Puerto Plata visitors choose favorite hotels

The boutique hotel Casa Colonial Beach & Spa, situated in the Playa Dorada resort in Puerto Plata, tops the list of the best hotels in the north coast’s most important city, according to readers of the travel website TripAdvisor.

The Conde Nast Traveler Magazine also chose “Casa Colonial” as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

It was also included on the list of “Fabulous” hotels by the Expedia travel website. The following list includes the city’s most popular restaurants:

“CASA COLONIAL”

This five-star 50-room hotel features Deluxe Suites; Junior Suites; Master Suites, and a beautiful penthouse. The hotel also features a swimming pool, a spa and beautiful lush tropical gardens. The hotel’s “Lucia Gourmet Restaurant” has been recognized at the national and international levels as one of the best restaurants in the region. Last year the tourism-oriented magazine RT included the restaurant on the list of “Best Puerto Plata Restaurants 2013.” For more information: http://www.casacolonialhotel.com.

BLUE JACK TAR

According to the readers of the TripAdvisor website the Blue Jack Tar appears second on the list of favorite Puerto Plata hotels. The Expedia.com website included it on its list of “Fabulous” hotels.   The 74-room hotel is located in the Playa Dorada Beach Resort. Its Green Jack Restaurant, known for its Caribbean cuisine, receives fourth-place status on the list of “Best Restaurants of Puerto Plata 2013,” published by the RT tourism magazine.

Please visit: www.bluejacktar.com for more information.

IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada

The third place Iberostar Costa Dorada hotel is a 498-room, five-star resort, situated on the white-sand Costa Dorada beach in Puerto Plata. The facility features four restaurants, a spa and a jacuzzi.

For information: www.iberostar.com/hoteles/puerto-plata/iberostar-costa-dorada.

VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort

The 506-room hotel is also included on the list. One of its main attractions is the Ocean Grill, a fabulous seafood restaurant. It also features the Sapore di Mare Italian restaurant.

Please visit: www.granventanahotel.com.

JASMINE AND WELLNESS HOLISTIC HEALTH SPA

Situated 15 minutes from Puerto Plata’s international airport, the Jasmine Spa and Wellness Holistic Health Resort is a three-room facility that features a Dominican restaurant, a spa and offers its guests dance classes at the San Felipe Fort. Although small, the hotel is currently on the fifth spot on the list of 10 best hotels in this north coast city.

Information available: www.jasmine-spa-wellness.com.

CLUB HOTEL RIU BACHATA

Sixth on the list of the best hotels in Puerto Plata is the 610-room Club Hotel Riu Bachata. The hotel is part of a tourism complex that includes the Club Hotel Riu Merengue and the Riu Mambo Club Hotel. The hotel features two swimming pools, two restaurants, four bars, a jacuzzi and gymnasium, and is situated on the beautiful Bay of Maimon.

For more information: www.riu.com.

TROPICAL AT LIFESTYLE HOLIDAYS VACATION RESORT

In seventh place is The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, situated on the golden-sand Cofresi Beach. The 310-room hotel features 15 restaurants; 18 bars; 12 swimming pools; two children’s pools; two spas; a fitness facility, a synagogue; golf facilities; heliport and shopping arcade, among others.

Please visit their website at: http://lifestyleholidaysvc.com.

Grand Paradise Playa Dorada

The Grand Paradise Playa Dorada – eighth on the list – is run and operated by the Amhsa Marina Hotels and Resort chain. It is located in the Playa Dorada complex and features 76 suites, 187 superior rooms overlooking the beautiful lush gardens and 162 standard rooms. Also: four bars, three restaurants. Also: scuba lessons in the pool, horseback riding and water sports (kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, jet skis and catamaran).

More information available: www.amhsamarina.com.

LIFESTYLE HOLIDAYS VACATION CLUB

The ninth-place Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club is a members-only, all-inclusive resort, situated on Cofresi Beach.

Please visit: www.lifestyleholidaysvc.com.

CLUB HOTEL RIU MERENGUE

The 544-room Club Hotel Riu Merengue features two restaurants, three bars, gymnasium and swimming pools.

More information: www.riu.com.

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