I spent my third vacation at PPV from Jan. 28-Feb. 21 this year. The previous ones were 3/10 and 10/10. The primary reason is that I can get an AI room for a single for $45. The second reason is that it is right across the street from the casino where I play poker. Well, except for Friday nights, the poker games there have dried up and I had to go to the one by the Iberostar.
The staff is still top notch, with a couple of exceptions. First, although they had my docs printed out and ready to go when I arrived, I still had to produce my printed out confirmation page. Just an unnecessary hassle. And the security guy at the hotel started asking me for money/begging, but he was gone after a comment to a supervisor.
The food, well, I guess my system is too sensitive for some reason. Most people seemed to have no problem with it. Breakfast is good, but after that...This trip was the first time I spent money on restaurant food. BTW, go to Maimon for some awesome seafood. It will cost 1000 pesos($28) RT, but wow!
The rooms are the same old bland rooms. I heard they are changing out the Fred Flintstone TVs for flat screens, but that's about it for upgrades. I think what they really need is to change out the old wooden frames on the patio doors and replace them with sliding glass doors to open up the rooms. If you are not on the end, this is the only outside glass, and it is frosted. Kinda grim.
The wi-fi situation was interesting. In the past, I had to spend about $25 per week for a slow connection in the lobby only. At first on this trip I found a free signal in the lobby for a couple of days. Then it prompted me to pay for access, like $8/hour. After spending about 20 minutes getting an ID and password at the lobby desk, I finally got online. THEN, I found out they had free fast wi-fi in the buffet restaurant and pool bar, but they never told me. No wi-fi in the rooms yet, though.
A highlight for me is all the fun and fascinating people I meet here. This was true for about half of my trip. The other half was dominated by retired German couples. Not exactly partiers, except for one. There were plenty of people who had returned year after year to PPV and loved it. They were all great, and a pleasure to hang out with at the super pool bar. Dario, the pool bartender, is as perfect and professional as can be.
The music situation at the pool has improved. They have way toned down the music they used to blast out from noon to 3 PM, to the point of blessedly turning it off for extended periods. They added some Adele to the mix of usual Dominican music(the one thing I really don't like about this country.) They cut back on the animation team to three people, and they play the SAME set from 3 until 5 or 6 PM.
I hope Playa Dorada in general and PPV in particular get their business act together, and soon. The area is in serious decline, while the wonderful assets remain. It would seem to me there is a killing to be made by bringing people this budget friendly area of Playa Dorada.
I will probably return to PPV next year, but I will seriously consider other alternatives. If you are looking for a budget place, consider PPV.
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