Ratings based on 580 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.2 out of 5
86% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
4.3 Room comfort
4.4 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Calgary AB

Loved it !

Posted 21-Nov-2014
This resort is definitely one to try if you haven't already! The adults only section is the way to go - you get the peace and quiet, but yet have all access to the palace side which is a super short walk (or quick little train ride). The whole resort is gorgeous, and the beach is amazing! Food isn't bad. There is a mild language barrier with wait staff but other than that it's fine. I would go back (and likely will) in a heartbeat. We had a great time.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Maryland

BEAUTIFUL location, amazing resort!

Posted 17-Nov-2014
Pros: BEAUTIFUL, clean, picturesque surroundings (from beach to pool & garden areas to restaurants and a wonderful staff that made us feel like celebrities!
Cons: Dress code mandating men have closed toes shoes for restaurants is ridiculous! Women wear sandals. Saw ppl in leans/tennis shoes THAT is wrong.
Location: PERFECT beach w swaying Palm Trees, amazing restaurants, shows every night and activities on the hour during the day..TAKE ADVANTAGE of all they offer
Days into our stay we were still commenting how gorgeous the location was, how clean and amazing the beach was, and how incredibly accommodating the entire staff was!!! From spotless surroundings to TOP SHELF food and beverages, there was always something wonderful to look forward to! We have boasted already to friends and family and won't hesitate to re-book!!!
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Posted 16-Nov-2014
Pros: The beach is gorgeous.
Cons: Food is totally industrial. No flavour. Needs a lot of improvement. So does the bar. All Drinks are prívate label.
Good hotel & nice staff, but the food & bar really need to improve.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified travellerfrom Charlotte, NC

Beautiful Hotel & Beach... Perfect for a getaway!

Posted 13-Nov-2014
Pros: The design was very cool and everything was clean and well kept... the beach is amazing along with the staff and drinks. The room was cozy.
Cons: The food at the buffets was just so-so... it could be improved. The majority of the restaurants had good food but we didn't get to try them all...
Location: Bavaro Beach is amazing... the resort had lots of activities and if you wanted to venture out there were some locals nearby who offered things also.
We had never been to an all-inclusive resort before and have heard all sorts of different stories about what to look out for... we ended up choosing Barcelo Beach Adults Only because it had better than average reviews. It is close to the airport which in some cases could be a red flag but not here. In a quick 15 minute drive we arrived... and the hotel is beautifully designed and well kept. Everything was in working order and very clean/organized. Check-in was extremely easy and within another 15 minutes we were on the beach with our first cocktail. The beach itself is absolutely gorgeous... and it's not very deep which we liked a lot. There are plenty of lounge chairs and it was never too crowded. The spaced out palm trees provided shade when you wanted it but could easily move to get into some sun. There aren't any servers that come out to the beach which kind of stinks but again it's a very short walk to the pool bar. The pool is nice but at night it got a little cool, so it would have been fun if they had a jacuzzi. I will say our room had a jacuzzi on the patio but it would have been more fun if it was in the pool area. There were plenty of free activities including pool tables, ping pong, bocci, etc. All of the staff were very friendly and most spoke decent English... I see some reviews people complained about the lack of English and I say to them get cultured and learn some Spanish! All in all it was a great trip and the adults-only aspect was great!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Rochester, NY

Large resort with great beachfront.

Posted 12-Nov-2014
Pros: Modern hotel with a lot to the compound. Very clean, great beach, mostly friendly and helpful staff.
Cons: There are opportunities to improve the food. The buffet options ranged wildly in type and quality typically.
Location: Plenty to do with the resort itself as they offered different excursions and then there was mini-golf, full golf course, pools, etc.
I thought this resort was very nice and better than I expected. Very cool buildings, nice pools and a variety of different restaurants between the adults only and non-adults only side. The beaches were nice and clean. Seaweed washes up but they clean at night and during the day too. The food ranged a bit from okay to very good depending on where we ate and was more or less exactly what I expected. Most staff were very friendly and helpful throughout the visit. The included drinks were sufficient between beer(Presidente) and different cocktails and when we were at a restaurant they kept them coming. Very quality experience and would return.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom UK

huge resort near the beach

Posted 12-Nov-2014
Pros: close to the beach and airport
Cons: cleaning of the rooms, desserts
the resort is huge, clean, near the sea andthe airport. the service could be improved, the food is ok except the deserts they are a disappointment. the Buffett is better than the restaurant. our room was not cleaned properly and was flooded 3 times.
3 out of 5
by A verified travellerfrom New York

Not exactly what we were looking for......

Posted 10-Nov-2014
Pros: Very pretty beaches. Very clean.
Cons: Shouldn't be advertised as adults only. Because it's not. Trams don't run that often and you are waiting for them for 15-20 minutes.
Looking for adults only all inclusive??? This isn't the place. Adults only resort is just a small portion of the resort. Main portion of resort where restaurants, casino, etc are located is family friendly. So plan on screaming kiddos smashing silverware off plates sitting next to you at dinner. Dinner was the only meal served at sit down restaurant in which you order off a menu. Other meals were buffet style and they frequently ran out of popular foods such as eggs. No swim up bars. Bars are located close to the pool and called "pool bars" but you have to get out of water, dry off, then go wait in a often long line to get a drink. Beautiful place to vacation but I would consider looking elsewhere for accommodations.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Miami

Great vacations

Posted 10-Nov-2014
Just got back from Barcelo Bavaro Beach resort. We had a great vacation. Food is great, with a lot of choices. The hotel is marvelous as the beach. And workers go beyond their duties to please you. I would recomend this place to friends and family.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom New york

Very Nice and friendly staff

Posted 07-Nov-2014
I had a very nice time I would recommend anyone to this resort who wants to get away and put all their worries behind them the staff is very friendly and nice and answered all of our questions and concerns .I look forward to staying at this resort in the future
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom vancouver, bc

Recommended - excellent facilities and quality.

Posted 06-Nov-2014
My partner and I just returned from this hotel after a 2 week stay. We were very impressed with the hotel facilities and amenities. It was not overly crowded and was quiet, which is exactly what we wanted. The Barcelo Bavaro Palace resort is another part of this hotel but is the non-adults only version. It is very busy and loud at times. The two restaurants at our hotel were the main Caribe buffet (all meals) and La Brisa (lunch, dinner) with Chez Gourmet as an alternate dinner-only restaurant. All were very good. It's easy to get sick of the buffet restaurants so I'd recommend going to all the dinner options available - the food at these is fantastic but most are at the Palace resort so there will be kids. I'd highly recommend buying the package where all these restaurants are included. Our favourites were Santa Fe steakhouse (very high quality meats and an excellent buffet for desserts and appetizers), Chez Gourmet, and Mexican Linde. The Hoyo 19 is very good for breakfasts but is attached to the golf course so it's a walk. Also recommend eating lunch at La Brisa (adults only) as the food seems to be better quality. Staff were ok - some seem to talk down to guests which I didn't like (guest services girls were very rude!!) but others were nice so it made up for it. Overall, I'd highly recommend - just make sure you have money to spend as everything is in USD and expensive!!