Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Hotel

, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Hotel

, La Romana

Rooms: 500

Bayahibe - La Romana - Dominican Republic Hotel Website | 809-686-5658
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7/10
Overall a good experience
Submitted by: Ravi in 29/11/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We travelled to this resort by flying into Santo Domingo (SDQ) airport and were transported to the hotel by their contracted transportation which was on time and reliable. The ride is about 1hr 45mins and we got to see the "real" DR on the way. Transport will run you $52 round trip for adults and $26 for kids. Flights to SDQ are typically several hundred dollars cheaper than flying to La Romana airport (LRM), which is about 30 mins from the resort.

We chose the Viva Palace based on a previous visit to the Viva Maya in Mexico, so this review is based on comparing the pros and cons of the two resorts. Overall I should say that the Viva Maya was a more pleasant experience.

Lets start with the basics. Do yourself a favor and become a member of Wyndham-by-Request before you book a room at any Viva resort. As members (membership is free) we were immediately upgraded to a junior suite (ocean view) for the price of the basic room. This is done upon arrival, ask to speak to the By-Request manager Jose Luis at the front desk. More importantly, as a By-Request member, you can make reservations for your entire stay as soon as you arrive. This is really a big deal because each morning there will be a long line at Guest Services to book restaurants for that night. Reservations are REALLY limited, in fact by about 9am all restaurants get full, and you will be stuck eating pizza or the buffet.

We ate at La Scala (Italian), Bambu (oriental) and Ibiza (temporary venue for Mexican while the original rest. is being remodeled). We highly recommend La Scala. Given that 70% of the guests are from Italy/France, they have made this rest. really good. Good vegetarian choices here good main courses and desserts. Vegetarian choices in the main buffet rest. (lunch) are limited to pasta with tomato sauce, side veggies and fruit/dessert. Bambu is more Japanese than chinese, so be aware not to expect the standard US chinese fare. Also, there is nothing on the menu for vegetarians here or in the Mexican restaurant. Quality of food at the main buffet La Yuca is not great but reasonable. Good chicken and pork dishes and fruit/dessert choices.

Overall the biggest complaint we had was the service. Language is a big problem here compared to Mexico. Very very little english is spoken. Because of the guest mix, Italian is fluently spoken by most staff. Even with the little spanish we have picked up living in Florida and Texas, we had a really hard time. Staff tended to be rude and unhelpful, especially when they could not understand you. The resort was completely full, finding seats for breakfast and luch was a real problem. Same thing with the wait at the bar for drinks, because of the crowds. Note that drinks are mostly local brands, poor wine/beer. Tropical cocktails were above average. While most problems we had ended up being fixed, it meant going back to the Guest Service Manager or the By-Request Manager.

Rooms are very clean and beds are comfortable. An electronic safe and minibar (free) are available in the rooms. The beaches were really outstanding, and we tried archery, kayaking and went on a snorkel trip arranged by the dive shop. The snorkel trip was really good, about an hour of snorkeling and 15 minute boat ride, + gear all for $10/pp. Beautiful white sand beaches, and palm trees really make this location a tropical paradise. Crowds however detracted from the experience.

Overall it was a decent value, but would go back to Playa del Carmen in Mexico rather than here. We felt that the people in general and the staff were more friendly and accomodating in Mexico.

Top Local Tips for La Romana

If you want to help If you have room in your suitcase and an interest. There is a orphanage in LaRomana of the most adorable girls. They need anything you can donate. Disposable diapers are a god send.

join viva wyndham by request club If you go online to vivawyndham.com and join up for the wyndham by request, free, you get upgraded to oceanview (they try very hard to accomodate this), do not have to pay for your room safe, and get to sign up for a la cartes days in advance. You have to mention your membership number at time of booking to get the best service.

Shop around Once you cross to the beach next door, watch out for a guy named Willie. Willie will give you a "gift" and even a coconut to drink out of. He will try to sell you a piece of art for triple the value if you don't know the prices around. Shop inside the hotel first to get an idea of what to pay for an item before you step out of the hotel to shop. If you don't know, you will get ripped off.

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  • Address: Bayahibe - La Romana - Dominican Republic
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