Playa Dorada Beach House By Faranda Hotels
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Location: On the beach in Playa Dorada, 30 minutes from Puerto Plata International airport and 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Plata.
First off; this is NOT a 4.5 or 5 * resort so keep your expectations realistic.MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE REVIEW: DO NOT STAY IN BUILDING 15. it was disgusting. didn't have a working shower for any of the 7 days we were down there, room was not cleaned when we arrived, honestly just so many problems. Building 15 is OLD. we got a "superior room" but it wasn't worth it. The only good thing is that our A/C worked (almost too well sometimes, we got really cold one night)Buildings 22, 13, 19 and (I believe, not sure about this last one) 16 were recently renovated and the actually look like the pictures.If you get a nice room it will greatly enhance your experience here, because everything else is pretty nice.PROS: -awesome pool area, with great entertainment staff who organize water polo games for those that are interested as well as dancing /other activities. -Beach is gorgeous. Chairs were sometimes hard to find but we were there mid February and it was busy-Beach a la carte was delicious (plus the beach a la carte is a bar + snack bar during the day and the food is good)-Nightly entertainment was better than I expected. Well organized, talented entertainment staff. -If you want to book excursions, look for guys on the beach wearing white shirts with "playa dorada" on the chest. we dealt with a guy named Hector who was incredibly nice and gave us a good deal on two excursions-The resort is part of the playa dorada complex, so there's a "mall"/ market less than a 5 minute walk away that sells clothes, liquor, souvenirs, etc. The mall also has a nightclub if that's your scene!CONS:-The room. I cannot stress this enough, if your room sucks go get it changed. the front desk staff are friendly but not helpful when dealing with switching rooms, so it may be a slight ordeal but seriously, the whole ordeal with our room is the biggest complaint about this whole trip-The buffet is just meh. but there's always at least one thing to like!-they only have 1 a la carte open per night, and you have to make reservations in the morning (9am) for that evening. Pretty annoying if you have an early morning excursion (or you're just not a morning person) -vendors on the beach: unless you see something that you absolutely cannot live without, try not to buy on the beach, it's usually overpriced. it's worth the walk up to the mall if you want to bring back trinkets for friends and familyOverall, we had a great time. We got a good last minute deal and got away from the snow for a week!
Check in was friendly and quick. A/C wasn't on, went to front desk and was turned on right away. Our room was in Block 12, renovated and spacious, cleaned daily. We enjoyed the buffet, got repetitive but better than other places we've been to. Loved the bar buffet; fries, chicken, pizza, hot dogs, salad......The a la carte beach restaurant was soooo tasty!!! all 4 of us loved it!!!! Got towels right away and could exchange without any difficulties. The bartenders were amazing! Narcisco would bring us drinks just as we would come out of the ocean or just even standing around, he had it timed perfectly in between drinks!!! Roberto at the main bar in the evening is so much fun and Robert always has a smile!!! Frangelisse and Joel are also super nice.The animation team was amazing!!! The night shows were good and they were very entertaining. They even had my kids dancing!!! My kids had so much fun, they actually didn't want to leave and want to return next year; which is a first. We miss Babyface, Cheeky Monkey, Mosquito, and Frosted Tips(not sure what real nickname is) These were the ones we got to know ..... the others also seemed very nice.The beach and pool are beautiful and relaxing.This is not a 5* resort, they don't pretend to be, it is a 3* maybe even 4* in Cuba. However, they try hard to make sure everyone is happy. You will get great service as long as you are not rude and confrontational. A friendly smile goes a long way!!!We travelled as a family of 4; two teenagers, March 10-17, and we recommend this resort.
After reading all the negative reviews I was worried , we had stayed at this resort 8 years ago when it was the Celuisma and everything was fine so we thought we would try it again. We were not disappointed, there were 8 of us who stayed from March17-24 and we had a great time, except the rain!! We had a spacious room with a King size bed and a fridge. Room was cleaned everyday and there were always flowers to welcome us when we would return back. Buffet was a bit repetitive, however you could always find something to eat!! Beach grill on the beach was good. A biggie for me was that there was NEVER a problem finding a lounge chair, either on the beach or by the pool. I have been to 4+resorts in the DR which if you were not up at 6am to reserve a lounger, you didn't get one!! I am on vacation, I am not getting up at 6am.Beautiful beach that you can walk for a mile. Staff were all very friendly and accommodating!! Would I go back, sure thing!! However, keep in mind that it is not a 5 star, so if you are looking fir a 5 star, do not go!!
