Barcelo Puerto Plata

Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic | 3 star resort
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Travel Blogs from Puerto Plata

Being still and letting go

A travel blog entry by mollohan


... I asked the
guide if it was alright if I climbed to a different jumping spot, she automatically said, "Of course you can," instead of the expected, "No, the jumping point is here," that I would have gotten at most such attractions in the U.S. And best of all, we spent a whole lot of time just
being, and it was good, really good.

Sadly, I don't know if there is a way to live this lesson out at home, as our culture thrives on being busy. But best I can, I intend to ...

Overcoming Fears

A travel blog entry by mollohan

... I put on my mask and laid on my board to look in the water. Let's just say you can't see the fish too well when trying to look from the top of a paddle board. We made or way to the reef and when we got there they all put on their flippers and mask and tied up the boards to a buoy. I sat on my board watching my family swim to the reef while I sat there feeling that lack of control. I felt like a little kid does when an older sibling tells them they aren't ...

The other side of obedience

A travel blog entry by mollohan


... tourists and the
large community of expats that reside here. The local transportation drops you
off at the end of the road that the church is on and you have to walk the
remainder. We no sooner stepped off of the van and in pulled a couple who asked if we would like a ride. It was raining, I was an emotional wreck and without hesitating or even considering
our safety, I said yes! As we are getting in, I did finally ask if they were
going ...

Letting go

A travel blog entry by mollohan


... We were pleasantly
surprised because the class was rather large (guessing about thirty 3-5 year
olds) and from our experience with the other classes, we figured it would be a
bit chaotic. The teacher did an amazing job of keeping the kids seated and
waiting patiently, something that we have not seen a lot of. I don't know if it
is the culture in general, or the fact that these children have very little and
so grab at anything they can get, but taking ...

Luperon Dominican Republic

A travel blog entry by philmillard


... the water was cool and very refreshing in the heat of the rainforest, and we then took about 40 minutes swimming, jumping and sliding down a range of cataracts through a beautiful gorge, it was invigorating and incredible fun, it would be fantastic to have a good waterproof camera to record it all as it is impossible to describe some of the curled water shoots and slides and the caverns under 100ft cliffs, Awesome. We then had a buffet lunch at the facility and ...

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This 3 star resort, located on Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, is near Altos de Chavon Village, Bayahibe, Dye Fore, and Minitas.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Puerto Plata

    Big let down


    Stayed at the flamenco august 2002. Accomadation was never 4*plus as described. Pool was dirty with patio areas never hosed down in the two weeks we were there. You should not have to hunt for cutlrey in the dinning room in a 4*hotel but we did on numerous occasions. the plus sides well there were a few, the staff were fantastic allways smiling and cheerful, gardens very well kept but avoid the timeshare touts in reception. some rooms were of a very poor standard, shame really because must have been very high standard once. Overall only that we met some great people from US Canada and the UK,couldn't recomend to anyone!oh yes don't buy from the hotel shops! £5 for a roll on deoderant and£12 for hair spray rip off

    Had A Great Time!


    I, along with 3 other friends went to the Flamenco Jan.2 - Jan.9/2003. This was my first all-inclusive vacation, and first vacation in 13 years. It was, to say the least very memorable. The Dominican people are very friendly and outgoing, but not pushy. If you wanted to be left alone, no problem.



    I was at Puerto Plata over Christmas break, I went with 4 of my girlfriends. We booked our trip for two weeks, we felt it might be too long, but at the end we wanted to stay another week. The food is awesome compared to other resorts I've been too, there is many restaurants to choose from, the service is great and very friendly. The hotel is beautiful and very clean. The entertainment staff "fun club" were very friendly, always had activities (especially the kids), the shows at night were great. The beach wasn't too nice or clean. For the nightclubs, the one in the hotel isn't happening, we went to Crazy Moon (next door), it was one of the two clubs they had near by. If you are someone that likes clubbing, this place isn't right for you. The nightclub was good, but that was the only one, they played half spanish and half american. There wasn't many teenagers there, more couples and family. But we had an awesome time, lots of memories.

