Hotel Grand Bahia Principe La Romana Hotel 5 star
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Km 12 El Soco,Playa Santana San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Gran Bahia Principe La Romana is a moderately-sized 24-hour all-inclusive Colonial-style resort which stands somewhat isolated on the south-east coast of the Dominican Republic, on the Caribbean side. The beautiful, vast beach faces a small island which can be reached by boat, though unfortunately the water is a little murky due to the river which flows in nearby. There is no shortage of gourmet cuisine here, with a varied and copious buffet and several speciality restaurants, and by night, the 'pueblo' comes alive with all manner of entertainment, from shops and all-night snack bars to pool halls, bars, shows and discos!

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    • Hotel Grand Bahia Principe La Romana

      Grand Bahia Principe La Romana   -   © C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage 2015

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      Grand Bahia Principe La Romana   -   © C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage 2015

       
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    Location 6.5 /10

    The Gran Bahia Principe La Romana is located on the Caribbean coast, in the south-east of the Dominican Republic, just over 7 mi east of San Pedro de Cofresi, between Juan Dolio and La Romana, and 99 mi east of the capital Santo Domingo. La Romana airport is about 16 mi to the east, with a transfer time of around 15 minutes, whilst Santo Domingo Las Americas airport is 31 mi to the west, a 35-minute taxi-drive away.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The spacious (323 sq ft) rooms at the Gran Bahia Principe La Romana are tiled and nicely decorated in the Colonial style, with wooden furniture, a colourful painting on the wall, tropical coloured curtains, king-size bed and large sofa, a round table, two wicker armchairs and a beautiful white column. The rooms are also well equipped in terms of amenities, with a large electronic safe (£3/day), satellite television broadcasting 50 channels, discrete individual air conditioning combined with a ceiling fan, a direct international telephone line, an umbrella, an iron and ironing board, a minibar refrigerator (restocked with soft drinks, water and beer every day) with tea and coffee-making facilities and multi-way adaptors (so you won't need to take your own electrical adaptors). The balconies, which have a round table and two white plastic chairs, are protected by a mosquito net and overlook either the gardens or the sea, in the case of the blocks closest to the beach. The bathrooms include a bathtub with a flexible shower, a hydro-massage shower, a toilet, a bidet, a large mirror, a magnifying mirror, tissues, hospitality products, a hair dryer and a double washbasin adorned with flowers. Be aware, though, that all the electricity and the lights in the room go off as soon as you remove the magnetic card, which also serves as the room key, so you won't be able to charge any batteries when you're out of the room, for example.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    A member of the Spanish Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts group, the Gran Bahia Principe La Romana opened in November 2007. Formerly the Santana Beach Resort and Casino, it now consists of 25 one-storey buildings, each housing 16 guest rooms, giving a total of 400 rooms. The various blocks are spread through the tropical gardens of the 10,225,715 sq ft property, with floral walkways and benches for a sit down if need be! The large 5 ft-deep lagoon pool is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm and is attractively designed to incorporate a coconut tree island and fountain, two jacuzzi sections, a small pool for children and even a pool bar, whilst the solarium terrace comes complete with deckchairs, palm-leafed parasols, showers and two ping-pong tables. Entertainment is organised here in the afternoons. The spa at the Bahia consists of nine treatment rooms, including two doubles, a sauna, a hammam, a jacuzzi and a relaxation area in a garden full of flowers and embellished with a fountain. Sportier guests will be heartened to know that they can keep in shape at the Bahia gym, whilst children are entertained at the mini-club, although unfortunately, this is a bit on the small side and not near to the beach.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    This is one of the resort's best features; in addition to the delicious, varied and copious main buffet, guests have a choice between three 'à la carte' restaurants, the Las Olas buffet snack-bar near the pool and beach, which is partially covered by a Creole wooden roof and opens from 10:00am to 7:00pm, the Pueblo snack bar and the Principe burger bar, which opens from 10:30pm to 7:00am in case you get peckish during the night! Basically, you can get something to eat at any time of day or night at the Gran Bahia Principe La Romana! The main buffet, Orquidea, is located near the reception, relatively far from the beach and the pool, in a large air conditioned Colonial-style room which can accommodate 400 diners. Breakfast is served from 7:00am to 10:00am, lunch from 1:00pm to 3:30pm and dinner from 7:00pm to 10:30pm, and every evening has a different theme, from American, Mexican and Spanish to French, Asian, Dominican and gala. The hotel's three 'à la carte' restaurants are the Gourmet, serving French cuisine, the Italian Il Capriccio, just next door, and El Pescador, located near the Las Olas snack-bar and the beach and specialising in fish and seafood dishes, but these are only open between 7:00pm and 9:30pm and a reservation is required. After dinner, why not relax with a drink in one of the seven bars in the complex.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The spacious and beautiful coconut palm-lined beach is a mile and a half long, and plastic deckchairs, showers and palm-leaf parasols are provided for your comfort, as well as a massage booth and a volleyball net in the water. You can also play beach volleyball and beach soccer here, or perhaps try your hand at yoga. The sand here is certainly finer than on the other beaches on the south coast, but the water is murky due to the nearby river which flows into the sea to the right of the resort. Just across the water you'll notice a beautiful little island which also belongs to the hotel and can be reached by boat every hour. There is even a wedding booth located at the end of a wooden pontoon, and a water sports club which is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

