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#401 jessyg20

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    Posted 08 August 2009 - 04:01 PM

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Msbettybernier
    Jessy
    Thanks for keeping my hopes up. I will b calling DR tomorrow in an attempt to reach someone.

    Jessy since you are my only resource rt now, please answer these Qs if you can:
    1) I tried to dwnload the Word Docs detailing the Wedding packages offered at NH, but I could not open them; thus, can you pls post them? It matters not that the prices may be outdated bc at least I'll have something to gage from;
    2) How do the rooms/suites look? Spacious? modern? clean? working air conditioning? Double sinks? Closet space? No major bug issues(I know its the Caribbean)
    3) Can you please post pics of the suite if you took any?***
    4) Was your reception Private or semi private?
    5) Top shelf liquor offered at hotel? At your reception, were drinks served?

    Hi! Ok here we go...
    I Sent you a seperate email with the packages back in Jan 08. I'm sure it's all changed now.

    The Rooms: Well, on my first visit I decided to upgrade on arrival to the Paradise club. I thought it was great. Then on my actual wedding weekend we hoped we could be upgraded but the really nice suites were not available. Only the deluxe Paradise rooms or the standard deluxe rooms were available. So the receptionist told us: “to be honest, its not that big of a deal!” Boy was she right. She took us to compare the Paradise deluxe room and a regular room with an amazing view. We took the regular room.
    Here’s why:
    Paridise Rooms have the tub in the balcony. Not very private!
    On our first visit we had onlookers gazing at us when we were in the tub.
    The regular rooms have the tub inside, so much nicer!! So for couples I recommend the regular rooms. Now for your guests that are not couples, those sharing a room for double occupancy, I recommend they upgrade their rooms to Paradise Club. That was the only complaint some of my friends who were sharing rooms had. The lack of privacy in the bathroom is an issue in the regular rooms because there’s no wall separating the beds to the
    bathroom, only a frosted glass. Everyone joked that their bodily functions echoed! lol The paradise Club rooms do have a wall that enclose the bathroom away from bedroom.

    I found it less expensive to upgrade your room on day of arrival if you decide to go that route. In my opinion the Paradise Club Suites are beautiful! We just thought it wasn’t worth the money to us since we had SOOO much going on around the resort and we weren’t going to enjoy the room as much. (Sad, but It made us eager for the Honeymoon even more! lol)

    Now….if you are a drinker, at least upgrade to wristband that allows you the premium drinks. This also allows you to use their Paradise Club lounge and private pools. That was worth the $50/day extra for booze vs. $150/day for room and booze. That’s just my suggestion.

    The rooms are clean and the AC is great. ALL the rooms have a spacious layout. As you can see in my picture with all my luggage and assembly line of bags and cookies, i had room to work with. The closets are ok. I’m pretty organized so I took all my clothes and stored in the dresser and some we hung. The bathroom is great too. Sink was fine. Shower is great too.

    Bugs? Well, not inside the room but those suckers (mosquitoes) do get you once in awhile outside. So do take some bug spray!

    PICS: All my pics are at home and I'm stuck working til 9p with no access to photobucket, ugh… I will post later on tonight!

    Reception: My reception was private. We had it in the Italian Restaurant. It was closed to the public. The private reception is worth it IF you have a large guest list. We were 96. So we HAD to. The restaurant was closed the whole day, so decorating it was easy. The staff was wonderful too.

    We also had a semi-private rehearsal dinner at the buffet lounge. They close off a wing of the restaurant for all 96 of us, and it worked out great too, for free (well we tipped the manager and servers and they were hand and foot for all of us).

    Liquor: Most of my guests did not upgrade to the premium but that’s because they were beer drinkers. Those that did were happy they did.

    As for the booze at my reception and cocktail party: Yes, we used premium liquor that we purchased outside the resort. We asked for bartender service at the reception (since it’s not included) and they gave us the cocktail hour bartender for free (so they say, lol). So we had the resorts regular liquor plus the bottles we added of our premium stuff for whoever wanted the good stuff.

    Again, it depends how many guests you have on what you want to do.
    The Alizos bar is across the courtyard from this restaurant and if we had a small party, maybe I would have not considered serving booze for the wedding, but with 96 crazy family & friends that love drinking and dancing, I had to. A smaller group you can get away with people walking in and out to get a drink, but not 96. The majority of my guests were adults.

    The resort also gives you choice to serve the bubbly wine during reception or during cocktail hour. We used this wine for the toast but it’s an option. Or you they can serve the house wine and beer.

