Catalonia Gran Dominicus
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Good beach, friendly personal, except the water sports guys. Building with many problems with water suply, hot water (non existing...), leaks in the room entrance. Good food. Overall, I rate it very good because of personal, the beach, the food and the location.
I have stayed at Catalonia Gran Dominicus for a week in August. It was a family trip, me and my father. Great courtesy, wonderful ocean and entertaining events (the dominican dancers were exceptional!). I would definitely suggest it :)
This has been our 3rd time to the Dominican from Canada 1st we stayed at another Catalonia resort which was great also stayed at a hard rock which was the best vacation we have ever had but we decided to give this one a shot.My over all opinion is I wouldn't stay here again. Below are some reasons why ... Language barrier:Definitely a European targeted resort not much English spoken at all. You can get by but the English is most the times very broken. Rooms: We got upgraded when we arrived to a privileged room. Bedding was standard nothing to rave about. We did have a pool on our balcony that took for ever to fill also house keeping didn't go out there to sweep or clean like other hotels so it constantly has stuff from near by palm trees. She did clean our ashtray out side though so she was aware that it was dirty. Air conditioning was poor at best It was okay I would strongly recommend that you upgrade as even the privileged rooms are basic only a little more spacious with better bathrooms. Also they have been shutting the hot water during the day so if your looking to take a shower after a morning in the ocean it doesn't go back on until late afternoon we currently haven't had hot water at all today...when we asked when it would be fixed they simply said they didn't know. Breakfast: The morning seemed to be really slow at this resort for the 1st week. We got up around 8-9 headed off to breakfast didn't have a problem getting a seat. The breakfast food is basic resort food if you are not incredibly picky you will be totally fine. One thing to remember is they tend to only bring you coffee in the morning so if you want anything else be prepared to get up and get it your self. Beach and pool:The beach seems to be the place where everyone gathers only leaving the couples with young kids and others that need a break from the sun to be around the pool. Not very many chairs at the pool but we always seemed to find two together -The beach is beautiful and has a ton of chair. Hard to find some in the shade. But totally worth spending a good chunk of your day there. Lunch: food is great at the pizzeria. It is a smaller selection however if that doesn't do the trick you can head over to the larger buffet. Dinner:They allow you to eat at least 4 times at a alacart in a weeks stay.Italian was average at best. The salad on the menu said Italian dressing but tasted like mustard. We did also try the steak house which was really good and we will be returning there. Another option is A Dominican cuisine however you can get similar items at the nightly buffet so I would recommend you use the passes for either Italian or steak house. Service seems to be on point at night better than during the day. The buffet themes changes daily so their is always something to eat Night time fun: They do have nightly shows every night some were pretty great. We mostly sat and had a few drinks in the common area. You do get faster service if you have a seat and let a server come to you. Ordering from the bar takes a long time even with tip in hand. Calling for maintenance:One night the toilet wouldn't flush so we had to call for a handy man he came promptly which was nice fixed the problem and off he went. However on the second call we made about our air conditioning not working they called us to say it was fixed and it wasn't we had to recall in the morning. Air conditioning went down again the same day we had no hot water they also said they would fix it... still waiting Over all stay somewhere else. Try the hard rock best vacation we have been on. It was pricey but amazing and beats this resort 10 fold.
It's a small all-inclusive hotel, every area is close to each other, you can go on foot, which defers from other big resorts where you need a golf car to reach the different areas. This is a big positive point for us, we have a 2-year-old girl and that's helpful.In general the hotel is clean, well organized, good services, but they make a huge difference between the two categories of a guest. You can pay a little bit more and be a 'priviliged' guest, which allows you to access the only bar on the beach, and a special separate place on the beach, a separate place in the restaurant and things like that. I felt like I was an animal marked with a wraistband according to 'my level', all the staff people looked at my wraistband to treat me in a special way. I felt that annoying really, it shocked me to be treated differently. Apart from that you are requested to spend a couple of hours (they say it's only an hour) listening for a 'new way of travelling', where they offer you some kind of travel package. That's not our thing, we are independent travellers so we just declined and that's it. But they follow you almost even in the bathroom to convince you to go hear what they offer. That's another negative point, I'm on vacation and I don't need anyone telling me what to do or when. Food is quite good, you have a lot of options to choose from. We eat quite healthy, so it was a good thing to be able to eat a lot of vegetables and healthy food. Regarding drinks on the beach, there is only one spot where you can find natural fruit shakes. There's also a beach bar that offers crepes. And the bar restaurant on the beachfront, which you can only access if you are priviliged guest. Regarding entertainment, we were not very interested on it, so for us it was quite annoying all the noise in the pool and the beach all the time. It's never possible to take a silent rest on the beach because there's always somebody shouting or singing or something like that. The only thing we enjoyed was the pool party, my little girl loved it. Entertainment even in the evening and at night, which really didn't let me sleep, as our room was at the very first row of rooms, very close to the pool. There was party almost every night up until 2 am in the morning. I really didn't like that, it was not a good recovering night sleep. We didn't use the kids club, because our daughter is not old enough, but we saw the team doing activities and the kids very entertained. There's a theater which offers different activities every evening, and my daughter enjoyed the 'mini-disco' a lot.The beach is really nice, water is lovely, but not pristine clear water. There are lots of sunchairs and screens but people always 'reserve' them very early in the morning, so if you go to the beach not early, it's possible you won't find your spot and need to change place, maybe go to the pool. In general, if you like small and quiet hotels, this is not your choice. On the other hand, if you like to be entertained all day and night long, then this hotel is for you. Food is quite good, service too. I hope this review is helpful!
Nice resort to stay for short time and relax on beautiful beach. The food and service were very good. The sand on the beach very clean and silky. The resort is not very big but if you want to have own space on the beach under the hut you must go early morning because is not enough huts for all guests. There is another building under construction for the same resort and I just wonder how crowded this beach will became when it will be finished. The entertainment and other complimentary activities offered by the hotel are very average. We came just for a few days so it was OK but if you want to stay longer maybe there are better choices.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Lunch & dinner at Grill restaurant and Pasta & pizza restaurant, reservation required for dinner
- Unlimited Domestic drinks
- Introductory Scuba lesson
- Daytime tennis
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 404 rooms in 2 storey villas
- Main buffet restaurant & 1 a la carte restaurant
- Grill restaurant
- Snack bar
- 2 bars
- Tennis courts (night - fee)
- 2 pools
- Fitness centre
- Gift shop
- Beauty salon
- Massage centre (fee)
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Bathroom with shower only
- Balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 3 persons or 2 adults & 2 kids
For the Kids - Kids Club for ages 4-12. Kids ages 13-16 can enjoy the Junior Club with sports and entertainment.
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Catalonia Gran DominicusLa Romana,Dominican Republic
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Bayahibe Playa, Bayahibe 10501 Dominican Republic
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