Iberostar Costa Dorada Hotel

, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Iberostar Costa Dorada Hotel

, Puerto Plata
5 star

Rooms: 516

km. 4 Carretera Luperón - Puerto Plata - Dominican Republic Hotel Website | 8887740040
2503 Traveller

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1/10
Robbed
Submitted by: Travel-Library User in 12/10/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We were also robbed. The manager refused to called the police. I had to call myself....both our suitcases and belongings were stolen. They claim anything not in the safe they aren't responsible for... What a dump.. I would Never never stay there again.. Do yourself a favor, don't go there
10/10
Fab Wedding
Submitted by: Emma in 02/04/09
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
My fiance and I teamed with friends and family visited the Iberostar in the first 2 weeks of July 2007 to get married. It was amazing they cater to all your needs. Santos was the wedding coordinator and when they say they do everything they mean EVERYTHING. The staff were so friendly and helpfull the room clean and tidy towels changed every day and bed linen twice a week. The food and drink was out of this world unbelievable choice without a doubt the best hotel I have ever stayed in. Our party ranged for 16 years and under and 50 years and over and the entertainment in the hotel catered for everyone. My family and I would 100% no 200% recommend this hotel and location to everyone. The grounds of the hotel are stuning they have flamingos and turtles marble floor 3 restrants 4 if you include the weekly beach barbeque. They even have a night club on site so you don't have far to crawl home. I would love to go back and when the money is there were off.
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10/10
The staff
Submitted by: mollie lyons in 14/01/09
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I love this resort. I recommend it to all ages. What made the holiday for me was the amazing staff. They are so loving and cheery! The entertainment was fornminal and the food was great. Cme to there resort, I've never been to a better place in my whole life.
10/10
The tradgedy of leaving
Submitted by: mollie in 14/01/09
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
This hotel is so great. The staff really made this holiday for me. I would love to go back there! The staff are great and some are soooooooooooooo fit. Especially Victor. This is a great destination to go to. There are loads to do like a safari trip, swim with dolphins,sea lions, sharks,stingrays and have the time of your life and a trip you'll never forget! This location is a perfect place for all ages. The food is great and the entertainment is excellent so if you want a trip of a lifetime, I hope this has convinced you that this is the ideal place for you.
1 out of 1 reader found this review helpful
10/10
Excellent
Submitted by: yvonne in 31/10/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Dominican Republic
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Fantastic hotel, staff were brilliant, entertainment was excellent especially the movie show and Lion King. Brilliant room especially with beach view. The animation team were brill, certainly knew how to keep us busy. The activities were good. Beach amazing, free drinks all day and all night what more can you ask for. We had a fantastic time, the food was amazing and Generoso who worked in the buffet restaurant was so friendly and helpful when we went for our meals. The shop staff could have been more friendly though, but it was not a big deal. Chambermaids did a good job. The pool was a decent size and was very clean. Will definitely come back to this hotel.
5/10
Good enough
Submitted by: Jacquie in 18/10/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We have just returned from the Ibero Star and very much feel that overall the holiday was 'good enough.' Whilst the beach was lovely and the weather fab, the room was only quite tired looking and facilities only just working. Some members of staff were great However others were dismissive and at times just rude. The holiday was monopolized by wedding parties, three on one day, which leads to us feeling like gate crashers at times.
Food was reasonable, though the a la carte often rushed. Also felt that the hotel was out to rip off tourists with regard to the shop and in particular the exchange of money - refusing to convert pounds to dollars. Wouldn't go back.
1/10
How could I forget
Submitted by: Jacquie in 19/10/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Can't believe I did not highlight how BAD the entertainment was each evening. Loud and totally monopolised the complex with no way of escaping. We wanted a drink and to relax, not be bombarded with bad music and attempts as entertainment.
Our room was quite close to the 'show,' which meant we could not relax at all between the hours of 8 and 11.
10/10
Fantastic
Submitted by: Stephanie in 05/10/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
First time to this hotel and won't be my last. It was absolutely beautiful and the service was fantastic. The people who work there are so friendly and make you feel as if one belongs there, I felt right at home. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Wonderful atmosphere.
10/10
Fantastic
Submitted by: sharon in 10/10/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Our second time and it was as good as the first time if not better. Friends went with us this year and they had a fabulous time we were so glad. Hope to return next year.
10/10
Great Sevice , Staff And rooms
Submitted by: charlotte in 21/07/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This is the best hotel I have ever stayed in! When we first arived (me, my husband and my 2 daughters age 5 and 12) we went to check in and it took about 5 mins then we where showed to our room and it was fantastic. The pool was clean and quite it was a huge pool and easy to look after 2 children! We went to the beach on the 2nd day. It had a bit of seaweed, but it was good. The hotel was clean and staff were great. The sevice in the restaurants were fantastic to0.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Iberostar Costa Dorada Hotel