    A Good Time, with Caveats


    We are a family with children ranging from age 5 to 15, and all had a good time at the Flamenco. The beach is the best of any resort on Playa Dorada, and the pool area is large and attractive. The grounds are clean and nicely landscaped. My wife and I were content with just the beach, pool, and sun.



    I cannot believe that this hotel was given 4 stars! Our trip was absolutely awful! The food was vile, the smells were worse, the pools dirty, the rooms filthy and the service, the worst I have ever had.

    I would never recommend this hotel to not go there unless you are used to substandard accomodations.

    Lots of fun!


    My family and I stayed at the occidental flamenco resort and it was great. The one thing that everyone will find most enjoyable was the staff and their entertainement "the fun club". There is never a dull moment, they try to keep u as involved as possible in the daily activities. As for the hotel itself, the rooms are immaculate and spacious, two huge pools and lots of restauraunts. My only problem was the food, It is not that great however was better than some other places I've been to. Stay away from "La Hacienda" restauraunt. Other than that, the atmosphere was great, the beach well... not the best I have seen but decent. The entertainment is awsome and I would without a doubt recommend this palce to anyone!

    Best ever!


    me and my parents and brother stayed at the occidental flamenco this year, between 4th august and 20th. i loved it! the pools were excellent, really big and not too deep. the food was ok but it became a bit samey or not very nice so i jus stuck to eating pizzas at night and chips in the day. the barmen were great! they served you alcohol!! HI TO JERRY THE POOL BARMAN! in the hotel i made a lot of friends, mostly from america or canada and england. it is packed with french people! the beach was ok but its more for older people as its quieter. the nightly entertainment was ok but a bit minging when the big show girls danced in thongs! yuk. if your blonde like me then you will be loved as the dominican men stop you everywhere around the hotel and tell you can stay there forever! i wish. anyway, if your going-take me with you! if you was there when i was, then e-mail me!!!!! laura xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Great family resort


    We holidayed at the Flamenco approx 12 months ago, for our honeymoon. We had a great time, its a lovely place; though I left feeling somewhat dissapointed.....Of course, you expect your honeymoon to be the holiday of your dreams; it wasn't really my dream to spend two weeks watching and listening to dozens of kids playing everday!; most of whom didn't even appear to go to bed before we did! Don't get me wrong, as I said we had a great time, but I really think this resort is more geared to families with children, not particularly young couples or singles. I should also mention the food: often barely warm and with some very strange combinations such as cauliflower and sprouts on the breakfast selection??? The food and room standards left something to be desired....for an alledgedly 4*+ hotel, on this basis, my personal rating would be only about 3. Hats off to all the entertainment staff though, they were always hard working, trying to make sure everyone was having a good time. I would say this is a very safe resort as it is part of the Playa Dorada complex, with nearby shopping mall, nightclubs, casino. The trips booked through our tour rep were a rip of, they are better booked through the sellers on the beach....they are exactly the same trips!

    Just Wonderful!!


    Just got back from Puerto Plata. It was absolutley wonderful!! The resort was great beyond our expectations!! so much to do, many activities, clean, fun, great food, beautiful beach, pool, the nightly shows were great!! I would definately recommend this place to everyone!!

    Close but no Cigar


    The hotel accommodation was not worthy of the four star plus rating. During the July and August period monday to friday was excellent and very peaceful with capacity at 50%. However during the weekend the hotel was 'filled' with Dominican families who more than took advantage of the hotel pool and facilities and also received 'preferential' treatment. Top tip is if you hate the food that much there's a great Chinese Restaurant 200yds away from the entrance. We lost half a stone each in 2 weeks. Close but no cigar !!! Wouldn't go again. GO TO THE IBEROSTAR IN COSTA DORADA INSTEAD.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Barcelo Puerto Plata

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good