Puerto Plata

VH Gran Ventana

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2018 Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon: Fresh fruit and a bottle of rum in room on arrival, 10% discount at BAGUA, turndown service daily, upgrade to Junior Suite (based on availability), and additional dinner for two in any of the a la carte restaurants.

Offering a blend of sophisticated design with the charm and hospitality of the Dominican Republic is VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort, a sleek, all-inclusive resort resting on the golden sands of Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata. The resort is conveniently located approximately ten miles northwest of Gregorio Luperón International Airport.

Situated along the famed Playa Dorada Beach, this tropical paradise is where magic comes to life. Spend an exciting afternoon on the water windsurfing, or relax by the pool and soak up the brilliant warmth of the Caribbean sun. Enjoy the daytime and nighttime entertainment, take to the dance floor or raise the stakes at the casino for a memorable night.

VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort commands some of the most premium bars and discos in the Puerto Plata area. The hotel features include one signature restaurant, three ŕ la carte restaurants, a beach club, seven bars, gym, sauna, kids club, two adult pools and one children's pool and a kid's club with daily activities. Satisfy your palette at the casually elegant Ocean View for your fill of some of the finest seafood cuisine on the island, or try Sapore di Mare for delicious Italian.

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The VH Gran Ventanafeatures a wonderful beach location, only 300 m away from the Playa Dorada Golf Club, a block away from the Playa Dorada Commercial Center, and 10 miles (15 minutes driving time) away from the International Airport.

Local Phone: 809-320-2111
Fax: 809-320-2112
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (250 m away)
Shopping Mall Nearby (200 m)
Number of Pools: 3
Outdoor Pools: 3     
Swim-up Bar
There are two adult pools (one of which is located in a quiet area), swim-up bar, and one children's pool.
Playa Dorado
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Playa Dorada Golf Club is an 18-hole, Par 72 course with a yardage of 6,990.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $30
Cart Fee: $25
Club Rental Fees: $10
Lessons Available
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Lighted Courts: 1
Court Fee: Free (1 hr per day)
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Bicycles: Complimentary
Other Sports: Billiards, darts, table tennis
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
VH Gran Ventana is a spaciously elegant 3-story hotel surrounded by tropical palm trees and beautiful garden area s. Guests gave a choice of comfortable superior rooms, suites and junior suites, each with its own balcony. Hotel features inlude one main restaurant, three a la carte restaurants, a beach club, 7 bars, a gym, a sauna, a kids club, two adult pools and one children`s pool. Beach: The property runs along a large, golden sand beach 450 meters long. Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 1:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 506
Year Opened: 1996 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, Discover, American Express
Guests can only dine in each a la carte restaurant once a week, and are only allowed one hour`s daily use of the following: snorkeling equipment, kayaks, sailing equipment, bicycles, tennis (day/night), and windsurfing equipment.
Renovated room in the Saona or Catalina blocks, private check-in, concierge services,free WiFi, exclusive access to The Vintage Club, access to private beach area with waiter service, unlimited a la carte dinners, minibar with wine and liquor, and more!
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Rollaways Available, Rollaway Charge:
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
1 King bed or 2 doubles, sitting area, large bathroom, balcony, minibar, room safe for extra charge.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Rollaways Available, Rollaway Charge:
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
Renovated room in the Saona or Catalina blocks. Concierge services. Free WiFi. Exclusive access to The Vintage Club. Access to exclusive private beach area with waiter service. Fruit basket. Early check-in, late check-out. Towel service, and more!
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Rollaways Available, Rollaway Charge:
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
2 double beds or 1 king bed, balcony or terrace, daily restocked minibar, room safe (extra charge), large bathroom.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Rollaways Available, Rollaway Charge:
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
VH Gran Ventana features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at VH Gran Ventana:
Las Almejas - A buffet restaurant/cafeteria serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bathing suits are not permitted. Shoes are required.
Ocean Grill - A casually elegant a la carte Seafood restaurant open for dinner only. Serving meat, fish and seafood on the grill. Reservations are required. Men must wear long pants.
Octopus - A casually elegant a la carte Caribbean restaurant open for dinner only. Reservations are required. Men must wear long pants.
Sapore di Mare - A casually elegant a la carte Italian restaurant open for dinner only. Reservations are required. Men must wear long pants.
Beach Club Caracol - Serving lunch and snacks.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Watersports, Beach & Pool Volleyball, Water Polo, Beach Olympic Games, Kayaks, Merengue & Spanish Lessons
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
There are evening activities for both adults and children including live music.
The Kids Club offers a variety of activities for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years.
Applicable Ages: 4-12 years