    Wow sorry so long, but I think I answered all your questions and some!
    Jessy

    My Planning Thread-Updated Links
    http://bestdestinati....-thread-30226/
    Wedding Pictures Link Threadhttp://bestdestinati....perfect-31186/NH Arena Real Wedding Reviewhttp://bestdestinati....ew-pics-32477/

    #402 jessyg20

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      Posted 09 August 2009 - 07:18 AM

      PARADISE CLUB SUITES....OCEAN VIEW (I dont have pictures of the inside but i hear they are huge!)
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      PARADISE CLUB DELUXE ROOM
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      STANDARD DELUXE ROOM
      (This was the the Standard view with the incredible view)
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      (excuse the mess in this pic...we were packing...I think lol...but it's the same room except it has an open area to the bathroom vs. the wall in the Paradise Deluxe Room)
      Click the image to open in full size.
      Jessy

      My Planning Thread-Updated Links
      http://bestdestinati....-thread-30226/
      Wedding Pictures Link Threadhttp://bestdestinati....perfect-31186/NH Arena Real Wedding Reviewhttp://bestdestinati....ew-pics-32477/

      #403 lrfriendly

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        Posted 10 August 2009 - 10:56 PM

        Sorry it took me forever to respond but things here have not been to good. I have been in bed for over a week now. The email I have been using to speak to Mariana is mtngs.nhrealarena@nh-hotels.com. It does take her some time to get back to you so do not sweat it. All I have is the price list found online and I do not that a private reception is exta if you have more than 25 people. I will write back later when I am feeling up to it. Talk to you soon!
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        #404 Caribe

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          Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:31 PM

          I think it's always beautiful to be In this hotel.Next month I will be there again !! This time I will make the Trash the Dress in the pool with underwater photos !!I have for 2010 very spetziele Prices for all of you !! Have fun and enjoy the sun In Punta Cana !!!

          #405 Msbettybernier

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            Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:05 AM

            Wow! Thx Jesse for the review. All of the information is truly appreciated. The pics are really helping my fiance and I make a decision. The grounds of the hotel look beautiful.
            I didn't get the email with the old prices, but today, I finally got a response from Marianna Vilchez, the WC with the costs, costs for extras, pics, etc. I have a couple of more Qs for her so I am going to email her in the morning. I've been reading TripAdvisor reviews and was getting a bit worried when the emails I sent were bounced back to me. The prices aren't terrible.

            LR Friendly---Thx and feel Better! BTW-the email you posted is the email address for Mariana, as she responded to me via tht address.

            Jesse, it is ppl like you that make BDW.com an invaluable resource!
            ~MsBettyB soon to be MsBettyL~

            #406 jessyg20

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              Posted 07 September 2009 - 06:18 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Msbettybernier
              Wow! Thx Jesse for the review. All of the information is truly appreciated. The pics are really helping my fiance and I make a decision. The grounds of the hotel look beautiful.
              I didn't get the email with the old prices, but today, I finally got a response from Marianna Vilchez, the WC with the costs, costs for extras, pics, etc. I have a couple of more Qs for her so I am going to email her in the morning. I've been reading TripAdvisor reviews and was getting a bit worried when the emails I sent were bounced back to me. The prices aren't terrible.

              LR Friendly---Thx and feel Better! BTW-the email you posted is the email address for Mariana, as she responded to me via tht address.

              Jesse, it is ppl like you that make BDW.com an invaluable resource!
              Hey MsBetty-

              Just wondering if you ever got through to the resort?

              I'll be going there Sept 17th (to celebrate my birthday) for a week and wondering if you needed anything.
              Let me know. I'll have free internet access (thanks to the Paradise club computer room) so I'll keep you posted.


              Jessy

              My Planning Thread-Updated Links
              http://bestdestinati....-thread-30226/
              Wedding Pictures Link Threadhttp://bestdestinati....perfect-31186/NH Arena Real Wedding Reviewhttp://bestdestinati....ew-pics-32477/

              #407 lrfriendly

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                Posted 08 September 2009 - 08:26 AM

                Hi jessy,

                If they have an resort activity sheet ( a timeline on things that are happening) could you bring one home and email it to me?? I will be getting married on Nov 5th and have 33 guests that are already asking me when if they have water exercising?? LOL Thanks so much!!
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                #408 lrfriendly

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                  Posted 24 October 2009 - 11:09 PM

                  I was just informed that the resort does not have anything to steam the wrinkles on my wedding dress the day of the wedding. What did other brides do that got married at the NH Real? Or what does some people suggest?? Thanks
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                  #409 jessyg20

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                    Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:25 AM

                    HI! I took my travel steamer I purchased at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for some of those unwanted wrinkles. I also steamed it before I took it to DR and was very careful with the dress all the way there. My dress rode in 1st class, thanks to the friendly flight attendants of AA. Hope this helps.
                    Jessy

                    My Planning Thread-Updated Links
                    http://bestdestinati....-thread-30226/
                    Wedding Pictures Link Threadhttp://bestdestinati....perfect-31186/NH Arena Real Wedding Reviewhttp://bestdestinati....ew-pics-32477/

                    #410 Lindsay521

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                      Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:41 AM

                      Does anyone have the most up to date contact information?
                      I keep trying to send an email to the ones listed on this forum and they keep bouncing back as not deliverable.
                      Lindsay and Seth
                      March 28, 2010 - Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana




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