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“comfortable hotel, caring owners, beautiful location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Palapa
27 de Febrero, Punta Popy, Las Terrenas 00000, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #31 of 35 Hotels in Las Terrenas
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“comfortable hotel, caring owners, beautiful location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week and had a wonderful time. This is a great hotel for young people- it was easy to meet other young people and las terrenas has a lively night life. The hotel is literally across the street from one of the nicer areas of beach and a 15 minute walk to anywhere downtown. The beach it sits on can get crowded and noisey, but a short walk will bring you to quieter stretches.

One review mentioned no one at the reception desk- this place is run like a casual home. The owners are always hanging out by the pool, cooking, and playing cards. They couldn't be more helpful or warmer people. We unfortunately had something stolen (completely unrelated to the hotel) and the owners went out of their way to help us translate to the police, file a report, and even made us free tacos =)

The rooms are spacious and basic. Get one with A/C for sure, it gets hot at night and bugs will come in through open windows! The hot water and TV worked, the mattress isn't the softest but what you'd expect at a budget hotel. Housekeeping keeps everything spotless, every day.

They serve cheap, tasty breakfast, and separate businesses on the same property rent mopeds, scuba gear, and there's a bar (One Love Surf Shack.) Everything you need for a great vacation in one place.

My only concern is I think they put something in the pool that gave me a mild rash. It smells like some kind of pesticide (understandable to prevent mosquitos.) After two days of using it heavily, I had to stop going in the pool. No one else had this problem.

We're definitely going back to Las Terrenas, and staying here again!

Room Tip: Pay extra for the A/C!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Very unpleasant expericence..

We traveled to Las Terrenas 2 weeks ago. What a lovely town, with so much to offer. Unfortunately, we tried getting a room at Hotel Palapa, wich is located in across the road from the main beach.

First, we walked in, and there was no one at the front desk. We went to the restaurant up front, and the couple there, explained that it was 2 separate businesses, but that if there was no one, to go by the pool area, usualy there is someone there.

There is no indication, and preety much no lights on the way there. Once we got to the pool, a french man was sitting watching tv. We asked if if he had a room available, but he pretty much spoke no english, and was very rude. It’s as if we were bothering him.

The place seemed pretty decent, looks like i twas newly renovated, but the overall attitude, made us feel like we werent welcomed at all.
We proceeded to walk out, and book a room at another hôtel further down the beach, that welcomed us with open arms.

Let’s just say, we will not be coming back to this hôtel….

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

Awesome 2 weeks and 3 more to go. A quiet place at the eastern end of the main waterfront strip and just steps to the beach. The recent renovations and upgrades are quite pretty.
Plenty of great restaurants around including Kahuna which is on the property and has the BEST burgers in town! Or there is a communal kitchen upstairs where you van cook and enjoy your meal overlooking the strip and watch street action or the sun set.
There are rooms for every budget from backpacker to AC with satellite TV and there is a quiet pool and patio in the back.
Great staff that speaks English, Spanish, German and French!
Will definitely return ;)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florida City, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

The Place just opened up recently and I have to say, that they did a great Job on this one. The service was great, the prices are very reasonable and the rooms are great also!! Last but not least, it s beach front!! So what else could you want?

They are gonna have live acts soon too. Can t wait to be back!
Thanks a lot for giving me this great time!!

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Barrie, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

As James said below " hard not to have a good time". We stayed a couple of nights last month, and I have to say, what a difference a year and a new owner make. Lots of nice new renovations. Very clean and comfortable, and certainly affordable.This place is right on the beach on a really calm bay (perfect for the kiddies to play in the ocean). Everything you need is right on site, great restaurant, car rentals, pool bar and a really cool 2nd floor pavilion/dance hall overlooking the beach. Only good things to say about this place.

Room Tip: Sam's the man if you need anything
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

I stayed here for a couple of nights last month. After returning a year later I found the Hotel has a new owner Sam. Great guy, very helpful. Sam has is a Canadian who has spent a lot of time in the DR and is renovatinng the hotel. The rooms were very clean, the hotel staff friendly. It would be hard to not have a good time at Hotel Palapa.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2009

Within walking distance from town and just across the street from the gorgeous beach with a friendly bar, this was one of the most warmest friendliest environments I've ever traveled to. I was sad to go. The hotel is safe, clean, and everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful. The restaurant is magnificent, and the bar is welcoming and relaxing. As incredibly relaxing as this stay can be, it is also convenient to sight see as much or as little as one would like.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 27 de Febrero, Punta Popy, Las Terrenas 00000, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Terrenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Las Terrenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NEWLY RENOVATED in 2014 ! Hotel Palapa beach club is located on Playa Punta Popy, Las Terrenas. On one of the nicest beaches in the Dominican Republic. And only a few steps away from the sparkling city center of Las Terrenas Our Hotel has 16 bungalows who can accommodate 1 to 6 People, perfect for couples with children or small groups, some of our bungalows have a small kitchen. Every morning you can have breakfast served on the beach or at the pool. A little bit hungry in the afternoon or in the evening? Our beach bar 'Calmos Cafe is open from 7.30Am until 8.00Pm . We serve a variety of fresh local food, fish, meat & pastas at great prices. Every day between 5pm and 7pm it's 'Happy Hour' on al rum cocktails. In the evening you can have some nice dining in our restaurant 'Tam Tam' where we serve lobster, camarones, meat and Swiss Fondue with exquisite side dishes. Palapa Beach Club also offers a lot of water activities and excursions. You can take some kite surf lesson, surf the waves and paddle on the crystal clear water of Punta Popy. If you want to book an excursion and visit the waterfall 'Limon' , watch the wales or rent an ATV and visit 'Route de Cafe' our staff will gladly inform you about all the activities our club offers. We hope you enjoy your stay in Hotel Palapa Beach Club ... more   less 
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