Iberostar Costa Dorada

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Our Opinion

One of the most beautiful resorts in all of the Dominican. Top notch food, service, amenities, pools and rooms. The expansive buffet leaves nothing to be desired and overall, this is the best you will get in Puerto Plata. Recommended without hesitation.


Overview
Set in lush tropical gardens and designed in grand Colonial style, this expansive hotel manages to offer an intimate feel with its romantic gazebos, winding walkways, and colourful peacocks roaming the grounds. Gaze into one of the small ponds to watch the ducks and turtles splash about, or take a splash yourself in the large free-form pool. Iberostar Costa Dorada has it all: fabulous beach, great food, and a variety of excellent facilities - including spa services!

Location: Beachfront, 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Plata.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Chynna F :
Not a 5 star resort!

This resort. Was okay. GREAT FOOD!! But the pool was always under construction. There was always someone telling you to buy something. You could never just got sit and relax always saying no. The people were nice. My biggest problem is that the resort was rated 5 star when i felt like it was a 3. It was okay but most likely not going back.

  • Mare524 : Windsor, Canada
Beautiful resort, delicious food and friendly service.

We were so happy to get to our room to see that they had already set us up with an extra bed for our toddler and a crib for our baby. There was always fresh towels and lots of bottled water (and other beverages) in the mini bar, which was restocked daily. Everyday we had a new animal/sculpture waiting for us on our bed with beautiful flowers (our kids couldn't wait to see what we got next). The multi-charger cable attached to the hotel phone was super handy too! And wifi was free, and quite reliable.The food was sooooo good we overate at every meal. The buffet has rotating themes (like Mexican, Oriental, Dominican, etc) so you didn't get sick of the same food every night and some nights had all you could eat lobster, or crab legs, etc. The a la carte restaurants were fun too. The Japonese restuarant was especially entertaining as they put on a show while they cook right in front of you. The beach was nice, but quite a bit of seaweed floating in the water a few days, that stopped the kids from swimming in the ocean. The pool was under construction while we were there,but we were warned before booking. They used manual tools instead of jackhammers to cause less disruption and only closed one section of the pool at a time - leaving >75% open. And our kids enjoyed watching the daily progress on the pool construction. My only complaint was the entertainment. Our kids LOVED dancing on stage at the mini disco show at 8pm every night but a few of the nights had competitions between kids instead of music which favoured the bigger kids, who I suspect are children of some of the staff and live there. And my children were left in tears. I picked them up off the stage - only to have the lady wink at me?!?!? I'm still pissed off about that one.But other than that, our experience was great.

  • Lesley-Ann L :
Vacation was amazing

Arriving at the hotel was great the room was what we expected. The hotel staff were always greeting us with a smile. The food was great and a big selection. Lastly the entertainment from WIFI BLONDIE JUSTIN BIEBER SKINNY BOY are fantastic. The entertainment was the best. They interacted with everyone , amazing dancers and outgoing. They deserve a big pay raise .

  • Monique D :
Justin Bieber - Don't call Security on Me.....

I went for a week with some friends. The bed was comfortable and they made up the room neatly everyday. The shower was nice and hot. We would spend a leisurely hour at breakfast and then go to the beach each day. The food at lunch was repetitive, I agree. Dinner was fine but unfortunately, I was very ill from the Brazilian place so I spent 2 days in my hotel room. We didn't get to use our Japanese reservation because they took the 8:45 people at 9:15 and we couldn't wait until 9:45 for dinner. In regards to the pool - the pool closure was not as dramatic as that prior individual stated and there were definitely employees skimming the pool regularly. The weekend has a ton of locals which make a mess and are not as respectful as the other weekly guests, so they had a lot of clean up Sunday pm. I was actually really impressed with the pool repairs and honestly, they need to do it sometime and the entire rest of the pool was open and fine. I had a great bartender and the drinks were exactly as I would expect from an all inclusive in the Caribbean. It is not 5*. That's ridiculous. 3.5* but everyone was super friendly, polite, and the staff was really amazing. I feel like some people were at a different resort than I was. Justin Bieber was hysterical and did his job and got my friends up off their butts and onto the bocce court. Even though I had a bad food experience, I would return to the resort. We got what we paid for and what we expected. My friends had a wonderful time, but you have as good of a time as you make it. We enjoyed the beach parties and paella but didn't really do the shows at night. We also enjoyed the hidden treasure - the hot tubs in the spa.

