Playa Real Beach Resort
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This was my first trip out side of the U.S.A. and lets just start by saying that the Dominican Republic was a perfect first choice. The flight was just the right amount of time with a connecting stop in Atlanta GA. From the crazy ride to and from the airport to the beautiful beach resort, it was an excellent first real vacation with Katie. ...
... the last several months making this trip possible. Born in Mexico to German parents she has a German passport and a green card and is fluent in Spanish--still trying to sort out all that but I think it's in our favor. She is married to her childhood sweetheart, Josh, who apparently still remembers what she was wearing the first time they met (in 2nd grade). Josh, that is a standard no man can match--I have enough trouble with birthdays and ...
... to my 1st family's house - to visit Elena. She invited us for supper one day, and of course she prepared a feast for 10 people, as always! We had a really nice visit with her, and I felt so happy to be with her once again, talking and laughing...she is ALWAYS picking on me because she thinks I don't eat anything - and she says this to anyone who will listen and laughs heartily when I fight back!
We went on a little tour of Consuelo, ...
... as they receive aid often from various Canadian school groups that come here, from various organizations, etc. Instead, I decided that I wanted to travel to more remote bateyes that are too far away from any towns and that don't receive any aid during the year. However, getting to these bateyes has been a bit of a problem, as we have had to wait for the daily rains to stop so that the very sketchy roads ...
... running to them). Consuelo itself loses the power at least twice a day, for 5 or 6 hours at a time, so the reliability of the power in the bateyes is significantly less than in Consuelo. Considering that it starts to get dark at 6 in the evening, this rules out the possibility of studying or doing any work in the evenings. Secondly, the students' home life in the bateyes is very different from students who live in towns and cities. Once they ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Playa Real Beach Resort Juan Dolio
Great value holiday
Although a long drag from punta cana airport, and houskeeping being slow and short of reorganisation, i thoroughly enjoyed my 14 nights stay, good staff, food fine and facilities good
I stayed here in February 2004. I was concerned about staying here as I had never been to the Dominican Republic before, and had not been able to find many reviews of this hotel. My fears were not put to rest until I arrived at the hotel. The hotel is beautiful, the staff very friendly and courteous, and our room was excellent! It was clean and we had excellent views of the ocean from our balcony. The a/c in the room worked above our expectations (even getting too cold at night!). I was disappointed with the beach as there were vendors that tried to sell you anything from CD's to braids. The water itself had a lot of seaweed, so we spent most of our time in the pool. You do have to get up early to get a lounge chair, but I believe that's the case with many of these resorts. I do wish that they would provide a map of the resort, as well as a list of useful information, as I did not find certain things (such as a phone) until the end of my trip. We flew into Santo Domingo and the ride to the hotel was only about 30 minutes or less from the airport. I have stayed at other all-inclusive resorts, and this one was not as nice as the others, but I didn't pay as much either. I would highly reccommend bringing along a spanish phrase book, as spanish is the OFFICIAL language of the island. I would definitely stay here again!! (Check out this web-site for more info on the Dominican Republic... ------------------------ )
The Playa Real is advertised as a four star resort.It is an outright lie. It advertises a magnificent beach for water sports etc. The only catch is--you have to be able to get in the ocean first. It's dirty with loads of black slimy seaweed, lots of rocks and a strong under tow. In order to go into the ocean at all you must walk a ways to adjoining resort and use their beach. The only reason I wanted to go to the Dominican was its fabulous beaches. Needless to say all I wanted to do was go back home. I can go in a swimming pool at home I don't need to travel 3 1/2 hrs on a plane. We were there 1 week as it took that long to get transferred to a different resort and never once got a face cloth. We requested ground floor room and was told that was reserved for us only to be put on the 4th floor which would have been okay but on the second day it quit working.On the bus ride from the airport the tour guy told two girls since they were the only ones he could bother talking to that the resort was only a 2 1/2-3 star resort.When asked how come it was rated higher in the brochures and on the net,he said so they could get clients.The only thing that saved our vacation (after another $500U.S. and a $70 U.S. taxi ride) was the transfer to Casa Del Mar in Bayahibe. It was fantastic.I don't think I would be interested in booking with Sunquest again and definitely not in La Romana.I feel they owe me a weeks vacation,I waited all year for this and they did little to make it enjoyable.
