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Albachiara Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 27 de Febrero | Camino Playa de Popy, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #3 of 33 hotels in Las Terrenas
Rockford, Illinois
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Almost perfect except...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Excellent hotel for the price. Enjoyed being across the street from beach, fish market & in the center of the hustle of scooters & shops & activity. Kitchenette well equipped. Excellent housekeeping including washing dishes & scrubbing porch and sidewalk. Front desk staff friendly & helpful. Hot breakfast buffet had nice selections and wonderful service with ocean view. Pool and surrounding area beautiful. However, what could have been a tropical paradise was tarnished by the "in your face" business exchanges between the older male guests & their young women visitors. Several times, we saw a young male approach an older male with a phone. After the older male chatted on the phone, we could see money exchanged. A short time later, a young woman would arrive, spend some time with the older gentleman at the pool & then go into a room. A few times the younger woman would arrive with children who would play with other children on the grounds or in the pool while the younger woman was in the room with the older gentleman. Although we were never approached directly and we always felt safe, it was unsettling for us to say the least. We do understand different cultures have different views on this type of business, but we still find it difficult to understand how this property receives so many rave reviews from families. We found it increasingly difficult to enjoy the beautiful hotel and service because of this and by our last day, we were eager to depart.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Very nice and clean place. As soon as we got there, we were welcomed like family. Came here with my wife, 3 year old and her parents. It's a very quiet place, which we loved. The pool was clean and not crowded at all. If you're more of a beach person, all you have to do is cross the street. We booked a 3 bedroom and we had more than enough space. Don't forget to do some of the many fun activities such as whale watching(when it's in season), four wheeling, can forget to recommend El Limon waterfall.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Best place I have ever experienced in all my trips to DR. Very tranquil and family oriented. I found the best restaurants around and best thing of all affordable. I came with my parent, husband and daughter and I can wait to come back. We plan to come back with a Group of friends. Oh and the have many excursions which we did go to El Salto del Limon

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valley Stream, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel with my husband and 16 months baby boy. The place is nice and very quiet and relaxing. The apartment was clean . We had a king size bed , very confortable. Air condicioner and Tv on the room, not the living room/kitchen but nit need it at this time of the year. They have ceiling fans in all rooms and the front porch; very pleasant.

The staff is nice and always looking to accomodate us. They clean the room every day.

Only complaint may be the location in a very busy street but there are a lot of restaurants near by and beautiful beaches at walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had already spent two weeks at a different place and wanted to be near the village when we chose Albachiara for our next two weeks. This was a good choice for that as it put us near restaurants , shops,etc. The downstairs one bedroom units are just enough. Nice size porch with 2 comfy chairs and table as well as a small dining table. Then screened louvered doors lead into a room with sofa, small dining table with chairs and basic kitchen with cook top,fridge and sink.The cooking equipment was of good quality .There was a juicer , blender and espresso pot but no electric coffee pot.Beyond that you enter the bedroom and bathroom. AC is in the bedroom only We sometimes like to watch TV in bed but the first place they put us had the TV in the main room.And there was some early AM construction going on behind our room. So the staff most graciously moved us to another location which was perfect.
We loved this place. The staff is exceptional. From dinner reservations to help with getting needed medication, they were always ready to help. There was a bit of a language issue for us as we don't speak much Spanish, but Johanna always went out of her way to be available with her knowledge of English. Yes, the beach across the street is a disappointment but the pool was great !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

I am currently at this hotel as I write the review. Great front desk staff, cleaning help, security and the workers at the free breakfast . My room was a 2 bedroom apartment , 2 baths , huge balcony viewing the pool and ocean . It was only for my girlfriend and myself but I chose the 2 bedroom because they are on the 2nd and 3rd floor and have great views . Very spacious , well with the extra money . I will recommend this hotel to all

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We loved this hotel, but were so disappointed in the beach just across the street. It is a narrow strip with hotel lounge chairs, from which you listen to the constant noise of a busy street...motorbikes, vespas, atv's, trucks, most with noisy mufflers! We walked this beach in both directions and enjoyed the local scenes, but never got far from the street, which is the "main drag" into town. (The beach in front of the Hotel Alisei was quieter and wider because the traffic is much less on that side of town.)
So while we agree with all the great reviews of the hotel here on TA, we would have liked to know this caveat.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Albachiara Hotel

Address: Calle 27 de Febrero | Camino Playa de Popy, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Terrenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Las Terrenas
#4 Family Hotel in Las Terrenas
#4 Romantic Hotel in Las Terrenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Albachiara Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Albachiara Hotel Luxury Beach Front , Las Terrenas disposes of 36 luxury apartments with all the amenities to enjoy a truly special holiday in the Caribbean. The luxury furniture is made of precious wood in an elegant but sober design that strikes the right compromise between the Caribbean style and modern practicality.The apartments are fully equiped and wonderfully appointed with kitchen,comfortable mattresses,jacuzzi,air conditioner, TV, internet access and have a balcony or terrace with views of the sea.Located close walking distance direction Playa Punta Popi in the heart of Las Terrenas in the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic less than 3 hours from Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport, just 30 minutes away from the new international airport El Catey Samana, a 5 minutes drive from the local airport El Portillo. If you are arriving from Santiago or Puerto Plata, it is about 3 ½ hours, while from La Romana or Punta Cana, the trip can take about 4 or 5 hours. ... more   less 
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