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Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort
Ranked #12 of 39 Hotels in Puerto Plata
brooklyn
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“Group of 22 for wedding”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

In general everyone checked smoothly, although there was a bit of paper work you needed to remember to print before you get there. We had access to the basic VIP beach which was ideal. Regular brand alcohol, yummy bar food and beds to lay on. The buffet food was decent. A bit hard if you are a vegetarian, but if you wake up early you can make a reservation for one of the restaurants which we thought were fab. I preferred to walk everywhere, although there are shuttles available. I think this place gets a bad rap because people are lazy: they don't want to wait long for shuttles, but they wouldn't walk. They complain that the buffet isn't good enough, but won't wake up early to get a reservation at a restaurant. I had the best 5 day beach vacation ever, because I was with great people and we aren't high maintenance. Also, one of the managers was super nice and went out of his way for us to eat at our favorite restaurant the last night even though we didn't get a reservation. We were a small wedding party and found them accommodating. The ceremony was nice, but there presidential suites has a quieter area. The photographer was better than expected and very patient.

Room Tip: some of us had great beds and some didn't so cross your fingers, or say you have back problems!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Im in the lobby checking out ...all I can say is....what a great vacation .....don't believe the bad comment ...see for yourself.....very nice and helpful staff.......I did get sick on Sunday but I drank to much rum lol.....but the food was good ...the smell was not that bad...I only smelled it from time to time never at my room...I stayed in 42301 not much of a beach view but I think building 40&43 has the best beach and pool view....but all and all....I'm coming back in September ...love this place......o....and from what I here ...the time share is pretty good.....I met someone that bought in an I'm using hers when I com back in September ......

Room Tip: Any 40block rooms are good and clean
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

6 nights in April. sewage odor stronger in some places than others. NO mattress--just a mattress pad over the box springs. stay away from Cofresi. read US Government website about hazards in Dominican Republic before making a reservation!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jenny H, Public Relations Manager at Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
Dear Guest:

I apologize for the annoyance that this may have caused to you, the hotel is actively working to improve service levels and your feedback has proved to be invaluable.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for bringing this matter to my attention and trust this information clarifies the issues you have raised, our rooms, specially the beds and the mattress, are in very good conditions, and we have a continuous maintenance improvement plan in place, we do have a good reputation on US websites.


Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort thanks you for you comments as they will be valuable to us. Again, we apologize for your experience.

Sincerely

Jenny Hernández
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We have stayed in the Lifestyle Villas many times and always had a great time. This time we stayed at Confresi Palms and the service was worthless. Not once did they manage to give us what we wanted or needed and they always made us feel like we were trying to get one over on them or something. They seemed to be overwhelmed and unable to handle their job.

When I pay for a certain level of service I should receive it no matter how bad your day is. I never want you to tell me, that my 2 year old can eat dinner 2 hours late and just sleep on the table. Or that my friend who has breathing issues and cannot walk far, must walk up 3 flights of stairs to get to her room because you cannot be bothered to find her a ground floor room. Most of all never assume you know what I want even when I tell you otherwise.

Needless to say I will never return to Confresi Palms again.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Jenny H, Public Relations Manager at Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this review, 23 April 2012
Dear Mr. JacPierre,


Thank you for taking the time to communicate to us why the Cofresi Palm Beach Resort & Spa did not meet your expectations, be assured that our concern about the perception of our guests’ on the level of our customer service is genuine; our staff is very friendly and trained to be helpful even under stress they usually perform very well. Please accept our apologies for any staff member who did not display those qualities.

The Cofresi Palm is committed to providing our guests with the highest quality services and facilities. We sincerely regret we fell short of our goal in this instance.

I hope you will allow us the opportunity to serve your future lodging needs, as we would like the opportunity to provide you the level of service you expect from Lifestyle Resorts and Cofresi Palm Beach Resort & Spa.


Kindest Regards


Jenny Hernández
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Our vacation at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort Villas, Suites & Spa

4/14/2012 -4/21/2012

Landed at Puerto Plata airport and being welcomed by a sala band we paid our entrance fee ($10.00 US) into the Dominican Republic. We meet our driver that was arranged by the resort (complimentary one way travel included for Interval owners).

Our driver was nice and loaded my family and another couple into a van and set off for the resort. On the ride our drive he told us his name and about his tours and that his tours where cheaper than the resorts and to call him directly to book them instead of through the resort. He also stopped off and purchased a Presidente beer and poured each of the adults a small cup of beer and had the remainder for himself and we continued off to the resort. On the ride we saw many poor people riding on shared motorbikes and the roads were pretty much a free for all for everyone.

Upon passing the security gate to the resort we are welcomed by two young ladies and a man dressed in native carnival like costumes but came across as more comical than representing their heritage.

Next we are seated by our guest services guide – he called himself Johnny Be Good (White Polo shirted staff are your personal concierge but are really sales people) and we are told we will be checked in shortly. Then people came around serving a welcome fruit juice, beer, and/or shot of a local liqueur called Mana-juna made with rum.

