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VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort

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Our Opinion

If you're looking for a great hotel with lots of food choices and a decent beach, this is it. Overall this is a solid 4 star, great for the kids and it even has a swim up bar for the adults.


Overview
A delightful beachfront hotel, set in the heart of the Playa Dorada Resort complex on 100 hectares of creatively landscaped grounds. From the central fountain in the lobby area to the Victorian-style gazebos in the main buffet restaurant, the Gran Ventana is known for its classy style. Well run and family-owned, it boasts a spectacular free-form pool with swim-up bar, and a second pool which provides its own quiet atmosphere.

Location: Beachfront, 5 minutes from downtown Puerto Plata, 25 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Annette L : Teaneck, New Jersey
Most Beautiful Resort - For a Reasonable Price!

My daughter and her girlfriend stayed at La Gran Ventana Beach Resort. They were amazed with the quality of the resort, especially given the low price that they paid. The grounds were beautifully designed, the entertainment staff was a ton of fun, and the pool and beach were beautiful. There was a cute little rock garden on a peninsula just a short walk from Gran Ventana's beach property. The buffet food was decent, but what really stood out were the different restaurants they were able to sample just by making a reservation. There were some small issues with the electricity and water in the beginning of their stay, but it had little effect on the fun they had during their trip. Although they did not spend a lot of time at the resort, they still got to know the entertainment staff and were often called upon for activities and dancing. The shows were also spectacular! The mall is easily accessible from the resort and a great place to go shopping for souvenirs. The girls had a ton of fun, and would definitely stay at Gran Ventana again if given the opportunity.

  • travelbug54_10 : Victoria, Canada
They try hard but miss the mark...

This resort is not terrible by any means, but there is definitely room for improvement. My husband and I had made arrangements by email about 3 weeks prior to arrival, to upgrade to Premium, which includes free WiFi, access to the Vintage Bar and private beach, and an upgraded room. Upon arrival we were told that they had run out of the bracelets for the Premium upgrade and that we would have to come back the next day, which was somewhat annoying and odd. We were told that we had a beautiful suite. Hmmm. I don't know want constitutes a suite but it was a large room with a bed, 2 night tables and a unit with some shelves, a mini-fridge and a small television. The bathroom was very dated (tub had been repaired with some kind of epoxy, the grout needed replacing, fixtures were rusty and there was always water on the floor). We did go for the upgrade the next day, with promises of a renovated room, which we asked to see before we paid but were told that it wasn't possible because the room hadn't been vacated yet. We were asked to pay first and they would show us the room later. Foolishly, we agreed. When we returned later to be shown the new room, it was actually exactly the same as the one we had, except much smaller. We opted to stay where we were. It's difficult to say whether it was worth the extra $30/night/person for the upgrade, but at least we did have WiFi (normally $35/week for each device), such as it was, and we were happy to have reservations to the al a carte restaurants made for us easily. Also, the Vintage Bar is very peaceful and comfortable and the drinks were fabulous. Because the weather wasn't the best while were there, we made good use of this space. A huge shout out to Verenice, who was so lovely and friendly. It was a pleasure to chat with her and her service was amazing - always smiling and so gracious. Also, when we did visit the private beach, the service there was excellent. The vendors were friendly, but it did become annoying to be interrupted every few minutes when I just wanted to relax and read.We thought the buffet was fine for breakfast and some dinner selections were pretty good. We liked both the Italian and the Caribbean (Octopus) restaurants, but were very unimpressed with the Ocean Grill. I suppose they were overbooked for reservations because we were put in the bar, pretty much on our own and neither the food nor the service was very good.The resort itself is well laid-out and not too large. The beach is very nice. The drinks in the bars (other than Vintage) were pretty ghastly - way too syrupy-sweet.As others have mentioned, and we witnessed as well, cleanliness with the plastic glasses left a lot to be desired: a quick wash in a sink (if you're lucky), followed by a quick rinse. Many people had brought their own mugs, which was probably a good idea. As well, a server dropped a load of cutlery on the floor in the buffet and just picked it up and continued to place them on tables. I'm not a germaphobe, but...So to wrap up, there were some good aspects to this resort, but we wouldn't return. In fact, I doubt we'll go back to the Dominican any time soon. It felt very unsafe outside of the resort. This is a very poor country, so if you go please tip generously and consider bringing school supplies and other items to distribute or leave behind.

