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“loved the town,hated hotel!” 1 of 5 stars
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El Cortecito Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #80 of 101 Hotels in Punta Cana
manchester
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“loved the town,hated hotel!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2008

was booked in for 21 days,the room we were shown was dirty, no toilet seat,cracked sink.after 30minutes we eventually got a half decent room.after 3days,the manager shouted"hey you" and then told me we had to pay an extra $25 for the superior room! when we said no, was shown room next to demolition site. very dusty!as my friend is asthmatic, it was unsuitable.
when I asked what was the alternative,was told "move out" the staff were unfriendly, rude, to say the least! we had to move out. wont bestaying there again.

  • Liked — didnt
  • Disliked — not as shown on website
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Santa Monica, Ca.
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2008

El Cortecito Inn is a very simple local hotel. It seemed to attract mostly Dominican tourists and a few Europeans. I booked using an on line site paid in full and printed out the voucher to present upon arrival. from 18/01/08 to 21/01/08 My partner and I stayed for 3 nights decided to hire a car from Avis. They greeted us at PUJ airport and took us by the hotel first to show us where it was and then back to their office to sort out paper work. Be prepared to be sold an obligatory $1000 insurance deposit for a car hire. Anyway, luckily my Spanish is proficient so I was able to ask detailed questions before I signed the contract. Avis is considered a franchise outside of the US so they have different rules.
Upon arrival to El Cortecito I presented the voucher and they were quite welcoming. I had to surrender my US passport in order to get the key. The hotel has 2 three story structures and 1 two story structure near to the foyer. the pool is located in the centre.
the rooms are very modest almost like a Thai guest house. Very simple, quite firm mattresses, a large refrigerator, TV with no remote, ceiling fan and AC, a nice outdoor terrace with rocking chairs, a large enough bathroom. They don't provide amenities apart from the smallest bars of hand soap I've ever seen so pack shampoo, conditioner and lotion. Also they don't provide flannels
or hand towels so bring your own. I also brought my own pillow and glad I did as theirs were quite stiff. At first the water from the sink wasn't flowing so they repaired that and we had to ask for towels many times before we got them but, they move at a slower different pace there. Just keep smiling and you'll get what you need much faster. One lucky thing is that within the complex of the hotel, Bank Popular, was a proper super market that sold everything from fresh produce to fingernail clippers. So you could stock up on everything you needed. I bought a few hand towels for about $1 each and a roll of paper towels which came in handy for just about everything.
The staff was generally friendly and helpful and had good general knowledge of the area. They also have security parking so you don't have to worry about your car. Their cafe was quite good and the menu selections were simple. Mostly grilled meat, fish and chicken with rice and salads. the seafood cafe across the street was nice with the tables viewing the sea. We had rice dishes and pizza. all of which were adequate and tasty. The service was very friendly and very relaxed. They never push the check at you. The cigar shop next to that had an excellent selection of Dominican and Cuban product. the streets are lined with souvenir shops and cafes. Across the street from the parking lot is an open air billiard pub blasting meringue music you can hear from the room. Bring ear plugs!! Apart from that it was a lovely experience but remember it's a developing country bordered by the poorest country in all the Americas so it's safe to say you should stay aware of your belongings. Use common sense when talking with people trying to sell you things. If it seems awkward trust your instincts. Driving at night is a bit trying so try to stick to daylight hours for road trips. The main roads were fine but the connecting smaller roads were a sea of endless and impossibly deep pot holes. Do hire a four wheel drive if you can!!
We only ventured at far as Higuey to see the Cathedral. And happened upon a major celebration of the Patron Saint of Dominican Rep. There were thousands of pilgrims and the experience was unexpectedly wonderful!

Enjoy, R Estevez

Santa Monica, Ca. USA

Stayed January 2008
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2008

We drove into town and, on Lonely Planet's guidebook suggestion, inquired at the El Cortecito. We were shown rooms that were in the process of being cleaned and rooms that had no toilet seats. Finally, we found acceptable rooms and settled in. We were quoted one price by the surely night clerk and given a better rate by the day guy. The staff was very cordial and helpful. The pool was clean, the pool bar staffed and the grounds kept up. We could tell that, in its prime, the hotel must have been pretty up scale. Now, it is an affordable alternative to the all-inclusives that are ruining the area. The beach is across the street, past the trinket vendors and through the pizza/pasta place. On word of warning: lose the red wristband right away. It will make you a target for the venders. Your room key is all the proof you really need to get the breakfast buffet. The off-street parking with a 24/7 attendant is a plus.

