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Hotel Alisei
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle de la playa (Beach Side Street) | Francisco Alberto Camaño Deñó, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #5 of 33 hotels in Las Terrenas
Frederiksvaerk, Denmark
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Would love to come back...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Alisei is located in a wonderful, quiet location, just across from the beach, where palm trees grow close to the water. Sufficiently away from the town to avoid any noise, and still just a few minutes walk from the charming town with plenty of good and reasonably priced restaurants and cocktail bars. The pool area is a green oasis, sheltered from the wind, and with a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. Indoors as well as outdoors Alisei appears clean and superbly maintained; the apartments are very spacious, with large covered balconies. Free wifi on the premises. The staff is very helpful, friendly, service minded, and always smiling. This place has an atmosphere, which made our stay there unique. We were only sorry to leave. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I wanted to write a quick review because we found this hotel so nice.
We had a nice big apartment for 10 days. It was clean, and spacious, and i found most everything I needed in the kitchen to cook simple meals. The hotel was quiet and peaceful, which is what we wanted. The people working there were nice, and we found everybody to be helpful. We have been to Las Terrenas twice now - the first time we were at Alisie for the first night, and then at another private condo for the rest of our trip. We liked Alisei so much we stayed the whole trip there the following year! Breakfast is included, and we thought it was great - pancakes or crepes, eggs, beans, bacon or sausage, cereals, breads, cheese, cold cuts, fruit. Great cappucinnos from the ladies at the bar. The pool was clean, the pool bartender made some mean (as in awesome!) mojitos! There were a few things at the pool that the kids would play with, but bring some stuff if you have kids. (Ours were 6, 2, and 3 months.) I would also get a room on the top floor at the end so you get a nice ocean view from the hammock! That was very relaxing. There is a road between the hotel and the beach, but it is not that busy and wasn't an issue. The beach is nice and big, and fairly quiet. It is easy enough to rent a car to go to any beach or restaurant from here. I would stay here again for sure.

Room Tip: Get a room on top foor with ocean view. Very relaxing.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Woods Hole
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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This pristine establishment offered our family with parents and 2 adult daughters a two bedroom BIG two bath apartment overlooking the pool, ocean. The road out front between the hotel and beach is trivial (a one lane cobblestone affair that has little traffic). The main thing is the absolute pristine spotless quality to the entire place and the responsive management. No request is too small to respond rapidly to. The food was terrific and this seemed to be a bargain.

Room Tip: the 2 bedroom units are on the second floor and all the second floor units had great views and a lar...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Arcanum, Ohio
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6 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This smallish property is beautiful, with a large and clean pool in the central area. We stayed in 36; it is a second floor apartment with a fantastic view of the grounds, beach and ocean just across the road. Upon entrance all the towels were decorated with little pink flowers!

The apartment was 1 bedroom, with plenty of closet space for 2. A well stocked kitchen (no microwave), full size refrigerator, hot & cold water system, eating area and built in couch completed the living area. The bath had a bidet but no bath tub. The shower is nice sized with an adjustable shower head. The key turns on the electricity, so no lights left on by accident. Outside the wall of sliding doors was a full size balcony with a hammock, table and chairs and another built in couch with cushion and pillows. One of the biggest decisions of the day was to begin in the hammock or on the couch.

Breakfast is included, or was with our package, at least. Beginning at 7:30 in the restaurant, one could eat inside or outside. A full range of juices, fresh tropical fruit, cooked meats, cold meats & cheese, hard boiled eggs and bread - wonderful bread by the loaf, with a knife to slice your own. Plus a friendly worker at the omelet/waffle/crepe station! The food is European, that is Americans might be confused by the hot milk instead of cream, but I loved making my own latte.

The pool wasn't terribly deep, but was just the right temperature. There was a swim up bar, and plenty of chairs. The hotel had a towel system using cards, one for each guest.

The grounds are well kept. We were entertained watching workers climb the coconut trees to trim them...without safety harnesses. Beautiful flowering shrubs, and a lily pad by the spa added vivid colors.

I had the best massage ever in the spa. Though the masseuse didn't speak English, I was able to point out that I wanted an hour basic massage. It began with about 10 minutes in the Turkish bath. I was so relaxed by the time the massage began, it was wonderful. Plus, because of the language barrier, no small talk.

Negatives....no bathtub, the cable TV only showed 3 stations in English (USA, TCM, and ?)...but who really needs TV in paradise?

Room Tip: As for a second floor, for the view and breezes.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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North Carolina
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I have been here twice before but this time was with the grandchildren, ages 2 and 4. This resort is for all ages. The pool has been completely refurbished and looks brand new. They also included a swim up bar that children and adults enjoy daily. The grounds and furnishings in the apartments are kept like new. I noticed that the restaurant has tourists and locals alike coming in for meals. The fish and seafoods are fresh and perfectly prepared and the breakfasts (which are included) have everything imaginable from crepes to eggs and meats to fresh fruits and juices, plus hot chocolate and that excellent Dominican coffee. The resort spa offers great massages and manicure/pedicures. Alisei is on the beach, with beautiful surroundings and great views, this place is as good as they come. Also, just as important, the staff couldn't be any more personable and helpful. This is my favorite overall place in this part of this great country. Truly a first class operation all the way!