    To know

    The Gran Bahia Principe La Romana is located in a marshland area, so you'll need to beware of the many mosquitoes you are likely to encounter. The sand here is certainly finer than on the other beaches on the south coast, but the water is murky due to the nearby river which flows into the sea to the right of the resort. Various plans exist to expand the resort, including two new hotels, residences and apartments, a marina and an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, rather like the extensive Casa de Campo complex just a few miles away towards La Romana. By night, the 'pueblo' comes alive with all manner of entertainment, including shops, two pool halls, a karaoke bar, snack bars open from 10:30pm to 7:00am, a show venue and the evocatively-named Bachata disco. There is even a church where mass is held every Sunday.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, golf, mountain bike, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, dance, step, bums and tums, archery, badminton, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Moderately-sized resort.
    • The wide choice of restaurants.
    • The 'pueblo'.

    disadvantages

    • The isolated location.
    • The seawater is murky due to the nearby river.

    Traveller Reviews

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      • Package deals in février 2015 Posted on 2015-05-06 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Cadre magnifique pour un couple, le temps est passé trop vite tellement le sejour était agréable.

      • Advantages

        Très beau, calme et reposant, bien situé

      • Disavantages

        aucun inconvénients a signalé

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      • Overall Score 10.00/10
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      • Package deals in avril 2015 Posted on 2015-05-06 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        bon sejour dans cet hotel

      • Advantages

        bien situé et beau

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        aucun

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in février 2015 Posted on 2015-05-05 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Très jolie et reposant pour un couple.

      • Advantages

        beau, bien situé, bon rapport qualité prix

      • Disavantages

        rien en particulié

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in avril 2015 Posted on 2015-05-05 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Accueil charmant, attentionné. Hôtel très propre, idéalement situé.

      • Advantages

        très confortable

      • Disavantages

        tout est très bien

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      • Overall Score 9.75/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in mars 2015 Posted on 2015-05-05 Entre amis - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Après avoir passé trois nuits, j'ai été plus que ravi du service de cet hotel

      • Advantages

        très belle vue, chambre très propre

      • Disavantages

        aucun

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in septembre 2014 Posted on 2015-05-05 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        sejour de reve pour hotel de reve

      • Advantages

        magnifique hotel

      • Disavantages

        rien du tout a par l'envie d'y retourner

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      • Overall Score 7.25/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in mars 2014 Posted on 2015-05-05 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Très bel hôtel, avec très belle vue. Je vous le conseille fortement!

      • Advantages

        Très beau et luxueux. Les chambres sont splendides, tout comme la vue, et le cadre paradisiaque.

      • Disavantages

        Je n'ai pas encore trouvé...

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
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      • Package deals in avril 2015 Posted on 2015-05-05 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        bon hotel dans l ensemble

      • Advantages

        La disponibilité et l'accueil personnalisé du personnel

      • Disavantages

        Impossible de me connecter à internet

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
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      • Package deals in mars 2015 Posted on 2015-05-05 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        pour nos vacances au soleil cet hotel est super bien

      • Advantages

        bon accueil, bon petit dej, personnel tres cool.

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        aucun

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in juin 2014 Posted on 2015-05-05 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        tres bon sejour passé en amoureux

      • Advantages

        bien située et confortable

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        aucun

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10