Now at check in you are seated at a table with someone who is English challenged and if you don't speak Spanish this will lead to a lot of important points getting lost in the check in process. Here are some I later learned mattered a lot

• Your meal plan is $40.00 per person per day so for my family of three it was $840.00 (about 33000 DR pesos). Your first evening’s meal can only be at one of the buffet offered at the resort. We went to La Pearl – it sucks

• Your first three night’s dinner reservations are made for you without you input. They gave us – The Dominican restaurant – El Pilon (fair), the Indian restaurant - Moomtaz, the Brazilian Churrascaria - Rodizio . Changing reservations and making new ones is a nightmare of a process so your freedom to use the restaurants is very limited. I wasted a total of 8 hours negotiating the 5 dinners we had.

• Sunday night you have to eat at the Welcome Party – there is no other option all restaurants are closed. The party is a buffet outside so if it rains which it did for part you are in the rain bring and umbrella.


• All rooms in the section we stayed in are like hotel rooms (Cofersi 40,41,42, & 43) with either one king bed or two beds, a bath area, a water closet with a toilet and showers stall, two skinks and a Jacuzzi. THERE IS NO BATHROOM DOOR.

• There is one desk with 3 small drawers and a closet with 3 small drawers – there is no other storage than the hangers in the closet for clothes so you will live out of your bags.

• There is only a mini fridge that contains two bottles of water, two beers, and one Pepsi and one Sprite. The maid will replace water and the resort comes once or twice in a 7 day stay to replace soda or beer.

Now back to the check-in, once we had paid for our meal plan and received our Interval International wrist bands, we are told about a party on Sunday night and are handed three restaurant reservations for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We didn't know that our meals involved the resort prearranging them for us. Johnny says not to worry he will take care of this for us.

After the check process is complete. We boarded a shuttle and head down a hill thought a security gate. Once at our room we discovered that there was already someone in that room so they sent us back up to checking for another room and then back down to our new room.

Upon entering the room and instead of finding a one bedroom with a pull-out couch matching the pictures of the Royal Suite which are on the Interval International site, we found a single room with two beds similar to a hotel room. We called the desk and found out that these are the only type of rooms we can have. (Remember I traded for the Royal Suites and they gave me Cofersi Palms instead – this is the bait and switch)

Next we look for the safe and find out it needs a key we also see that this is a wireless router and TV in the room. I walked back to the front desk (not a short walk) and ask about the room, our clogged bathroom sinks, the Internet, the TV, and the safe. Here are the answers to these questions

1) The room - there is nothing that can be done to have a separate sleeping area for my son. We are assigned to Cofersi Palms
2) The clogged sinks - they will send someone to the room. (more later on this)
3) The TV is the only one with cable TV and most channels in Spanish
4) The safe you must rent a lock a week cost me $18.00 and they didn't have change for the twenty at the desk so they kept the two bucks promising to return it later which they never did.
5) The Internet in your room is $15.00 per day but free in the lobby.

I get the sense we are being ripped off and I believe we did.

When we were leaving for dinner I was met by the plumber. I showed him the sinks but the clogs were gone. So I told him he could leave, more on this later.

We headed for the Peal buffet for dinner. The best way to describe this buffet is this. $5.00 all you can eat and you can't eat $2.00 worth. We found it interesting that at hostess put antibacterial hand lotion in everyone's hands at the entrance. Well you will find out when you see the buffet why. The food was horrible overall from start to finish. We left hoping that breakfast would be better.

Now when we return to our room, we notice water by the entrance to our building. We thought we would walk towards the beach to take a look. As we crossed the water a man tells us that we were not crossing water. Instead it was sewage from a backed up sewage pipe that had flooded his room and another next to him. This explain why our clogged sinks now worked the clog was in a main which must have released the back up outside.

The man was very upset and told me this was his second room at the resort and that this room was the upgraded room to make up for whatever happened in his first room. He also told me they made him sign something saying he would not tell anyone what happened in his first room.

What got me next was the very next morning both the flooded rooms were already filled with guests. I get sick thinking about it.

Day two: we head off for breakfast at the pearl and we find the quality of the food to be as poor as the night before. I fact my son threw up after his breakfast. We leave in hopes the other restaurants will be better. Now we head to the front desk because my sons wrist band is too tight. (The wrist band limit your access to many areas of the resort) We run into Johnny be good who our assigned concierge is.

We are told by Johnny that the Sunday buffet party maybe cancelled due to rain and that we would be needing dinner reservations. When we all go to the reservation desk, Johnny stops to help another guest while I am waiting for him another person asks if I need help. I mention that we need reservation because of what Johnny said. She tells me the big party is still on. At this point we are fed up with not have a choice about our food and that no one seems to know what is going on at the resort. So now a person that looks like the manager of the reservations comes over to talk to me. We tell her that we don't think the $840 is not worth the quality of food we are getting and that we have no choice in where we can eat. They had booked us for an Indian restaurant and no one in my family likes Indian food and when I went to change that the night before they did change it but we needed up with a 9pm dinner reservation. Instead of being nice to the guest we are spoken to as if we should shut up and move on.

