My family and I just got back last week from this wonderful resort…and there are plenty of great things to write about. We had a gorgeous room (able to get our family of 5 in to a big, 2 room suite…which for any folks with 5 family members you can empathize with how difficult this can be to book!) and a fantastic time at Barcleo Punta Cana!
Our room was a suite, which allows my husband and I and our three teenage kids to stay all together. After weeks of trying to find a resort that would accommodate a family of 5…Barcelo Punta Cana was a gem to find. There were two large and modern bathrooms…one for us and one for the kids. Marble and slate tiles, Jacuzzi tub and large stand up glassed in shower for two, double sinks in one. Lots of clean towels every day…lots of toiletries and soaps. The beds were comfortable…we had two doubles and one day bed for the youngest. All beddings were white with white duvets. I think, indeed we were in one of the renovated rooms…but I never saw any other rooms for comparison! We did need a duvet for our son…and it took 3 days and lots of persistence to get it but we finally did. Our room overlooked the pool and a bit of the ocean as well….I can see that some rooms would have had spectacular ocean views, so try and get one if you can. Being a suite, we didn’t think we could get moved to a similar room and have a better ocean view so we stayed put.
The pools were huge and clean (not sure why some people have left reviews that the pools were dirty…I’m a clean freak and the pools were spot on for me). We spent most of our time at the beach, but when we did hit the pool we stuck to the pool with more adults and the swim up bar. We never worried about our towels or losing them…we were booked under the Premium/Prestige class so towels were brought to us each night while we were at supper (with chocolates!!)…we often left our towels at the pool at the end of the day!
Food was great (not out-of-this-world!) but very, very good. Our favorites were the Tokyo and the Paris restaurants...but really, the buffet was very good as well. We have 2 great eaters and 1 picky eater and never was anyone ever hungry or dissatisfied. In fact, we of the heard groans about how full they were!! We were surprised that the wine we had with dinner was actually pretty palatable….a few night we probably had more than our share…never was our glass left empty. Breakfast was delish…make sure you give the omelet and egg guys a good tip now and then, they sure work hard and were very appreciative!
Ok. So, speaking of tipping (and I have a beef here for other reviewers). Seriously people, you are taking part in the hospitality of others…you should tip at home…so you should tip while you’re away. Many of the friendly workers are from Haiti and spending $5 or $10 a day showing the staff how much you appreciate them is just common courtesy. We tipped at breakfast, at the beach bar, at lunch, at dinner and later while we sat on our seats and sipped on drinks and the staff waited on us hand and foot. Between cash (probably about $100 over 7 days) and some great goody bags filled with makeup…we made sure the kind people of Barcelo knew we appreciated their hard work and loved being in their beautiful country. End of story folks…tipping is common courtesy.
My kids took advantage of the trapeze and were there for at least an hour or two a day. This is a must do!!! We have awesome videos of them flying thru the air and performing some pretty cool tricks. As well, the nightly entertainment was a hit with the kids (a bit meh for me) but the kids loved it. Never did the disco, but I heard that the place was pretty hopping and a bit of a mess some nights with “clashes” of cultures (and I’ll leave it at that).
The beach is gorgeous. Absolutely, positively, stunning. Chairs are a bit old, but the beach itself is raked and cleaned regularly. FANTASTIC. It’s about a 45 min walk to the little jumbled beach market…but lots of fun and good deals. Don’t buy anything from the vendors that set up some nights around the Barcelo pools…they are gouging you compared to what you’ll pay at the beach market.
My only two minor negative reviews about Barcelo are 1) the cleanliness of the room and 2) the change in vibe of the resort on the weekend. 1)…keep in mind, I am a neat freak and there were 5 of us in a two room space…but, in my opinion the room cleaning could have been a bit better. Things like garbage or hair that were on the floor at the beginning of the day were certainly still there in the evening when the room had been cleaned. Nothing crazy, but certainly would have been swooped up if a vacuum had of made an appearance!! All in all, the bathrooms were clean so I give the cleanliness a 70%. 2) we noticed that on the Saturday into the Sunday a lot of local or Hispanic visitors arrived at the hotel for short stays. I have no issue with that at all, except from the service we were used to, to the vibe of the resort, things changed drastically. The bar staff became very focused on the visitors that there were able to converse with in Spanish, and we were often overlooked or had to wait long periods of time. Up until then, bar service was fast and friendly. As well, there were some “miss bikini” contests that had us very amused but certainly edged over into very inappropriate behavior by 13 and 14 year old girls being judged on how they gave lap dances!!! Oh well, c’est la vie…we were just a bit surprised by how the very calm resort changed into a bit of a “you-know-what-show” on the weekend. Perhaps we just hit an odd weekend?
All in all…great resort, I recommend it for sure if you have kids…especially early teens. A1 beach, nice suite and the premium class is just that extra touch of attention.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Breezes Punta Cana
- Barcelo Punta Cana Resort
- Barcelo Premium Punta Cana
- Barcelo Dominican Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Barcelo