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“Best kept secret!” 4 of 5 stars
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Bahia Estela
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Bahia de Coson, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #23 of 35 Hotels in Las Terrenas
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“Best kept secret!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I recently stayed at Bahia Estela and had an amazing stay! the beach is spectacular, Ocean Grill restaurant serves amazing & fresh fare, the staff is always friendly, diligent and happy to serve.
I'm happy I tried it despite of the past reviews.
Looks like it's under new management...
Keep up the good work!

Room Tip: 2nd level rooms in the main building facing the ocean are great
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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natalia l, Guest Relations Manager at Bahia Estela, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Dear Erika,

Thank you for your review and for choosing Bahia Estela for your vacations!!!

We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to have you back soon.

Best Regards,

Natalia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We tried booking a room for one night there for some friends. It took 7 days to finaly get someone to answer us. We received emails from 5 different people telling us we needed to speak to someone else... From sales, to guest service, to reception, back to sales again.....

We went onsite to resolve this, waited over 45 minutes to finaly meet someone, and guess what, they said it wasnt their department.

Finaly after 7 days we reach someone by phone, who tells us they can accept our reservation and credit card number by phone, we have to go meet them.....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HD
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2008

We got the Bahia Estela by Viva on short notice as an exchange for another hotel we'd booked. It would have been an ok exchange and an agreeable vacation but for one thing towards the end that spoiled it all: On the beach of the hotel they repeatedly laid out rat poison and so poisoned the friendly dog family that lived there.

After the first dead dog the angry hotel guests went to search for the poison and found some green stuff on the beach. The vet confirmed that this was rat poison and that was what the dogs were dieing from. It would have been readily available for playing children just as well.

If that danger isn't enough, it will ruin even the most cheerful holiday to watch a puppy suffer for 3 days and then die by the massage pavilion.

For us at least, that was it. i was depressed for the rest of the stay.

For this warning it is irrelevant if the hotel's management ordered this treatment or simply tolerated it. According to the vet who was called for the last dog this happens every year and always on this beach, always at this hotel, repeatedly. Draw your own conclusions.

This way or that, the vacation was ruined, and I'd strongly recommend people with kids or with a heart for animals should not book that (or the next door Viva Wyndham for that matter because you'd have to watch the same thing) or accept them in exchange for another hotel.. Personally, I will never ever book a Viva hotel again in my life and I'll sure let them know why.

  • Liked — It was an ok 3-star hotel for the region. The food was good and no diarrhea.
  • Disliked — Poisoning of dogs on the beach and watching them die slowly.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2007

I stayed at the Bahia Estela from February 17-24, 2007 and I’m FINALLY getting around to posting my review... so here it goes...

Rooms
We stayed in a Superior room, which is the hotel’s standard room. It was small, but clean. The air conditioning worked VERY well and the unit was quiet. I found that the countertops were higher than those here in Canada, which was a bit a bit of a nuisance (especially while washing my face in the morning) because I am under 5’0”, but it was something to laugh about. The maids kept the rooms very clean and restocked our water, 7up and cola daily.

Resort
It’s a small resort – you can walk from the beach to the lobby in 2-3 minutes. This is a great resort for people with limited mobility, as there are ramps throughout. The grounds were very nice and well-maintained. There’s a stream running along the main pathway to the lobby, which links a few small ponds with fish in them.

Food & Drinks
There was a great selection of for such a small hotel. I tried almost everything at the buffet and I liked everything I tried. For breakfast there was always bacon, cold cuts, cheese, buns (which you could toast) fruit, yogurt, and eggs (made to order). Lunch and dinner were different every night, but there was always a display of cold cuts, cheese, salad and soups. We also tried lunch at the beach grill over at the Viva Wyndham. Overall, I was very impressed with the selection and quality of food.
The drinks were GREAT – blended perfectly and just strong enough that the alcohol isn’t overpowering. After talking to Danny for a while he concocted some special drinks for us that weren’t on the drink menu. YUM! Overall, the food and drinks get two HUGE thumbs up.

Beach
The beach is fairly narrow, but since the hotel is small, it never feels crowded. There are a few rocky areas when you enter the water, so you need to be careful and walk slowly, but once you’re past the first 20 feet the bottom is all sand.