We leave head to the room and look into the cost if leaving and return home it is costly but we put it in the back of our mind. We change and head to the beach and hope it will get better. I take four trips to check for towels and over an hour to get the three towels thee resort gives us. We head to the beach which is a cross from a public beach and resort beach. We are not greeted by the warm clear blue water we have experienced at other islands unseat it is cold dark blue green water of the Atlantic and the beach has debris into the remains of a trees root system. While we're are on the beach thinking about the past 24 hours Johnny finds us on the beach and asked about us coming to the VIP welcome breakfast and tour of the resort. We know from other timeshares that this is a sale pitch meeting and say no. He pulls the old my boss won't take no for an answer trick. We tell him that we will not go, want to be left alone and that if we go to this we will voice all of our feelings of disappointment with this resort. He leaves. We finally get towels and my son and I swim in the cold pool, but the sun warms us.

Next we visit the snack bar for lunch we find the same bad buffet food from the night before and worse it is just out sitting in the serving stations and it is not appetizing at all. (See pictures) We head back to the pool then the room to watch a DVD on the old laptop. We dress for dinner thinking this is the first vacation we ever left a beach and pool early.

The Sunday welcome dinner party. This is a large outdoor buffet where the food is a little better than the stuff served at the resort. The night is filled with a “B” Movie like show of dancers, a singer, fire jugglers and a good video of Lifestyles Resorts VIP membership – yes this is a major plug to buy. We catch a shuttle back to our resort this is when we see the Royal Suite that is on the Interval International site.

On Monday another man with a white collar polo shirt comes up and tells us he is assigned to us to help us and he begs us to take the tour because it will help him earn money for his 3 kids we feel bad and go.

At the sales meeting I tell the sales person there is no sale here that we are angry and have not had a good start the to trip and want to be left alone. He talks with us and he asked us to just look at the units. The first is a villa with a pool and a butler. It is large and very nice with all the things we expected for our trade of our Hawaii based resort. Next he takes us to the Royal Suite; this is when I lose it. I tell him this is what we traded for a 1 bedroom with the two TV’s that sleeps 4, with a kitchen, and other amenities and tell him the trade is a bait and switch on their part. He tells me this resort is only for members and your reservation is subject to change. But if only members can have it how can you ever get it? There is no answer for this one. Next he shows me a unit that is just like my unit in Hawaii and I can’t take it any longer. He asks me if I would buy from them. I tell him to take us back to our room and that I just want to be left alone for the rest of the week.

We spend the rest of our stay fighting for dinner reservations at restaurants and find many other guests doing the same. Also if you need to make change of US dollars there the best way is to ask a bar tender if they have change of the bill you need because the front desk will send you to a person that does currency exchange and you will get a horrible rate.

Also the resort lets vendors onto the property by the seaside bar. They will hound you to buy and you must haggle because they make up prices as they go. There will be a cigar vendor that will be there that will light up a cigar and hand it to you to try before buying don’t do this. They will push cigars on you like crazy. Also leaving with Cuban cigars can cause problems for you at US Customs.

So I could go on with more points and things that went wrong but her is the bottom line: DO NOT TRADE FOR THIS RESORT. Stay home if that is your only option. I wish we had.

Room Tip: Don't go here - go somewhere else
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort
Address: 1 Paradise Drive | Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic (Formerly Be Live Grand Carey)
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,335 - ₹ 22,902
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 468
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort – Dominican Republic is the newest jewel in the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club. Nestled along the Cofresi beach shores, and overlooking the sparkling Caribbean sea, this resort caters to the luxurious enjoyment of both families and couples looking for that perfect getaway. With 468 well-appointed accommodations that range from Adult Only Spa Suites, to Standard family friendly rooms located in a quite setting between the ocean beach and spectacular pool, this is a paradise worthy of the Lifestyle name. The resort was created with space and comfort in mind, making Cofresi Palm a relaxing, enjoyable and satisfying experience for all guests and their families. All rooms have air conditioning, cable television, phones, and ceiling fans, while the decor has a distinctive design, featuring dark wood furnishings. Shaded patios and verandas provide a relaxing place to gather in some of the units. Providing both service and features that are standard for a Lifestyle property, the Cofresi Palm offers a unique luxury accommodations experience. Cofresi Palm provides the easy, relaxed ambiance of the Caribbean in an opulent and elegant setting. Experience the array of beauty and excitement that Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort has to offer. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sun Village Puerto Plata
Sun Village Hotel Cofresi
Dominican Republic Sun Village
Sun Village Dominican Republic
Sun Village Spa
Sun Village Resort Dominican Republic
Sun Village Resort Puerto Plata
Sun Village Beach Resort
Sun Village Resort Spa Puerto Plata

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