Iberostar hotel in Dom. Rep.

Old Jan 24th, 2002, 04:36 AM
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Iberostar hotel in Dom. Rep.

Last year Istayed in the Iberostar Quetzal in Playa del Carmen Mexico.
We liked the hotel so much we want to stay this year again in an Iberostar hotel maybe now in the Dom. Rep.
Does anyone know there hotels in is it worth to pay extra for the Iberostar Bavaro ?
Old Jan 24th, 2002, 07:54 AM
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Just came back from IBB. It is right next to IB Punta Cana and Domenica. The rooms at IBB are larger, there are more restaurants. The beach has a lot of palapas (large thached coverings). I think it is worth the difference.
Old Jan 26th, 2002, 03:47 AM
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The Iberostar property in DR is a wonderful spot to vacation, but judging from pictures and the description of friends who stayed at the Quetzal, perhaps not quite as luxurious? However, we have found the food,service and facilities excellent and the beach is picture postcard perfect.

The Punta Cana and the Dominicana are almost identical hotel type structures (4 storey) that face each other across a large landscaped courtyard. Rooms are spacious, with balconies with either full or partial ocean view depending on your location in each building. The main dining rooms (buffet) which serve both hotels are only a short stroll away, as is the beach (fantastic) and an extensive pool area.

The Bavaro is clustered villas with up to 4 rooms down and same upstairs. Most are somewhat secluded, set in well established beautiful tropical gardens and connected by a maze of well lit pathways. We found our villa room rather dark and a bit musty. If you were fortunate enough to obtain one of the high demand rooms that overlook the ocean this might not be the case but... if you are oceanside, it's a long stroll to the dining room.The villas have their own reception, buffet dining room, bars, entertainment and pool area. All inclusive guests of the Bavaro may use all resort dining/ bar facilities.

Our personal opinion was that the villa section was beautiful to stroll through, but rooms were brighter, airier and more spacious in the hotels. The dining room at the Bavaro was perhaps a little more upscale, with finer cheeses, a choice of bottled wine etc. but also a little "stuffier" shall we say. People just didn't seem to mix and mingle the same .. a more snobbish clientele?

There are the same amount of restaurants/bars available at both properties .. beach is the same beach .. no difference in availablity of palapas etc. In fact, many of the Bavaro folk used to saunter over to use the larger pool areas at the other hotels.

We didn't think it worth the extra $ and chose to go back to the Punta Cana. In fact, I think we would pay extra for the Punta Cana as we enjoyed the rooms and the atmosphere more. It's all a matter of personal choice and attitude I suppose.
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 09:50 AM
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Thank you for you help

Old Feb 1st, 2002, 05:24 AM
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We just came back from a week a the Iberostar Paraiso Beach in Playa Del Carmen. We were very impressed. Excellent service, food, atmosphere. The only thing that disappointed us were the nightly 'shows' put on by the entertainment staff. Evidently no good talent could be found in the area!!
I was bothered by a smell there that was almost like sewer gas had backed up. By the end of our week I wondered if possibly it was a pesticide that was being sprayed. ?????
While staying there we visited the Iberostar on Cozumel which what smaller than the one we stayed at, but nice looking. The beach didn't look inviting at all with many rocks in the water.
We are looking forward to our trip to the Iberostar in La Romana in Dom. Rep. the end of Feb.
The Iberostar is a very good chain, we were very pampered. We will probably visit more of their hotels in the future. I do think I would recommend the chain, the extra service is worth the extra cost.
Old Feb 1st, 2002, 03:02 PM
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Myself and three girlfriends just returned from a week at the Iberostar Bavaro and can't rave enough about it. We had an upper Jr. Suite which was extremely spacious with 2 beds and 2 couches and a large balcony, marble bath with bidet. We were abount half way between the Hotel Lobby (bar, restaurants, entertainment) and the Beach, Pool. This worked well as the Bavaro is spread out with the individual 2 storey buildings and winding walkways (all very beautiful with palm trees, flowers, peacocks and flamingos). I felt that we definitely got better food, entertainment and larger rooms at the Bavaro vs the Dominicana or Punta Cana. If cost is a big factor though both of those hotels were lovely as well. We managed to get reservations for the a la carte restaurants for 6 of our 7 nights and were extremely happy with the lobster, steaks, japanese food(order the banana tempura) and the champagne to drink. The Lobby bar has all kinds of international drinks and everything was included. The entertainment was great, comedy shows put on by staff were histerical "Mr. Iberostar and Miss Iberostar were both great" and the Music and dancing were done by professionals. We took in the show every night and then headed for the disco (at the Dominicana) and danced for a couple of hours. It was overall a very luxurious holiday (had massage at spa)with extremely helpful (Francis with the reservations) and Jerry the MC of the shows was very good. We thought it was worth every penny, there's nothing like paying for a week away and wishing you were at a different property because yours stinks. You won't be disappointed here.
We are thinking of going to Playa del Carmen next year, can you give us the scoop on the Iberostar there? Thanks

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