Grand Bahia Principe La Romana
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Our OpinionA beautiful hotel that is growing in popularity. Lush green grounds surround an large free form pool and great beach area. The ocean water here is calm because of the protected bay. As with most Bahia Principe Resorts, the service her is great as is the food. A good choice for couples and families. Singles might not like the somewhat isolated location.
Nestled in a bay, on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic vacationers will find the friendly Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. Offering fantastic programs for children and activities for adults such as tennis, non-motorized watersports and games room; this property truly provides something for everyone. The four excellent restaurants, nightly entertainment including on-site casino and comfortable accommodations make the newly renovated Grand Bahia Principe La Romana an ideal holiday destination.
Location: Beachfront, located in the south of the Dominican Republic between Santo Domingo and La Romana on the Playa Mortero beach. 50km from Santo Domingo airport, 30km from La Romana airport and 2 hours from Punta Cana.
We visited this hotel on the 3rd February for 2 weeks. This is our 10th visit to DR, our first visit to this hotel. It was quite a long transfer from Punta Cana airport to the hotel. We were welcomed with a drink and very friendly staff on reception - we were very surprised to pay for a safe, never had to pay before. Our room was nice, (could do with a refurb) had a view of the pool and not too far from reception, restaurants etc. The shower was dribbling out of the shower head - pouring out of the side, my husband spoke to Guest Relations who said they would fix it. It took 4 more times to eventually get a new shower fixed, which worked - but this was in the middle of our second week!The food was excellent, lots to choose from, the only niggle was some times in the buffet restaurants it took a while to be served with coffee at breakfast, water or wine at lunch and dinner.The Gourmet and Italian were our favourite restaurants, the food and service was 100%The entertainment in the evenings was ok. The Circus and Michael Jackson nights were brilliant. It would be nice to have a 2 week turnaround of the shows - I am sure a lot of people visit for 2 weeks and don't want to watch the same show the next week.The animation team around the pool and beach areas were very good, always something to do if you wanted to. The foam party in the pool was fun.It was our anniversary while we were there, I had emailed the hotel before we travelled to mention this, I had a reply the same day, saying they would make our day special, and they did. A big thank you to Willie, we had a bottle of fizz and a plate of chocolates in our room, we had booked the Italian Restaurant for dinner, and was taken to our table decorated with balloons and rose petals, another bottle of fizz and a decorated cake which they presented to us at the end, and sang to us - it was very thoughtful - thank you.It would have been nice to see the British flag on stage along with all the other flags and at the Dominical Day celebrations - I know there were very few Brits in the hotel, but it would have been nice!!!We would have liked to go to Saona Island, but the day trips were far too expensive - not the hotels fault, we travelled with First Choice - TUIIt was very nice to see the general manager in the hotel every day, chatting and keeping an eye on things, she was very helpful and friendly.In general, we had an amazing holiday, and met lots of lovely people.
The front desk was extremely helpful and very sweet. The all inclusive buffet was absolutely amazing and the chefs would be able to cut up extra fruit if you would like. The entertainment at the pool was hilarious and was so much fun! "Everybody!" The beach is not crystal clear blue, but still very clean. Chairs are not always crowded and the palm trees provide great shade. There is a mini lunch bar by the beach so you do not have to walk all the way back to the hotel, though it is not that far. Also, if you walk further down the beach, you can get your hair braided by some of the locals. They have beautiful jewelry and paintings you can purchase for a great price! They have great water activities and beautiful gazebo on the water. The night entertainment is also great! Some programs may not be appropriate for children, but they have what show is being said on a board outside the buffet. There is a pool table and foosball table for your entertainment as well. All in all, this was an amazing experience and I would go back again!
