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worst holiday ever
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  julie  on Aug 7, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Jul, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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On arrival following the worst flight ever in a tropical storm which lasted almost the first week of our holiday. We arrived late afternoon 3 adults to find only one bed in our room. We complained to reception another bed was brought up to the room after the second complaint and 4 hours later. Three days into the second week i got food poisioning which i am still suffering the after effects of. This was the worst holiday i have ever had the place is dirty and the people are constntly asking for tips. Not recomended Julie

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We went on a trip to Saona Island which was booked through thomsons, we were sold a DVD from the trip of the whole trip costing 40 dollers well they only gave us the wrong DVD we werent even on it.

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Best Place to Stay in Punta Cana!!
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Sunni  on Nov 24, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
1801 people found this review helpful

This was an awesome resort to stay at!! The place was clean, modern and well-kept, service was fast and good. They make you feel like royalty here! There were so many activities to do, and the activity leaders were fun, animated and great to talk with. We stayed for 8 days and had no need to leave the resort (other than the disco and casino just down the road). We could have spent another 8 days and not been bored. There were activities for kids and adults alike. While boating along the coast we noticed that none of the other resorts seemed to have the fun beach activities that the Caribe Princess did - this resort always had fun activities lead by the 'animacion' team and beach music - it was like a beach party almost all day everyday! This was for sure one of the best resorts in Punta Cana!

I'm definitely bringing my entire family next November and my common-law spouse and I were so impressed with the resort that we forgot all about our plans to check out other resorts for our wedding next year. Because of the great service, atmosphere and people here we will be getting married at this resort next year.

** I'm not sure why some people are complaining about the weather or flights as these seem totally unapplicable to the resort itself, AND while here no-one once asked me for a tip - possibly if you go off the resort to the stores you will be asked for tips but definitely not while within the resort grounds**

Service was great, we arrived early and they got us our wristbands quickly and let eat at the main restaurant and roam around the resort until our room was ready.

Clean, bright, modern, air conditioned. Serviced every day, fridge refilled every day with water and pops.

Restaurants and Bars:
Always good food to choose from. 24 hr snack bar was good. Reservation restaurants were easy to make a reservation with, and the food and service at the restaurants was terrific!

2 pools were great, one with a drink bar right in the pool. Activities/games were sometimes held at the main pool, if this was not relaxing enough the other pool was in a quieter area away from all the fun and games.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Activities on the resort were a lot of fun. There were contests, games, dancing and even a beach party! We only went to one activity outside of the resort which was the Scooba Doo (underwater bikes). It was o.k., but not awesome. The people taking you on the bikes were definitely not hired by the resort or it would have been a blast!

Other Comments:
In our opinion there is something for everyone at this resort - unless you don't like having fun! ☼

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Avoid certain rooms
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Pat  on Dec 4, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Nov, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
2120 people found this review helpful

Family vacation: teens and adults
Beautiful grounds, lots of hot water, good variety of food and a la cartes (six of eight had tummy upsets - two on medication back at home), lovely beach and pools, clean
Don't go if you want a good night's sleep. Our rooms were on the back facing another hotel where there was constuction all night long, a service driveway with horns honking and motors running, workers walking by within four feet of our patio, and very loud music until all hours of the night. Plus sounds in the hallway echoed all night long. A couple of nights gangs of guests roamed the halls until 3:00am.
Would not return.

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great hotel
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  richard  on Jan 7, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
2137 people found this review helpful

my family and i have stayed at this hotel 2 times in the past and have felt it is a great hotel..remember you are on vacation ,things happen out of the ordinary, run with it .think before you speak and enjoy surroundings and the resort .will go back , bavaro beach rocks

