Hotel Review: Westin Puntacana Resort, Dominican Republic
Max and I booked a two night stay at the Westin Punta Cana on a short trip to exchange a rental car back in October. We booked our stay using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points and got a great deal, thanks to the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s 25% bonus when redeeming through their portal. Overall, the Westin is exactly what you would expect from a Westin hotel: clean, safe and quiet. Stay tuned for the end where we discuss our new COVID-19 Safety Rating — a score that does not impact the overall rating, but is a standalone score.
The Westin is located inside the Punta Cana Resort gated community. It’s literally located next to the airport, making it an incredibly convenient escape for travelers. The grounds are beautifully manicured and the beach is sparkling white. There is quite a current off the beach, so that’s one thing to keep in mind if you swim in the ocean. The water is spectacular and they do have a sargassum barrier that lines the Punta Cana Resort community (one of the advantages of staying in a hotel at one of the communities).
We booked a premium room with an ocean view and I can say I would probably not bother with the upgrade next time. The room was nice enough, but the standard rooms had the same view – so not worth it in our book. The Westin is part of the Punta Cana Resort & Club complex, allowing guests to explore a safe, lush complex with multiple hotels and restaurants.
The beachfront is spectacular, with limited sargassum thanks to the extensive barrier around the entire complex. The Westin has a nice pool area with ample seating as well as ample beach seating. Guests have free access to the lagoons and cave-like formations at a facility inside the complex, however, we did not get to try it due to some confusion around the opening and closing times. The spa is inside the greater complex as well, at the Six Senses Spa, and the hotel will drive you to the spa and pick you up.
The dining at the Westin was ok – not bad, but not great either. Their appetizers at dinner were good, but the entrees themselves were cold and not particularly great. The breakfast was, again, ok. Not great, not terrible. If you are on a breakfast plan, keep in mind that the “speciality” juice is an extra $7.20 USD.
The style was exactly what we were expected and what we wanted for the Westin. The rooms are clean, simple and thoughtfully considered for what guests need and want. The bedding is comfortable, fluffy and true to the Westin Heavenly Bed standard. The rooms are simple, but refreshed and have exactly what you need to work, relax and enjoy the property. The rest of the property felt very much the same: simple, clean and nicely refurbished. If you close the blinds, you could be anywhere and that’s exactly what makes the Westin consistent anywhere you go in the world. You won’t find avant-gard decor here, it’s just simple…the Westin.
Overall, the Westin was pretty much what we expected. A solid 4 stars. Nice rooms, nice facilities, ok service and ok food. It’s a great place if you’re looking to relax on a quiet beach and venture off the property for dinner. We appreciated their Mask requirements in public places and did find that the staff did an overall good job when it came to precautions.
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