Colonial Reviews – Dominican Republic Hotels – Colonial

Arrival: This was our 8th stay in as many years at Dreams La Romana. Once again stayed for two very pleasant and relaxing weeks that took us to mid Dec. Had a pleasant flight with Westjet. Only snacks and refreshments are free. Not every passenger purchased a meal, and so this meant the aisle was not constantly cluttered with flight attendants pushing carts. Drive from La Romana airport along the new highway shaves off a few minutes from the typical 20 minutes it used to take. With or without the highway, not long at all.

Restaurants and Bars: Not that there was anything wrong before, but the menus have changed for the better since a new executive chef took over sometime after our last visit in Feb of this year. This was immediately apparent, and welcomed. So was the return of real orange juice. My husband had one food complaint, and that is that they seemed to be extremely slow in having pancakes and french toast ready.

Just about every staff member of the Dreams team does a fabulous job. Once again special thanks to our favorite people like Belkis (breakfast juice bar), William (breakfast eggs), Melvin (dinner buffet waiter), Kerry Consentino, Mario Rosel, and of course Pablo Picasso (every resort needs a character like him).

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The beach has once again changed it’s shape from the storms that passed through the area. More of the coral/huge chunks of rock along the water’s edge are now exposed, and several trees had to be cut down. The reef has also broken up and scattered. Snorkeling was still decent. Lots of shade available, and lots of chairs as well, however many need to be restrung tighter because they are sagging badly. The short retaining wall (which runs along approx a third of the beach length) needs to be backfilled with more sand, or actual stairs built in a few areas, as the step over and down is getting too high in most sections. We were told that the week before our arrival, staff spent several days removing sand that had washed in and raised the sand level on the ocean side up against the stone wall. We wonder why they removed the sand, as doing that once again makes it hard for folks to step over the wall.

Other Comments: We had clouds every day and it rained every day, sometimes a sprinkle, sometimes a good hard rain. As a result, we both had a few bug bites. We will continue to return to Dreams and the friends that we have made. Despite some areas starting to look a little tired, Dreams La Romana is quite clean and well maintained. The book exchange area in a dark corner of the cafe needs much better lighting. Thanks to Debbie and her team for a wonderful site.

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