My husband and I just returned from this Resort. We ended up having to change resorts during our vacation. This resort was very dirty. The staff was not helpful at all, nor friendly. They would only rinse the bar glasses with cold water and reuse them for other customers. They didnt wash them between people. We watched them do this. The grounds were not kept clean. Nor the public bathrooms. The food we found always cold. In the morning you needed to go find a spoon for your coffee. They only gave you a fork and knife. We have been to several other resorts and are not picky people at all. But when you walk to your room and you can see where you walked, and debris on the stairs for two days, you know they didnt clean. Our room had no balcony, no air conditioner or hot water. They did finally change our room for us, but at this point we were to upset and decided to change resorts to make our vacation nicer. I would not recommend this resort at all and will never go back.
I love good food, I love good drink, I love a hot beautiful clean sandy beach, I love ocean swimming and snorkelling. This place offered NONE of those things, I could write chapters but I'll be brief. The food was the worst - soggy over ripe fruit, Tang for orange juice, goats milk in pitchers of ice, soggy ice cream, fish, pork and chicken sub par and over saturated in grease, pizza reheated, soggy and flimzy, wine was garbage, beer was draft only and lacked substance. The beach was small, dirty , yellow, hard sand. The water was coral bedded, un swimmable, mirky so you couldn't snorkel very well, it dropped off steeply after several feet so wading was difficult. Most of the staff were only spanish speaking except front desk, bartenders and vendors (haha yay lets have more of those). I had stomach cramps intermittently thru out the 2 week stay, immodium helped. The trip to Saona island was amazing, gorgeous white thick sandy beaches, volleyball was fun there and snorkelling on near by island (started with an "M" i forgot the name) was great...Wow fish, vibrant colours!! THAT is what we should get at the resorts for a $1700 2 week excursion. I dont know what these other reviewers really enjoyed about this place , but I'm definatley going 5 star + AND reading reviews of picky well travelled people before i go to the dominican again! Hope this review helps those indecisive people looking for a bargain.
The usual route to Playa Real is to fly into La Romana. We flew into Punta Cana. Beware, this is almost 3 hours on the bus. Our guide didn't talk or provide any relief from the long trip other than 1 short stop.
Loved the seafood
found hotel rooms to be average, clean and roomy,didn't like towel situation,took them away in the morningand didn'tget them back some days till 7 pm. food was very good especailly the seafood restaraunt.
tv only had two english channels but not there to watch tv anyway.
staff were very friendly and very talkative.beach was nice but had to be down early to get a lounger. took a half day shopping trip to santo domingo, well worth the $25.Only drawback on our trip was landing in punta cana airport instead of la romana,it was a three hour drive to the hotel from the airport. All in all a good value for the money.
My boyfriend and I visited in August 2003, checked in at 11pm only to find out our room had been double booked and the ocean view we were promised did not happen. We were okay with that, however we got to our room only to find out we had to sleep on a small pullout bed for 3 days. It was horrible...during the day all we heard was kids screaming by the pool and at night the disco was exceptionally loud until 4am.
Occidental playa real...2 star
The People Here Are Very Friendly1. No Towels For 2 Days2. No Remote For The TV 4 Days3. No O.J But They Have (tang) Drink4. Hole In The Bedspread5. No Bacon For Breakfast6. Good Homecooked Food7. No American Music In The Disco only Spanish (r&b, Rap)8. Not A Lot Of English Speaking Staff9. Mattress Needed To Be ReplacedI would come back to juan dolio, but i would stay at the costa caribe hilton a 4 star hotel...laneice & big al