I traveled in March to Puerto Plata and chose this hotel because of the great reviews and because it was near to the area of Caberete but not right on top of the city. I loved the tranquility of the location. Walking into town via the beach (about 30 minutes) was relaxing and I did this several times without any problems. The area has a great breeze off the ocean, so the walk is not oppressively hot.
The hotel has nice rooms; some with full kitchens. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. I would only ask for a luggage rack/stand so as to not have to place my luggage on the floor (it's so much easier not having to bend down to get all you need out of your suitcase!). The bathroom was huge and the water in the shower was immediately hot and with good pressure. Because of the breeze there were little to no bugs (I saw none) and it was great to have the room windows open all night and listen to the big waves crashing against the shore. All the rooms had balconies; many with a direct ocean view.
The pool area was spacious enough for the number of guests and perfect for a cool off after a nice day in the sun.
Hector , the manager, was nothing short of gracious. Upon my (unexpected) late arrival, he phoned to welcome me and made sure I was taken care of by Andre (grounds keeper and cook) before turning in for the night. I don't speak any Spanish, but this really wasn't a problem because Hector readily translated what I needed to Andre. In the short time I stayed at this hotel, I felt like I met some really great people (Hector, Andre, Andrea) who I wouldn't hesitate to invite into my home.
Because the hotel is small, all the guests tend to talk to each other, which is really nice; it gives it a bit of a family feeling.
There is a small eating area with a bar where guests can have their meals or a cold beer anytime of the day. Other drinks are served as well and coffee is free all day.
The hotel grill/outside mini restaurant menu is adequate and if you don't see something you would like on the menu, just ask and they will work hard to accomodate you.
There are lots more things I could say about Barefoot Beach Pad, but the bottom line is if you are looking for a quiet retreat with your own private beach and a room the size of an apartment, look no further as you will find it at Barefoot Beach Pad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Barefoot Beach Pad! We are a small beach front hotel in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Our large studios include kitchens, cable, WIFI internet, and stunning views of the ocean. Continental breakfast is included in room rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barefoot Beach Pad Hotel Cabarete