Visited the Grand Bahia Principle La Romana between 1/18 - 1/25. Let me begin by saying the staff at the resort was perfect. Friendly, helpful and we've been to a lot of nice resorts and the staff here out preformed any we ever met. The grounds were spotless and beautiful and were delightful to walk around in. And the food was like none we had ever seen at all inclusive clubs, and we only go to all inclusive clubs, 4-5 star. The grand buffet was terrific and one night we have huge lobsters and mountains of shrimp, as much as you wanted. Of course, being a resort that caters to mostly Europeans, there are many things that are not known or in line with the American palette, rice and pigeon soup, many kinds of veggies that are not what Americans eat, and a lot of stuff that is not what we liked, but nonetheless, there was plenty of other things that were good. The bars were well furnished with top shelf liquors, if you ask for them, and the bar communications was no always good, but they always tried to get it right. The rooms were as you would expect in a resort like this but as we have found EVERYWHERE in the Caribbean, face cloths are rare and hard to come by. When you get one, hide it from the maid. We did go to one of the theme restaurants, the seafood, and it was good but that night there was a wedding party there, really drunk and noisy. Not the resorts fault, but if theme eating is your thing, than make the reservations as soon as you check in because reservations are hard to get a reasonable hours. A general rule when going to ANY resort in the DR (this was a 5th trip) there are some things you want to be aware of. When you check in, they will give you a time to meet with a "representative" for your orientation. This is nothing more than trying to get you to sign up for excursions and trips. Also, in the lobby, there were always lurking people trying to get you to look at condos and the like. Very aggressive. It that is what you want to do, than go, but having been to the DR so many times, we saw as much as we want off the resort. I would recommend the trip to Sonmoa (sp) Island. We did that on the last visit and it is well worth the trip. Many of the rest of the trips are expensive and are there just to get you around venders and other people trying to sell you junk and trinkets. One drawback is the beach. Now if you are looking for the crystal clear waters and sugar white beaches that you associate with the Caribbean, this is not your place. There is a large river that flows into the sea near the resort and the water, for those that are familiar with it, is like Hilton Head Island, or the Atlantic coasts of the SE US. A kind of pale greenish water. Not clear. The beach is the same, brown sand. But if sitting on the beach is your thing, there are plenty of chairs and plenty of trees to sit under and you don't have to get up at 6am to stake out a place.
We went to La Romana from Feb 13 to Feb 20. Monday to Monday. My wife and I were very satisfied with our stay there. It’s a small resort we gave it 4 out of 5. First thing which might be a deal breaker, everyone needs to know the water in the ocean there is not clear. You cannot see the bottom at all. We knew that already before we left but if you’re not told you better know it. It’s nice and sandy but because of the kind of sand there you cannot see the bottom. The water is warm the beach is clean. No rocks no algae. The view is absolutely beautiful. Plenty of chairs.The rest is all 4 out of 5 stairs in my opinion.The hotel room, Very big we had a huge bed. Room was clean large bathroom two sinks. Shower with very little water pressure. But hell I spent 10 minutes a day in the shower so no big deal. Safe in the room but if you don’t take the royal treatment you have to pay 4$ a day to use it. (I’ll go over the royal treatment later but it’s a must) Two chairs on our patio a sofa in our room as well. You can get a communicating room if you want as well. Everything is within 2 minutes walks from our room. Everything is close by its wonderful if you don’t want to spend too much time walking everywhere. The main hallYou have the buffet, the bar, the show thereafter and lots and lots of table and chairs where you can just chill. 2 pool tables 2 baby foot tables and the area where you can get wify. The only place where you have wify. At this point they only have coverage in the lobby area. Very comfortable. Every evening they have have a bar setup and you choose one of the drinks they feature. They have a band and usually a singer where you can dance while you wait for the show. It’s a fun place to be around 5 pm.The buffetIn general the food is good. There are many choices. I just find that they fail to season their food which makes most things bland. However the bread, the cheeses and the chicken they excel at. They have themes evenings. If you like sushis don’t miss out on the Asian them. Lots and lots of different sushi and plenty of it. We also had some lobster on one evening. Keep in mind it’s a buffet so if you eat there 7 days in a row don’t try everything the first day. Choose one thing on day 1 and a new thing on day two and so on. This way you try something new every day. In general its good food and good service. The wine was just ok. We bring our own wines for the a la carte dinners. Wine is certainly not there best asset.The shows were good. I personally did not like one of them but the others were interesting.The pool and beachLoved the pool it’s very big. There is a pool for the little ones and a large one for the adults. There is a bar in the water and near the pool. Also you have another cafeteria there near the beach. Smaller but has pretty much the same foods. Lots of animation and music but not so much that it gets on your nerves. I spent my days by the pool reading and I was rarely bothered. No one walks around taking your orders at the beach, If you want a drink you have to get up and get it. Good thing if you ask me otherwise I would of never moved all day. On the beach you have a soccer court and volleyball court and a badminton court. You can also borrow kayaks and some other water crafts.I strongly recommend the royal treatment option. You get to check in in the royal lounge which is an office off to the side. Only royal members have access to it. It has air conditioning. You have a bar with selected alcohol that you would have to pay for normally. Better quality. You also have a fridge with water and soft drinks readily available. You get the safe for free. If you have any questions or need assistance you go there and you get whatever you need. They have a nice cappuccino machine there as well. I loved it. I found I loved scotch because I tried pretty much everything they offered in that bar during my stay, Nothing is perfect, so the downsides, water pressure is low but manageable. Our air conditioning acted up. We asked for repair and they came and fixed it twice. Both times it worked for about a day then broke again. They gave us a bottle of champagne to apologize. They sent the tech both times in a timely fashion and checked up on us afterwards to make sure everything was ok. Great service. They often ran out of towels so you could not change them easily if your was wet.We would easily go back there and take the royal treatment for the safe and the drinks alone it's worth it.