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: $
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
84 Recommend
84 past Apple Vacationers would recommend VH Gran Ventana to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Jul 25 2017
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First Vacation Together
Jul 27 2016
My boyfriend and I came to DR for our very first vacation as a couple. He'd never been to an all inclusive resort. We loved Gran Ventana! The staff was AMAZING. They were very kind and helpful. The food was delicious. The grounds were well maintained and the ocean was to die for. The only annoying thing was the hustlers on the beach but the hotel can't really control that. It was a great first vacation together. I could recommend this venue to others.
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7 times return guest
Mar 20 2016
We have been to Gran Ventana 7 years in a row and we have always found the people, food and quality A+. I highly recommend
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Mar 12 2016
The food was great. Towels were never in our room when we needed them. Staff would look away from you when passing in the hallways.
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Great Hotel & Staff!
Nov 13 2014
The hotel and staff were great! I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms, bathroom and entire hotel. Everything was amazing. My only complaint was that the pillows in the rooms were very uncomfortable and lumpy.
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Sep 01 2014
Food was decent but the variety was not. I was with my boyfriend who is a vegetarian and he had a difficult time finding things to eat without meat. Even things that did not require meat in them had meat.
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We won't be back, but it was a nice getaway
Jun 03 2014
This was our third time in the Dominican Republic. The first two times were in Punta Cana and we wanted to try something a little different this trip. Arrival at the airport: Apple vacations was easy to spot in their Hawaiian print shirts. The representative was friendly, welcomed us to the Dominican Republic and directed us to a bus that would bring us to the hotel. The bus was relativly comfortable and had A/C. Overall the ride was uneventful and took about 25 minutes. Arrival at the hotel: We arrived with one other couple at the hotel. An Apple representative retrieved the room keys from the front desk and gave us a quick overview of the hotel, the restaurants, our shuttle pickup time for return to the airport, and offered some different tours/excursions. We also received some chilled juice of some sort and a cold towel. Overall it was a smooth check-in and took minimal time. The room: The room was well kept and had a nice tropical feel. A mini fridge was stocked daily with water (don't drink the tap water), beer, and soda. The room was always clean when we returned. Alright, so you are probably thinking... "Why won't they be back? This sounds all good so far." And you would be right, this portion was all good... Let's continue. Food and Drinks Buffet food was mediocre at best. The octopus grill was the best on this trip. Italian was pretty good as well They did not have a single 'real' fruit juice to mix with at any of the bars or restaurants. The Orange Juice was some sort of imitation Tang / Orange Gatorade hybrid that was way too sweet, the pineapple juice was some sort of syrup, same with passion fruit juice, guava juice, and anything else ending in "juice." If you need to pick a mixer go with lemonade or cranberry. The alcohol itself was pretty terrible. Imagine the cheapest liquor you could buy, then cut that with some water. Overall the bartenders were rude and did not know how to make a good drink. Presidente beer was available, but also meh. Beach: The beach was gorgeous. White sands, clear water, good snorkeling... But the vendors were a nightmare. Literally every 3-5 minutes one would approach and try to sell you something. Cheap jewelry, cigars, horseback rides, etc. Even if you were polite and told them no, they would come back 5 minutes later. This killed the relaxation. Overall thoughts: 1) Look for somewhere with a private beach 2) Bar staff and drinks were poor 3) Food at buffet was always the same and not that good
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Room amenities
Jun 03 2014
The room was adequate but could have used a dresser for clothing and a comfortable chair. Only furniture was bed with two nite stands, a desk and a television cabinet. Also a wall mirror would have been nice.
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May 05 2014
The rooms in this hotel could use a lot of updating as they appeared to be tired and old. The beach and pools and common areas were all really nice. The only real problem we had with the hotel is that even though we went to make reservations for the restaurants as soon as we were able to we were only to make them for 1 night out of 5. They were either all booked up or closed. Some nights only one restaurant was open. I finally complained enough times and they got us into another night but it was the same restaurant so we had to eat there 2 times. This is unacceptable; if I want to eat at a buffet all the time I can do that at home. When we did eat at the restaurants they only appeared to be 2/3 full so I think that this issue needs to be addressed. The Apple reps did a nice job of all transfers.
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wonderful time
Apr 03 2014
We had a great stay at the resort. It was clean . Ever was organ and the staff was so accommodating. Very friendly and helpful as well.
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Amazing staff!
Mar 23 2014
The staff was so amazing and accommodating. They definitely made the trip.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
First stay a pleasant surprise
Melodaine B,
Wed Jan 17 12:48:19 EST 2018
Stay a Gran Ventana for six days and had a great time. Resort is in a great location in a beautiful peaceful area called Playa Dorado. Room was located in a quiet section of the complex near a quiet pool. A bit of a walk from the hotels central area and beach but we loved the peacefulness. Room was very spacious and housekeeping keeps complex meticulous. Buffet food offers a great variety and food is good. There are 3 speciality restaurants which were good also. The Staff at the Octopus restaurant seemed uninterested in the guests and manager was crabby. Bar staff were very nice and attentive. Wine was HORRIBLE and served out of jugs that looked like what windshield washer fluid is stored in. Hotel offered bottled wine for an extra charge but it was very pricey. Rooms were comfortable but pillows were like sandbags. Check in was quick but front desk staff offered no information about the complex and just pointed to the general area of our room and said find it over there. No info regarding signing up for specialty restaurants, internet or room safe was offered. So front staff service could be improved especially for first time visitors. All in all, would definitely consider going back.

