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Grand Bahia Principe La Romana

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Our Opinion

A 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.


Overview

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.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • l3rugbycoach : Newport, United Kingdom
Early summer get away

Fabulous hotel and resort for couples who want some peace and adult time away from the noise of young children. Accommodation was excellent, food and facilities were first class.Would love to visit again and sample more of the life there. Highly recommended to all who would like to visit DR

  • RMATH50 : Birmingham, United Kingdom
3 star not 5 star!

Lobby - very good - looked like a good hotelStaff - Excellent - (1 out 10 staff had attitude issues)Rooms - Poor condition 3 star! Our AC was loud. Shower facilities were poor. Very old decor. Poor quality DIning - good food - disappointed we could not book the Asian as no kids allowedSea - terrible! Overlooking a Gas/Factory. Staff on the beach their very best to keep cleanExcursions - amazing but you get intimidated for tipsOverall: Staff always greet you and make you feel welcome, shame about the hotel rooms and Beach

  • Carlos C : Porto
Animation team the best

I spend 1week Bahia principe la Romana and after 6 times in republic Dominican , the animation team is one of the best I found, special the person's "El gato" and "Dracula".The hotel is good and also the staff. The beach is not as bad is seems, but the water isn't Cristal not because is dirty, but because there is a river that ends on the bay, near the beach.

  • rpsanti123 : Chicago, Illinois
Enjoyable Vacation

We came to the Grand Bahia for an 8 day vacation. There was lots of options for dining and a decent selection of foods to eat throughout our days there. The resort was well taken care of- the pool being the best part. Next time I would opt to spend $$ for a resort with a beach that has clearer water- and maybe stay on the adult side of the resort. We enjoyed the nightly shows, the swim up bar and the frozen drinks! I would also suggest doing the day trip to Saona Island! That was our favorite part of the trip and it was offered through this resort.

  • drplanecrazy : Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Lovely place to say but shame about the sea