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Very impressed with the resort
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  David  on Mar 7, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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The trip was booked through West Jet and transport to and from the hotel to the airport was very efficient. On arrival at the hotel we were quickly registered and transported to our room. We booked the VIP class and the room was clean and comfortable. We had to purchase the room safe key which was advertised (web page) as included, which we are reclaiming from West Jet. The resort was well occupied and bigger than we thought, as it is adjacent to the Tropical Princess which uses all the facilities of the Caribe Princess.
The pools, 3 in all were well serviced and the beach clean and well kept.
The Buffet restaurant at which we ate breakfast and lunch and a couple of diners is very busy, the service was efficient. The food was average and often ran out on several stations, however the choice was good.
We ate at all the separate theme restaurants except for the Dominican Republic and the International, which were all extra. We did have one meal free in the package and went to the Seafood restaurant; it was so good we went and paid for a second visit. The seafood soup, lobster and the sea bass are great. We enjoyed the Italian (two visits), Mexican and Chinese but were not impressed with Brazil.
The hotel also has an internet café at a reasonable cost, our package included 2 hours use.
We also used the spar, which we both enjoyed. The staff are very helpful and well trained and the ambience is extremely relaxing, well worth the fees, be it slightly higher than the norm.
Bar service was very friendly and efficient however some bars were not open as long as advertised in the hotel information, however our fridge was stocked with bottled water, soft drinks and a couple of beers everyday, so how much can you drink?
The mix of nationalities was much greater than we had imagined. We expected Brits, Spanish, Canadian, Americans and French, but were surprised to see as many Russians; unheard of 20 years ago. We found most vacationers to be well behaved and reasonably quiet at night, and for a resort of this configuration that was surprising.
With all the hype in some forums about women sunbathing topless we saw very few, having spent several vacations in the Greek islands; where the beaches are packed with semi naked women, this was rather surprising considering the nationalities at the resort.
Overall we very much enjoyed our stay, and walking though the gardens which are pristine.
We also enjoyed the freedom of being able to smoke anywhere, however there were no signs of ‘dog ends’ on the walks or gardens; as placed every few yards was a garbage bin and sand filled ashtray. This is why I call the Caribbean Civilized. Unlike our ‘over controlled’ Canada.
All the staff were friendly and courteous, and any query was always quickly responded to, with a follow up call, to ensure your question had been fully answered.

Room Number:

February 18

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Other Comments:
Medical Service

Unfortunately my wife had dehydration problems near the end of our stay and we had to visit the Medical Centre in the resort. The Doctor was extremely helpful and my wife was very impressed. We had to pay for the service however we have travel insurance and are reclaiming the cost.

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Great time at the Caribe Club Princess!!!
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Ieesha  on Sep 12, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Sep, 2011 | Leisure | With Group
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We stayed at the Caribe Club Princess August 23-30, 2011. The last few times I've been to Punta Cana, I've stayed at resorts with higher star ratings. However, this was a budget trip which required us to select a budget resort. I chose this one based on the reviews I'd read regarding the high level of customer service. Those reviews were spot-on, as the customer service is what sets this resort apart from others of a similar star rating.

We booked through Apple Vacations and purchased the VIP Upgrade which was more than worth the cost of $42 per person. With the upgrade, we received bathrobes and slippers, beach towels, a welcome bottle of Brugal, and Cigars in our room which was located in the Coralillo Building. We had a partial oceanview in room 2302 which mostly overlooked the pool. If you're looking for peace and quiet, this may not be the room for you, as the folks at the pool bar often kept up lots of noise. We were unaffected by this. With our VIP package, we also received a free dinner at one of the premium a la carte restaurants--we chose La Cava, which I will discuss in a bit. Along with the free dinners, we received tickets for a 20 minute massage. There was also free room service--you may have to request a menu, as we did. Just don't order any drinks because those are NOT included free with room service (they will try to bring you a beer everytime you order...just tell them “no cerveza”).

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We arrived on the heels of Hurricane Irene. Therefore it rained the first three days of our vacation. Our connection in Charlotte, NC was only delayed an hour, so our travel wasn't really affected. What DID affect our travel was the fact that not one, but two people got sick on our flight to Punta Cana (Yes, the flight attendant actually asked if there was a doctor onboard). We had to wait until ambulances arrived at PC International for both parties before we could leave the plane and enter the airport terminal. Our bags were already off the belt in no apparent order. After finally finding our bags, we got our Presidentes from the bar outside and toasted to making it safely. Since we were delayed after landing, when we arrived at the resort (only a 20 minute ride from the airport), our rooms were ready. We were greeted with welcome drink at check-in and the directed to Guest Services who explained how to use the VIP Vouchers.

Since our room was on the 3rd floor, we had a wonderful vaulted ceiling. I had been concerned about the reviews that said that the rooms were dated. I'm not sure I would call it dated. I would say that they are not decorated in contempory decor like many of the newer resorts. The decor is "Caribbean"...bright colors and wicker furniture. I just had to check the mattress (although I was terrified to do so, as a germophobe), and it actually looked brand new. There was actually a mattress cover on there. The bed frame was a bit worn, but nothing to actually complain about. The water pressure on our shower was very low. I called to let them know and they sent someone to fix it within the hour. The hot water was kind of hit or miss. However, the worst it ever got was luke warm. And then there were times when it was steaming hot. The mini-fridge was always stocked and re-stocked each day with Coke, Diet, Sprite, Presidente, and water. As I mentioned before, the customer service here was EXCELLENT. Any request that we had was answered (keep in mind that none of our requests were unreasonable). Our room was cleaned nicely each day. The time of service varied, but was usually late afternoon, early evening. We always received fresh towels. And there were actually small wash clothes in the bathroom. I truly believe that the folks at Caribe Club Princess read these reviews and take heed to the things that are written here by guests. Most of the complaints that I've seen in prior reviews had been resolved.