This is the first time ever traveling away and I had very little expectations arriving because of all of the horrible reviews. Most people on here are expecting a 5 star resort when paying for a 3 star. IF YOU WANT A 5 STAR BOOK A 5 STAR. I was expecting the food to be horrible but I was actually surprised. Don't bother booking reservations for the restaurants I thought the buffet was better and had more options. I was very happy to see that they had ketchup mustard mayo syrup peanut butter and jam most places don't have that stuff so I was very happy to see it. It was also name brand so I was shocked. The beach was the best on the entire strip. I walked down the beach and it got grosser the farther away from our resort, at one point I seen a shoe washed up on the beach. The entire week we spent most of our time at the beach it was so beautiful and the water was clear, some seaweed but nothing I'm not used to. There are venders on the beach who try to sell you stuff but this is how they make there money don't be rude to them just say no thank you and they will leave you alone. As for the rooms they were nice I can't see how anyone can complain. The ac worked and It was always nice and cold in the room. I only had cold water once or twice in the whole week and its because I showered at prime shower time. If you shower in the morning or later in the evening you will have hot water. but I didn't really mind a bit of a cold shower in the hot weather. Maids cleaned very well always made the room very clean they even lined our shoes up for us and made everything so tidy. so cute and much appreciated. As for the bar loved the bartenders, Roberto is my favourite he is so sweet and funny. I honestly believe it is the matter of tipping because we went with 7 girls and 2 guys and one of the had a sip of my friends drink and was like wow thats strong they don't make my drinks like that. I would assume its because he wasn't tipping. at some points the drinks were a little too strong but honestly they got you drunk and thats all that mattered to me. The staff.. now I can not say enough the staff is honestly what made this trip they honestly work so hard to make sure you enjoy your time they are so nice and they make sure to get you out of your seat and dance with you or play games and make sure everyone is having a good time I will miss the staff very very much and I will never forget them, thank you to the staff for making the trip so much more enjoyable. Over all the trip will be one to remember the only thing I can complain about is the night life, being 18 and going with a bunch of young people we made the best of it but if you are there to party maybe try a different resort. this is a resort recommended for families and relaxing so if you are here to relax on the beach for a good price this is your resort. Dominican you have been good and I will be back again. thank you to the staff for everything you will be missed.
You aren't booking the Hilton so get used to the fact that you actually booked a 3* resort. We were in building 18 in a suite with a partial ocean view, Room wasn't perfect but not bad, who goes on vacation to spend time in their room anyway, was cleaned very well daily and were given 2 bottles of water each day and 2 working air conditioners, we had hot water every day. We ate mostly at the buffet, great selection then we found the beach bar with fries and stone baked pizza which was amazing. The beach was beautiful, yes there is sea weed in the water but it is the ocean so who cares right? The staff here is amazing, they couldn't do enough for us. Well worth the money, shall definitely return
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
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- Unlimited local drinks and house wine from 10am-12am
- Free admission to the disco (drinks included from 10:30pm to 11:30pm)
- Watersports, one hour per day:
- Catamaran sailing
- Scuba lesson in the pool
- Beach volleyball
- 9-hole mini-golf
- Games room
- Use of bicycles
- Daytime tennis
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- 1 horseback ride per week
- Introductory scuba lesson at the pool
- Christmas and New Years Gala dinners
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- 413 rooms in several 3-storey buildings
- Restaurants including 3 a la carte (Seafood, Italian, Int'l)
- Snack bar
- 2 bars
- Convenience & gift shops
- Children's pool
- Exercise room
- 4 tennis courts
- 2 Jacuzzis
- Games room
- Massage (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Internet (fee)
- 1 or 2 queen beds
- Full bathroom
- Cable TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
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For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy the supervised Kids' Club and kids' playground. Babysitting available (fee).
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Playa Dorada Beach House By Faranda HotelsPuerto Plata,Dominican Republic
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Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata 72000 Dominican Republic
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