Bayahibe, La Romana. Dominican Republic
"internet was the only problem"
Posted by: zita on Oct 4, 2014
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Day and night, the fun never stops for families, singles and couples. The beach, pools, manicured gardens, and warm tropical breezes, fabulous a la carte restaurants and tropical drinks are all part of your escape because Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa is an All-Inclusive beachfront resort.
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"internet was the only problem"
zita on Oct 4, 2014 >
1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Aug, 2014 | Leisure | Solo
6 people found this review helpful
The only visible problem I had with this hotel is that the internet had major problem, the server was down most of the time and sometimes it was not available in most parts. The fact that you have to pay extra money for 24hrs per one device just beats the purpose of all inclusive but that’s my opinion and that’s the only thing to do. Now to the real reason I am writing this review is that I had a blast at this resort, on arrival, the staff was all smiles and greeted me with a cool glass of champagne and that calmed me down a bit. On arrival, I was greeted with smiles and the room I booked was ready and waiting so I went straight after the short and smooth check in process. The room was decorated nicely, it was beautiful. Air condition worked well, the beds were big and comfortable, and the block I stayed in was close to every other thing in the hotel so it was a bonus for me. I met great friends here and I also made friends with the staff members I met because they were so friendly. Moving onto the food issue, everything I ate here was nice, no complaints at all. The service was lovely, everything was top notch and I loved it. You could tell that cleanliness was important to them and they made sure to keep the kitchen, the rooms and the entire hotel clean.
"Dreams/ Nightmares in La Romana"
Posted by: Serban
on Feb 22, 2014 >
1 contribution(s) CZECH REPUBLIC
Visited on: Feb, 2014 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
49 people found this review helpful
Guys, they say they are a luxurious 5 star resort, but they really are 3 and a half, max 4 star resort. The People are friendly and the location is great: palms, Carribean sea. The food is tasty, but you get food poisoning 2 times in 12 days. My stomach never knew food poisoning and I have traveled the world, until i met Nightmares La Romana. Rooms are average, Resort is old and needs reconstructing, facilities lack. ( no hot water during night, archaic fitness room, etc)
They have a complacent attitude when you make a complaint.
I would not recommend you going to this resort.
Roy on Dec 30, 2013 >
1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Dec, 2013 | Leisure | With friend
173 people found this review helpful
This was our second trip to this hotel. Last year was fine but 2 days into this week was a bummer; literally).
I got the worst case of food poisoning I've ever had. Three hours after eating sushi (I know; real stupid in a hot climate) or maybe the soft shrimp & I was up a dozen times thru the nite. It took the rest of the week to recover.
My wife was also ill for 3 days; 2 other people from Toronto said they'd been sick & when I went to cancel my Catamaran trip the guy said; Wow, you're the 3rd cancellation this morning.
The hotel's customer service said "prove you were sick". But, after I started talking to others, the supervisor said he'd pay for a visit to the doctor.
Whether his pills or just time helped, who knows, but I slowly started to eat & drink. But, the hotel didn't care a damn that I'd wasted most of my holiday because of them. Not even a free massage for my wife or even an hour on the internet or even a cab to our next hotel (Iberostar) for our 2nd week.
They didn't even ask for details so they could track down the cause. It was basically; shut up & go away.
If you have to chose; pick Iberostar; the food in the buffet & in the cafe's is better & the hotel tries to entertain you. The workers at both places are really nice & the beach is the same. There are lots of nice hotels. I won't take a chance on Dreams again.
"Seven visits and counting"
Mary on Mar 14, 2012 >
11 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2012 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
524 people found this review helpful
We are seasoned travelers, having visited different islands and continents. This was our 12th trip to the Dominican Republic, and 7th to Dreams La Romana, our home away from home. Again stayed for two very pleasant and relaxing weeks from 24 Feb to 9 Mar.
Drive from La Romana airport is a short 20 mins. Drives from both Punta Cana and Santo Domingo airports are significantly longer. Construction of a highway from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana has commenced.
Many familiar friendly faces greeted us. Too many folks to thank, and unfortunately can't remember all of their names, but they all did a great job. Special thanks go out to a few special folks like Belkis (breakfast juice bar and fruit boat), William (breakfast eggs), Melvin (dinner buffet waiter), sweetest Kerry, dear Mario, our maid Eleonol, and Pablo Picasso. The only person we were not pleased with was our Sunwing rep.
Restaurants and Bars:
Food is still very good, not as great as it used to be, but plenty of choices to please everyone. There was one occasion where my husband's burger at the beach grill was undercooked. This trip I was disappointed at how some of the tropical drinks were mixed by the youngest of the bartenders, they just did not have the knack for it. Music at the buffet needs to be changed to something other than elevator music. Seeing how many guests are from Canada, hanging our flag with the other countries on international buffet night would be a nice thing.
