Debbie's Dominican Old Reviews - Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo - La Romana
January 2005
Although a bit more money than most of the all inclusive packages in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo is worth every penny. The staff cannot be more friendly and their smiles are contagious. The rooms are neat, clean and plenty of towels are found in the rooms along with bathrobes. Although we arrived early to the 3:00 checkin, they did everything possible to have the room ready for us... in fact got in the room an hour earlier. There is so much to do aside from golf.. water sports, horseback riding, skeet shooting, just to name a few. But the golf, ah the golf , is spectacular with three courses to choice from. One unique feature is for a minimal cost you can rent a transportation cart ( a golf cart ) to travel within the complex and it is well worth it. English is spoken by almost all the staff and the food is outstanding at all the restaurants ( you have over 8 to choose from ). We have gone back to Casa de Campo for the last 6 years and will probably go back for at least another 6. It is truely a 5 star resort.
Casa de Campo - La Romana
San Juan, Puerto Rico
August 2003
We’re a family of 4 (daughters 12 & 10 years old) just back from a 7 day, 6 night vacation in Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. We had an inclusive package which included air fare, superior room, all meals at selected restaurants, as well as horseback riding, tennis courts and non-motorized beach activities. Overall, we had a great time over there. In our opinion, the resort is of the highest quality in terms of service, rooms and food.

If you’re going to Casa de Campo, try to fly directly to La Romana Airport, which is 15 minutes from the resort. If you fly to Las Americas Airport, it’s a 90 minute ride. That’s what happened to us but it wasn’t too bad because we stopped a couple times to buy souvenirs and drink beer and had a really good time.

We had a second floor room with 2 full beds, including Cable TV and Bose radio. Every room also has a safe, which is good to keep your passports, extra cash and jewelry. The room had a balcony overlooking the golf course. The room was very pretty and very clean. You even get 2 adult bath robes and well as other amenities such as iron and board, hair blower, shampoo, etc.

Our first day there was a Friday and that night they had their weekly Beach BBQ Party. There was plenty of food and games for everyone. My wife and kids even won some games and got a nice t-shirt that said “I’m a winner at the Casa de Campo Beach Party”. I didn’t play any games but ate plenty.

Since I’m an early riser, during the mornings I would go ride the horses or play tennis. I didn’t have anyone to play tennis with but they have players and ball boys available for a fee. As for the horses, they make sure you wear a helmet and the horses are very tame. They have 1, 2 or 3 hour rides. For me, 1 hour was enough. I don’t play golf, but golf is a big thing at Casa de Campo.

We spent most days at the Minitas Beach or at Altos de Chavon. The beach is not huge but it is big enough and very beautiful with crystal clear water and no waves. As soon as you arrive at the beach, the employees will help you get beach chairs, piña coladas or anything else you need. You can even get a massage. They also have kayaks, banana boats, snorkeling gear, etc. For the kids, they have different programs according to the ages. Our kids were with us all the time, so I can’t vouch for these programs, but some kids I talked to said they we’re having a lot of fun.

The resort restaurants are open at different times during the day. The only place for breakfast is the Lago Grill. It’s basically a buffet and they do omelets on the spot with the ingredients you choose. The Lago Grill has a beautiful view of the golf course. For lunch, there is another buffet at the Lago Grill. You can also have lunch by the beach at El Pescador. Another alternative is to go to Altos de Chavon to have a pizza at the Café Del Sol.

For dinner, there are various alternatives. In the main hotel area, you can have dinner at the Tropicana Restaurant, which in our opinion was the best. Dinner is also served at the beach at El Pescador, which is good. Over at Altos de Chavon, there is Mexican food at El Sombrero, but we didn’t think it was very good. There is also Italian cuisine at La Piazzetta, which we thought was very good. This is more of an up-scale restaurant and they have a dress code. They also have restaurants at the Marina, but we didn’t eat in any of them.

Since the resort is so big, you can also rent a golf cart and basically go to any place, except to Altos de Chavon. Otherwise, they have internal transportation on different schedules. You can also rent a car, which we did not do. We did hire a taxi to go to La Romana to see the city. We went to a store called Jumbo, which is like a small Wal-Mart Super Center. They also took us to a place called Columbus Plaza to buy handcrafts. They had good prices and good quality merchandise.

If you’re buying anything and want to pay with US dollars, it is important that you ask what exchange rate the store will give you. When we were there, the official rate was 34.5 Dominican pesos for US $1.00. However, some stores use different exchange rates if you pay with dollars. One store quoted us a price on the basis of 23 pesos for $1.00. Needless to say, we didn’t buy anything at that store. Your best bet is to pay in pesos or with a credit card, because credit cards always use the official exchange rate. And always, always ask for a discount, they will give it to you rather than lose a sale.

As for the language, we speak Spanish, so we didn’t have any problem. But we also spoke to other families that only understand English, and they told us that most employees did speak some English and if they didn’t, they could get someone that did speak English. What impressed me the most, besides the beauty of the resort, was the friendliness of the employees and their interest in serving us well. Supposedly, tipping is included in the inclusive packages, but we always tipped the maids and at the restaurants because of how nice they treated us. As for security, we always felt very safe. We saw hotel security guards all the time around the resort.

We definitely will be back to Casa de Campo.
Casa de Campo - La Romana
Raleigh, NC.
July 2003
Just returned from Casa De Campo. Visited with a group of about 100 from Raleigh, NC.

Food: average
Service: Slow
Resort: Beautiful
Beach: Beautiful, but don't go in the water (rocks, coral, shallow, sea urchins)
Snorkeling: Catalina Island is a tourist trap, go into town and go with a dive shop
Bars: pool bar is great, get the Teeth of the Dog drink
Language: very limited English
Transportation: definitely rent a golf cart while you are there
Golf: Teeth of the Dog 10+, great experience, 7 holes on the ocean, not easy but very playable
Security: very poor; our room was robbed while we were there, even though we used the room safe, we lost about $4,000 in cash and jewelry. The hotel/resort is absolutely no help. We contacted guest relations, hotel administration, and security and never got any response. Several others in our group reported items stolen.
If you go, leave valuables home. They have ATM's for cash.