Iberostar Costa Dorada

4.5 star rating

This hotel is rated between 4 and 5 stars. 4 star - Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services. 5 star - Exceptional accommodation with superior facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 8552 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4.5

    Location

    Location-4.5

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-4.5

    Value

    Value-4.5

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Relaxing vacation

    Reviewed by Catherine G(Ottawa) on Jan 14, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    We just returned from Iberostar Costa Dorada, and we would return here for a vacation if we just want to chill somewhere warm by the ocean ... We've been to two other Iberostars - Hacienda Dominicus and Rose Hall Suites. We like the company's commitment to the environment. We used to be Sandals people but Sandals is now way overpriced for what they offer, plus we find the Sandals local flavour has become 'homogenized' since Adam took over. We've also done Occidental and Palladium resorts in the Caribbean. Costa Dorada is smallish, but very well laid out - perfect size in our opinion. FOOD - we only ate at the buffet (not fans of 2 hour sit down dinners where the food is not likely worth it) and the buffet food was always excellent - great selection, very tasty. Food and snacks available all day from 8am to whenever you crash. ROOM - we splurged for an ocean front junior suite, but could only see patches of ocean 200-300 yards away through the palm fronds. It is true, if you want to see more ocean, go for a 2nd floor room - we were on the 3rd floor. Still, these are not 'ocean front' - all the ocean front rooms here are well back from the beach. Balconies are great - love the sound of waves. EXCURSIONS - we did the Sosua snorkel trip and the horseback riding 1/2 day trip through the countryside. Sosua snorkelling is bus to Sosua, get on a boat, and then snorkel 15-20 feet above '3 rocks' and do a quick pass by the 'channel' and swim to the beach. Glad we didn't kit up and scuba - reefs are in bad shape, and not much to see. Still - fun for the 3 hours and the kids on the tour were happy to see a school of grunts which followed us (actually the guide who fed them). The horseback riding was good, although the horses we were on and those we saw throughout the tour are small (12-13 hands) - so if you're a tall person like me not a great fit. Still nice 2 hour horse ride through the countryside at the foot of the mountain. Crazy Alex was a great guide and made this excursion fun. BEACH - is beautiful, well maintained by Iberostar. The 7 days we were there, it was really windy, so could only swim in the ocean some of the time. It is possible to walk about 3 km along the beach - on one side is a market which sells tourist stuff - ask for Alfredo to take you there ... RESORT ACTIVITIES - at other Iberostars there was volleyball (pool or beach - both of which I love) or water polo (which I came to love), but here at least when we were there, it was back to back yoga, zumba, water aerobics, etc. They also had archery and shooting. We never did play tennis but I hear that was good here. It may have been the week we were there, but activities seemed pretty scattershot and irregular - not as advertised. Dressel Divers staff were awesome. STAFF - were all very friendly and pleasant. The housekeeping staff were exceptional. The buffet staff were great. OVERALL - we would go back here if we wanted to just chill out for a week for a decent price. this would be a good choice for a group of friends vacationing on a budget balanced against good food and great staff.

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-5

    Average beach hotel

    Reviewed by mangacaras(Helsinki, Finland) on Jan 14, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			3
			 out of 5

    Hotel is nice but slightly outdated beach hotel. Swimming in the sea was disgusting due to the abundance of algae and seagrass. In addition, in bad weather, the ocean had a heavy current and a red flag. The over-eager lifeguard didn't even let me stand in the beach water while there was an red flag. The pool area is small, but ok if you can swim in the ocean with seagrass and algae. The bottom of the pools was white, so it was difficult to see the depth of the bottom when swimming. The hotel cleans the swimming pools with some really powerful cleanser, because one day I swam for two hours or so and got severe respiratory symptoms. In addition, I suspect that this white coating on the bottom of the pool released dust to the airways while swimming. The room bathroom was remodeled which was ok. It would be a good idea to renovate the furniture for the day as well, for example in the rooms, in restaurants etc. The furniture seems to have been in hotel since the 1980s. There were two cockroaches in my room and a number of big spiders. There should be more bars, especially in the evenings. For example, the beach bar never had wines available. The evening bar is located next to the lobby. If you come to the hotel in the evening to check in, first you see lobby bar and then show disco, which is next to lobby. It is like coming to disco after long flight. The drinks are clearly regulated, because you get so little wine at a time, so you need to ask more all the time. Food at the buffet was ok, but there should have been more theme nights. I went to eat at a Mexican restaurant and all the time there was a feeling that I had to eat fast (less than 30min) because the next ones were coming in.

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4

    Service

    Service-3

    Value

    Value-3

    Lots of fun but.....

    Reviewed by ngates54(New York City, New York) on Jan 13, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    I can't compliment staff enough for their good cheer and helpfulness with everything, from the wait staff to entertainment. it was all good. Staff tries very hard on many levels to keep guests entertained. My only complaint were the few cats on the property that obviously were not spayed/neutered. They SHOULD be there as I noticed rat traps on the property. With all the food being wasted and thrown away by guests, of course there would be rodents and the cats will control that. However a small kitten, only a few weeks old peeped out of some bushes. I will always be haunted by that little face, the future it has - that will forever remain a memory of my vacation to DR. Other properties like Disney have cats to take care of rodent control, so the cats have an important job there. Be the Wave of Change in other ways Iberostar and instead of exterminating the cats, spay/neuter them. Other animal lovers will very much appreciate and applaud that change. I wasn't fond of the flamingos having to listen to all that loudness with no place to get away and hide either.

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4

    Location

    Location-4

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-5

    Value

    Value-5

    good comfort

    Reviewed by 944guillermod() on Jan 12, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    It is the second time I visited this hotel and I really thought it was something great and every time they are improving more and more and something great to be able to vote the extres and the fatigue of work and the house to the truth is something super phenomenal to be able to spend the day in the beach and then to be able to eat a meal so rich that the animation makes your days relax and enjoy singing

    Good and good

    Reviewed by 59starlyns() on Jan 12, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    “The attention of the staff, clean beach area, good service by the staff in all areas, lots of entertainment, we loved it, and the rooms are very comfortable, I recommend it because I know you will enjoy it just as I hope to return soon