't show we left our cell phone number to reach us. He never called the cell phone or our rooms. The next day, I finally tracked him down and his response was that my situation wasn't serious therefore, he didn't respond. So basically, management ignores you if they don't agree with you. Management's unprofessionalism and irresponsibility ruined our vacation!!!!
Great times to be had!
We went to the Iberostar Puerto Plata during september 2001. Aside from the fantastic entertainment team who were more than happy for you to either join in or relax, the staff at the watersports centre were great. The beach is fantastic, the water isn't the best we've seen in the carribean although it still beats anything around the UK. Windsurfers be warned - the reef lies just offshore so take advice from Rene and Rafael, they'll show you the way through, there's a trade wind during the summer months which kicks in at 2pm til 6pm. On the quieter days it's OK for novices though.
The grounds of this hotel are some of the best we've seen. From the marble entrance hall and wood carvings to the Flamingo's and garden areas the standard of upkeep is very high.
The pool area is great with huge sun shades made from palm leaves. A little disappointed with the jacuzzi in the middle of the pool but a minor fault in a fantastic hotel. As for the rooms, you have no worries.
Outside the hotel, be sure to try the 6 wheel adventure and the trip to the mangroves.
A great place for great time.
Wonderful Resort for you and your family
My wife and I went to Iberostar Costa Dorada for the first time on Aug 8th 2002. We stayed for 7 days. We have stayed at many resorts before so we had a chance to compare. This one was the best. The price is good too. The staff is friendly, lots of food and drinks and excellent entertainment. Great pool and beech. Take the kids along they will love it. This is an all-inclusive place and no tipping is required. However we took lots of dollar bills to let the staff know that they are doing a good job. Took one tour of Puerto Plata, did the tourist thing, and that was enough for us. It was more fun at the resort. Would go back to this one.
Iberostar Costa Dorada
The Iberostar Costa Dorada hotel was a lovely destination for our honeymoon.
The hotel overall was brilliant. The only thing we would say is that all the shops in the hotel only except local currency and not US Dollars, it was also very expensive.
A most enjoyable vacation
I arrived at the Iberostar Costa Dorada Resort on Sunday,
March 11, 2002. From the moment I stepped on the grounds of this resort until the day I left, March 17, 2002, I did not have one complaint.
The entire staff (an I mean everyone) could not do enough to make my vacation enjoyable. If you wanted to join in with the planned activities, you could or if you just wanted to watch, that was ok as well. The activities were for people of all ages.
The entertainment was tremendous. Even knowing the entertainers were not professionals, it was hard remembering that. Obviously, a lot of training went into their daily programs.
The food and service in all of the facilities was as good as I have found anywhere. People always brag how good the food was on cruises, well, this was every bit as good, if not it was better.
I will most definitely suggest to my friends to vacation at an Iberostar Resort. I will also vacation there again.
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!
The staff of Iberostar Costa Dorada make the resort awesome. All staff were extremely friendly and efficient. The grounds and hotel services are unbelievable. The all-inclusive meals and drinks are definetly the best benefits Iberostar offers. Every night there's plenty to do from an elaborate dinner, daily shows, and after 11:00 you can hit their very own disco. The actual hotel rooms aren't anything extraordinary, but you spend so much time outside by the beautiful pool and on the beach that all you have time to do in your room is sleep. I would definetly recommend the Iberostar Costa Dorada to anyone who loves to sunbathe, relax, eat, and drink!
My husband and myself stayed in Iberostar in May 2000 and November 2001. We were so impressed the first visit that we encouraged our best friends to join us in November 2001! They were not disappointed. The food is excellent, the accommodation is excellent and the staff are second to none.
They quite often have offers on for this hotel. If you have a birthday or an anniversary the hotel supply flowers, etc free of charge, which is a lovely touch. It is also a beautiful spot for having your wedding. It's suitable for all age groups.
I cannot say enough about this hotel. I intend to go back again this year. You won't be disappointed! We visited another 5 star hotel in the area - but there was no comparison. You'll make lots of new friends because the place seems to make you feel like one big happy family.