My wife and I spent a two-week all-inclusive holiday at this hotel, arriving in late August 2017.First impressions were good, and were greatly enhanced when we were given a free upgrade to the ‘Luxury’ adults-only section of the hotel. We, and our luggage, were immediately loaded onto an electric cart and driven to the luxury exclusive lobby for check in. Check in was quick and straightforward, and did not include the often compulsory ‘swipe’ of a credit card.We were shown to our room which was located on the second (top) floor of Villa 57. There are no lifts (elevators), which was not a problem for us but could be for mobility-impaired guests. Again, first impressions were good. The room was quite spacious with a four-poster king-size bed (it may have been a super king, but did not seem to be quite as large as our bed at home) and a separate area for table, chairs and sofa. Side tables with a drawer sat on each side of the bed. Glass sliding doors gave access to a small balcony with another table and two chairs. The view from the balcony was disappointing as it overlooked a roughly cleared area which was rather unsightly. Back inside the room we took a look at the bathroom, which included a spacious ‘drench’ shower cubicle, an enclosed wc, spa bath and twin-basin stand, and was well supplied with towels of all sizes. A nice touch was the provision of face cloths, which are rarely available these days. There was adequate storage with sufficient hangars for all of our clothes, plus an iron and ironing board. Slippers, dressing gowns and an umbrella were also provided, but not to keep and take home at the end of the holiday. The room was completed with a stand including drawers for small items of clothing, suitcase storage, a refrigerator (but no freezer) and a coffee machine. Naturally, full air conditioning was present and there was ample table, ceiling and floor lamp lighting. The electricity supply was controlled via the usual ‘room-key-in-slot’ arrangement. Several 110v US-style wall sockets were available for electrical items.The ‘luxury’ section has two buffet restaurants which are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner (but only one is open for any given meal), plus the use of all of the specialty restaurants (three of which are allegedly only available to the ‘luxury’ guests). There are also three swimming pools, one of which is a smaller spa pool. The two large pools feature a swim-up bar. The ‘luxury’ guests have access to all facilities of the complex. The pool that we used was outside our villa in a quieter area, and about 200 yards from the beach. The garden areas are extensive and very well maintained by a large team of gardeners. The beach is OK, with many trees, but the sea is a definite disappointment. We both enjoy snorkelling but it is quite pointless here. Just a few hundred yards to the west a river empties lots of muddy brown water into the sea. This water then spreads along the shore making the visibility very poor, being impossible to see your hand in front of your face under the surface. There is a net enclosing the hotel’s section of the beach (which, quite rightly, is not exclusive). We were not quite sure of the purpose of this net as it did not appear sturdy enough to deter any marine creatures other than small fish. Accordingly, we visited the beach on only two occasions during our entire stay.The variety and quality of the food in the buffet restaurants can only be described as adequate. After a few visits you just knew what would be on offer. Service was patchy, sometimes very good, other times appalling. There were separate staff dealing with water and juice, coffee, and alcoholic drinks, and these staff were rotated on a daily basis. One thing that we found really annoying was the prominence of mobile telephones amongst the serving staff. There were a number of occasions when staff were using their mobile phones rather than doing their jobs – quite unacceptable. The specialty restaurants were generally very good. We tried the Italian, the Dominican, the Asian, the Brazilian and the Mediterranean restaurants. All were excellent with the exception of the Brazilian, which is ‘open air’ and therefore attracts biting bugs and roaming cats. The food in the Brazilian was a disappointment, and we were kept waiting for more than ten minutes past our reservation time while the staff held a meeting in full view of the waiting guests. The food and the service in all of the other specialty restaurants that we tried were excellent, especially the ‘Don Pablo’.The bars are conveniently placed and well stocked. They carry a variety of brands, both local and premium, and you are likely to find your favourite ‘brew’. However, there is only one brand of beer ‘on tap’ – the local ‘Presidente’ (which is quite acceptable!).There is a gym with two bikes, two treadmills and various weights and resistance machines. The treadmills were definitely the most popular items and it was quite inconvenient when one them became unserviceable for several days. The gym is attended at all open times by a member of staff, who most of the time was much more interested in his mobile phone than helping guests. I even had to clean down the treadmill on several occasions once I had completed my session. To be fair, I did not object to doing this, but it was not my job!The public areas and kept clean and tidy at all times and the toilets are regularly checked and cleaned.We did not attend any of the evening entertainment, so cannot comment.Now for a few areas that could be improved. You may find some of these comments harsh, but please bear in mind that this hotel is marketed as an adults-only ‘luxury’ resort.The room needed a few minor repairs, nothing drastic that stopped anything working, but disappointing. Where repairs had been undertaken, they were not done very well. For example, in several places the plaster and tile grouting had been replaced. Both were smeared about and looked unsightly. Just a finishing wipe with a damp cloth would have removed the excess material and looked much better. Wall fittings were loose in the bathroom, for example the hook for the dressing gowns, and we had to be careful when using them that they did not fall to the floor. Room make-up was frustratingly inconsistent. Some days we had face cloths, other days we did not. Some days we had bedside mats, other days we did not. Some days shampoo and conditioner