Great beach, rooms need updating
Stayed here for a week in November with my wife and another couple. The beach is excellent. The pool is superb, minus not having a swim up bar in the adults section. The buffet is good with lots of options. The onsite entertainment and staff are friendly and excellent. The restaurants are all very good and worth going Premium just to get all the reservations you want.
The rooms in the adults only side need to be torn down to the studs and rebuilt. They are old and musty. Patch job after patch job. If I had to sum up my stay at this resort, everything was 4 or 5 star everywhere, except when you retreated back to your room. Felt like for the money I spent on this place, my bathroom ceiling shouldn't be caving in, the AC should work, the mini fridge should stay cold AND stocked, and the lighting shouldn't feel like I need a flashlight in the bathroom just to see.
Personally, if I went back, I would stay on the Palace side in the Junior Suites, which are located in between the Palace and the Adults only resort, as they are newer and almost the exact same layout as the rooms on the adult only side. You spend your whole trip walking up and down the boardwalk between all that Barcelo has to offer, so you may as well spend an extra buck or two and get the nicer rooms.
Lovely people and a great beach!
Comment from Hotel Management
30-Nov-2017 by Sandy Pfeil Hotel Director., Hotel Management
Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing Barceló Bavaro Beach for your holidays and for the time you spent sharing your review with other travelers. Please be assured that your comments will be taken into serious consideration and that they will help us to improve our services. Once again, thank you for your time and despite the issues you have raised following your stay, we hope that Barceló will remain an option for your next holiday and that we will have the opportunity to restore your faith in our company in the near future. With Best Regards Sandy Pfeil Hotel Director.