Stayed November 2007
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USA
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2007

We arrived at this hotel, reservation ready, prepared to stay the night. The price we had been quoted when I called was $55/night, When they arrived, they gave us a higher price, and told us that for an exhorbitant charge, they would be pleased to take us to the airport the next day. They showed us a 1st room, which was dirty, and then a second, which while clean, did not have switches to turn on the light in the bathroom.

Leaving our bags in the room, we went back to the front desk to further discuss the price, which I requested be a little lower. Initially, they were unwilling to change the price, then the reception clerk told me he wanted to talk with my friend alone.

He told her that if she would sleep with him that night, he would give us a better price.

She told him she found that highly offensive and left the hotel.

As this is a small town, shortly later we were in the street and located the owner of the hotel. We told him what had happened. He called the reception, spoke with the clerk, then told my friend he didn;t believe her, and she could still stay in the hotel that night.

Needless to say, we found somewhere else to stay that night which did not include an option for prostitution as part of the payment plan!

Stayed December 2007
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2006

The Cortecito Inn is right in the center of Cortecito, a nice village in the Bavaro/Punta Cana area. The hotel is composed of 5 two-storey buildings nested in a beautiful garden, and around a small but pleasant swimming pool. It is not right on the beach (which is very beautiful). But the beach is just a few steps away, on the other side of the road. Rooms are spacious, most with 2 double beds. The place is silent and peaceful, and the room was offered for US$55 a night including buffet breakfast. Guests are mainly Dominicans, plus some budget travellers or travellers that just want to stay out from the large-scale standard all inclusives.
Having said about the lovely setting, the place has some problems in the lack of mantainance of the rooms. Before settling down in a final room, we wisited a number of rooms, each with some item which was out-of-order: either the aircon or the roof fan was not working, or it was noisy, or the fridge was noisy... At the end we opted for a room where everything was working except the television (which was not important to us). In All the rooms show the sign of the time, and, the one that we took at the floor level, was extremely humid.
All these drawbacks would have not prevented us from giving five bullets to the place, given its beautiful and convenient position, together with the the low cost, that all together more than outweighted the problems listed above. But one drawback did: the lady ("the supervisor") and guy at the reception denied to have offered us a lower rate, should we had stayed longer (that we did), and tried with insistence to apply the original fare.

In the end, the receipe for a fully pleasant stay at the Cortecito (that we strongly recommend) is: check your room before moving in, in order to verify that all the devices you need are working. In addition, define and state clearly the price of the room at the front desk.

Stayed July 2006
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St. Louis
1 review
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2006

My husband and I recently stayed at the Cortecito Inn. Its grounds are lovely, with many palm trees, flowers, and a small pool. Most of the staff, except the surly overnight manager at the desk, were very friendly and helpful. It's quite reasonable at $60 per night, with a delicious if not gourmet breakfast included. Our room was large and clean with two double beds, balcony, TV, air conditioning, and a small lock-box for valuables.

While the hotel is not on the beach, guests may cross the town's main street over to the gorgeous beach (and take a short walk to escape the friendly but sometimes overbearing vendors) and the fantastic Palm's Sand Restaurant, which is owned by the same proprietors as the Cortecito Inn. We got to know the restaurant staff, especially Alejandro, the manager and Roberto, the best and most accommodating cook around.

The Cortecito Inn can't compete with an all-inclusive, but if you're a budget traveler who wants to escape the tourist crowd and keep the local vendors and restaurant owners in business (the all-inclusives are like Wal-Mart - they put the local places out of business), then this hotel just may be right for you. If you're really on a modest budget, try the lovely guest-house across the street, La Posada de Piedra, which backs right onto the beach. Its six rooms (three cabanas, three upstairs), while not air conditioned, have plenty of fans and natural breezes for only $30-$55.

We enjoyed our hotel and loved the warm and gracious townspeople who made our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 101 Hotels in Punta Cana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Cortecito Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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