I travelled here with one of my best friends for a week from January 26 - February 2. The positives first - 1. The grounds are gorgeous. The resort is very clean.2. The a la carte restaurants were amazing, and the buffet was typical for an all inclusive.3. Some of the staff were amazing. The bartender on the beach - fantastic. The ladies in the Royal Golden lounge - incredible. Now for the negatives.... We were two females in our mid-thirties travelling together. I have never had so many inappropriate remarks and behaviours directed towards me by male resort staff. It was so bad that we actually hung out at the kiddie pool or on the beach where we were able to avoid certain members of the animation team. Things that happened:1. I wanted to exchange the beach towels. The employee refused. Other people came and changed their towels, but he wouldn't exchange ours. The employee clearly must have thought that he was being smooth when he said "Baby, if you do whatever I ask you to do to me, I will give you new towels". Hmmmmm no! Not a prostitute and you're disgusting. 2. In the main lobby, ordered a drink from the bar. Another employee approached and informed me that he was "watching me" and didn't appreciate me speaking to other men. This was said to me by someone I had never met before. Hello creepy. 3. The men would come and just loiter around our chairs "hey baby. Hey baby, you married?". It went on and on the entire week. We paid over $1500 each to be propositioned and followed. It isn't right that we felt that we had to avoid certain areas in order to feel safe. We didn't feel safe walking around alone because of being told that we were being watched. I can not describe how unsettling of a feeling that is.The service in most bars was horrendous. We were travelling in peak season and the swim up bar wasn't even properly set up - at a place that markets itself as a 4-5 star. The bartenders would yell down from the upper area to ask what you wanted. Additionally, be prepared to wait up to 10 minutes per drink at the pool bar. They are not particularly focused on good customer service. Service in the lobby bar was equally slow. We had upgraded to the Royal Golden package with Air Transat, and so we were able to pour our own drinks in the lounge. I really think that it is too bad that our experience was so negative. We tried to make the most of it, but this resort definitely did not deliver. The biggest shame is that the biggest issues are two things that are very fixable, it's just whether or not it will happen. I will not return to this resort, nor would I recommend it to anyone, unless they enjoy sexual harassment and poor service. Train you staff, and increase your expectations please. You have a lot of wonderful people working for you and a few genuine perverts ruining what could be an incredible destination.
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- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily
- 3 a la carte dinners per week of stay, reservation required, subject to availability
- All drinks (Domestic brands, Domestic beer)
- Drinks at disco
- Water sports
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 400 rooms in twenty-five 2-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants (International, Italian, Seafood)
- 6 bars including Snack bar, Pool bar, Beach bar
- 1 outdoor pool
- Sauna (fee)
- Tennis court
- WiFi internet in lobby
- Games room
- Beauty Salon (fee)
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Max occ 4, up to 3 adults
For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kid's club. Kid's pool.
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Grand Bahia Principe La RomanaLa Romana,Dominican Republic
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Ctra. San Pedro - La Romana, Km 12, El Soco, San Pedro de Macoris 22000 Dominican Republic
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