Restaurants and Bars:
We usually had breakfast and lunch at the Higuero Buffet. My only complaint about breakfast is that they didn’t have bacon everyday…no biggie though. The buffet wasn’t as horrible as past reviews had mentioned. It was hit or miss. And when it hit, it was great! When it missed, it was mostly because there was nothing there to suit my tastes. I’m not a big desert eater, but I loved the flan. I’m a very picky eater and I didn’t really go hungry at the CCP.

We chose La Cava as our free premium al la carte. The lobster was AMAZING! So much so that we paid the $35 per person to go back a 2nd time while we were there. We also tried the Shangay Asian which was pretty good. I enjoyed the fried shrimp skewers. The Miso soup was a definite miss. However, my boyfriend who is a Chinese food lover was not disappointed. We ate at the El Pilon Dominican restaurant and had the great fortune of having my friend there with us who is Dominican. She showed us all of the great dishes to try and educated us on Dominican tradition—Cibao soup is served at most family gatherings, and rightfully so because it was delicious!

At the lobby bar, we met the infamous Jose Obama. He is truly great fun and on a mission to get you drunk and help you have a good time. They made the best Margaritas and Pina Coladas at the Lobby Bar! The pool bar was also great fun. We didn’t frequent the snack bar, but I will tell you that it is NOT 24 hours. It doubles as the premium a la carte La Pescadora, so if you’re looking for a snack during the dinner hour when La Pescadora is open, you’ll have to look elsewhere. It was also closed during the morning hours on the day we left. The food there is good also—pizza, fries, burgers, nachos. My only complaint there is that they don’t have anything sweet there in terms of desert. Some flan served there would have been great.

We only used the main pool (the one near our room with the pool bar), as this one has the most activity going on. The others were kind of quiet, but we saw many families with small children using the one on the Tropical side. The grounds were immaculate—absolutely beautiful. I like the way the rooms and the pool were right near the beach. So much so that it made the lobby bar, theatre and disco seem too far away. There are trams available to take you up front that supposedly run ever 15-20 minutes. My experience is that they run less frequently late at night (like when your feet are killing you and you just returned from the disco) and more frequently during the day (seemingly every 5 minutes at one point). The pools were as clean as could have been expected—we were there on the heels of Irene and she blew some things around. However, I constantly saw someone cleaning the pools which were sparkling and beautiful.

The beach was amazing—Powdery white sands and clear turquoise waters! The water was a little cool and a bit choppy thanks to Irene being in the area. I actually got flipped out of my inner tube and bumped my head on the ocean floor when a wave crashed. Solution—stay out toward the deepest part of the swimming area with the inner tube. The resort should really discontinue the use of clear plastic straws with their drinks. They end up all over the beach in the sand (along with the cigarette butts of the smokers who are too inconsiderate to put their butts in an ashtray or trashcan). It would probably be more cost effective for the resort as well. It just burns me up when people don’t try to leave the area just as beautiful for others to enjoy as it was when they arrived.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We didn’t participate at all in any of the activities the Animacion team put on. We only made it to the theatre show one night. I didn’t see any of the bullying of the crowd to participate that others had complained about. The kids performing in the show danced their behinds off! We only went to Arieto Disco on the resort one night. It was ok. We went to Mangu Disco on the Occidental Grand resort one night also. We booked a banana boat ride at the Watersports Center. It was lots of fun. We kept falling off the banana boat, but I blame the guy driving the speed boat too fast while taking sharp turns and the banana boat that wouldn’t stay inflated. We had a great time and what was supposed to be a 15 minute ride actually turned into a 45 minute experience. I’d do it again. We spent a lot of time lounging under palapas, or floating in our inner tubes that we brought with us and left with some kids on our way out. We didn’t have to play the ‘save a chair’ game. There was no need. One morning we woke up at 5:45 and went out to watch the sunrise and left our things in our chairs until we came back after breakfast and spent the rest of the day there. The next day, we didn’t get out to the beach until after 10am. There were plenty of palapas under which to lounge without playing the towel game.

Off the resort, we booked a VIP Catamaran Cruise through Apple Vacations to Cap Cana. I’ll review it in the ‘Things to Do” Section of TA.

Other Comments:
Vacation is what you make of it and we were determined to have a good time. Punta Cana was absolutely beautiful, even during 3 days of rain. Would I return to this resort? Probably not, as I try to stay some place different each time I travel to Punta Cana. However, I would highly recommend it to my friends and family. But if I had to take another budget vacay, this would be the first place whose prices I would check.