were replaced, other days they were not.If you want ice in your room you have to call the concierge, or get it yourself from a bar (which we did on a daily basis). Far lesser hotels that we have stayed in feature ice dispensers on every floor.The exchange rate offered by the hotel is scandalous. An English friend exchange £100 for Dominican pesos, and received 48 pesos per pound Sterling (4,800 pesos in total). The exchange rate on the day was 63 pesos per pound! It was not possible to exchange sterling for US dollars – not a problem in truth, but the staff far preferred tips in US dollars rather than the local pesos.The specialty restaurants have a dress code – long trousers and shirts for men, dresses for ladies. This dress code is displayed on every reservation ticket that is printed and given to the guests. The code is not enforced, which is very disappointing for those that do make the effort and adhere to it. Every specialty restaurant that we visited allowed men dressed in shorts and t-shirts, and women who looked like they had just stepped out of the swimming pool.The hotel group operates a ‘Privilege Club’. There are several employees whose sole task is to sell membership of this club. They are very persistent and will not stop their ‘script’ when told that the potential client has no interest. They try to make you feel bad by telling you that they only get paid by commission, and only when a hotel guest agrees to attend a presentation. Apparently their commission is paid whether or not the guest signs up to the Privilege Club. These people are a nuisance and should not trouble the hotel guests. At the very least they should accept the guests word when told ‘no’, and not persist with phrases such ‘listen to me’ and ‘I only need 30 seconds’ and ‘no, I’m not trying to sell you something’.We had, on two occasions, to complain about the noise created by other guests in our villa. At 11pm one night we were woken up by very loud music and female voices coming from the adjacent room. We twice telephoned for help, but both calls were unanswered. We had to go to reception (some distance from our room) to complain and request that security visit out noisy neighbours. Security staff were at our neighbour's door before we got back to our room. They did what was necessary and stopped the music. However, they could not stop the noisy conversations, which we had to endure for several more hours. The following evening at 7pm, just as we were leaving our room for dinner, the same happened. We once again went to reception to complain, and this time we were offered a change of room. No thank you! Why should we have the inconvenience of moving when it is our neighbours that are causing the problem? Peace had returned to the villa by the time we came back from dinner. The noise was caused by a group of young girls who believed that we were spoiling ‘their vacation’ by asking them to be quiet in the buildings that house the guest rooms.The next complaint is not unique to this hotel, but it really would be nice if something could be done. We are both non-smokers and there is nowhere we can go to avoid tobacco smoke, other than inside the restaurants or inside the guest rooms. Please provide non-smoking areas by the pool and on the beach. Also, do not surround the public areas with tables and chairs for smokers! It is inevitable that the smoke is blown inside the buildings into the allegedly smoke-free areas.Now to return to some more positive comments.During our stay hurricane ‘Irma’ devastated parts of the Atlantic and Caribbean. We were located on the south coast of the Dominican Republic and were not expected to be severely affected. However, the hotel’s preparations were faultless. Everything that could possibly be blown away or damaged was either removed or securely tied down. Even the sunbeds were all pushed into the swimming pools and the beach was closed. All residents were given three meals to have in their rooms – sandwiches, fruit, cakes, juice and milk. As there was no housekeeping service during this period they should also have thought about extra supplies of toilet paper. We were affected by the edge of the hurricane about midday on Thursday 7th September and received strong winds and very heavy rain for a few hours. Once everything had calmed down the hotel’s efforts were clearly vindicated as there was no visible damage, other than broken and uprooted vegetation. There was a lot of surface water still on the ground, and we do not know how the ground floor guests fared as there were no barriers to prevent water entering the villas. Congratulations and sincere thanks are due to the hotel staff for their excellent preparations and continued service during the storm.Finally, would we stay at this hotel again? Yes, but no! We would be happy to visit this hotel again, but we do not return to the same resort as we like to experience different destinations. Would we recommend this hotel to others? Yes, definitely.

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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
  • Tennis
  • Aerobics
  • Dance lessons
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby
  • 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
  • Disco
  • 1 outdoor pool
  • Sauna (fee)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Tennis court
  • Volleyball
  • Wi-Fi internet in lobby
  • Games room
  • Beauty Salon (fee)
  • Casino

Junior Suites include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Terrace
  • Full bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Wi-Fi (fee)
  • Max occ 4, up to 3 adults

Kids Stay Free - First kid 2-12 stays and eats free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults. Second kid pays kid's rate. Max 2 kids. Restrictions apply.

For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kid's club. Kid's pool.

Honeymoon Bonus - Receive fruit basket, bottle of rum and room upgrade. Wedding certificate required upon check-in. Maximum of 6 months after the wedding.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Grand Bahia Principe La Romana
    La Romana,Dominican Republic

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Grand Bahia Principe La Romana
Ctra. San Pedro - La Romana, Km 12, El Soco, San Pedro de Macoris 22000 Dominican Republic

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

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