Rancho Constanza was perfect. Small, intimate, quiet apart from the local wildlife (dogs & cockerels), secure and comfortable. Built in a wooden alpine style in keeping with the forested & agricultural environment. We wanted to get away to a cooler climate, away from our tropical coastal home.
Service was excellent. Rosanna and Natalia, sisters who shared the front of house, reception and table serving duties were great hosts. Nothing was too much for them to make our (3-night) stay as enjoyable and relaxed as possible. Our thanks also to Urbaez, a multi talented staff member, who also showed us around the garden.
I was ill, possibly altitude (4,220ft/1,300m) sickness, when we arrived earlier than the advertised check-in time, and our room wasn't quite ready. So R let me rest in another whilst our reserved room was being made ready. She also let us sort out the check in process when I felt better the next day. Later we discovered that we were the only mid-week guests in hotel, so they may have upgraded us from a standard bedroom to a suite. There was portable water, floral decs and biscuits. Nothing was too much. Our suite had a comfortable bed, table and chairs in one room, an en-suite bathroom, and a sitting room area with coffee table, fridge, sink.
We had the breakfast & dinner options during our stay. Food was freshly cooked, plentiful and tasty. Much of it, especially the vegetables and some fruit, was supplied by local Constanza producers…the hotel even have their own organic fruit garden (go on the free tour) where the fruit juices were made from. Breakfast was simple…cheese, ham, salami, eggs, bread, fruit, coffee, hot chocolate and juices. Dinner was grilled chicken or pork, vegetables, potato, yuca, salad and pasta dish.
This was not our first Constanza trip; we've stayed 2 other times in my many years living on this environmentally diverse island. We stayed at Rancho Guaraguao several years ago, and we went to see how that was doing. We were thinking about returning there, but the (recent) reviews were poor and so true…the quality of accommodation has definitely gone down!!!
Our other option was Alto Cerro. Again, we visited and inspected the facilities. Our lukewarm 'welcome' at reception was in complete contrast to Rancho Constanza…it was as if we had just stepped off a spaceship!!! The larger hotel's facilities are newer, and they have various options for sleeping…a hotel or many self-contained (1,2 & 3 bedroom) cabañas. A massive play, BBQ & social area for outdoor area (like a campsite's), restaurant and (poorly housed) animal area. Some friends, who were staying here at the same time as ourselves, liked the place, but it was so big that I can imagine that at busy Dominican vacation times, it could be quite crazy.
They have an 'inversor', a back-up electrical system, when the local power grid goes down daily. Ask staff at what time does the power turn off, so you can schedule hot water showers. If you ask for power, they'll turn it on if you need a shower or for other electrical needs.
Rancho Constanza is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life!!! Thank you for a wonderful stay.
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