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Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

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Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

Is there a major difference in services and ammenities between regular rooms vs. the Golden Club? Heard rumor that premium drinks are not available to regular guests, as well as beach activity/rentals longer for Golden members. Appreciate feedback. Thanks.

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1. Re: Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

Hi Z

Seems like it's hard to get any response here,you asked some good questions, i'd also like to hear some feed back on your forum.

We will be there in Feb. and we have the Gold deal, it would be good to know.

When are you guys looking at going

Ferg

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Will be there Dec.28-Jan.4. If you reply when I get back I'll give as much info as I can.

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thanx that would be great

Could you find out for me if they have our Whiskey there, if not i will bring some from duty free.Also if they have tomato and clamato for mary's and Ceasers

Have a great time

thanx again

Ferg

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4. Re: Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

No problem checking that out for you. By the way - where do you refer "our" whisky to be from? I'm from Canada.

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Hi Z

I see your from Niagra we are from the Sarnia area

thanx

and stay in touch

Ferg

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6. Re: Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

we had a golden club package when we visited in july. the rooms where a bit bigger than the standard suits and nearer to the beach (quieter, away from the main building) . there's no difference to the drinks.... everyone gets the same. the "whiskey" like all the other spirits are basically flavoured alcohol, not your usual scotch or canadian whiskey. I think you can pay for premium brand drinks but not sure how much.

there's a main buffet restaurant and three others...golden club guests get to book the other restaurants more often (I think 3 times per week). they also have access to the club lounge (nice and cool) which has a couple of computers with free internet access.

enjoy your holiday

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7. Re: Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

We are going in February with our 12 year old twins and would appreciate any info about the resort!

Thanks

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Returned Jan.4. Overall resort was beautiful & enjoyable holiday. First of all, I hope you are flying to La Romana & not Punta Cana - we flew PC & it's a 2 hr long shuttle ride, plus we had a maniac driver that was driving 130km/hr in a 80 km/hr zone! I had to tell him to slow down, which he didn't understand English, & it was a white-knuckle ride all the way - a couple of our lady passengers became car-sick. Anyway, got to the resort safe, quickly registered & settled with dinner & a few drinks & got into relax mode! Not once did we have pressure to buy into timeshare, etc.. We had a regular room that was the second building from the beach & still had a nice view of the beach from our balcony. We were not Golden Club, & one other reply to my post said there was no difference in services, but we noticed there was. Regular guests only get bottom-shelf drinks which are "Normandy" brand & only 15%, brandy that does not even come close to tasting like any brandy, & no liquers like Baileys or Grand Marnier. Golden Club guests get top-shelf drinks including international whisky, tequila, Grand Marnier, Baileys, tec.. Also for dinner the house wine (red) is sweet, diluted & doesn't taste well, whereas Golden guests seemed to receive a different wine, whole bottle left on the table. We noticed one night at an a la carte dinner we were at that a golden guest approached the front door mentioning he had no reservation & the host did accomodate the party immediately. Food overall was OK, lots of variety - we had 2 vegetarians in our group & they never had trouble finding enough to eat. Some foods we weren't sure about & felt upset stomachs after a couple meals. Beach was long, beautiful, calm waters (a little merky) & workers always cleaning the seaweed. Because we were closer to the beach, room was very quiet at night & peaceful for sleeping. Didn't have any drink service by the pool or beach - always had to go for our own drinks. Service workers at the restaurants, bars, maids, etc. were always very friendly, never rude. Internet is free for golden guests, $15/day for regular guests! Didn't do any tours, just relaxed at the resort alll wk.. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more info.

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9. Re: Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

Just back 2 days ago - read my review further in this post. Specifically for your question, no Canadian whisky for regular guests, and golden guests get top shelf which only has Canadian Club for whisky. Regular guests can pay extra for top shelf, which I checked can run from $3 - $8 depending on choice of liquor. Hope that helps.

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10. Re: Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - Junior suite vs. Golden Club

Just returned to the UK from Gran Bahia. Our package was a junior suite. For week one we were in block 10 on the ground floor - very close to the foyer and restaurants but with no view. We asked to be moved to a room overlooking the pool and as soon as one became available the hotel duly obliged. There was no extra charge for this. There is a charge to be upgraded but as far as we could see there are only small advantages for the VIP 'Golden Club' . We chatted with guests who had the VIP experience and could determine that some of the extras were: a Dedicated Guest Services Host - (Spanish speaking and pigeon English only), 1 additional towel per person for the beach beds (every guest has 1 as standard which may be changed daily at the pool bar), Free internet (normally $15 per 24 hrs or $12 per hour), a Sea view (though in some rooms this means leaning over your balcony to see it and you are further away from the hotel foyer and main restaurants).