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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Jorge  on Dec 15, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Spain
Visited on: Dec, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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No hot water
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Diana  on Jun 27, 2012  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2012 | Wedding | Family and Kids
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We did have a beautiful wedding here, but the service to rooms was terrible.
Our guests in the one building were having trouble getting hot water or no water at all for the entire trip. We had two couples that purchased the most expensive rooms and could not use the luxury spa bath. One was the honeymoon suite and the other was the royal suite, which they paid extra to have.
The management kept telling that the problem was fixed, but it never was.
Everyone's excuse for this was that in these countries you may find their upkeep is not up to our standards!!!
All we wanted was to have a steady stream of hot water to relax in when the day was done.
I do not recommend this resort to any one, we will never go back!!!!!!
There are better resorts down in the Dominican, because we have been before.

Dissapointed from Ontario

Restaurants and Bars:
The restaurants were good, if you could get a reservation.
Getting a reservation was not easy, they did not keep all their restaurants open at the same time. Only half of them were open at a time.
You were better off to go the buffet where the food wasn't too bad and open for all meals and patrons.

The beach was not bad, but they need to keep it more clean. There was always drink bottle, straws, butts and sometimes glass all over. Not a good place for a toddler to spend an afternoon.

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i had a good time
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  frosh  on Jun 27, 2014  >  1 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Apr, 2014 | Leisure | Solo
1351 people found this review helpful

One of the best all inclusive hotels I have used since my travels to DR and I have to say that I had an amazing time here with all the professional staff and great facilities they have to offer, it was great. The hotel looks well run by the manager and everything was in order. This hotel has got a buffet restaurant which is pretty good and some other a la carte restaurants as well where they serve delicious meals by nice staff members. I loved that the buffet offered wide variety of foods where I usually go to eat breakfast and lunch sometimes. The room I stayed in was nice although it was far from the lobby but close to the restaurants so that wasn’t a problem for me. My room had a balcony and it was clean, the maids cleaned the rooms very early and restocked the fridge on a daily basis as well. The towels were also changed and replaced daily. I think everyone will enjoy the turquoise water and white sand beach located close the hotel and it is clean. You will always find loungers here, it doesn’t matter what time of the day and that was fun for me because I wouldn’t want to be there all by myself. The pool here is always clean and it is big with a swim up bar that has a nice staff waiting to fill your cup. The staffs were great, they did their best to make sure we were comfortable and they were patient too.

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Great Resort Amazing Beach
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User Rating:  Caribe Club Princess Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Dawn Marie  on May 17, 2016  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: May, 2016 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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Just returned from an incredible week at the Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort & Spa in Punta Cana Dominican Republic. May 9th to May 13th. I was very nervous after reading so many negative reviews. I have to say we had an awesome vacation and the resort is Beautiful !!!!!!. The food was good we never went hungry there was always something to eat and I am very picky so if I could find something to eat you can to. The Beach is amazing yes you do have to get up early to get a hut but it is very worth it I am Irish so I need a hut so as not to burn. My husband and I got up at 6am threw on our bathing suits and headed to the beach picked out a hut watched the sun rise beautiful by the way, then went to breakfast. It actually works out really well that way you get to enjoy the whole day on the beach and not burn. They have 2 pools there is a quiet one and a loud one with a pool bar both are clean the hotel staff clean them at 6am every morning I saw them doing it. So the reviews that said the pools are dirty I have no idea what they are talking about. There are 3 hot tubs (not really hot tubs as the water is not heated) they are drained every morning scrubbed down and refilled again at 6am so the water is always clean and it is refreshing at the end of the day. We were in room 1340 it is by the Beach, Snack Bar (the beach bar that is open 24 hours) and the loud pool. The room was on the 3rd floor the water pressure was ok not great but as long as you took a shower before 6 you were ok, it does take a little while for the water to get hot but it does so just be patient. We really did not have a view as the room faces the back of the resort but the temperature in the room was cold and we loved it. Being in a room that faces the back of the resort is very quiet so that was a bonus. We did have to wait 5 hours for our room to be ready so make sure when you check in you get your bathing suits on to enjoy the resort while you wait for the room keys. They give you your bracelets right away so you can go eat and drink and do everything except put your belongings in the room I just took a few things to the pool in our beach bag and left the rest up at the front of the hotel no one bothered it there. The beach as I said before is amazing the hotel staff again is out there at 7am cleaning all the seaweed that washed ashore overnight, I will say there is seaweed in the ocean this cannot be avoided it is just the nature of the ocean and we were in the ocean enjoying the warm temperature since the ocean were we live is cold and rough and we never go in it. The water is crystal clear and the most beautiful shade of blue/green I have ever seen. This was not my 1st trip to Punta Cana it was my 9th trip I have tried a few different resorts and I would definitely go back there again it was a good deal the grounds are beautiful the staff is attentive the food is good and again the beach is amazing. Great Value !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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