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Ctra Samaná-Las Galeras s/n - Los Cacaos – Samaná - Dominican Republic.

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Stately and charming, Victorian style and luxuriously equipped, the Gran Bahia Principe Samana hotel is situated on the beach with unique views of the sea and the island of Cayo Levantado.

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User Rating:  Gran Bahía Príncipe Samaná Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Pam from Kingston, ON  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
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Arrival
Easy and hassle free. They did the check in on the bus ride to the resort. We were Golden Club, which I would highly recommend upgrading to (Transat). Our room wasn't ready when we got there, so we walked down to the pool bar and had a drink and looked around a bit before we went to our room.

Rooms
We stayed in the suites that are down the cliff apart from the hotel. They all have ocean view rooms. You have to take the golf cart shuttle to and from the rooms (well, you can walk if you want, but there are hundreds of stairs and the rooms are very far from the main hotel/resturants/pool). Otherwise, the rooms were very clean and well kept. Fridge was stocked with beer, pop and water. Bathrooms were large with a standup shower and a separate jacuzzi tub. My only complaint was that because of the standard of the sewars in Samana, you cannot flush your toilet paper and have to place it in the garbage (ok, certain times I cheated on this, but that was the general rule). This was for all the restrooms in the resort. Oh, one other complaint...we had to pay for the room safe, $30 for the week, which I think is a rip off, but oh well.

Restaurants and Bars
The a la carte consisted of Italian, Gourmet and Seafood. They were alright...I've had better. The buffet was alright. Not a huge selection, and they tended to recycle certain dishes from dinner to breakfast or lunch to dinner. I never went hungary, and we never got sick. The best part of the buffet were the desserts...every night they had some fancy, awesome desserts like Banana's Foster or Creme Brulee or warm fudge brownies. The ice cream there was the best. The pool bars were alright. You usually had to ask for rum in your drinks (the frozen kinds like pina coladas) or they gave them to you virgins. The lobby bar was where people tended to hang at night before the "shows" in the disco. This place isn't for night owls...the lobby closed at 11, and if you stayed at the disco, you had to pay for your drinks after 11.

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"I'd go back...after I go other places first."

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User Rating:  Gran Bahía Príncipe Samaná Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Pam from Kingston, ON  on Mar 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2009
1380 people found this review helpful

Arrival
Easy and hassle free. They did the check in on the bus ride to the resort. We were Golden Club, which I would highly recommend upgrading to (Transat). Our room wasn't ready when we got there, so we walked down to the pool bar and had a drink and looked around a bit before we went to our room.

Rooms
We stayed in the suites that are down the cliff apart from the hotel. They all have ocean view rooms. You have to take the golf cart shuttle to and from the rooms (well, you can walk if you want, but there are hundreds of stairs and the rooms are very far from the main hotel/resturants/pool). Otherwise, the rooms were very clean and well kept. Fridge was stocked with beer, pop and water. Bathrooms were large with a standup shower and a separate jacuzzi tub. My only complaint was that because of the standard of the sewars in Samana, you cannot flush your toilet paper and have to place it in the garbage (ok, certain times I cheated on this, but that was the general rule). This was for all the restrooms in the resort. Oh, one other complaint...we had to pay for the room safe, $30 for the week, which I think is a rip off, but oh well.

Restaurants and Bars
The a la carte consisted of Italian, Gourmet and Seafood. They were alright...I've had better. The buffet was alright. Not a huge selection, and they tended to recycle certain dishes from dinner to breakfast or lunch to dinner. I never went hungary, and we never got sick. The best part of the buffet were the desserts...every night they had some fancy, awesome desserts like Banana's Foster or Creme Brulee or warm fudge brownies. The ice cream there was the best. The pool bars were alright. You usually had to ask for rum in your drinks (the frozen kinds like pina coladas) or they gave them to you virgins. The lobby bar was where people tended to hang at night before the "shows" in the disco. This place isn't for night owls...the lobby closed at 11, and if you stayed at the disco, you had to pay for your drinks after 11.

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User Rating:  Gran Bahía Príncipe Samaná Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Mike  on Aug 29, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Aug, 2010 | Leisure | With friend
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Hi, well our rating for this resort would be no higher than a 3.
From day one we ran into problems, 1st day upon arrival noting worked in our standard room.
Every day problems with service, re no water or pop in room.
No set time for the cleaning of the rooms, when done where okay.
Problems with there safe, no lock or couldnt open.
No water activities to what they say you get, no banana boat, no canoe.
Telecommunications would rate a 2, over priced internet at 8.00 US a hour, extremely slow, 1 email takes about 8 minutes . Telephone's service in constistant pricing, depending on who you talked to at front desk.
No one speaks english, huge problem for most.
Food and Beach where a 4 star.
Overall, if you pay more than 700.00 canadian dollars, you will be un happy.


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Arrived Aug23, 10 for a 1 week stay.

Whitby, Ontario Canada

Arrival:
Poor no greeting. 1 starr

Rooms:
3.5 once you got one that had things working

Restaurants and Bars:
4 for food, only 3 le carte open, Orienta rate a 1, steak a 4, Italian 4.5.
Buffet a 4.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
4.5, clean and nicelt kept. Coral awesome.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Very poor, next to none.

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