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    Quote Originally Posted by giallo View Post
    also heard a rumor that Hodelpa the hotel company who took over the embassy suite hotel in metro and the Talanquera hotel , was taking over the abandoned hotel next to Marbella condo and start remodeling it, so i did see all of positive things in the area, hope it continues.
    Its not a rumor, they will take over, they was planning to open it beginning of 2017, but they had to make a pause as they also adquired the Nicolas de Ovando Hotel and Mercure Hotel in Santo Domingo. Actually the Mercure Hotel is closed for remodelation and will be open in the summer 2017, so after that I think they will be able to continue with their new hotel in Juan Dolio next to Marbella.

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    * are u talking about the Barcelo cappella hotel

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    Quote Originally Posted by giallo View Post
    Was there this week from Wensday to Sunday , things seem to be picking up and getting better, on the weekend at the main entrance to Juan Dolio all the business were packed the restaurant,the bar, and liquor store, which has tables where u can get food and drinks, they both had DJ'S playing music, the rest of the main boulevard was slow except for El Meson and , Sal y Mar that had people. They were putting up new signs on the boulevard and cleaning up the highway all along Juan Dolio.
    Hemingway opened up there new boutique hotel did not see the inside but they did a great job all around the entrance and streets leading to it, also heard a rumor that Hodelpa the hotel company who took over the embassy suite hotel in metro and the Talanquera hotel , was taking over the abandoned hotel next to Marbella condo and start remodeling it, so i did see all of positive things in the area, hope it continues.
    The highway cleanup is the annual pre-Christmas cleanup for when the real money starts arriving from abroad to visit for the holidays. Same thing every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey007 View Post
    * are u talking about the Barcelo cappella hotel
    No, Its the building that was Hotel Melia, oposite to Capella in your way to El Concon next to Marbella.

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    What is happening at the Barceló Cappella? Are they making condo's out of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jruane44 View Post
    What is happening at the Barceló Cappella? Are they making condo's out of it?


    Closed. *No body knows what they will do, rumors says they want condos there, hope they dont and open another better Hotel

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    Took a trip over to Juan Dolio today, and here are some observations:
    1. Barceló Capella....Still closed, and nobody knows anything about future plans. The past swirling rumors aren't swirling any more, and the place is just....closed.
    2. Hotel Melia....Still sitting there like something out of Aleppo. Two security guards sitting out front on plastic chairs, with four stray dogs. In November, there were three dogs. Maybe this is progress. There are two pallets of cinder blocks sitting to the side. What this means? Nobody knows.
    3. The Leaning Tower of Juan Dolio....this is the "structure" next to Albatros, that yes, is leaning. A new, zink sheet fence (gotta love them) with a real padlock now runs the length of this odd creature. The side walls have been flashed over to give a concrete appearance, but does anybody really know? Nothing more/nothing less. Very bizarre.
    4. The boulevard is adorned with some fancy billboards announcing two "grand" projects: The first is The Villages at Juan Dolio, and the other is Aquarella. The Villages boasts of a mega shopping plaza, supermarket, restaurants, and a movie theatre. Unfortunately, aside from the billboard announcing it, nobody knows anything more about it. From one trusted source, "don't read into it, it's a bunch of horse crap". Not one iota of info on the internet regarding it. On a side note, I'm really wondering about the movie theatre concept, if there is one in mind. It wouldn't be huge, but I wonder in what language would they offer the movies in? Juan Dolio has many Italians, who speak yes, Italian. You have your English speakers from various countries, and then you have...you guessed it....Spanish speakers. Just wondering, and it makes for good conversation over a bottle of wine or a few beers.
    As far as Aquarella, again locals don't seem to have much info. Now when I mention locals, I'm speaking of long term residents, business owners (small and large), and the average person who happens to be in the area (and in the know)...well most of the people in the know, don't know. I was able to pick up some web based information which is pretty generic. Their launch party where everybody dresses nice, and sips champagne around a plastic model of the "project"; a page with scheduled apartment listings/prices/availability; and computer generated images. I'll post the links at the bottom of this update, for those that may be interested in killing some time.
    5. A drive from Banco Popular down to Con Con revealed absolutely nothing. I counted 3 people in the street. A couple walking, and a fella on a bike. Nobody else. In all fairness, it was day time (4pm/1600hrs.) and 4 days before Christmas, but this is usually when a huge influx of Italian vacationers arrive, and I didn't see any.
    6. Of course, Banco Popular had all of 3 people on line. Love it! For those that don't know, the branch in San Pedro (Jumbo) usually has anywhere from 75-100 at any given time. Shhhhhhhh, don't ruin a good thing!
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    http://www.aquarellajuandolio.com/
    http://www.aquarellajuandolio.com/di...dad-y-precios/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanpedrogringo View Post
    Yes dulce, it is as such. I have no reason to make things sound better or worse than they are. I just tell it like it is.


    Be nice now!

    I tried JD for a while so give it a chance..

    Ghastly,dreadful and lifeless jumble of ugly concrete that it is...But..


    If you are depressed and suicidal it could help you along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrecksum View Post
    Be nice now!

    I tried JD for a while so give it a chance..

    Ghastly,dreadful and lifeless jumble of ugly concrete that it is...But..


    If you are depressed and suicidal it could help you along.
    4 lines...4 different views.

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    I knew Melia project will be moved as Hodelpa took the administration of 2 more hotels in Santo Domingo, Hostal Nicolas de Ovando and Mercure Hotel. They will change name for Nicolas de Ovando and will renamed as Noveau Plaza. Also Mercure Hotel is already closed for remodelation and will be open Summer 2017, also will have a new name, I dont remeber now the new name. So with some luck they will do something with Melia Hotel to open it in Winter 2017-2018.

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