4.5
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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

With a stay at Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, you’ll be on the beach and convenient to Lorilar Ranch and Playa Dorada. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Long Beach and Playa Dorada Golf Club.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 516 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a nightclub, a complimentary water park, and a health club. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and shopping on site.

Food & Drink

This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Grab a bite to eat at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 5 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 5 bars/lounges. A complimentary breakfast is included.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include multilingual staff and luggage storage. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive
Carretera Luperon, Km 4
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 8050 Reviews
Great Second Visit
Reviewed 3 hours ago

If the Iberostar Costa Dorada (ICD) is in your price range, you can't go wrong. I wouldn't to call it a 5-star hotel because obviously if you want to spend more you can find something better, but we paid $1000 USD/person for 1 week. In his price range, you'll be hard pressed to find something better than the ICD

Hotel Grounds/Rooms
The hotel grounds are totally immaculate. Every inch of this place is manicured and beautiful. The rooms are dated but spacious and have lovely large balconies. There are no robes in the rooms, but there is a complimentary mini bar which they fill every day. Not a great variety of TV channels but that didn't bother me very much. Comfy beds and housekeeping is amazing. The room is always clean.

Beach/Pool
The pool has a swim up bar and is lovely, but we didn't use the pool so it's all I can say about that. The beach is long enough to have about a 1 hour walk, end to end. Unfortunately the ICD is located at the part of the beach with the most seaweed so you have to walk around it. When swimming in the ocean, we walked about 3 minutes west as there was little to no seaweed nearby. There were lots of vendors who could be pushy. We found them annoying. There are lots of beach loungers. I found the newer grey ones to be very uncomfortable though. The yellow ones don't look as nice but I liked them much more.

Food
The food was very good. we had a large variety from ribs to lobster to paella made on the beach. If you eat meat, you won't go hungry. I tried to make healthy choices while I was there and enjoyed a relatively low carb diet - it's possible! of course I indulged - it's a vacation. There was ice cream and delicious churros. We went to all 3 a la cart restaurants and none really stood out except the Japanese as it was a unique experience. The buffet had a different theme every night. Latin, Asian, Mexican, Dominican, Tex Mex, Italian. I do wish the hotel posted the weekly schedule so you could plan your a la cartes accordingly. There were times when food was scare - between 5pm and 6pm and after 10pm. The nacho snacks were great!

Drinks
The sugary drinks were delicious, but neither me nor my partner drink a lot. Not a lot of top shelf choices. mostly local brands

Staff/Entertainment
Can't say enough here. There's nothing they won't do. Very helpful and engaged and probably work way too hard. Our one complaint about the service is that it was SO good but we didn't come with enough $1 bills. We had to stand in line every morning to either be told that they could only change $10 or to come back later. I understand that everyone wants $1 bills so they run low but they should really be prepared. We are trying to pay the hard working staff. After bringing it up to the manager we got enough for a few days, but having to stand in line each morning and having to escalate it was annoying. They should make it VERY easy for us to spend money at their resort. If you plan on tipping, bring lots of dollar bills so you don't have to make change

Other
1. The smokers at the resort made it impossible to enjoy the evenings. No matter where we sat, a smoker sat near by. It was disgusting. It smells bad, it's toxic and just plain annoying. This one thing alone would make me pause before i booked here again. There needs to be a non-smoking area because it's very off-putting to be around the awful smell all evening.
2. There was free wifi throughout the resort. I will NEVER stay at a place that does not offer free wifi. It is a strong signal and we only had to log in once for the entire week. we had 2 devices each.
3. Not the hotel's issue, but something to be aware of - the Puerto Plata airport is awful. No online check in, very long lines, no airport speakers to announce when flights are boarding so you just have to wait around until the last person boards. They also took about 20 minutes to give our flight the necessary paperwork to take off. Just brutal
4. There's a weekly beach party at night and a highly disco. We never went to the disco but the beach party was a nice way to change things up
5. They do not serve straws at this hotel. Top marks for being environmentally responsible
6. They offer a prestige package for $40USD/person per day which we did not get. It's a new program so right now we didn't see any real benefit other than a small coffee lounge and a secluded outdoor seating area. It looks like they are building a new bar - not sure if this will be for prestige clients only or not. Bottom line is right now the package isn't worth it, but as they tweak it, the value proposition may improve.

