The hotel is utterly boring but very relaxing. I felt like a king the moment I was checked in. I had the European plan that offers a free breakfast. The breakfast was the best i had in years. I never eat pancakes at home but I ate their's. They have this French toast sandwich with ham and cheese that was awesome. I only ate two meals a day there. The dinner meals was very good and reasonable. I would like to know the spices on the spaghetti. The room had a high ceiling that made it feel roomier. There was plenty of hot water. The pool and the beach seemed private no vender's to harass you. If you book a trip stay away from the plaza, especially the city tour, all they take you to is shops that they way over charge you. They also get insulted when you don't what to buy there junk. Book tours through the hotel they might be a little more but they have to provide the service or they won't be used again. The entertainment is a short walking distance from the hotel. The casino opens after 5 but doesn't get going until after 10. The rooms are 4 room cottages which i liked and are very quiet. Be careful when you walk out of the resort the locals will try and scam you. The carriage rider wanted to take me to the plaza which was a 10 min walk.
We reserved the Royal Suites for our second day in teh Puerto Plata area. The first day we stayed at Casa Colonial and it was awsome! At Lifestyles from the begining even checking in was painful, there were a lot of people we had to wait to check in and then wait for the room to be ready. Once we got to the room we were very dissapointed it was not what is advertised in the pictures on the web site, in fact it was old, not kept up to date.
Another issue is trying to make reservations to have diner in one of the gourmet restaurants. this should not be a hassle but here it is. We had a VIP bracelet and we stayed for one night and because of this I have called well in advance to let them know I was concerned that we may not be able to get a reservation and was tyold they will accomodate, when I arrived it was very dissapointing and got no help what so ever; in fact the only restaurants they told us had opening were the mexican, dominican, chinese and the buffet restaurants. We chose the chinese restaurant and was a big mistake because the food was awful, we did not eat all our food and joinned other couples that lefty tgis restaurant and went to the buffet.
There seemes to be VIP areas that are nice and sounds like the villas and presidential suites may be in better shape. I may give this place another shot if I were to stay at one of these rooms and try one of the gourmet restaurants hoping we have a better experience next time
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