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The Grand Flamenco Puerto Plata is one of the hotels offering the highest standing in the Playa Dorada complex. Offering excellent benefits, the hotel is suitable for all kinds of clientele.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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      Sunscape Puerto Plata   -   © C. Hiltgen / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The Occidental Grand Flamenco Puerto Plata hotel is located on the northern coast of the island, in the heart of the Playa Dorada complex, 9 miles east of Puerto Plata. To reach the hotel from the airport (located 19 miles away), you will need 20 minutes.

    Accommodation 8.00 /10

    Standard, triple or family, all 582 rooms, including 42 junior suites, combine cleanliness and comfort. They all benefit from a view onto the garden. Tranquillity guaranteed. All offer air conditioning with a fan, telephone, satellite television broadcasting 30 channels, a safe with a key ($ 20 a week), a stocked refrigerator, and a large balcony or a terrace. The rooms are equipped with a large bathroom that has a bath with a fixed shower, personal skin care products, a bidet and a hair dryer. The toilets are not separate. The decor, really unusual with its coloured lights embedded into the wall, makes the rooms a truly pleasant living space.

    Overview 8.00 /10

    Located on the Playa Dorada beach, famous for its clear waters and its beautiful natural setting, the Grand Flamenco is in the middle of a vast garden, skillfully maintained. All 17 buildings, inspired by Andalusian architecture, have three levels. With its wooden ceiling, the lobby combines elegance and sobriety with a fancy and original decor, for instance look at the old style bricks enthroning the central space with its rope and seal. The hotel has two large swimming pools; one of them is 10,760 ft², with a pool bar semi-submerged under water, topped by a snack buffet housed under a pergola. As at the beach, you gradually descend into the water, there is no need for stairs. The upscale rooms in buildings 16 and 17, with a business centre, a Jacuzzi and a restaurant snack during the day, house the customers of the Royal Club. The hotel also has a kid's club, but it is a little dilapidated.

    Food and drink 8.00 /10

    The Grand Flamenco Puerto Plata offers at least 6 restaurants and 8 bars. The main restaurant La Giralda serves in an large, beautifully decorated room where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Numerous columns make this place more intimate and erase the "canteen" appearance that is typical in some hotels and clubs. The buffet is located in the middle of the room. The restaurant serves varied local and international cuisine. Five other places with restaurant services are offered as well: a la carte specialties are served at the Italian restaurant, Via Veneto, the Brazilian restaurant Las Reses, the Asian restaurant Oriental, and the Mexican restaurant, La Hacienda, a barbecue is set up at lunchtime on the beach at Las Marismas or the snack bar El Lago beside the swimming pool, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once a week, a show is organised and presented at the main restaurant during dinner.

    Beach 8.00 /10

    Comfortable, clean and well equipped, the beach at the Grand Flamenco, large and relatively wide, occupies the eastern side of the Playa Dorada, a part where the water is clearer and the sand more fine. It can be reached in 5 minutes by two different paths. Deckchairs, pergola sunshades and towels are provided free of charge to the hotel's guests, and garbage bins shaped like rum barrels are placed everywhere. Near the showers, a sailing club offers water activities. Massages are provided in straw huts, to the sound of rolling waves. Under the "all inclusive" service, you can have a drink at any time at the bar on the beach. Within its premises, when nightfall comes, dancing enthusiasts are welcomed. The place serves as a nightclub as well.

    To know

    A very beautiful 18-hole golf course, designed by the famous American architect Robert Trent Jones is located across the road along the hotel, a member of the Spanish chain, Occidental Hotels & Resorts. The aqua park Ocean World Adventure Park is only within 40 minutes to the west, 6 miles from Puerto Plata.

    A lodging tip:

    those on bigger budgets should not hesitate to opt for buildings 16 and 17 of the "Royal Club", a real hotel in the hotel, with 5* service.
    Tennis players will gain time if they stay in buildings 4 or 9 located at the foot of the grounds.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, stretching, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, jet ski, sailing, kayak, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The two large swimming pools.
    • The wide choice of restaurant services.

    disadvantages

    • The huge size of the hotel.
    • The absence of a spa and fitness centre.

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