Just returned from 12 day stay at this hotel. There are a lot of positive points: nice, spatious and clean bedroom, good airco, we had a good night sleep every night. Nice grounds and a beautiful kept garden. Very well maintained. Very friendly staff. A very good quality and variety of food. Negative is far less important but interesting to mention here: There is a construction of another building going on at the back of the hotel so be sure not to sit there. There in no Wifi in the room (free in lobby - but slow). The staff only speaks Spanish (sometimes difficult at dinner), at the reception they speak English. We found the evening entertainment program weak but this can be a matter of taste. In the restaurants and bar they always play the same music over and over. The staff tends to enter your room several times a day for all kinds of stuff, this can be anoying sometimes. People reserve seats everywhere (pool and beach) with the area covered with chairs and towels without anybody actually there. The staff doesnt make any remarks on that practice. Recently the management stopped with a free shuttle service to a nearby shopping center (San Juan) so they hope tourists will spend their money at the hotel shops rather than there. These hotel shops are rather weak and the local "market" is a real snake pit with very pushy vendors.
Beware of local excursions: prices vary daily and you HAVE to bargain a lot to get a good price, normally about 30% lower than the original price. Beware of food conditions outside the hotel. We both ended up with mild food poisoning after an excursion to the famous Saona island.
Overall we had a very pleasant stay at this hotel. Even considered some negative points we definately would recommend this hotel to people looking for an all-inclusive resort vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 Pools Sun terrace 4 Jacuzzis Sun umbrellas and loungers Beach and pool towel service BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, 1 padel tennis court (additional charge), multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additional charge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment amphitheatre 2 buffet restaurants 3 speciality restaurants 3 Bars 1 Snack- bar Wedding gazebo Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms, 570 Deluxe Junior Suite Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Air conditioning Ceiling fan Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer and magnifying mirror Bathrobe and slippers VIP amenities Radio-alarm clock Flat screen satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Ironing set Pillow menu Umbrella 24 hour room service Minibar WiFi Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda Hotel Punta Cana