  • wendistimson : Sackville, Canada
Terrific 2 week holiday, would return to the Iberostar

We have just returned from a lovely 2 week stay at the Iberostar Costa Dorada. We were 4 adults travelling together, 2 from Canada and 2 from Europe. There are a number of positive comments for this resort and only one complaint............something needs to be done about the smoking in public areas. The walk way to the buffet restaurant has chairs and tables with ashtrays, To walk to the restaurant to have a meal and have to pass through the haze of smoke is unacceptable. As well, the lobby bar should have a designated non-smoking area as should the outdoor theatre. There is no escaping the constant smoke and it is most frustrating for a non smoker. The positive points :The Staff are fabulous and very helpful......Joel at El Mercado, Margarita housekeeping and Rachel at the outdoor restaurant, thank you for taking such great care of us. As someone who works in the hospitality industry, you do an outstanding job.The rooms are "older" but everything worked as it should. Room was cleaned and restocked daily. Nice big tub and shower with lots of counter space.Beach is good with the seaweed being cleaned up every day. There are folks trying to sell you things but we didn't find it to be as bad as at other resorts............atleast they are not approaching you in your chairs at this location :) A call out to Eddy who took us for a tour of Puerto Plata, thanks for the great morning. If you like to walk the beach, you can walk for miles and there is an outdoor market heading right down the beach.The wifi was fine and worked without any issues. You are able to access wifi in your room, at the beach and all through the resort. Every once in awhile you will need to reconnect but it really does work as it should. Other resorts only offer wifi in the lobby so it was a pleasant surprise to find we had access everywhere we went..........and with no additional charge ( as other resorts do ).The Pool..........the pool has received lots of comments on Trip Advisor. While we were at the resort, 2 of the 3 pools were drained and regrouted, they now look fantastic. The third was in the works as we were leaving. I would suspect this is a "down" time for the resort and that required maintenance is being carried out ( it has to get done at some point ) before the very busy winter season. Beach huts were also getting new roofs and it looked like some of the rooms were also getting updated.The grounds of the resort are well kept and there always seems to be some work going on.The nightly entertainment is lacking and needs an overhaul.The last thought, the resort cats really love chicken............you'll understand when you arrive at this 4.5 star resort :)

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).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited International brand drinks & beer from 9am-2am
  • House wine included
  • Sailing
  • Boogie boards
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Waterpolo
  • Tennis w/instruction
  • Archery
  • Aerobics
  • Water aerobics
  • Sauna
  • Spanish lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 516 rooms in nine 3-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 3 a la carte restaurants: Brazilian, Mexican, and International, dress code & reservation required
  • 3 bars
  • Disco
  • 1 outdoor pool
  • 2 lit tennis courts (fee)
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness facilities
  • Sauna & steambath
  • Boutiques
  • Dive shop on-site (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Free WiFi internet 

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • Sitting area
  • Mini-bar
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or patio
  • Max occupancy 4 persons, no more than 3 adults

UNDER 13 STAY, PLAY & EAT FREE - Pay a special rate including airfare & transfers when sharing a room with 2 adults. Maximum 1 child. Discounted rates available for 2nd child. Inquire for details.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club, playground, and kid's pool. Babysitting service available (fee).

Honeymooners - Receive a fruit basket and a bottle of rum. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage.

Wedding Bonus - Wedding packages available, please inquire for details.

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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  • Iberostar Costa Dorada
    Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic

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Iberostar Costa Dorada
Carretera Luperon km 4 Marapica, Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata 57000 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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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.

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