Rated 1 out of 5 by Fran This Hotel Needs More Lounge Chairs & / Or Another Pool
When we arrived at the pool we were told there were no more lounge chairs. They said people come to the pool btw 7-8:00AM to reserve chairs. We then proceeded to the beach & just stayed there. The next day we went back to the pool & there were 2 chairs left in the shade so we decided to go to the beach again. Only this time they didn't have any chairs left there either!! OUTRAGEOUS! I have no interest in reserving a chair at 7 AM ... it totally reminded us of a family trip to the Atlantis. RIDICULOUS!!! The manager somehow got us 2 chairs by the pool when we complained & even offered us a cabana. We told him we only wanted the chairs & weren't looking for anything free. After 2 hrs of enjoying the lounge chairs we went to get lunch & left some of our stuff on the chairs only to come back to find our stuff removed! Apparently the cabana was sold & they needed our chairs! NO APOLOGY was even given nor did they find us more chairs!!!! WE WILL NEVER GO BACK. The St. Regis should be ashamed to charge $1000 day without having enough chairs to accommodate ALL their guests. TRULY SHOCKING!!
January 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nicolas66 Wonderful property except for the beach
I really enjoyed my stay at the St. Regis in Puerto Rico. Everything was as expected from a St. Regis quality property. The staff was great, the room amazing, the "fern" restaurant world class, the pool distintive, and the stay incredible. I did not enjoy the beach...was a bit dirty and cloudy water. Unfortunately nothing to be done about the ocen water (there is a river that cuts thru the property that brings lots of "silt" to the ocen from the rain forest), but the would have expected a bit more about the beach...it was quite dirty with debries, platic bottles, etc.
December 9, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Traveler007 Service work required.
The location of the property is beautiful but the service needs great improvement. The staff is generally slow or nonexistent. With the exception of Jesus and Braulie at the Molasses Restaurant and Kathy at the Fern, the staff was underwhelming. The above mentioned individuals were wonderful . The property needs maintenance and there are not enough employees to service the guests. No guest carts to take guests from the Plantation House to various on property locations. I would not return to this property or recommend it.
April 8, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by GoodLifeAficionado1 Poor follow up with customers
I booked my stay for this property over a month in advance before my arrival and chose to use 3 of my earned suites stays that was awarded to me for becoming a repeated Platinum member. When I arrived to the property after my flight, I was told that I wasn't going to be living in a suite during my stay and that I would be placed in a regular/standard room. After speaking with the front counter staff about my suite being taken away, I was told that the suites are upon availability. I explained to staff that I was never informed via telephone or email that I wasn't going to be able to have a suite during my stay prior to my arrival and had I been, I would've re-scheduled my stay for another date or perhaps went to the property in Punta Mita, Mexico instead. I asked to be placed in an ocean-view room (standard) which was available at the time and I was still denied. I felt as though the rug was pulled from under me once I arrived .
Room Cleanliness -
When I arrived to my room (818) , there was a very bad mildew smell , worms on the floor in different areas and a lizard in the bathroom. Also the lights weren't working in parts of the room in which I called for maintenance to come and fix. I personally cleaned up the worm and lizard problem, but the mildew smell remained . I didn't complain to management about being switched to another room because I didn't want to go through the experience of rejection again . So I dealt with it instead.
Follow up with customers -
I think that St. Regis fail to do follow up with customers as promised. I was told before checking out of the property on Monday morning that I was going to be emailed information as it pertains to my bill due to some questionable charges that were placed on it . Here it is Wednesday morning 48 hours later and no one has yet to followup with me about the price adjustments being done about my breakfast charges. Not to mention informing me prior to arriving about not being able to live in a suite during my stay.
In conclusion -
I'd like to say that I enjoy being a platinum member of Starwood, but I didn't feel like a platinum member during my stay at this property. With this being said, these trips and stays don't come cheap. The way you make a person feel and how they're treated always be the deciding factor in the end. I don't want to feel bad about my experience with St. Regis (Bahia Beach) . I want this feeling to go away. Thank you for listening .
March 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 An overwhelming experience--Already booking a return
The Bahia Beach resort continued to exceed our expectations from the moment we walked through the big door until the saddest part--our departure. We highly recommend the rooms with their rain-showers and huge tubs. We loved the personal attention at the dining room at Fern. And, there is no better pool setting which we enhanced by renting a cabana. The prices are marketable for a 5-star resort, so don't expect to pay less. We even did the Zip-line tour and we'll be back!
