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Hooked Cabarete
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Los Cocos 120/121, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Cabarete
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“perfectly wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I just loved my three weeks-stay at hooked in feburary 2013! Everything was perfect: accommodation, service, help and the other guests.
Jeanette and Walter, the new owners, make this place feel as comfortable as home and take amazing care of their guests, no matter what you want or need (for example a little milk for your coffee or a ride to the supermarket). They also offer a lot of tips for things you want to do: find a nice restaurant, a spanish course, surf lessons or a board rental, trip to the waterfalls, ... Hooked offers basically everything you might need for an amazing stay: you can rent a scooter, do yoga, book surf lessons with their partner house of waves (great thanks to Jesmarin!) or go on trips with mat or helmut. I for my part especially loved the getting in touch with the local people working there, even if it was just to say a few words of thanks in spanish or listening to bachata.
Although my sister and I had quite different interests (she is more of an active and party girl whereas I enjoy a secluded time on my holidays) both of us were able to spend our time at hooked just the way we wanted. The apartments and the terasses give you privacy and space to read or write, you can relax in the sun or the shades of the coconut palm trees at the pool or talk to all the amazing people who come to hooked.
I had it all - "me-time" with my books, hanging at the pool, surfing at the famous encuentro-beach, having barbecue with a bunch of the most interesting people and making new friends, going out to party and dancing in cabarete. The only downside is the wanting to go back there immediately :)
Thank you again, Jeanette and Walter!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I stayed for 5 days and 4 nights at the "Hooked Cabarete" in Playa Encuentro near Sosua.
To a local surf hotspot, I was guided by fate and a small, cozy mom and pop environment.
It is not a hotel or can not be labelled, but enough to say the owners Walter and Janette are wonderful hosts and very generous with their amenities.
I can not wait to return.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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St. John's, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This was our second time at Hooked. While we loved the place the first time, new owners Walter and Jeanette have really made some nice new additions and upgrades, while not losing any of it's charm. Great place for surfers, sun seekers and adventure travellers.

Scooter rental is available through hooked, though next time we're renting a car, the scooters aren't something for serious island exploring on - though perfect for quick trips into Cabarete and Sousua.

Their surf school partner House of Waves are top notch too.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Spent January 29th - Frbruary 5th 2013 at Hooked and had a wonderful experience. Was surprised to find new owners of only four minths of the facility after booking this place based on great reviews from the past, but the new owners are eager to at least live up to the reputation, if not surpass it. I travelled there alone, and found as much solitude or social interaction as I wanted. The owners Walter and Jeanette have, in a short time, established a relationship with many of the local business owners, including taxis, restaurants, and surf schools to make your stay here as effortless as an all inclusive. The location is almost perfect. It is a close four-minute walk to the Encuentro Beech, where the surfing is great. The grounds are also only a short 8 minute scooter ride form the core of the Cabarete. Which means a quiet place to relax, as well a great place nearby to shop, people watch, dine, or party. I am planning to go back next year for more of the same.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Hooked for an extended weekend in early Dec 2012. The establishment is under new ownership and they are doing a great job adding new amenities such as water filtration (drinkable) for all faucets, amazing yoga studio and much more! The manager, Florian, does a great job of keeping in touch through email as well as in person once you arrive. He can handle arranging anything you need!!!

SURF: Hooked is located a short 5min walk to Encuentro which provides a pumpy right, a few fun A-frames and then the rippable left which needs a N or NNE swell. Overall the surf was fantastic for beginners to advanced surfers. Plenty of surf schools available with both NSP long boards and used performance shortboards. The higher end boards tend to be a little beat up but unless your a advanced surfer who is picky about their boards you’ll have a plenty to choose from.

FOOD: This is the only problem with Hooked and the whole Encuentro area. You only have 2 choices for food, 1) Coconut Palms Hotel which is about 10 mins from the beach or 5 mins from Hooked. The second option is a small restaurant shack attached to the last surf school on the beach. It’s actually the best food I had during my stay, but it’s only open during the day. There is also a guy who sales amazing Empanadas out of the back of his truck. Saying that, I strongly recommend that you plan on renting a scooter from Hooked! It will allow you to buy groceries in Caberete (10min drive) as well as enjoy the all restaurants and night life it has to offer. It also makes the walk back and forth from the beach a little easier.

Hope that helps,
Have fun!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Spent 2 weeks here with no prior booking, just a walk in off the street, as per usual. Place has new owners, doing some great renovations and upgrades, building on what is a little oasis in Encuentro. Great location for surfers with 5 star service from Manager Florian. With a wealth of experience and information on the area from the waves, water and kiting to the bars, restaurants and clubs in Cabarete, Flo's your man. As a solo traveller, his enthusiasm is infectious; organizing surf boards, scooters, bbqs, dinners and day trips, he is a true asset, and I highly recommend anyone to come visit and sample what Hooked has to offer. Thanks for a great trip and great waves!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
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Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We just came back from a three weeks travel to the Dominican Republic. We stayed the whole time at Hooked, which is a great place. Especially if you surf or /and kitesurf. The surfspots at playa encuentro are very close and kitebeach is just a 3 min drive. We had great waves and wind during our stay and Hooked Cabarete-Manager Flo tried to help us with tips and information about restaurants and surfspots as much as he could. He was always checking if everything is alright and if everybody is feeling happy and good.
The pool was very clean and our 1,5 year old dauhter loved to play in there. The owners Walter and Jeanette were also super nice and are really took care of their guests.
We can recommend a stay at Hooked 100% and we will be back for sure!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Los Cocos 120/121, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Cabarete
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Cabarete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hooked Cabarete 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hooked Cabarete is the accommodation located closest (500m) from the world-class surf spot called Playa Encuentro in Cabarete. Our guests are active people who "hate" big All Inclusive resorts. We cater to wave surfers, kiters, wind surfers, divers, hikers, mountain bikers, yoga enthusiasts, Spanish learners etc Our studio apartments are located around a pool in a tropical garden. Our place is very quiet, safe and clean. We drinkable water from every tap and 24/7 electricity and security. The owners Jeannette and Walter Derungs are Swiss who have lived mostly in the USA before settling in the DR. Our goal is to make sure our guests go home with happy memories of an active yet relaxing vacation ... more   less 
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