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“Beautiful Oasis” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Coson
Playa Coson, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #5 of 35 Hotels in Las Terrenas
Certificate of Excellence
Burlington, Vermont
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Casa Coson is a charming small hotel in an idyllic setting. It is rare to find such a combination in the Caribbean. The lovely tropical garden leads down to an exquisite beach lined with palm trees which provide natural shade. The nearly deserted beach stretches out in both directions, perfect for long peaceful walks. The clear water and sandy bottom make for perfect swimming, with just enough surf to make it fun. The rooms are simple but very clean and comfortable. "Seafront" rooms have balconies overlooking the garden down to the beach, and a constant breeze keeps them airy. The food is fine, especially breakfast and lunch. For me, this is the perfect place to relax, unwind and soak up the natural beauty. I recently returned from my second visit, and hope to return soon and often!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
South Burlington, Vermont
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I want to start by saying that overall I recommend Casa Coson. I have been there twice and hope to go back often.
That said there are several things that should be noted. There are two sets of reviews on Trip Advisor for this hotel. One set is for Casa Coson prior to December 2013 and the others are for after that time. The reason is that the Casa Coson went through a management change. And the hotel has changed significantly.
First and foremost is the food. Specifically the dinners. I'm sorry to say that the food has gone from AMAZING to mediocre. You'll see this as you read other reviews. Must older reviews rave about the food. It used to be a highlight of a stay at this hotel. Now it's take it or leave it. If you have a car you may want to drive into town and try your luck elsewhere. If you do not have transportation the food is certainly adequate.
Breakfasts and lunches are great. Big difference is breakfasts are priced alacarte. They have virtually anything you might want but most is priced separately. And I will say this: I don't know how they do it but Casa Coson makes the best eggs any style I've ever had. We noted it our last trip and it remains true!
Lunches are also great. They are served in the adjoining hut. There is a great open air restaurant/bar. Drinks are mediocre unless you like beer. (Presidente is the best Pilsner this side of Europe. Hands down. Hats off to the DR for having the best beer in The Caribbean!).
The food is pretty good but the pizzas are AMAZING. On your first day order a beer and the Sicilian. You'll thank me!
The beach at Casa Coson is pretty unique. First and foremost it is really really private. But there's something else I like about it: this beach faces North. The sun is mostly to your back if you're facing the water. Don't worry, there's plenty of sun to work on your tan. But it also means there's plenty of natural shade if you want as the palm trees grow right up to the edge of the beach. Absolutely the best of both worlds.
So all in all a fantastic experience. So why only 3 stars?
The hotel is managed by two very smart and very friendly people. Both of them are multilingual and go out of their way to make the stay a fantastic experience. BUT: the staff does not speak a word of anything but Spanish. When I say not one word I mean not one word! Not large, small, please, thank you, with, without, extra, less, water, beer, rum, ice, egg, fruit, glass, straw, towel. Nothing! And there is no attempt by the staff to even try. None whatsoever! Enormously frustrating. And as opposed to the first time we stayed there, the new staff seems to be offended that guests are not fluent in Spanish. Believe me, I am not saying this as an American who only speaks 1 language. I am multilingual. One of the languages is, however, not Spanish. And we overheard two other couples from two different countries having the same struggles. All trying to communicate in English. At some point it comes down to simply nodding and hoping for the best. You may disagree if you like but English is the most common language used when traveling abroad. I ask the management: would it be so hard for you to require your staff to learn maybe 20 or 30 words in English? It's really not much for a destination that otherwise appeals in so many ways to the international vacationer.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I recently spent 5 days at Casa Coson. It just wasn’t long enough. It is very rare when you can find a place with natural beauty, not overcrowded, clean and pristine. Above all, the staff is magnificent. I want to thank Sofie, Jerome, Michael, Mercedes and all the staff for their hospitality and attention to detail. I am counting the days when I can return.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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hastings on hudson
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We visit this beach and hotel every time we go to the Dominican Republic. We have stayed at the hotel twice but always stop in for a drink or dinner. The food and service are exceptional. The rooms are decent but who cares --the most beautiful private beach is right outside your door.
We dislike the all-inclusive resorts this is so much better.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New york
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153 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had no hesitation about returning to this charming hotel. Sophie, the new owner, speaks excellent English and was a very helpful and pleasant correspondent during the booking process. When we arrived we were met by her friendly husband Jerome (who also speaks English). The two of them are gracious ,kind and treat you like guests in their home. They are eager to give you advice and to do all that they can to enhance your stay. Their staff is also eager to please, especially the lovely Raquel who served us our delicious breakfast.
Casa Coson, as I said in my review last year, is attractive and intimate. The rooms are simple but have style and are comfortable and clean. We loved having a balcony with a view of the sea. Playa Coson is divine. The sea is warm, the color is beautiful and the waves are fun. It is remarkably empty..
The public spaces of Casa Coson allow for much privacy and choice. There is a small pool which is delightful for a dip after the salt of the sea. There is a delicious restaurant for lunch, Caffe Coson (great tuna tartare, burgers, pizza) and the hotel also serves elegant , gourmet dinners in the evening. Not to be missed !!
It was such a treat to return to this bit of paradise. A pleasure to meet Sophie and Jerome who are doing a marvelous job of maintaining the joy of this special place. Thank you again !!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, Jamaica
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23 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We stayed here for two enjoyable days and nights. This is your place if you want to avoid the "all inclusive" atmosphere in favor of a quaint yet professionally run establishment with and incredibly beautiful beach, delicious food, and personalized service. Simple yet tasty breakfast consisting of fruit, bread, and coffee or tea was included with our room. Lunch was a la carte yet delicious and affordable. Dinner was significantly more expensive so my wife and I decided to venture into Las Terrenas via rental car. Our charming room was without a TV, which we certainly didn't miss. We both agreed the beach was the most beautiful we had ever stepped foot on and were surprised yet grateful that development hadn't overtaken the area's pristine charm. Definitely a rare find.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The hotel is on a beautiful beach, not too developed. The owners, Sofie and Jerome made our stay so enjoyable and relaxing. Both are very informative, friendly and go out of their way to help out. The accommodations are comfortable, no need for a/c (there's a fan in the room), the front rooms in the main house have amazing views of the beach. The beach itself is wide and long with soft sand and clear waters. I recommend renting a car so to be able to drive to Las Terreras for a variety of restaurants and Samana Bay to go whale watching. The hotel has good breakfast and lunch options. We had dinner once at the hotel which was excellent. There are two lunch places on the beach, one high end to the west and a more affordable to the east.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Coson, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Terrenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Las Terrenas
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Las Terrenas
#8 Family Hotel in Las Terrenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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Casa Coson Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

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