My view on this is that, in general, I would struggle to see good value for money in any hotel stay here that costs more than US$ 500 a night. Dominican customer service standards just don't get up to that level. The educational standards, and the concept of customer service that Dominicans grow up with tends to lead to a product that is never going to get up to that level. If you compare the customer service levels, the food and drink quality and overall experience on a cruise ship which runs at say US$ 800 a night, there really is nothing here that can compete. In my opinion.
And when I read that review I see reasonably basic furnishings in those rooms. The guy admits that you have to get up early to reserve a sun bed anywhere decent, that would seriously p'ss me off if I were paying that much. And he also mentions having to line up for drinks and for food, again that would p'ss me off if I was paying that much.