If you've never vacationed here and like to walk the beach, be warned this is a very short one, not like Punta Cana or Varadero. This year we wished we had brought our water shoes as the ocean floor was not as smooth as it used to be. The snorkeling was also poor as a result of poor visibility for much of the time. Lots of chairs and shade available. The short retaining wall along the east end of the beach needs to be backfilled with more sand as the step over is getting too high in many sections.
Nice mix of international guests, but in our opinion, still too many kids.
Bug bites were never an issue. Only used Benn's (30% deet, and does not stink) once.
The resort is still quite clean and well maintained, although some areas are starting to look a little tired with age and, wear and tear. Our maid did a very good job of keeping our room clean (everything worked very well), and our fridge stocked with our favorite pop.
We are looking forward to our return to Dreams. In our books, this is still a gem of a resort. And like the saying goes, don't sweat the small stuff!
Lastly, thanks to Debbie and her team for a wonderful site.
"Nice but not much to do"
Deb on Feb 19, 2012 >
1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Feb, 2012 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
494 people found this review helpful
The resort was well kept & clean. The beds were a little to firm. The hospitality was excellent. We stayed in the preferred area which is worth the little extra money. We met many couples that go back there every year because it is quiet. Not much night life, there is a casino, but it is very small, the disco is just ok. Food was better than I expected, Italian restaurant was very good. Beach area is small and crowded but water is beautiful. I saw 3 weddings there and the resort did a great job accommodating them. You can only reserve water sport activities for 30 minutes at a time. If you go, don't fly into Punta Cana b/c it's a 90 taxi ride to the resort, but at the same time you saw part of the country side. Fly into LaRomana if you can. We went on a boat ride to Catalina island, a national park, the beach is beautiful there. If I went back, I would bring others so it's more interesting. If your looking for a quiet time for two, this is the place to go. FYI, the night staff ONLY speaks Spanish.
"Experiencia en la romana"
MARGA on Apr 30, 2011 >
1 contribution(s) ARGENTINA
Visited on: Apr, 2011 | Wedding | With Group
698 people found this review helpful
Hola buenas tardes ,quiero decirles que estube del 20/4/11 al 28/4/11 y mi experiencia en este lugar fue increible ,algo maravilloso ,la atencion de primera ,el lugar es como estar en el paraiso ,la hoteleria ,la comida ,los empleados ,en fin lo recomiendo 100 % x 100 .soy argentina y quiero recomendarlo ,no duden en viajar y pasar unos dias preciosos alli .saludos atte MARGA !!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Christian
on Mar 28, 2011 >
1 contribution(s) PERU
Visited on: Mar, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
695 people found this review helpful
We had a great time. Despite the beach is not spectacular, both the infrastructure and the service are 5 stars. Special mention to the several romantic spots.
Restaurants and Bars:
The asian one was my favorite.
"Another Wonderful Holiday"
Mary on Mar 18, 2011 >
11 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
724 people found this review helpful
We have traveled extensively, this was our 11th trip to the Dom Rep, and our 6th to Dreams. Wonderful being back, everything was great as always. They greet you by saying "welcome home", and indeed it felt like we were back at our "home away from home".
Was nice to see some familiar faces. Too many folks to thank, they ALL do a fabulous job! A few special thanks go out to Belkis (breakfast juice bar and fruit boat), William (breakfast eggs), Melvin (dinner buffet waiter), and of course Pablo Picasso for providing endless laughs.
Our maid Maria Monegro was also fabulous and professional while keeping the room spotless. A tip to reduce the tiny bugs around your sink is to wipe it with a rubbing alcohol swab. We always travel with some in first aid kit, and so they have a multi-use.
Food is still very good, plenty of choices. However, this time we noticed that a few dinner items (and breakfast hash browns) were quite cool when they should have been at least warm if not hot, and this was when the buffet restaurant had just opened. Dinner wait staff was a disappointment this trip, except for Melvin and another one or two chaps. Lots of waiters walking around, would pour our water and then walk away without offering us anything from the bar. We had to flag them down 10-15 minutes later and ask for drinks. Not a big deal, but a little bit of a disappointment compared to previous years. There seems to be an increase in the number of sparrows in the buffet, this problem needs to be addressed.
Beach still nice, even though more erosion has taken place. If you like to walk, be warned this is a very short beach, not like Punta Cana or Varadero. Lots of chairs and shade available. Desperately need sand on east end of beach by spa massage tables as chairs are sitting on bare coral/rock. There is now a short (step over easily) retaining wall part way along the east end of beach. We figure it was built to keep tide from washing away anymore sand.
