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Barcelo Bavaro Beach & Convention Center  

Carretera Bavaro. Km. 1

it was paradise
Posted by: leo on Jul 10, 2014
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#16 of 29 Hotels in Bavaro Beach

user rating 2.9

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The Barcelo Bavaro Beach & Convention Center (only adults), located on the first line of beach, amidst wonderful Cocotal is the center of life for Excellence Playa Bavaro, the authentic Bávaro Beach. The ideal environment for people who love watersports, for quiet honeymoon couples, and a fun and safe environment for couples with children.

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Barcelo Bavaro Beach & Convention Center Review: 2.9 of 5 12 review(s)
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Never again.
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User Rating:  Barcelo Bavaro Beach & Convention Center Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Andrea from Halifax  on Nov 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2009
1253 people found this review helpful

Arrival: March 2009
We were to stay at the Palace, which is the 5-star hotel in the complex but were dropped off at a different hotel. We waited in a long line up before the mistake was noticed and even then, the staff didn't seem to know where we should go to check in. When we finally did get to where we had to go, check in took another couple of hours for all of the guests registering there that afternoon. Not sure what the problem was.
Check out was not better. We could not keep our room for the entire day and then our flight was delayed, but nobody bothered to inform us and we ended up waiting in the lobby for our airport transfer for many hours...without being anyone letting us know what was going on. We asked, but it was like pulling teeth.

Modern decor, but not overly clean. There was a large dead spider in our bed and a blood engorged musquito that had been squashed on the wall that was never cleaned up the entire time we were there.

Restaurants and Bars:
Horrible. We've been to Cuba and heard the food there was not comparable to places like DR or Mexico, but Cuba was an exquisite culinary experience compared to this place. There were SWARMS of flies on the food. I couldn't even get food from underneath, there were that many flies. We tried all the restaurants and it was pretty much the same. The least disgusting restaurant was the Golf resort. The a la carte restaurants were a bit better but the line ups were very long. The red wine was so watered down, it was pink.
After 36 hours, we became physically ill to our stomachs and it took us a few months to recover.

The beach was crowded and noisy. The motorized watersports and helicopters were incessant - I felt like I was in a war-zone. It was impossible to get a lounger and the beach area was packed. The pool areas were like a big frat party, but yet it wasn't Spring Break.
The most unrelaxing vacation ever.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
No, I just wanted to go home.

Other Comments:
Never again. We spoke with many guests who were repeat customers and they all said the resort had changed - the food was terrible and that the wine was watered down. They too said they would not be coming back.

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We Love this place
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User Rating:  Barcelo Bavaro Beach & Convention Center Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Debra from NH  on Jul 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jul, 2009
804 people found this review helpful

Arrival: July 19 - July 25, 2009
We Love this place. This is our second visit this year and plan to go back next year. The people are all nice. Remember they speak Spanish in the Dominican Republic. Brush up before you go. Learn the basics. How are you, have a good day, thank you, how much. The staff appreciate if you make the effort to speak to them and thank them for taking care of you.

If you want a newer modern room. Stay at the Palace Junior Suites. The rooms are clean, the bathroom has a huge shower with two of those big ceiling shower heads and 2 hand sprayers. We had a room on the end, 2nd floor, right on the beach. The deck has a hot tub. There is plenty of storage, robes, king size bed and large screen TV. Hint: Tip your maid, we did $5.00 a day, she will take care of you. Overstocked minibar and the better towels refreshed each day.

Restaurants and Bars:
Lots to choose from. Our favorite was the Steak House. Buffets are good, lots to choose from. We never had to wait at the bar like some people have said. Hint: Tip the bartender a dollar - they will remember you and you'll get your drinks faster.

The beach is the cleanest I have seen. The grounds crew work really hard to keep it that way. Never have to search for a beach chair. Pools are nice too but we prefer the beach. Hint: Get to the beach by 10am to get a chair under one of the tree'd areas. This will allow you to move your chair from the shade to the sun and avoid getting burned.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The resort has a casino, small compared to US standards, golf course, tennis courts, pools, peddle boats, wind surf boards, Hobie Cats and Kayaks. All but golf is free. We spent hours on the Hobie Cats. Hint: Book your Hobie Cat with the beach crew early. Check at 10 minutes after the hour, if someone has not shown for their appointment, you can get one. In one day we spent three hours on one. You can also cruise out to Dolphin Island and see the Dophins for free.

Other Comments:
This is all inclusive but a little tip, $1.00 or so, goes a long way. The staff will remember you and take extra care of you. The small gift shops are very expensive, bring enough suntan lotion - they charge up to $43.00. Don't kid yourself the sun if strong even when overcast. If you run out go to the flea market at the end of the resort past La Pina - you will pay less than half price.

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I would definitely vacation at this resort again
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User Rating:  Barcelo Bavaro Beach & Convention Center Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Sandra ~ Mississauga, Ontario, Canada  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
793 people found this review helpful

Arrived just before midnight, a short wait at the reception area, however this is nothing new, things move at a slower pace in other parts of the world, especially in Carribbean resorts.

Having read some of the reviews posted, my expectations were not high, so I was thrilled with the room - although the age of the room showed, it was clean and large with everything operational. We did not experience any problems with water, electricity or air conditioning. The only issue that we had was that the safe was left closed by the previous occupants, so we needed to request maintenance to have the safe opened in order to store our passports and cash. With our late arrival I was told that someone would come by to fix it first thing in the morning, so to ensure that they had not forgotten I called again and was very pleased when a maintenance employee showed up in less than 5 minutes.

Restaurants and Bars
Buffet restaurants were identical to other resorts in the DR (I have stayed at approximately 10 hotels in DR), however I thought that the Beach Grill was outstanding and much better than anything that I have experienced before, including 5 star resorts on other Islands and in Mexico. The Beach Grill offers a selection of fresh meats, fish and seafood on a daily basis along with a salad bar, paella, french fries and pizza slices. You choose the food item and wait while it is grilled, this takes a bit longer but the beef tenderloin steaks are incredible as is the selection of fish, of which I tried the salmon, red snapper and shrimp, just have a glass of wine or a drink while you are waiting. Italian and Mexican restaurants were fabulous (located at the Caribe and Beach resorts). I had read that there were long waits at the bars, however I did not find them long, I viewed the wait time as an opportunity to look at the spectacular views of the ocean or have a quick conversation with another vacationer.

The beach was spectacular and kept very clean, you can walk for hours in one direction and about 30 minutes in the other direction. The groundskeepers are always at work in the mornings, sweeping and washing away the sand around the pool area. The seaweed on the beach is also being constantly raked up.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
We did not leave the resort as we are beach/pool bunnies, but we did hear from many that the Saona catamaran trip was very enjoyable. You can participate in the usual activites organized by the Animacion team such as Pool and Beach aerobics, dance lessons, bocce ball, darts, etc., or you can sit and observe others participating.

Other Comments
A great resort, employees are friendly, resort is clean and well maintained, I would definitely vacation at this resort again.

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