Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Punta Cana Review

Book the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Punta Cana here.

The city development in Punta Cana on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic is rather new and the 'city' has just sprung up after the construction of the new airport. The Four Points is just one mile off the departure gates and just 3 miles from the Westin Punta Cana.

Unbeknownst to be, the area is also 15 miles east of the busy beaches of Bavaro – it's eerily empty in the adjacent Punta Cana village and beaches in fact!

I had booked a 5 night redemption using Starpoints. Since the 5th night is free and the hotel is a Starwood Category 1, I paid just 2,800 points per night (including one weekend night at 4,000). Regular hotel rates (incl. the high taxes and resort fees) came to $150 – that's 3 cents per Starpoint.

The hotel just opened in January 2014 and is certainly above Four Points standard in the US. I liked the spacious and modern lobby. The staff were extremely friendly and fluent in English and while my Suite Night upgrade hadn't cleared (and was refunded) the agent was able to upgrade me for 5 nights right away to a suite – wow!

The suite itself was huge for a Four Points – it did not feel luxurious but rather more like a 1 bedroom vacation rental with a huge king size bed, very spacious bathroom and a well-designed living room.

I was really happy with the room!

The breakfast set-up was a bit of confusion since the hotel provides just 'continental breakfast' to Platinum guests. That's all well and good but the waiting staff in the breakfast hall and the front desk seemed at constant odds. I was fine with continental breakfast (though at check-in it totally escaped me that I should have chosen this amenity instead of the minuscule 250 Starpoints).

The breakfast wasn't great – I stopped eating it at day 3. There is a grocery story just outside the hotel which is surprising given the lack visitors this area gets. It had everything I needed for breakfast 🙂

The best part of the Four Points is that it allows you to use the facilities of the nearby Westin Punta Cana. It's a fantastic hotel built at one of the Caribbean's best beaches. Most Dominican Republic hotels are all-inclusive and do not allow guest access so this was the best place to be. There is also a Playa Blanca next door which is another pretty beach.

Since taxi rates are outrageous (20 dollars for a 5 minute ride in a country where 99% of people do not earn $2 per hour) the free hotel shuttle was a godsend.

I was VERY happy with my stay – this must be one of the best deals left in the Starwood Preferred Guest! The food (besides the rotisserie chicken at the grocery store) left much to be desired – it was rather expensive and mediocre.

2,800 Starpoints can be manufactured for $28 – the Four Points provided at least $200 in value to me. Amazing!

Book the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Punta Cana here.

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4.5 / 5 stars