Very cozy and price-worthy option if you ever go to Jarabacoa!
We stayed at the Jarabacoa Mountain Hostel for two weeks. At the time of our stay we were the only ones staying at the hostel. This basically meant we had a whole house to ourselves! Fully equipped and all! We used the kitchen every day. No problems whatsoever. The house is cleaned often. Same there, no problems at all. It also felt very secure seeing as how we had a gate to the house which could be locked, on top of just locking the outer door. Not that you should ever feel insecure in Jarabacoa. Everyone we met was really nice!
The owners, Molly and Rudolfo, are one of the nicest people we met during our stay in the Dominican Republic! They always greeted us with a smile and helped us with whatever issue we had. They supplied us with food the first night, since we had not had time to go to the supermarket yet. They made sure to fix the bikes, which we got to lend just to be able to get faster into town. Got an ant problem (because we accidentally forgot to pick us some pieces of leftovers)? Here, use our and spray! Need help with weekend activities? Here, have this map and list of adventures! This is just a SMALL selection of all the things they helped us with. There really was no end to their kindness. The WiFi no longer worked inside the hostel, but that didn't stop us from getting access to the internet. They invited us to come over to their house and use it whenever we wanted. We were never met with irritation or the feeling of being a nuisance.
The beds are really comfortable and come supplied with mosquito nets. Bedrooms are equipped with both ceiling fans and floor fans, should it get too warm. The ventilation is really good too. It was winter during our stay, meaning it got a little "cold" (by Dominican standard) during the night. Good thing the bedcovers were warm and cozy. The only downside we can think of was that some nights there was a lot of noise outside. Motorcycles driving by, dogs barking, roosters calling etc. Easily taken care of by using ear plugs, though!
The hostel is situated a good 15-20 min walk from the town center. For us this was no problem, seeing as how we liked the scenery and the fresh air you got from walking. Should you feel the need to get to town faster you can always call a taxi or a motorcycle to come pick you up. Both are very cheap options. On the upside the location also meant that it is very close to a nearby ranch were you can go on all sorts of adventures. It's called Rancho Baiguate. Going on a rafting tour there is very much recommended!
We can safely recommend the Jarabacoa Mountain Hostel. It was definitely one of the highlights of our stay in Jarabacoa. Don't be hesitant about the location. It's just about the only downside with this hostel. And we thought long and hard on what to complain about!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A rustic retreat for backpackers, adventure seekers, pioneers, missionaries, and students! When what you want is a clean place to crash, reliable travel tips, and for someone to point you in the right direction for cheap eats and adventure, this is the place to be. Simple lodgings with some extras thrown into the mix such as laundry facilities, bicycles, high-speed internet, fully-equipped kitchen, purified drinking water, coffee and hot water for bathing. Our destination is a bit bohemian, very inviting and relaxing, and an ideal location to make your base camp for mountain climbing and camping, river-rafting, hiking, paragliding, canyoning, or other more serious pursuits. ... more less