Room Tip: 2nd and 3rd floor rooms in the first three buildings have the best views.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at Alisei for a family vacation. Alisei is a small-ish property (around 50 rooms) in an area with similar sized properties - no large all-inclusives here. It's located steps from a fantastic, uncrowded beach that goes for miles and a 10 or 15 minute walk from town.

Headline: Not cheap, not as expensive as we'd expect -- and a very good value. Very good place to stay, either as a base in Las Terrenas or just to stay there. We'll be back.

Room: about 1700 square feet, 2 beds, 2 baths, full kitchen, small inside living space, wonderful covered terrace. Very clean, extremely well-maintained and well-equipped (for example, includes its own water cooler), and very good daily service. Wifi, but with inconsistent connectivity - seemed better in the mornings when fewer people using it, often unavailable during the day. The only TV is in the bedroom - if you want family movie night (we didn't), you'll have to do it on the bed.

Room includes a full European-style breakfast which was very well done. (Dinner at the restaurant reviewed under Baraonda.)

Hotel: Great location, very nice facilities - pool with a bar, full spa, restaurant. Only about 7 years old, but feels newer.

Staff: Very friendly, very flexible, very accomodating.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This was our first stay in Las Terrenas, our third in the Samana region, the other two times both in Las Galeras at the now–defunct and demolished Club Bonito. We have very fond memories of Club Bonito and Las Galeras, but since we couldn’t find anything suitable in that area this time around, after some searching we decided to try Alisei. In short, we are very pleased with our choice, Alisei is terrific overall. We had a 3rd–floor unit with one bedroom, nice dinette / kitchen area, and large balcony with table and chairs, padded bench, cloth hammock, and spectacular ocean view. The buildings and grounds are beautiful. The pool is medium–size, has a swim–up bar, and is well–maintained. Alisei has its own restaurant. On our first night, we had dinner with a salmon tartare starter (which was really a ceviche), beef filet medallions in peppercorn sauce, and scallops and shrimp; all were quite good. The breakfast buffet is included, with eggs / omelets to order as well as a nice selection of other prepared items, breads, pastries and fruits. I usually need to make my own coffee in–room, but here it was just good enough that I didn’t need to bother. The staff are genuinely friendly and helpful; there was none of the attitude evident at some other places we’ve been to in the Caribbean (see my review of Grand Bahia Principe La Romana from February 2012). The vibe overall was calm and low–key. In contrast, Las Terrenas itself is a hopping town with a lot of shops and restaurants to choose from. Snorkeling is possible right off the hotel beach and while the water is beautiful, the reef there is relatively mediocre. The few problems we had were mere quibbles—the stove didn’t light, but someone came to check immediately and provided us with matches. The WiFi was included but spotty. There were a few tiny ants in the kitchen when we left snack foods out, but since when didn’t some insect or other come with the package in the Caribbean? The positives at Alisei greatly outnumbered the negatives. We had hot water without fail, plenty of pillows, nice sheets, fresh towels every day, fans in every room, free in–room safe, screens on all doors and windows were all intact, and a water cooler for drinking water was a very nice touch. If Las Terrenas is in your plans, this is the place to stay, and I think Alisei will be our Samana go–to spot.

As an aside, I’d like to expand on the contrast between our stay at Alisei and Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. Out of curiosity, since Grand Bahia Principe La Portilla is just down the beach from Alisei, I decided to check its recent reviews, and I was struck by the negative experiences that some reported there—they sounded almost exactly like the ones I described in excruciating detail from our visit to Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. It seems to me that that is no coincidence, but rather reflects a corporate and managerial culture. To first–time travelers to DR who stayed at Grand Bahia Principe La Portilla or La Romana, I would say not to write off DR but to try again somewhere other than the Grand Bahia Principe chain, as I believe they are not representative of range of possibilities in this great country. To those who have been to DR before, it’s clear that places like Alisei, as well as the Iberostar resorts (where we stayed in 2011 at Puerto Plata), are far superior options to the Grand Bahia Principe chain.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle de la playa (Beach Side Street) | Francisco Alberto Camaño Deñó, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Terrenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Las Terrenas
#3 Family Hotel in Las Terrenas
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Las Terrenas
#7 Romantic Hotel in Las Terrenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Alisei 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Beach Front Apartments, where life is a breeze. Hotel Alisei consists of 54 brand new apartments with en-suite bathroom(s), private access and spacious terrace. Decorated in stylish Caribbean elegance with rich tropical hard wood furniture, king size bed(s) and/or single beds, fine fabrics in soft tones and a cozy integrated seating and kitchen area with plenty of colorful pillows. Tall glass doors lead to a large private terrace with enchanting ocean views. ... more   less 
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Hotel Alisei Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

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