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.

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
  • Deborah S :
Best Food.

Just spent a week here. The food in the main restaurant is lovely and is far superior than the ‘speciality’ restaurants!! The Caribbean restaurant and the Ocean Grill are ok, but the Italian is dire! I would rather eat boil in the bag pasta from my room. It is seriously bad!!! All the drinks, alcoholic and soft are very good and I don’t see the point in upgrading to the VIP, unless you only drink branded drinks. The staff are lovely, apart from the grumpy one where you book the speciality restaurants. Anyone would think you are asking to go to her house and have her cook for you in person. Think she trained at the Basil Fawlty college for hospitality! The rooms are ok, bit dated but fully functional.My only major criticism is the entertainment. I have never in my life watched such a load of drivel! They should seriously consider burning the Cd’s of Cotton Eyed Joe and Agga Doo, oh yes I kid you not, I have not heard these tunes for 20 plus years, and for good reason because they are absolute garbage!!!They seriously need to invest in someone who can actually sing, dance, do comedy or do something mildly amusing as frankly going to the dentist is more entertaining than this!

  • Jennifer G : Ottawa, Canada
Great hotel

Its a great place, very well maintained. Easy access to beach and pool, its not too big, going to your room if you forgot something is quite easy. Food was awesome! Staff as well. Only thing i would say was that the pillows were a little lumpy. Apart from that i have no complaints.

  • Karenilia1 : wyoming ontario
nice little gettaway

small resort and very relaxing the people we met were all very nice and had a great time. The food was good the drinks plentiful and our room was ok a bit on the small side but we were just in it to sleep, The resort was on a nice beach with turquoise waters but the people hound you like crazy trying to sell there wares but a polite no thank you took care of it. The staff are all wonderful do all they can to make your stay an enjoyable one. we would definitely go back you wont be disappointed.

  • CanadaTraveller123 : Canada
First trip to the Vh Gran Ventana

Pros:Beautiful beach. It's the best one on the stretch with clear water, a nice sandy bottom and is great for walking. There are plenty of palapas and lounge chairs available.The a la carte restaurants were all very good. Both food and service were excellent.It's only a 20 minute ride to the airport.The grounds are well kept and maintained.Easy and fast check in and check out.Friendly staff.Cons:Wifi was very poor. The food at the buffet was average at best. Often our cutlery was not clean and there was always a shortage of coffee cups.Housekeeping was inconsistent. Some days towels and pillow cases were not available.The room could definitely be refreshed and deep cleaned. We found mouldly caulking around the tub. The pillows were very lumpy and uncomfortable.There is a $16 US charge for a safe key.There are straws everywhere on the beach and unfortunately I did not see any recycling bins on the property. I would hope that the hotel will provide some asap in order to prevent plastic litter which, sadly, seems to be everywhere on the strip of beach.All in all, we enjoyed our week but probably wouldn’t return to this resort.

  • Sal155019 : Toronto, Canada

This is our 3rd visit and spent New Years Eve there It was amazing . The management and associates treat us so well. We can not wait to return.The resort is very clean and well cared for. The food is incredible as are the 3 private restaurants.The buffet is incredible and changes daily.Joel and Luis are awesome bartenders at the pool bar and Benito is also a great bartender. Make sure you see Jacki and have her famous Jacki special.

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
  • 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.

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.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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