I'm a local that was looking for a reasonably prices decent hotel in Samana. I was going to be out and about most afternoons so I didn't want anything all inclusive, since. I wouldn't be taking full advantage of what I was paying for. I wanted a hotel where my family and I could sleep comfortably and spend the mornings poolside before we went out for the day. The pool was in excellent condition and my children spent plenty of time enjoying it.
Ballenas Escondidas exceeded my expectations. We stayed for three nights and four days, from April 17th until April 20th. We rented a bungalow with two beds and they gave us an additional twin bed for my youngest son. It was clean and spacious with a beautiful view of the lush vegetation and water. My family of 5 was very comfortable. There was no air conditioning, which initially made me panic, but my husband decided to "rough it." With the ocean breeze and the fans, there was really no need for an AC.
The hotel is on the side of a mountain and the view is SPECTACULAR. However, this is not a place for someone looking for luxury. There are no TVs, no phones, and only limited wifi. It's decent, but needs some maintenance. It's owned by a French couple and the service is very limited. It's mostly do it yourself. This is more for people looking to enjoy the beauty of the island at an affordable price. The food is OK, but not included. We preferred dining out since we know the city well. The hotel is only a 15 minute drive from the heart of Samana, where you can find a variety of local restaurants. We also purchased some snacks and beverages in the local supermarket, since the rooms have a refrigerador. Breakfast is complimentary, but only juice, bread, coffee, and fruit. If you have a big appetite, you won't be satisfied.
Cons: MANY, MANY steps. Remember, it's on the side of a mountain. We felt like we were hiking half of the time. It's definitely a workout so be ready. Also, they don't accept credit cards, which was informed to us during checkout, not when we made the reservation. This was definitely a problem, but they were very apologetic and we came to an agreement.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our stay and would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel Las Ballenas Escondidas in Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic. Small and Charming Hotel with Pool and secluded Beach located halfway between Samana City and the village of Las Galeras. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Las Ballenas Escondidas Hotel
- Hotel Las Ballenas Escondidas Samana, Dominican Republic