Fantastic

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I left our two children with gran parents and we stayed at the Iberostar for a week in February. We had a fantastic time with no real complaints. The staff are fantastic, smiling, friendly and helpful, room was clean and spacious. The pool area huge and fantastic with loads of sunbeds, although you have to get early for poolside seats. The food is plentiful with good choice, although on a daily basis very similar. Lots of activities if you want things to do but we just lazed on our sunbeds all week and that was fine too. Beach nice but nothing spectacular and the sea was a little bit sea weedy in places. All in all a great weeks holiday!

UNBELIEVABLE

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was in the Iberostar Costa Dorada this Christmas with my family! it was the most amazing trip EVER! beautiful weather, awesome view and the people were the best! i met alot of people from all over, especially some canadians and english girls! the best part was the nights, the staff were so friendly (some more than others...junior!)! but the disco was fun, and i would recommend this resort to any young people looking to have fun! the staff made my trip the best for me! julio, calvin, eduardo, vladimir, so good people! i will go back agian forsure! i miss all the people i met there! GO AND HAVE FUN!

Excellent choice for Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had the pleasure of staying at this resort for a week in Feb. /03. The resort was beautiful and the service was excellent. The food wasn't rated high on our list, alot of the food is prepared Dominican style. If your a salad eater bring your own salad dressing they only had two kinds and neither were very good. Don't expect a lot of seafood!! The staff are friendly and most speak english. We can't say anything bad about our stay, every vacation has it's ups and downs and everyone has their own expectations, I had a high expectation of the beach and I didn't find it that nice. I've read many reviews on this hotel and I think some people expect way more than they deserve, I highly recommend this resort to anyone who is looking to have a good time, their nightly entertainment is awesome.

the staff is amazing!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent two weeks this Christmas at the best place on earth - the Iberostar Costa Dorada! The resort was amazing (pool, food, disco, shows - all perfect!) It was great to be with family in such a wonderful place. I did have the opportunity to get to know the entertainers mentioned in an earlier review and they were nothing short of amazing! Extremely hospitable and friendly, they showed us the town and were nothing we couldn't handle. Part of our trip that was so special was making the friendships that we did - I couldn't have asked for anything better. The genuinely happy, friendly, "I love my job" attitude of the staff was overwhelming. What great people! What a great resort!

Awesome !

from A TripAdvisor Member
Jan 25 - Feb 1st. After some mix up with booking at Bahia Principe San Juan, we were upgraded to the Iberostar Costa Dorada. We were extremely impressed with this resort. We've been to other all inclusive trips in Cancun, and Tampico, Mexico but this resort does not even compare. It was definitely a 5 star rating. Right from when we arrived we were greeted with drinks and friendly service. The food was excellent including buffets and 3 a la cartes. Just remember boys no flip flops allowed at dinner - even in the buffet. The hotel lobby/bar was very clean and lush looking. We also really enjoyed Route 66 (the disco on site the resort). The pool was great with etertainment and the beach was nice as well. I've seen better beaches but we were there for an R&R and stayed by the pool anyway. The night entertainment was also great and enjoyable. Rooms in the resort were always clean and we received fresh flowers daily. Over all we had a great time and even met 5 other couples to keep in touch with. A great experience - thanks for the memories.