On the whole for UK customers the junior suite is very comfortable - there were some Canadian guests who felt the hotel was not up to their usual standard. Having stayed 4* and 5* in Canada, the US and the UK I can honestly say, yes, there are better and, most certainly, worse. I would recommend this hotel to any couple looking for a quiet holiday in beautiful surroundings and also to families who want quality, safety and a bit of quiet fun. It is off the beaten track but this means it feels more like a remote 'island' holiday. It is not a party resort and although the hotel was full whilst we were there it never felt overcrowded and there was always plenty of space around the pool and at the dinner buffets.

We stayed here for Christmas and New Year and so much effort went into making our celebrations spectacular. It was one of the beat New Year celebrations we have ever had.

Some helpful points:

Language:

Can be a problem if you aren't bilingual - The staff is made up of Spanish speaking Dominicans and French speaking Haitians - who speak very little English - Seems to be OK if you are French Canadian (of which there are many). The British get by but I did feel sorry for the Italian and German guests we bumped into who experienced some difficulties being understood - miming seemed to be the only way to get what you needed.

The beach:

Is gorgeous but the bay has a river running into it which makes the sea water visibility very poor (you can't see your hand in front of your face) - if you pay the speed boat guy at the water sport hut $20 he will take you around to the next bay to snorkel in clearer water - there is also a small PADI diving centre.

Food:

The buffets were a good quality and very varied especially breakfast and dinner - where in addition to 'cooked while you wait' pizza, pasta and various fresh meats, we regularly had lobster, crab, langoustine and all types of prawn - for a buffet - couldn't fault it at all. No trouble finding healthy or indulgent options. Lunch was our favourite meal of the day - down on the beach veranda - time it wisely. If you get there at peak times it can be a bit of a feeding frenzy - best time for the fresh food and sea view tables is 12 - 12.30. If you leave it after 2 you risk getting 'what's left'. Afternoon tea, coffee and cookies is available in the Foyer if you miss lunch. If you venture out late at the casino or the disco/bar - food is available at the front plaza after hours... pizza, hot dogs, burgers and a salad bar for the most. Just what you need if you get the munchies!

Mosquitos and friends:

Bugs can be a pain - there are plenty of biting insects (especially in the sand) - take plenty of repellent and a word of warning - if you get bitten in your room on the first night - have it fumigated including your clothes - bed bugs / mites are common!

All inclusive Alcohol:

Apart from the Beer and the Cava the all inclusive alcohol is not great. Not as strong as the stuff back home - and not great quality - especially the dinner wine, which is disappointing. You are however able to buy imported bottles from $12 upwards. The Cava tastes better than the table wine but is only available from the bars not in the main restaurant (you can take it into dinner though).

Themed Restaurants:

We only tried one of the themed restaurants - the Italian - which was a more intimate dining experience and perfectly nice but nothing to rave about - we preferred the buffet in the main restaurant.

Local Tours:

If you get the chance, visit Santa domingo - we went on the Thomson Tour - the guide spoke 5 languages which was a bit of a drain after awhile but very impressive. It was good to see the real Dominican and get a taste of the culture.

The Casino:

Small and friendly if you make the effort - Poker tournaments running nightly but take you rule book with you as they are still learning the game!

The Gym

Leaves a little to be desired. Small with free weights and old equipment. No Cardio except for 5 very old spinning bikes. No aircon and is a magnet in the evening for bugs.

The Spa:

Very pleasant but not cheap. A beach massage bar is also available

Entertainment:

The entertainment staff do try to get people involved in pool side activities and evening entertainment but its a large enough place to avoid if you prefer not to participate. The evening performances last 1 hour and are very samey night after night but if you make enough friends during the day you can usually chat away the evening in good company.

The rooms:

Comfortable with double sinks and a large Super King bed. A little dated now but very clean and well maintained - Our aircon stopped working one night and they fixed it straight away the next day. Only 3 English speaking channels on the satellite TV and 2 of them were CNN and BBC worldwide...

In summary:

Wonderful place, friendly and helpful people, great food, gorgeous weather, comfortable accommodation. Would recommend to Couples, Families and to people who generally want a relaxing and fun time.

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