Staff/Activities
I was impressed with the variety of activities offered for such a small resort. Darts, beach volleyball, bocce ball, stretching, water aerobics, and bingo are among the daily activities run here. The winners get a small bottle of coconut rum as their prize. You can also use the beach club at the Viva Wyndham next door (it takes no more than a few minutes to walk there).

Entertainment
All of the nightly shows take place next door at the Viva Wyndham. The shows are very good – I especially enjoyed Grease. After the shows we headed to the disco, which is right beside the theatre. The animation staff does a great job of getting everyone dancing and having a good time.

Overall, I was very impressed with the great value of the resort. I had a great week and I’d like to return in the near future!

  • Liked — The food, drinks, service, and small size of the resort
  • Disliked — The rocks in the ocean
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Niagara Region
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2007

I'm afraid that previous reviewers got to this hotel a little too early. It was recently converted from a time-share and is just getting its legs as a boutique hotel as the owners advertise.
The result is a small, relatively quiet hotel which is precisely what we were looking for. You can use all of the services except for the buffet of the larger Viva Samana down the beach, if it's crowds and noise that you are looking for. The beach was great, the food was enjoyable, the service extremely competent, the rooms were clean. I'll assume that previous reviewers caught the hotel as it was getting into gear. We found no language barrier–perhaps because we learned a few Spanish expressions to get us by. (It is a Spanish-speaking country after all.)
That being said, there were a couple of incidents showing that the hotel was not up to cruising speed. One morning the water supply gave out for about an hour. Our room did not have the promised bar fridge. But if those things are going to give you a hernia, I suggest that you stay home and visit your local fast food.

Stayed February 2007
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

This hotel has major issues. Some have already been posted. If you have no need for linens, beach towels, service, drinks or food then you will get along just fine. I would suggest skipping this hotel. Please see the large right up on this hotel in other sections of tripadvisor.

  • Stayed January 2007
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Barrie on
2 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2007

We arrived dec.23 2006 and left jan.06 2007. There was a 2hr bus ride not 40 min. The reception was horrible no room ready and a strong langauge barrier. There was on the wall a award from RCI time shares for i think 2002 and 2004. So this put a smile on our face for the time being. The road into the resort is a muddy one with lots of pot holes. The room we were given was a ocean view with a balcony, there was no a/c no fridge half the room had no electricity,the water was a horrible sulfur sewer smell. No bed linens, or pillows ,when the pillows arrived they were blankets rolled up in a pillow case. There was a awful smell of mold and mildew in the room, upon futher investigation we found the mold growing in the drawers and on the furniture, so we did not unpack our clothes. THE beach was small but ok i guess, the food was hit and miss but the first week it was horrible. The alcohol was a very cheap brand, no iron or ironing board,or hairdryer, we did recieve all this during our second week though. Everything to do is next door at the wyndham resort, the kids club was so bad that our kid refused to participate. The pool is missing many tiles and looks bad, as does the resort in whole,it looks old and needs a lot of TLC. The service was bad, probably because there was no employees there to do the work, there was a real problem with beach chairs and towels. The bugs where really nasty there too, some guests had to get security to kill and remove large sewer rats NOT JOKING!! There is a lot of garbage around the area however the resort did not have garbage around. They did begin to make improvements during the second week, to little to late our christmas vacation was ruined and i feel that anyone going there should be warned by there travel agent. I know the travel agents know of this problem because everyone i talked was unhappy. With a lot of work and investment this place has potential. I have been traveling with my family at christmas for 7 years now and feel i do know what i am talking about, and this was our expieriance for the two weeks we spent there.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — service and appearance
  • Tips/Secrets — please avoid until repaired
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Bahia Estela

Address: Bahia de Coson, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Terrenas
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 35 Hotels in Las Terrenas
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bahia Estela 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bahia Estela offers you the opportunity to enjoy a truly unique beach front experience. Whether you are a property owner or a guest, you will be enchanted with the lush vegetation of our exclusive location, our pristine beach, our authentic cuisine, and our impeccable service. ... more   less 
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Bahia Estela Samaná Peninsula
Bahia Estela Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

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