Fodor's Expert Review Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Blvd. Turístico del Este 74, Km 28, Macao, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Hard Rock's first all-inclusive property has its own unique identity, different from any other Dominican resort, and it's a great choice if you want nightlife and a busy, fun atmosphere. The oversized rooms and suites are deluxe, but you need to decide if you’d prefer to be where the action is—closer to reception, restaurants, and the casino—or you closer to the beach. Because of the resort's sprawl, you have to be shuttled from the beach or to the lobby, and transportation waits can be long. Overall food is better than most area AIs, and the resort's most upscale restaurant, Simon Mansion, rocks. A Little Big Club appeals to the family market. This 121-acre property has one of the Caribbean’s largest casinos. And then there's the Rock Spa, a 68,000-square-foot, bi-level facility. Despite its size, the hotel, particularly its sensual suites, can be romantic. The nightly entertainment in the many lounges is levels above the usual Punta Cana offerings. And then there are the big-name entertainers, everyone from Ringo Starr to Snoop Dogg, who draw thousands of fans.

PROS

  • the resort is a lot of fun
  • mostly good service, particularly waitstaff at the buffet
  • music is everywhere

CONS

  • resort can be too crowded during the busiest times of the year
  • some maintenance and room refurbishment needed due to high occupancy
  • doesn't have a Caribbean feel except at the beach

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Sceney
On the beach
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 809-687–0000

HOTEL DETAILS

1,787 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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