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“*Highly recommended*” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Castilla
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Jose del Carmen Ariza #34, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Puerto Plata B&B and Inns
Michigan
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“*Highly recommended*”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2008

I can't really say enough good about Hotel Castilla. I am a single female, traveling alone to Puerto Plata for the first time. This is exactly what I needed. I always felt safe, and the rooms are secure. I found myself tearing up when it was time to go home. Thank you for everything, I will be back soon :) Thanks again!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Liverpool
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2008

For someone escaping an English winter, arriving in downtown Puerto Plata is quite an experience.
Its hot, its noisy, its chaotic and ramshackle, its busy and best of all its very much alive.
For those of you willing to escape the confines of the hotel complexes there is an exciting and vibrant town to be discovered.
It is, of course, necessary to have a safe haven to retreat to when the intoxicating Latin pulse threatens to overwhelm, and this is where the Hotel Castilla and its associated Sams Bar and Grill comes in.
Run by Joanne, this Victorian built institution offers the warmest of welcomes to the many travellers who cross its door.
Like some surrogate mother, she quietly dispenses advice on all things local ,aided and abetted by a host of regulars who congregate at the bar including Martha and Kari.
The accommodation itself is basic but for £3-5 a night it represents amazing value.Joanne will happily keep any valuables in her safe and the breakfast of eggs and bacon with potatoes, toast and jam is delicious and enough to last until the evening.
If Carlos is working in the kitchen, he'll probably be happy to take you round the local bars and clubs after work. Just buy his drinks and you've got yourself a local guide.
To all my new friends at Sams, thanks for the welcome, thanks for the memories and I hope to see you all again

Take care

Stayed March 2008
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Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2007

Sam's Bar and Grill is a favorite hangout for gringos and tourists as well. It's a historical building, built in the 1890's. It was the first hotel in Puerto Plata. I enjoyed the variety on the menu. You can have a great American breakfast anytime. The hotel rooms were clean and the staff friendly. As a matter of fact, I lived in a apartment upstairs for a year. I had no security or other problems. It's friendly and you can find out where to go or what to do from many patrons.

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Additional Information about Hotel Castilla

Address: Jose del Carmen Ariza #34, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Castilla has been designated as a historic site and is part of the cultural route in Puerto Plata. The hotel was built around 1896 and was Puerto Plata's first hotel. Sams Bar moved to Hotel L'Oase in 2012 in Costambar ... more   less 

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