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“Warmth and value” 4 of 5 stars
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La Tambora Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Carretera Samana-Las Galeras, Km.10 | Los Cacaos, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Las Galeras
New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Warmth and value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

My husband and i were pleasantly surprised by the value of this small property. It is all-inclusive, but not at the level of an international chain. In fact, we enjoyed the local flavor and the staff were extremely friendly and made us feel at home. Rooms are of various sizes and layouts and we had a sense that a refurbishment is underway. The grounds were lush and beautiful; the trees full of birds. The beach is small and the surf a bit rough but the pool area is lovely: one large pool, another smaller with waterfall & in-water lounges, and a kids pool. Food was plentiful and was buffet when there were a lot of guests and a la carte otherwise. Domestic drinks were also included. We would recommend for the value, especially for those with their own car.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Shanghai, China
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Well, I stayed here for a work trip last week. We were going to travel to Samana and its vicinities so it was somewhat convenient. Keep in mind that this hotel is on the way to Las Galeras so if you plan to go to Samana, you'll need a ride. Rooms are clean, and spacious. Beds are a little too stiff for my taste. At least on the room I had, which was on building A. You have to hike up a pretty steep hill to get there - so if you have knee issues you might want another building. Food is...well, food. Nothing particularly special and quite repetitive. They do have access to a patch of beach that looks nice. This is at most a place to crash if you get a good deal. I'm pretty sure you can do better.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is the worst "resort" that you can ever go to. The things that they say they offer are not true. I went to this place December 25 of 2012, this was terrible starting from the pool, entertainment, bar, restaurant, rooms. The bar is terrible they do not have the right equipment to make drinks, it was so terrible that a simple pina colada they could not serve. In the morning for breakfast I had to go outside to buy food from the street because everything that they had look and taste horrible. One of the owners "Oscar" have terrible customer service, he do not care about the customer after they pay. The rooms were not clean property. The place is not safe at all. TRUTH ME FOR YOUR VACATIONS DO NOT GO TO THIS SO CALL RESORT, YOU WILL REGRET GOING HERE......

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bronx, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

A little resort with great prices and modest facilities. Two pools and hot tubs also access to the beach and night life. Specially important due to the location.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

I just came back from a trip to La Tambora and must say the hotel was great and the service was even better. Since there weren't a lot of guests, we had the grounds pretty much at our disposal. The staff were extremely attentive to our needs and made sure we were well taken care of. There are a few pools for all ages and a stretch of beach lies closeby.

The hotel is not like your usual all inclusives but that's precisely what makes it so great. Guests are given special attention and are able to enjoy beautiful grounds without having to share with crowds.

The food is one of the things we enjoyed the most. The cuisine is mainly Dominican but very tastefully prepared. There wasn't a meal we were turned off by.

All in all I highly recomment this hotel.

  • Liked — The grounds were well kept, staff was excellent and the place was a true oasis.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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belfast
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2008

Arrived at La Tambora on 26th June 2008, after a 9 hour flight from uk and a 2 hour journey by bus. Place looked lovely when I arrived. Went to book in and was told I was only guest and that they were going to be closing in 4 days time due to lack of guests...Had to go and try and find another hotel. Very dissapointing-wouldnt recommend to anyone!!!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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bikingjudi
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2008

I stayed at this hotel during a tour with Motocaribe, a motorcycle touring company (www.motocaribe.com).

The hotel and grounds are gorgeous. The room I had came equipped with a kitchenette, which was stocked with bottled water constantly.

The beach is private and delicious. Some nice waves for body surfing, and there is also a pool. The grounds are absolutely delicious, with pretty plants and impeccable care.

You can hear the surf at night from your room. The AC was cold and quiet in the room, it had a nice bath room, a large wicker armoire and satellite TV.

The staff was very helpful and considerate. They even put out snacks for us, poolside, after our day's riding.

The folks at Motocaribe took care of all our reservations, which was great.

The food consists of a buffet, including dessert, and the hamburger I had one night was the best I've ever had.

Don't miss the omelet station and coffee in the morning.

  • Liked — Beautiful grounds and beach, excellent service
  • Stayed May 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about La Tambora Beach Resort

Also Known As:
La Tambora Beach Hotel Las Galeras
La Tambora Beach Hotel
La Tambora Beach Resort Samana, Dominican Republic
Address: Carretera Samana-Las Galeras, Km.10 | Los Cacaos, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Galeras
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Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Las Galeras
Hotel Class:3 star — La Tambora Beach Resort 3*
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