Barcelo Capella Beach Resort

Villas del Mar, Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic, 4750, Caribbean
(4 star hotel)
#4
Rank 4 of 19 hotels
in Juan Dolio
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 5 reviews
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caribeean paradise

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 16, 2013

I was there last year and was one of the best experiences ever! People are really friendly, the rooms are really confortable and the food? Super delicious! They have american food, dominican, mexican and also french! Best of all the price is affordable. Strongly recomended!!!

Unique Quality: It has confortable bedrooms, 4 pools and the sea is right there if you don't want to bathe in the pools. A variety of restaurants and a spa to relax the whole day!

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Barcelo Capella Hotel, Juan Dolio

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 27, 2010

A very good experience all round. Before arriving checked lots of reviews on VT and others and to be frank was a little worried, not one single complaint of the hotel , staff or any of the facilities.
Although we are English we can speak a little Spanish and I think it does help and we found the staff to be very helpful and polite, far more polite than some of the guests which may account for the problems some 'guests' have. Although an all inclusive an odd $1 tip here and there gets a lot of smiles and drinks when the bar is busy.
The food was really good, a hot and cold buffet with plenty of choices and for a little extra you can book one of the Restaurants with table service and meals such as Lobster which do not appear at the buffet, we booked them for Fridays and Saturdays when the hotel was really busy with lots of Dominican families having a weekend stay making the buffet restaurants very busy and finding a table difficult.
The beach was wonderful and the reef had lots of interesting fish some of which is only 10 yards from the beach! swimming shoes may be required as there are lots of spikey urchins near the reef and broken coral but dont stand on the coral please.
Driving in the Dominican Republic is an experience not to be undertaken by the faint hearted, everyone assumes they have 'right of way' and intends to use it, most crossroads will put the fear of god into you, traffic lights seem to be for decoration purposes only as are car indicaters, lights, wings windows etc, most drivers on the odd motorway pick a lane and seem to stay in it for the duration of their trip, every lane is an 'overtaking' lane.
I would return but will next time get a transfer and not self drive.

Directions: Juan Dolio, South East Coast

Exceeded expectations

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 8, 2007

After reading many posts about this resort I was very skeptical about staying here. My selef and two other friends just got boack last week (6/2007) and I have suprisingly mostly great things to say about my stay. The grounds are very well kept, the staff is extremly nice, helpful and entertaining at times. The pools were clean and the beaches were beautiful minus the few solicitors here and there. The food was not fantastic, you just have to gauge what looks safe to eat and what doesn't. you can't go wrong if you stick with the rice and beans and the safer looking meat. They did offer three restaurants for dinner if you can't stomach the buffet, just make sure to make your reservations at the front desk. Your room will have ants in it but what do you expect, your on an island. The rooms have a great cooling system. Watch out for the strong sun, i burned in a couple hours and if you run into Santiago on the beach, take him up on his horse backriding trip, at $35 per person for three hours it is worth it. Great way to meet natives that do not work in the resort. If you pick this place for vacation just go in with realistic expectations. You get waht you pay for, if you want 5 star accomadations stay in punta cana, but if you want a fun time for a reasonable price stay here. I can contest that hte drinks are not too watered down, there are a few hours i spent at the pool bar that i still can't account for. Have fun!!!

Horrible - Construction, Bad Food and Service

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 30, 2007

My family and I went there over Christmas 2006. They were constructing a man-made beach. There was a huge rusty metal pipe going the entire length of the beach, bulldozers, cranes and construction workers all day long. Little children were crying because they had to walk over poorly constructed bridges to get over this huge pipe to get to the beach. One woman was lying in the sand and had a bulldozer honking at her and construction workers screaming at her to get out of the way. Don't believe me, check out a video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTOXE-5OONA

Also, everyone gets the runs from the food which is totally inedible. It requires a very creative chef to make food that awful! The mattresses were moldy and the rooms stank of mold. The hotel staff when asked about the construction replied "what construction?". In complete seriousness.

Oh, and the drinks are so watered down it's virtually impossible to get liquored enough to get a slight buzz to take away some of the pain from this vacation from hell. My family was crying over it after the first day.
NO refund! Never use Liberty Travel!

Unique Quality: This place isn't worth a penny. I should have been paid to put up with this for a week. The entire first day was spent on the phone with the travel agency trying to leave.

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Not a bad hotel at all!!!!!!!!!!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 13, 2006

Ok.Folks,,this is a nice resort to go to for the money,,,,the grounds are very well kept,,,pools are excellent,,rooms are passable,,,A/C works great,,,we were in room 4307,,the resort itself covers a large area,so walk around and get aqainted with the lay out.
The gift shops are somewhat pricey for what they have,,go across the street,from the hotel to the corner minimall area,,,a lot better exchange on your money than the hotel,,it does have a lot of different things there,just take a very short walk and look around some,,like every where else in DR,just say no gracia,,and you can haggle over some of the things there!
About the tours there,,go to the Pietro tours and check out their tours,,we went on a half day tour to Santo Domingo and San Pedro,,worth the money I thought($35.00 @ person).
The only thing I seen as a bad item is that they have No Wake-Up calls!!!!
I would recommend this resort,,well satisfied here.

Unique Quality: At checking in not a problem,quick,,we arrived saturday night(Oct.7-11,2006). The front desk was alright,,just try to speak a little spainish and that breaks the ice,,they speak very good english.
The food was just great,,never got sick at all,,eat and enjoy!!!
About the beach vendors,,they are there in force,,just haggle a lot,their somewhat persistent but they didn't bother me that much.The beach is rocky in areas,just go down by the west part.
The bars were great too,,you get your moneys worth,,,let the rum flow!

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Address: Villas del Mar, Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic, 4750, Caribbean

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Amenities at Barcelo Capella Beach Resort

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Kids Activities
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Bar / Lounge

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