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Our OpinionGood value for what you pay. The Grand Paradise is one of the better 3 star resorts in Puerto Plata. Watch out for the Loft Attic rooms as they are small and up a spiral stair case. If you're watching your budget, this is a good choice.
Location: In Playa Dorada complex, on the beach, a 10 minute drive to town and 20 minutes from the airport.
We stayed here 3 days after Matthew blew through Haiti. The resort was completely dead. I would say total there were around 50 people staying there. The good- excellent drink service and beer was always cold. Rooms (at least ours) have been recently remodeled. The room was definitely nicer than the ones at Grand Marien. Beach was clean and I loved the view. The bad- I wish the pool was bigger. You can't have any privacy because of the way it's set up everyones just staring at each other and if it was like that with 50 of us imagine what it's like when the resort is full! Buffet food was good. However the "snack" and a la carte dinner was not. Night time show was funny but a little sad.The entertainment staff is great though and does their very best with the few resources they have. Conclusion: For 2 nights it was fine. For any longer I would pay extra to stay at VH or Iberostar.
13 weeks from now, the first week of January I will be on my way to Grand Paradise Playa Dorada for my annual winter stay of 3 months this trip.As you may assume I really like the resort as the staff is friendly and helpful, there is an excellent selection of food and of course booze as well as the nice warm weather especially when compared to the cold Canadian winter weather.I also enjoy meeting many friends who also stay for part of the winter and also come from Canada, the U.S., the U.K. as well as Europe and other parts of the world.Also the city of Puerto Plata and surrounding area has many sights and attractions to keep me busy for my stay.
This has to be the worst all inclusive resort ever. My room smelled moldy and was outdated. The hotel grounds were worn out and tired. The only redeeming factor was the kindness of the employees.The TV was so fuzzy that it wasn't watchable. The AC only works if you're in the room. The pool area was dirty. The "VIP" club employees constantly try to sell you a "package" of trips The food in the restaurant is the same as at the buffet and is gross. I ordered the calamari app and it came with 4 fried calamari rings. The seafood entree was 2 muscles and a chewy pile of squid strips in a mushroom/ beef gravy. You would think that a resort on the ocean would have access to fresh fish.The restroom in the restaurant was broken so patrons had to use the pool bathroom. The hotel advertises that it has a casino but during my stay they basically shut it down with no intent to reopen. There were chains on the door and tarps over the slot machines. The night club was also closed. The property is VERY dark at night and could use some lights. There was a strong scent of sewage on the path from the lobby to the main housing building. The lock on the safe in my room was missing.The beach was dirty and has cigarette butts on it. DO NOT STAY HERE. Don't ruin your vacation just to save $10 per night. I strongly suggest avoiding this awful place at all costs.
Wonderful resort - if you like a smaller resort where you can have every meal with a view of the ocean and not be select club member, then this is the place for you. The staff - from the reception to the maid service and bar and restaurant service I have no complaints everyone was very friendly and helpful.The entertainment staff - they were A+. They kept us laughing, playing and dancing during our entire stay.There are only 2 a la carte restaurants but they are very good and the main buffet has great food. Seafood, fish, steaks, chicken and more everything was tender and flavourful. Kudos to the chefs.The rooms were simple but very clean.The beach fantastic. We were there during low season so finding shade was never an issue - it may be more difficult come high season.The pool was clean and there is an overhang from building so there is always a bit of shade while sitting at the pool bar.The beach vendors - can be annoying at times but don't let them chase you away from the beach. My friend and I took turns saying no. Tip: do not engage in conversation otherwise you can't shake them. But they are respectful when you say no.The vacationing Dominicans, yes they vacation at this resort on weekends. This did not in anyway spoil our holiday.BONUS: We had free internet with hot spots in the bar area and buffet. I was able to get internet from my room but I was close to the hot spot. I am not sure how long this will last. They were in the process of changing providers. Overall, I highly recommend this hotel.
Our room was adequate the living room furniture could use updating. The staff was very good. The main restaurant was great didn't try Michaelangelo did tried Eden and were not impressed. The vendors on the beach could be annoying but we grew to dealing with them, if you don't want to be bother you can just say no thanks. The entertainment was a little cheesy but fun, activities by the pool were lots of laugh. Birkis one of the entertainers was very attentive to young and old. Casinos nearby were nice but small. It was a great time had by all.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- Domestic drinks from 10:30am - 1:00am
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 436 rooms
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 2 a la carte restaurants (Italian, Local, Grill/BBQ)
- 5 bars including swim-up bar
- Free form pool
- 18-hole golf course nearby
- Lit tennis court
- Internet (fee)
- Grocery store
- Scuba diving nearby
- 1 double or 2 twin beds
- Cable TV
- Full bathroom
- Same as above
- 2 double or 2 twins
- Living area
- Same as hotel rooms
- 2 doubles or 2 twins
- Living area and balcony
- Cozy loft access by spiral staircase with 2 single beds
- Private bathroom is in a separate adjacent room
- Max occ. 2 persons
For the Kids Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids Club, babysitting service (fee), playground, kids section of main pool.
Wedding - Wedding packages available, please inquire for details.
Senior - Discounts are available for seniors 58+ years. Must have ID at check-in.
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.
Resort Location Map
Grand Paradise Playa DoradaPuerto Plata,Dominican Republic
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Complejo Playa Dorada P.O. Box 337, Puerto Plata 332 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.
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