Barcelo Puerto Plata
Travel Blogs from Puerto Plata
Got up early for an adventure farther inland to tour the beautiful Ciguapa Falls. David came with us and we were joined by a funky German couple, Julia and Anis. The tour included two classic Dominican meals and an exhilarating hike through the countryside. We got to pick passion fruit for a snack on the way up to the falls. The whole trip was an amazing experience that got our adrenaline pumping and had us all exhausted by ...
... to avoid bad luck. I immediately regretted the sentence as soon as I said it. The world of American social services trained me well not to throw what I have in the faces of those who have less. But instead of hanging there heads in shame, Ricardo and Marcus had me list all of the 13 the countries. After I named each one, they chanted either "poor" or "rich". At the end they asked, "so which is the poorest country you have been to? Definitely this one, right?" I had to think ...
After a failed attempt to find Vacabar the day before we finAlly had directions and it was time for a great meal. When we arrived at the Agualina we walked out toward the beach and there it was....we found our own little Mecca. We were greeted with a huge smile from the owner, Cami, and a tail wag from her little dog Charlie. This was likely the best breakfast of our trip. We started with fresh squeezed juice and coffee. From there we had French toast, ...
... sun and refreshments.
That night we ate at a "typical" Dominican style restaurant, El Pilon, which had pretty amazing food. Atlantic red snapper ceviche, grilled steak tampica with rice and beans, and dulce de coco (coconut stewed in milk) for dessert. Naturally, that night we took full advantage of the all-inclusive experience, and spent the majority of the time hanging with the local bartenders at a few of the resort watering holes.
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... people a volunteer's
project sometimes addresses. So is my pool of potential collaborators;
Scout Group 8 boasts 160 active members. They live all over town and can
likely provide me with useful information and contacts. Scouts is a
well-known and respected institution. I feel incredibly fortunate in my
Though I've only been here about 48 hours, already I've begun to dream ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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
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.
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 anyone....do 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!
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
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 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.