  • Louise H : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Another great vacation

We arrived at the resort around 10:30 pm and I have to say it's a great time to arrive, there was no one ahead of us in line, we breezed right up to the counter, got our room and were off, no waiting at all, the only downside is that you cannot get your safe until the following morning. I had e-mailed the Fidelity Club a month in advance and had requested a first floor room in the Catalina building as close to the beach as possible and we were given exactly that, unfortunatly we were not able to have a late checkout which was a big let down but not a deal breaker, I had also requested that in my email, it would be nice if there was some way to be able to assign rooms of those who arrive at night to others that are arriving at night.Our room was one of the updated ones which unfortunatly no longer have the dresser with drawers to put your clothes which is very inconvenient especially when you are there for 2 weeks or more, this is something that I feel should be looked at and perhaps a small dresser beside the cabinet with the TV and fridge in it, would be wonderful, there is certainly room for it without making the room too crowded but again not a deal breaker.We ate at all three restaurants and they were very good, the buffet was our go to place for breakfast and lunch. We had no problem finding something good to eat. Very good variety in the meat department but the side dishes (ex: veggies, potatoes, etc...) could have had a better variety. In my opinion having to lift the lids on all the dishes really slows things down and does not keep the food hot and the salad bar being right in front of it slows things down even more, perhaps would be a good idea to move the salad. there is alot of wasted space with with that huge bar, perhaps the salad bar could be moved somehow there. Great variety of fruit and desserts.Everyone is so friendly and always a hola for youThe beach was beautiful and always kept so clean but if you want a palapa in a good spot you have to be down there real early to get one, we always got there around 5:00am and some were already taken, the old saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. We will be back next year.

  • Susan D :
Fourth Time and not the last!!!

Travelled here on March 7-14. It was my fourth time but my Daughter's first. As always, things were great! Check in was a breeze.... we arrived around noon, so room wasn't ready, but I already expect that so we have what we need in our carry on to start our Vacation right. Got a great room in the Sanoa Building and everything in the room was great. The Night of our arrival was the Special Fidelity Club Members Cocktail Party and Dinner, and it did not dissapoint! We did have a little rain but we didn't let that damper our Vacation! Buffet was great! I am a picky eater so I stuck to a lot of the same things like the Pasta Station, which was awesome!, and Freshly grilled items. I never went hungry!Restaurants were great too! Did Italian twice, Ocean Grill too.Bartenders were Fantastic.... A lot of the Same faces from previous visits... Shout out to Louis Miguel at the Pool Bar, Elvin at the Beach Bar, Pedro at the Lobby Bar.... and all of the Other Bartenders who took care of us for the week... they were amazing... just too many to list by nameAnimation Team was Great!!!! Shout out to Carlos, Shorty, Alejandro ,Alex and the rest of the team!!!! They had my Daughter and I up Dancing and playing games the whole week.... The People doing the shows were great as always....As I said, this was my Fourth Visit to the GV, and I look forward to my Fifth.

  • Josee L : Grand Falls, Canada
Not bad

A nice place ..very clean place ..food not bad..vendors on the beach r annoying but nice to chat with especially Carlos ..hes a good dealer...the greeter Ciriaco was nice also..not sure if id return..they have the intertainment team that r ok..

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  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • Christmas and New Year's Gala dinner
  • House Wine and Domestic brand drinks and Domestic beer from 10am-12am
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Waterpolo
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson
  • Boat cruises
  • Daytime tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bicycles
  • Sauna
  • Exercise classes
  • Language lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Manager's cocktail party
  • 506 rooms in three 3-storey buildings
  • Buffet restaurant
  • 3 a la carte restaurants: Caribbean, International, Seafood and Italian, dress code & reservations required
  • 5 bars
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • 1 tennis court
  • Gift shop
  • Sauna
  • Fitness facilities
  • Exercise classes
  • Scuba diving on site (fee)
  • A range of watersports
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Wedding chapel
  • 18-hole golf course nearby
  • Meeting facilities
  • Internet (fee)

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or patio
  • Max occupancy 4 persons up to 3 adults

Junior Suites include:

  • Same as above but with living area
  • Mini-bar
  • Max occupancy 4 persons

Kids Deals - Kids 2-6 stay and eat free when sharing a room and existing bedding with 2 adults; pay only air and transfers. Max 2 kids. Kids 7-12 pay kids rate.

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

Honeymooners - Receive upgrade to Junior Suite (based on availability at check-in), a fruit basket, bottle of rum, a candlelight dinner for 2, and turndown service. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at check-in.

Wedding Bonus - Packages available. Please inquire for details.

Golf Deal - Enjoy reduced rates at the Playa Dorada Golf Course ranked the 53rd best course in the Caribbean by the Golf Digest. Located adjacent to the hotel. Arrange locally.

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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  • VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort
    Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic

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VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort
Playa Dorada PO Box 22, 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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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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