While we have been down in the Dominican Republic, we have come to absolutely love, trust and adore the Playa Resorts collection of hotels. This includes their Sanctuary Cap Cana, Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Cap Cana and the Hilton La Romana properties. Particularly during this unusual time, we’ve found their covid precautions to be excellent, their service to be wonderful and the experiences to be unparalleled. We were ecstatic to have the opportunity to try their Hilton La Romana property last weekend and can’t wait to tell you everything you need to know.

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The Hilton La Romana is situated on an incredible bay about 1 hour from the Punta Cana airport and about 90 minutes from the Santo Domingo airport. This is particularly convenient for travelers scouring for flight deals as these two airports are major international airports. The other thing to note about the location is the hotel is located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. The primary trade winds and current run offshore for the most part, with exceptions for rare weather and storms. This means that the property does not suffer from quite the same sargassum invasion as the rest of the Punta Cana area. This is particularly excellent news for guests traveling during the warmer summer months, where beaches like Bavaro are absolutely pummeled by sargassum.

We were booked into the Premium Swim-up King room, meaning we have access to the club level on the adults-only side of the resort. Often, when we have showed up to resorts with a club level reservation, there has been a lot of confusion around the check in experience. However, this was absolutely not the case at the Hilton. We arrived at the lobby and were immediately assisted by the bellmen, who thanks to the security gate, knew our reservation was club level and directed us straight to the lounge. Since two other couples were checking in or out at the time, he took us towards one of the many seating areas to wait to check in. While we waited we were served a welcome drink of our choice (obviously, Rosé was in the picture).

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We were checked into our Premium Swim Out Garden View King and overall, we really liked the aesthetic, use of space and modern amenities. The room is certainly on the small side, coming in at 411 square feet and this is the standard size of every room in the complex, with the exception of the few suites available. The suites come in at just around 828, about double the size of every other room type. Every room at both the Adults or the Family hotel are the exact same in terms of size, amenities and aesthetic. There are no “unique” rooms or shapes to be found, so what you see on the website is exactly what you’re going to get. The difference you will find is simply the views. The Swim Out rooms on the premium adults side face away from the resort and are incredibly private. There is no walkway or building on the other side of the pool, making this a very desirable swim out room. I typically tend to steer away from swim outs due to their, usually, very public locations on walkways or main areas of the resort. While this is what some people do like, it’s usually not our go-to.

Overall, we would 100% recommend this property. If available to you, the club level + butler experience take the vacation to the next level. However, even just as a standard guest, we truly feel that this Hilton La Romana is one of the areas best kept secrets. The Bayahibe bay with its calm waters, spectacular sunsets and the excellent service from staff make this a true winner.

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00:00​​ – Intro

00:54​ – Location

02:27​ – Lobby & Check in

04:59​ – Rooms

06:54​ – Service

08:18​ – Dining

11:04​ – Facilities

14:23​ – Style

15:39​- COVID-19 RATING

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Disclaimer: We were hosted by Hilton La Romana on a media stay. Please know the opinions expressed are all our own and may not reflect the hotel’s own views.

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