Originally Posted by AliMcBaal
Thx Rachel - very good info to know about the Mismaloya area.
We are thinking about Barcelo as a resort - how did you/your guests like it? What kind of vibe was it? (we have a pretty wild group) We read on TripAdvisor people got sick from the food... how was your experience there? One last question, how far/easy was it to get to the downtown area?
Well I stayed there back in 2008 so I can't comment on the food- although no one was sick on our trip. As for tripadvisor, I take all that info with a grain of salt. You can get sick anywhere and another thing to think about with buffets- it might not necessarily be the food, but rather people having dirty hands and using the utensils to dish up their food. So you can wash your hands before you go to the buffet, but it doesn't do any good unless EVERYONE does it. I always pack hand sanitzer and give my hands a good dousing before eating the food.
As for the hotel, we stayed there two weeks- and the first week was spring break. It was pretty wild in the pool at times. However, once all our guests left and we honeymooned the second week, it was much more calm and old people-ish. It was fine for us, but I'm not sure if our group made it fun or if the resort did- kwim?
Very easy to get to downtown. You can always take a taxi, but we just walked across the street and caught the bus. It came every 15 mins and dropped you off right downtown. We used it basically each time we went in, except on the wedding day. We paid for taxis there and back for our guests.