Recently returned from our second visit to the GBP Ambar in 8 months so we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. This is a fantastic hotel with great staff, excellent food and accommodation. The staff are generally pleasant, courteous and very attentive although some staff on reception are not as helpful/welcoming as I would expect. The hotel's grounds are stunning and kept in pristine condition. The weather was hot and sunny, probably the best of our five times in the Dom Rep. We tended to spend our days relaxing by the pool or on the beach, both of which are great, but you do have to get by the pool early if you want to get chairs with some shade. The beach is great and ideal for those leisurely walks. We used the trolley buses several times and they are a great way to get around the complex. The great advantage of the Ambar is that you can use all the facilities of other GBP hotels in the complex but only Ambar guests are permitted in that hotel, which is adults only. We ate at several of the gourmet restaurants and, as before, the food was excellent. We considered that the food at the Bella Italia (GBP Esmeralda) had actually improved since our previous stay at the Ambar. The buffet restaurant at the Ambar is excellent and exceeds the speciality restaurants at hotels where we have stayed in the past. As previously reported nightlife at the Ambar is limited and during our stay we saw the Assistant Manger to ask if the bar could be kept open until midnight, with some more varied music and the fans left on in the main lobby to make this more pleasant. Hopefully this will be given serious consideration as many guests raise similar points. We stayed in room 70308 which is in a great location but despite reporting a problem with the air conditioning, and receiving prompt responses from maintenance each time, this was not properly resolved. I am certain that we will revisit the Ambar again as it is an excellent hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 1 pool Sun terrace with sun umbrellas and loungers Relaxation zone with Bali beds Outdoor Jacuzzi BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 3 tennis courts, multi-sports court Water activity centre Motorised water sports (additionalcharge) WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (additional charge) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo 1 buffetrestaurant 3 speciality restaurants 4 bars 1 snack- bar Gazebo de bodas Smokers' lounge with bar service (cigar menu with additional charge) Punta Blanca Golf Club: 18 hole Punta Blanca Golf Club, designed by Nick Price (additional charge) Pueblo Principe: Shopping and Leisure Mall with local craft stores, live music, shows, stores, bars, karaoke, disco and casino. Rooms 528 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Ceiling fan Air conditioning Sitting area with sofa Terrace Fully-equipped bathroom with hydromassage bath tub and separate shower, hair dryer Bathrobe and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen TV Coffee-making machine Minibar Safe Butler service 24 hour room service Evening turndown service Pillow menu 2 disabled rooms for a maximum of 3 adults Prime location right on the sea front Exclusive lake-style pool Aroma menu WiFi (additional charge) Other services Medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Personalised menus (for celiacs, diabetics, etc.) Available on request ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel Punta Cana