Resort was at full capacity, oh boy, not enough chairs (or some guests reserved chairs and then never showed up all day) which then forced a few guests to lie on their towels on sand. Guests were mostly from France. Many of them, as well as some of the Russian Americans were very noisy and inconsiderate. Met some nice folks from the UK, USA and of course fellow Canadians. Kids, wall to wall kids; most we have ever encountered! Most under age of 10, many under 5 and a lot of infants. So yes, unfortunately a lot of crying, screaming and whining going on.
Donations for the orphanage are still gratefully accepted. Leave your items with the guest services staff.
Dreams met our expectations for the 6th time. Once again, we had a wonderful 2 week holiday. The resort is clean and well maintained. Service from everyone came with a smile, hence the entire team deserves a gold star!
"Perfect New Year Eve at Dreams LR."
Posted by: Joe
on Jan 26, 2011 >
2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Dec, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
730 people found this review helpful
We planned to go this time for New Year Celebration.
Arrived after a smooth flight with Sunwing in Punta Cana.
With the tour bus got to the hotel in the normal 1 h 45min.
The check-in took only a few minutes, and because we went back to the hotel for the fourth time - was like going home. Everything was familiar.
In the nicely decorated room, on the table was a cordial invitation for a cocktail party for the returning customers, and a bottle of rum.
Was a surprise to see the hotel is not charging for the in room safe.
Our expectations for the party was great, and very honestly: the hotel exceeded them.
The pool area was nicely arranged with tables and chairs, all dressed up with white cloth. In the restaurant the variety of food and decorations were breathtaking.
Also was a great idea to serve at 2 am some "Dominican soup", which was outstanding - best ever.
By the pool the stage hosted the live band, and their music- we found - was very good. At midnight started the fireworks, a nice touch for the evening. And then the party started....
In rest we just relax, snorkel and planned the next trip...
In our opinion the hotel still delivers one of the best entertainment team in the places where we were.
The snorkeling is amazing, probable the best in DR, what you can practice without paying extra and travel by boat....
Would be endless the list of the employees who did their best to make our holiday a very enjoyable.
And I can't recall anybody who didn't do the maximum.
The food was the usual one, maybe a bit less variety because the Christmas and New Year took a bite in the budget, but was always something to enjoy.
Drinks: also very good, never need a "plan B" - we got always our favorite drinks.
Rooms clean, and no problems.
Thin walls.. Yes are thin. But from 7 nights only in one we hear some guy being noisy (too many drinks...)
Otherwise we didn't know if have somebody behind next door...
I guess we can blame the hotel for having thin walls, but is not the hotel makes noise! I'm sure our neighbors didn't notice our existence.
Noisy guests... Well sometimes , some guests were noisier than others. Nothing special, I wouldn't say any nationalities or ethnic groups were annoying.
At the cocktail party we got together with management and was good to see how much they care for guests.
We had a small request, and was solved in no time.
Bottom line we had a great New Year Eve, a nice one week there - and we'll be back soon.
I added to my Dreams gallery some photos from this holiday, and you can see them here:
To enjoy in the best way: click on "Slideshow" - in the upper right corner. You can see the photos in full screen with caption on the bottom centre.
"If you are a smoker, and French, you will love it!"
Posted by: Deborah
on Dec 12, 2010 >
1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Dec, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
742 people found this review helpful
The Staff - The Staff are WONDERFUL. I cannot say enough about everyone. Lots of big smiles and a Hola from everyone.
The maid service was very good but lots of times it was done very late in the day (which didn’t bother us). Our maid, Margarita, worked hard and we appreciated her very much. Not only did I tip her but I brought her treats like make up and candy and other things.
The restaurant staff is VERY HARDWORKING. They hustle constantly. They are very friendly.
Tipping - it is NOT expected but most appreciated. We took over $200US in singles and didn’t even use them all. PLEASE PEOPLE, TIP THE STAFF!!!!! The entire time we were there, I only saw one other person leave money on the table at dinner time. The staff works so hard. We tipped at every meal, from $3 at breakfast to $5 at dinner. We only tipped a few times for drinks at the bar, but mostly because we were wearing our bathing suits. The maid was tipped and given little gifts.
Ps. We flew Westjet and they were fantastic! I would suggest, when possible, to fly directly to La Romana, and not Punta Cana, if you are staying in La Romana.
Airport at La Romana was fast (why fly to Punta Cana and take a shuttle or taxi for 1.5 hrs?).
Check in at the resort was fast. Bellhop took us to our room immediately. He was friendly and showed us the A/C operation in our room, and the maid card which you leave outside your door (red for no service, green for clean the room).