May 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew333 Beautiful natural setting offers a great escape
After the fourth trip in less than two years, it's clear this destination is one that should make everyone's wish list! Nestled in a tropical and beautiful setting, this resort is a true escape.
*setting - you can't find a more beautiful and natural setting
*pool - it is masterfully designed with many levels and a feeling of privacy, even when completely full
*rooms - well designed with modern and very comfortable yet elegant and sophisticated furnishings
*privacy - if you want a true getaway and appreciate the opportunity to have your own space, you'll appreciate this resort and the layout
*Service - while the attempt and intent is appreciated, the small details are not consistently met....the timeliness of the details is where the opportunity exists. I do however want to thank Edwin for continuing to remember us as a returning guest (very few have done this), and Etienne, who was an extremely engaging server at Fern
*Food - while certain dishes and meals are good, there is a lack of options for restaurants...take advantage of the private dining...when they get it right, it's one of the best options.
*Grounds - while the natural setting and grounds are beautiful and someone may say i'm crazy to call it a con, the hotel has been around for two years and there are some areas that need addressed..i.e. marsh like grass right outside our patio and on the estate lawn, beach is raked by a large tractor, but consistently have to walk past trash all over the natural area of the beach.
Overall, it's a fantastic resort, hence our multiple trips back. The service is the biggest opportunity and once mastered, should be considered one of the top resorts in US/Caribbean!
December 2, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by markae49 Great location but poor service
Really good location but overall service is rather poor - everyone we met who worked there starts off by offering how can they help but then in practice everything falls over. It is a pity because the hotel is beautiful and has excellent facilities including great pool and beach but lacks motivated staff.
Also rooms were large but had musty old/smell. I have left the resort but still waiting for hotel manager to call me back from when I was staying there!
February 19, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Barcelona Not what I expected from a St. Regis Branded Property
I will not stay at this resort again. I've stayed at several St. Regis branded properties around the world and the first thing I expect is personalized service. I did not receive this at the Bahia.
The concept of a room butler was no more than an extension to room service. When I stayed at the St. Regis in NYC and Rome, the first person to greet me in my room was the room butler. In each scenario, this person did their best to understand my needs and accommodate my wishes. They knew when to serve tea and coffee, when to iron my travel wrinkled clothing, and every aspect of my itinerary. They made me feel special and not consider the cost of the hotel.
The Bahia was completely the opposite of this. The butler service was a maid from room service who did nothing to understand my needs. I even had to call the, butler service number, to get a roll of toilet tissue. Additionally, while the guys who drove my companion and I around the property were very courteous, we'd sometimes have to wait for more than 20 minutes to get picked up after calling for a vehicle. Several times she and I just walked to our destination, though it may have been on the opposite side of t he resort, out of frustration while waiting.
The simple stuff also vexed me. For instance, on our first night there, my companion and I had dinner at the Molasses restaurant on property. They ran out of bread, the mosquitos were unbearable, and they seemed understaffed for the evening. While the Mofongo was awesome, poor service overshadowed the quality and taste of the food. Some form of mosquito repellant should be distributed at check-in or be in the room. This had to be purchased additionally. The mosquitos really were bad.
What we thoroughly enjoyed were the additional services provided by the spa and our round of golf. Enough good things can't be said about these services. The spa was immaculate. Our massages were great. The yoga session with Melba was one of the best we've had.
The property is beautiful. The golf course, though very tough, just blew me away. Every hole was beautiful to my eyes. While all the sand traps and water, caused my back and hands a few problems, the surroundings took away any angst I felt while watching my handicap increase on every hole. However, the service I received from a hotel accommodations perspective, left a great deal to be desired.
I'm a platinum member that travels 60% plus of my time around the globe. I always stay at Starwood properties if they are available because of the level of service I generally get is great. My companion and I did not receive great service at the St. Regis Bahia Resort. Other than the amenities of the spa and golf course, I was not made to feel special. I had great buyers remorse as I was settling the bill when it was all over. I've never felt that way leaving a Starwood resort in the past. I won't be returning to this resort.
November 16, 2011