Paradise

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just got back from a two week stay at this resort. There was a group of 27 of us that went their for our wedding. It truly was paradise! The resort itself is so beautiful and spacious. The food was excellent as were the drinks! The wedding was equally as beautiful and the staff there made it so easy - there was no stress at all. Everyone in our group enjoyed their stay immensley. and were not ready to leave at the end of the two weeks. If you visit this resort, be sure to look for Domingo and Joselyn, as they are two of the sweetest people you will meet there.

Amazing

from A TripAdvisor Member
We visited the hotel back in September 2001 and this was my first time to the Carribbean and to an All Inclusine hotel so I had nothing to compare it to but I was so amazed by the whole hotel and experience.
There was nothing that we really missed or needed. The food was amazing the whole time (and I really find the food important). The staff were really friendly and although we found the entertainment very cheesy (Miss Iberostar with "who let the dogs out" in the background was a killer!!!!) they really did try so hard.
Went on two trips (Catamaran and Jungle tour) and both were fab!
Only negatives are people trying to sell you stuff on the beach and the fact the security guards have guns (quite freaky for British people!).
My only concern now is that I won't find anything quite as good. I am off to Varadero in Cuba and the reports I have read on this website have filled me with dread!

Gemma

Most Amazing Resort!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We ended up at Iberostar after a nightmare of a time at Superclubs Breezes and I couldn't have asked for more. The staff is fantastic, the food is great, the activities endless and the resort itself is beautiful! Great for couples or families. Iberostar is everything one could ever dream of.....and more.

Watch Out For Teenage Daughter

from A TripAdvisor Member
IMPORTANT: they had several Domincan guys working there as entertainment guys. these guys were sheep during the day and wolves at nite. several times, i saw them trying to take advantage of under-age tourist girls (like 16) while their parents were sleeping at nite. these girls were woed and taken advantage of by these semi-charming guys who were really only sexual predators. watch out for your young daughter ! dont leave her alone there at nite while you sleep in your room.

while the food variety was good, sometimes you couldnt eat it. the food looked better than it tasted. the fish was aweful. the taste was very sickening. the beef texture was like leather. they really need to get a better chef.
i have stayed at some 3-star places in the carribean and they had better quality food.
while they had 3 restaurants, you could only make reservations there between 8 and 11 in the AM !!!
it was impossible to get on the "free non-motorized water activities" list as these were always booked as we were told.
there were no waitors by the poolside, while many 3-star places have this.
the beach is really terrible. the sand is ugly brown and the sea is full of sea weed. almost noone ventured to take a swim in the sea.
there was no elevator. if you have arthritis or other condition like a bad heart, think twice about this 3-story hotel.

i must say however the service staff were curteous
and prompt. the rooms were clean and everything worked properly.

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from A TripAdvisor Member
My sister with son,my son and I went to Iberostar Costa Dorada hotel for the first time on March 28th 2002.We stayed for 7 nights.It was the best vacation for us.In February 14th 2003 my family and I will come again. See you soon!

Top Local Tips for Puerto Plata

Beaches The beaches in most of Puerto Plata aren't the white sand beaches of Punta Cana, so if you get the chance we went on the Monster Truck Safari tour which took us to a beautiful little private white sand beach and the Paradise Island tour where you can snorkel at the coral reef were great...

Crowded Tours Be careful of the the many "tours", even the ones sponsored by on-site tour operators. Our cross-island tour included visits to farm, locals' home, school, beachside luncheon, horseback riding and beach time - all way over-booked as we were constantly confronted by a series of other tours vising the exact same places at exactly the same time - 6 to 7 vehicles each holding 20 vacationers.

Popcorn at the ICD Go to the Pool/Snack bar around 4:30 p.m. They make popcorn.

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  • Address: km. 4 Carretera Luperón - Puerto Plata - Dominican Republic
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