returning to the Iberostar
Reviewed 8 hours ago

This was our second time at the Iberostar.We got a room very close to where we requested via Email.We had a great time,Everyone that works there was super friendly. The grounds were maintained really well. We only ate at the buffet because there was always great food There are theme nights at the buffet every night. The beach was great. Part of the beach seems to gather seaweed some days but they work hard at removing it. It tends to get windy at the beach in the afternoon. Peacocks wander the resort all day and there are cats that like to visit everyone. Overall it is an older resort that is beautiful and everyone there does their best to make your vacation fun. Really friendly staff.

Iberostar
Reviewed 1 day ago

My stay at Iberostar was great. The food was great. The staff was excellent but in particular Robinson. He knowns how to take care of his customers. He was very helpful and informative about the hotel and Puerto Plata. I would recommend Iberostar to anyone

Great resort, great vacation!
Reviewed 1 day ago

My husband and I booked this trip as a last minute get away so we werent expecting too much. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our stay at Iberostar Costa Dorada immensly. This is an older resort and could maybe use some updating but everything is very clean and well kept. Our room was ocean view but was more like ocean front and was right near the beach,,,,the view was spectacular.The food was very good. There is a nice buffet for 3 meals and then a buffet for snacks and lunch that is near the beach. There are 3 alacarte restaurants but we only ate at the mexican,,,which was really good.The staff are all very friendly and go above and beyond to please...we really liked Christine....she is a sweetheart and showed us to our rooms and explained everything to us.There is a large pool in the middle of the resort and the animation crew kept everyone busy and entertained. The beach was amazing and you could walk for miles. The ocean was pretty calm for most of our stay but got a bit rough the last few days. The whole resort is well laid out and very beautiful...you can feed peacocks that walk around freely!! We would definately recommend this resort and look forward to visiting again someday soon.

relaxing vacation
Reviewed 2 days ago

Arrived on a Saturday afternoon, welcomed at reception with a drink and the quickest check in by Robison we have ever experienced. Nelson immediately greeted us and became our source of information on booking a la cartes, excursion and answered all of our questions, great guy!. Our room was spacious, comfortable bed and AC, clean and fridge well stocked daily! Maids did a great job cleaning the room daily. We were ground floor by the snack bar and we were worried it would be noisy but it was fine. The security does a great job keeping things quiet into the evening and even suggested we go with our speaker/music one evening around 10pm from the pool area down to the beach which is well lit to continue our little private party. The food was great as there was something for everyone and the buffet was usually well stocked and presented well. Loved the ice cream cone machine by the snack bar! We really liked all three a la cartes and the wine at them is way better than the house wine at the bars, which I did not like at all. The service and food is very good at all three. A few nights at 11 p.m. we found food at one of the restaurants and Carlos would be there with a smile and filling our water glasses while we ate burgers and cheese smothered nachos! In the lobby one rainy morning the pastries were amazing and coffee was great and they had stacks of board games, really nice idea! The staff were very friendly and service was very good for all meals. Domingo and Miriam were lovely always there to fill our glasses and clear our dishes. They all work so hard and long hours. William, Efrain and Daisy at the lobby bar were very attentive and we never had to wait long for a drink . The drinks were very good, good selection and quality. Beach was good lots of shade and chairs. Too bad there is so much plastic/garbage as your walk past the resort it really is a shame there is so much pollution. We thought the government should offer to pay for plastic bottles then the locals could earn some money and it could be cleaned up. Seaweed was always being cleaned up but due the the waves and current it seemed to be a tough task. The lady that cleans the bathroom by the pool does an amazing job! As well as the lady who cleans the lobby bar bathroom she was always smiling and pleasant and did a great job. We enjoyed the waves and had fun with tubes we purchased in the gift shop. Overall this is one of the best all inclusive resorts we have been to for the price and we would consider returning.