My husband's and my first visit to Casa Colonial was in 2009. Five years later after a second stay I am happy to report that Casa Colonial remains a lovely small boutique hotel. My husband and I booked Casa Colonial to spend a few days decompressing prior to departing Puerto Plata on a live aboard snorkel boat trip. During our latest visit (3 nights) we never ventured off of the grounds, being total slugs while relaxing and enjoying every minute of it.
For best views I recommend an ocean front room/suite although the garden suites offer soothing views of lush tropical greenery. From our third floor (top floor) room, the water view was partially filtered by beach trees but that lent one privacy. Sea breezes on one's veranda are refreshingly welcome on a hot sultry day. Both of us enjoyed lounging on our lanai watching waves roll in or colorful birds flitting about in the beach trees.
Our room was maintained beautifully. The hotel staff kept our room spotless and well-supplied with soap, shampoo, ice and fresh towels. The bed was very comfortable with crisp clean linens. Fresh smelling towels were thick plus there were always plenty of them available. Turn down service was available each evening; as a goodnight treat a little tasty sweet or cookie was left by housekeeping. Ice was brought to the room in the afternoon. We were both pleased that it was very quiet in our room as well as when we sat on the lanai. I am happy to report no loud racket from the All Inclusive resorts down the beach ever marred our stay.
Electrical outlets were not plentiful in our room, making charging electronics and camera batteries a challenge. I recommend traveling with a little travel-sized extension cord that offers multiple outlets. This was very helpful at Casa Colonial. One other unusual thing about our room was that the in room coffee pot was stored in the bathroom on top of a bureau yet there was nowhere to plug it in by the bureau. We had to plug the coffeepot into an outlet near the floor in the sitting area of our room, the coffee pot left on the floor while coffee brewed. This was a minor inconvenience. All in all, the hotel room was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay immensely.
The expansive beach at Casa Colonial is tranquil, a far cry from the crowded All Inclusive properties located on either side of Casa Colonial. My husband and I are not beach bunnies, preferring not to bake in the strong tropical sunlight. Fortunately, Casa Colonial has abundant shade trees overhanging part of the beach to protect one from the sun; one can lounge underneath the beach trees while enjoying the view of the water. Be sure to lather up with sunscreen though. It's easy to get burned even in the shade (we got some sun that way). One can order drinks and food on the beach as well, a pleasant way to while away time counting the waves roll in or maybe enjoy some kite surfers speeding across the sea. Tables with chairs and chaise lounges with cushions are located on the beach, all placed at a good distances from each other for privacy. The view across the water of a point of undeveloped land is very attractive. It should be noted that on the uncrowded beach one will occasionally encounter some hawkers wandering about who want to braid your hair, sell you jewelry, sign you up for parasailing, etc. They are not the gadflies we have encountered at other places we've been but I still find them annoying when they interrupt a conversation or just get in one's way when trying to dreamily stare out to sea. Mercifully, at Casa Colonial there are no Time Share salesmen constantly pitching resort sales.
Several dining options are available at Casa Colonial. A beachside terrace restaurant, a rooftop poolside eatery with great views of the water and an elegant dinner restaurant are on premises. The food was very good at CC. One can also dine in one's room at no extra charge (we did that several times for breakfast and twice for dinner). The restaurants offered good variety, enough so that we were never bored with our meals over the three days we dined at Casa Colonial. My husband and I both ate raw foods (lettuce, tomatoes, fruit, etc) at Casa Colonial's restaurants and did not become ill. We also drank beverages with ice in them at Casa Colonial. The ice is purified. (Please note: do not drink the water from the tap at the hotel. Small bottles of purified water are provided by housekeeping although my husband bought some larger more economical bottles of water for our use at a little convenience store located in a tiny mall near Casa Colonial.) Some favorite recommended preparations were the lobster rolls, lobster crepes and a mushroom risotto (the delicious flavor was rich and earthy although the risotto is not as creamy as I commonly expect). We especially liked the airy open air third floor rooftop lunch place at Casa Colonial; expansive views of the water from there were delightful plus it was pleasantly breezy on hot days. A romantic candlelit dinner on the beach can also be reserved for US $195 + 38% tax and service charge. Wine is extra. If you book the beach meal I recommend doing it on a quiet weekday night rather than on a weekend; the All Inclusive resort next door sometimes throws beach parties that make for less than romantic dining.
The rooftop pool is inviting plus there are four little infinity-style Jacuzzis that have a great view of the water beyond.
The hotel's Bagua Spa is inviting and immaculate with a clean, private shower area. My husband and I reserved 1 hour 20 minute massages. In both cases, we thought our masseuses were among the best we had ever encountered.
One very nice note is that we had to be at the Ocean World Marina (25" from Casa Colonial in Cofresi) to board our whale snorkel boat at 5 pm. I requested a late check out from Casa Colonial. Reception allowed us to stay in our suite for an extension. It was very, very accommodating of the hotel to honor our request. Of course there are no guarantees that this can be done but it's worth asking. Reception was helpful with reserving taxis as well as answering questions about what to do in Puerto Plata. Prior to our arrival I requested Reception arrange a private airport transfer via email. All was handled expertly and efficiently.
Casa Colonial offers an a haven of tranquility in the midst of busy Puerto Plata's Playa Dorada. I can easily recommend this welcoming property.
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- Located on the exotic north coast of the Dominican Republic and directly on the crystal water, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa is the ultimate, world-class resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Colonial Beach Hotel Puerto Plata
- Casa Colonial Beach And Spa
- Hotel Casa Colonial Beach