Our room was nice. Nothing fancy. We had the garden view room and were happy with it. As I requested, we were in building 3 and had the top floor. We were centrally located and pleased to be there. The AC worked great. The shower was good, with lots of hot water and water pressure. The balcony was small but adequate. The tv worked great as we watched it before bed most nights. There is a lot of closet space. The mini bar was stocked with water, pop and beer. The mini bar is free.
We had 2 sets of robes and slippers. Our room had 2 double beds which were comfy enough but I didn’t care for the pillows (I could have contacted the concierge for another pillow but didn’t bother).
Restaurants and Bars:
The food - We found the food ok. The buffet was especially nice for breakfast; omelets and eggs made to order. Lots of fresh fruit and juices and everything you could think of. Pancakes, french toast, bacon, cereals, etc.
The Seaside Grill was nice for lunch. Location is fantastic. My family had dinner there without me one night and their steak was overcooked and they couldn’t eat it.
The Mexican restaurant was ok too. Taco Taco Taco was good.
The Oceana was nice and quite fancy. The food was good but like all the restaurants, the portions are small.
The Grill on the beach made really good burgers and hot dogs for lunch.
The Pizza hut by the main pool had pizza that the kids enjoyed a lot.
I like that reservations are NOT required anywhere!
The Bars - we liked the one by the infinity pool the best. They seemed to be really fast to serve. The kids are addicted to the lemonada frosties as they were awesome. The hubby misses the pina coladas already. We are not big drinkers. I had a drink or 2 at dinner.
The could use more servers on the beach and by the pools. Most times, we’d just get our own drinks as it only took a minute. Some people wanted to be served and one old grump was annoyed that his server was taking too long as I heard him complain to the bartender. The man was only about 20 feet from the bar and I thought he could get his own drinks when he was that close. Some people are just born complainers!
Resort itself - the resort is nice. It’s not as large as I was expecting. It’s easy to get around and walking distance from place to place is very quick. The men were always manicuring the grounds. The resort was clean, except for the mess the guests would leave (which was picked up by staff). The pools were really gorgeous. They are not heated so they are a little cool, but refreshing. We did swim in the pools a few times. The infinity pool has the swim up bar. Not a lot of people were using the swim up bar, that I noticed, until the day we left, which was a super sunny and hot day. The main pool is also the children’s pool. It has the climbing ‘iceberg’ that my daughter loved to play on. This pool also has the hot tub, which was always busy.
The beach is nice but small (which I was prepared for due to previous reviews). The water is warm. There are fish to see while snorkeling, especially by the pier. Grab some bread from one of the restaurants and take it with you and you will literally have the fish eating from your hand! The coral isn’t colorful at all. The water is super salty and it burned our eyes. We weren’t prepared for that.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The sports and entertainment staff are fantastic! These people and all the people working here make this resort wonderful. It’s because of them that you would want to return. Some of them knew us by name and always made time to talk to us and invite us to activities. We enjoyed going to the theatre at night and playing games and then watching the shows. Whether you love the shows or not, you have to appreciate how hard the dancers works…wow!!!
The worst for last - we were taken completely off guard by the number of smokers. We’d guess that 80% or more of the guests smoked. Most guests were French. The smoke was unbearable at times. They can smoke anywhere and everywhere, except in an inside area that is enclosed. Even then, they’d be smoking right outside these areas. My family would have to weave our way through all the smoke. It was disgusting. The beach was littered with cigarette butts. We moved from lounger to lounger on the beach every day, trying to avoid the smokers. It was nearly impossible. The smokers were everywhere…around the kids pool, the restaurants, the hallways, EVERYWHERE. After the first day, I was almost in tears. I had no idea that there would be so much smoke. No where on any review had this been mentioned!!! I did talk to a couple other guests who also found this disgusting. There was no escaping the smoke!!! Sometimes people would also stand in the ocean with a cigarette. UGH! One man was smoking in the water and dropped his butt in the water when he was done. I picked it up and handed it to him and told him it was unacceptable to leave his butts in the water. YUCK!
In closing, I don’t know if we’d go back to this resort because of the rude guests and all the smokers. It’s a real shame because we loved the staff and the Diving DR down the beach. If you don’t mind smoke, everywhere, you should love this place.
I tried really hard not to let this get to me, otherwise my vacation was going to be spoiled, but it was frustrating.
I cannot understand why I didn’t find any reviews that mentioned that the majority of guests were French and that mostly everyone smoked.
I did give feedback to the concierge and on the surveys that were given to me. I’m also going to email the resort and suggest that perhaps they would consider having some non-smoking areas for their non-smoking guests (and children). They have the ‘preferred club’ so they should be able to have some non-smoking areas. Please!