Average at best
Stephen I, stoke on trent
Wed Jan 17 08:59:34 EST 2018
We stayed here for three weeks from 12th Dec to 2nd Jan and overall was ok but nothing like the great reviews you see and cannot find a reason why i would want to come back. We had paid for the upgrade which overall was not worth the money if you pay the full price we made use of the beach most days but as for the vintage club its nice but just too quiet. The beach service was good but the beach is very average seen a lot better in mexico and jamaica. The main pool always seemed quite lively the other pool never used. Food was ok but the xmas and New years eve gala dinner were very poor the worst i have seen so far apart from a few disaplaysround the buffet it was just your normal ever day choice. As for the so called alcarte resturants that they are not in anybodys wildest dreams just waiter service which can be poor and rushed all they want to do it serve you and get you out as quick as possible. New Years Eve They should have implemeneted a reservation system but the rep told us that since the hotel was not fully booked they had decided not to bother. We went down at 8pm had to queue to get in which was not a problem but when taken to our table it was not made up when they did we asked if could change table cloth since it had food stains from previous diners only to be told they did not have any clean ones , the napkin was paper and after waiting over 10 mins went and got our own drinks from the bar overall the whole nights experince was very poor and badly organised. The room was fine but was nothing special if this is what they called a superior room god knows what the rest are like. The staff are friendly but no more than most other places i have been. Overall itwas a nice break but cannot see what the attraction is to return year after year. I personally would not recommend this hotel far better out there for same money.

Lovely two week stay
Tim L, Greater London, United Kingdom
Wed Jan 17 08:19:01 EST 2018
Just back from a relaxing 2 week stay. Arrived later as planned but check in pretty smooth. The room was OK, big but needing a little refreshing. Hotel facilities pretty good with a nice clean pool area and a good beach area. Three bars for drinks and plenty of places to grab food. The buffet restaurant has a very good selection and found the Italian the best of the specialty restaurants. Animation team worked hard to keep people amused and the hotel staff were excellent. You'll need to get up early to get a sunbed with a shade and have patience with the free Wi-Fi. Overall a very good two weeks.

Excellent family vacation
SvetlanaStaneva, Antwerp, Belgium
Sun Jan 14 11:03:42 EST 2018
We stayed in this hotel in week between Christmas and New Year! We loved the location, the facilities and mostly the friendly personnel and the animator team. Our kids - girl (5 years old) and boy (14 years old) found the experience amazing! The aqua Zumba lessons in the pool, on the beach, the amazing pool party with many balloons and a lot of fun for the adults and the kids, make the Xmas experience memorable for the whole family. We will come back! Definitely!

Great family experience and FANTASTIC entertainment!
Sheryar M, Antwerp, Belgium
Sun Jan 14 10:54:20 EST 2018
Our holiday at Gran Ventana was a great experience. We arrived after a 10+ hour trip coming from Europe, and were happy to see the transport from the airport to the hotel was fluent and comfortable. After about half an hour we arrived in a world of welcoming warmth, smiles, fun and sunshine. The food selection is great and a lot of variety, and the a la carte restaurants provide an occasional difference scene and flavour. With kids though, we found it easier to go to the buffet, and have them select the things they like, on top of the things we propose for their daily dose of vitamins and greens. Where this hotel really shines is with their entertainment team. Especially Alessandro, Robert, Chocolate and the lady from the Kids Club all deserve our warmest grattitude as do all of their colleagues.The daily bacchata lessons and especially the AMAZING zumba classes by internationally renowned Zumba instructor Svetlana from Belgium were a thrill and a highlight. So was the pool volleyball tournament against the Entertainment team. We BEAT you guys. Yeeeeeeaah! We 'll consider allowing you a rematch next year... ;)

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