Separate lobby for groups means check-in lines aren't exhausting like they are at most resorts
Sprawling property; some rooms are far from main pool and beach (though hotel does have a shuttle)
The massive, all-inclusive Hard Rock is a sleek option in Punta Cana, located on a gorgeous stretch of white-sand beach. Getting from one place to the other on the sprawling property can take some time, but the hotel provides a shuttle. In addition, the size allows the resort to have broad appeal -- it attracts families, couples, and partiers. The signature Hard Rock rocker vibe can be seen throughout the hotel, whether it be in the music-themed decor or the free guitar rentals. On-site amenities such as tennis, golf, and horseback riding help keep guests busy. There are plenty of dining options as well.
There's a little something for everyone at the Hard Rock.
The 1,787-room Hard Rock sits on a massive piece of property along a large stretch of beautiful, white-sand beach. The downside to its size? It can take quite some time to get from point A to point B (the hotel provides a shuttle). The upside? Everything is massive, from the 60,000 square-foot spa to the 65,000 square feet of meeting space to the 45,000 square-foot casino. And the casino is top-notch: Though its not open 24/7, its arguably the best casino in the D.R., offering a bar and plenty of music-oriented paraphernalia.
The resort attracts all kinds of visitors. Couples can lounge by the adults-only pool and stay in a section of the resort that is also adults only, while families can take advantage of the three kids' pools, the kids' club, the arcade, the climbing tower, and the mini-golf course. But as a Hard Rock property, a rocker vibe is, of course, ever-present: Not only does the resort feature a nightclub and 15 bars, but it offers the signature Hard Rock guitar rentals, in which guests can rent a guitar of their choosing for 48 hours. Though the service is free, guests must provide a credit card in case of any damage.
With 10 restaurants and 15 bars, there are plenty of dining options here. Unlike at some all-inclusive resorts in the area, the food on average is pretty tasty. For fine dining with an edge, celebrity "Rock n' Roll Chef" Kerry Simon serves up contemporary California cuisine in his organic restaurant, Simon Mansion and Supper Club. But even the sushi bar at the adults-only pool offers solid Japanese fare, and numerous booths -- such as a coffee bar, an ice cream parlor, and a pastry shop -- help ensure guests have plenty of options.
The Hard Rock is a 35-minute taxi ride from Punta Cana International Airport, and it's among 50-plus resorts piled on top of one another on a giant strip of white-sand beach. But there's not much here outside the resorts.
The Hard Rock, part of the long line of resorts that sit along the beaches of Punta Cana, is on the northern end of the stretch. It is located on a huge stretch of sand, however, which gives it a slightly less cramped feel, though the calm waters attract plenty of sunbathers and swimmers.
The Punta Cana Airport is about a 35-minute taxi ride away.
Plenty of freebies make this upscale pick an affordable option as well.
This all-inclusive property may be slightly more expensive than neighboring resorts, but it offers a lot of bang for your buck. Many activities (excluding golf and horseback riding) are included, and unlike at resorts such as Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe and Now Larimar, all guests (not just those who have upgraded to a higher status) receive 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, and in-room liquor dispensers included in the price.
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