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Stanza Mare
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

First the good:
-condo development has a very beautiful, secure beachfront location with shade palapas.

-Good selection of restaurants, bakery, and convenience grocery in easy walking distance.

-LARGE attractive pool (NOT HEATED) that's beautifully lit at nite.

-Well maintained attractive grounds.

-Good wifi linkup in our unit, other people we talked to weren't as lucky so probably unit specific; also available poolside.

-3 nice flat screens.

-Having an end unit gives better ventilation and light.

The uneven:
-2BR unit advertised as sleeping up to 6 -- no way. There is one queen, 2 twins only. Couch does not make bed.

-When the water mains ruptured and we were without water for 2 days, the owner acknowledged promptly (from Miami), but offered no compensation for us having to lug buckets of pool water up 3 flights of stairs to flush toilets. Pool toilet nasty filled with feces left for 2-3 days. Managers said just swim in pool to bathe..... Understand unforeseeable situation, but should have been more helpful during (supply extra bottled water, have workers bring up pool water for toilet flushes, pass to beach clubs for showers) and/or partial refund or free dinners or something!


-The 2nd BR w twins is not comfy for 6 ft adults, plus very noisy due to proximity of water plant, and loud motorcycles zooming around adjacent public street. I suspect a location deeper into the project would solve this problem, but for this specific unit I wouldn't use that 2nd BR for anyone other than children. We were 2 couples traveling, so switched off to split the time in the yuck BR evenly. The window placement is also problematic as casements open inward over the beds, but need to stay open for ventilation, so you're dodging that in your sleep. It also precludes pushing twins together, which owner promised to do, but didn't, and now I know why.

-The master BR has nice direct balcony access. The dresser however is placed only 18 inches from footboard so can't effectively use drawers, and protruding pulls make bruises when traversed to access balcony.

- Frig door opens onto deadend wall of kitchen, awkward, and could easily be switched.

-Bath Towels thin and stingy quantity (1 set per person per week), similar beach towel allotment w better quality. Sheets fair-average quality.

-Pillows poor/cheap and only one per person (not counting 1 ea decor pillow not for sleeping)

-Funky bath faucets using kitchen model in sinks; small aged bathrooms adequate but far below average at this price point.

-Several doors, including MBR door onto living room, won't stay closed due to sloppy construction, so had to brace shut with carry on luggage nitely.

-unit managers arranged airport pickup (extra charge) as promised for one of the couples, but totally dropped ball with second couple, leaving them to punt own way here, with difficulty. Managers shrugged off the mistake.

Room Tip: 3rd or 4th fl w ocean view is great if u can manage the stairs (no elevator), corner unit, farther i...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

I traveled here a few weeks ago. The complex is average, not outstanding. The on-site restaurant (Sharky's) is a bit overpriced but the staff are great and the food is good.

My room was just OK. Sparsely stocked with kitchen essentials and only a small 25" tube TV in living room. Plan on taking coffee filters with you as you can't buy them in any stores (I checked 3). You should also plan on hand-washing all dishes while having to hoist a 5-gallon jug of clean water up to rinse things off (no dispenser provided; it sits on the counter).

The pool area is very relaxing and the proximity to the beach is excellent.

I had a horrible experience on 4 out of the 7 days there where I was accosted by a young man (Felix) who insisted on selling me a prostitute and/or drugs. What made it worse is that one of the security guards (Carlo) brought him directly to my room and introduced me to him. This man hung out in the parking lot outside my unit, followed me around on the property and actually had the audacity to bring the prostitute out on to the beach and right up to my beach chair to try and "sell me" on her (hopefully she was 18?!). It was truly appalling and he would not take "no" for an answer. Clearly the security guard was in on the whole scheme and I wasn't comfortable complaining to management while I was there as I didn't want to experience some sort of fallout with the security guard during the rest of my stay. Honestly, this entire encounter and continued approaches made me very uncomfortable - especially since security was in on it and the guy knew which unit was mine. For this reason alone, I would never return nor recommend Stanza Mare.

Huracan Cafe, just to the north of Stanza Mare, is truly awesome. Great mojitos and caiprinhas and amazing food. I ate there 3 times and it was the best all-around restaurant that I could find.

If you're wandering the beach, be prepared to be approached, bothered, and even followed by the many, many local vendors that want to sell you their crap. T-shirts, cigars, Viagra, marijuana...you name it.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with all of Playa Bavaro area. I will not return. They are many more quieter, cheaper, more pristine and enjoyable beach areas that exist.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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9  Thank bendertsu
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

The stay at Stanza Mare was with a hitch. We had pre-arranged ride waiting at the airport for us which also took as to the super market to do some grocery shopping on the way. How wonderful was that, I say!!! When we arrived, we were greeted and our bags and groceries were whisked away to our fourth floor condo. The view was absolutely break-taking. Linda gave us all the tour and suggestions for our stay. The condo was very well-kept inside and out. Everyone was absolutely gracious beyond belief. Always a peace of mind to have Carlos looking out for us every day. Never ever felt uneasy. Very peaceful stay, very clean beach.

There was plenty of restaurants, small super markets to pick up a few more items. Very friendly everywhere we went. Lots to do, i.e., snorkeling, zip-line...very organized.

The stay was much-needed and is always so much better when everything you've been told is on the money. Thank you, Linda and Vincente, for a lovely experience.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank redskies710
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

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We arrived on Friday to be greeted by Linda, she and her husband Vincete manage the Stanza Mare. They were as described, friendly and very helpful during out stay. If we had and question or issues they asked us not to hesitate to contact them. Saturday we headed to the beach. As we approached the beach we were greeted by a man by the name of Pastor Nunez, that sold excursion at the condo. We purchased several from him and we could not have been more happier. After he sold us the trips we sat and talked about the island and the people and he explained where to go and what was available on the island. He spoke English which made it nice for us. He was very honest and didn’t try to push trips on you but let you make decisions based on his recommendations. We purchase the Saona Island, Luna Dinner, Speed Boats and Swam with the sharks. I started my day out by going to the local gym called El GYM, I believe it was 500 pesos for the week, can’t beat that. The second day we went to the beach we were greeted by the security guard, his name was Valentine. He had our chairs save from the day before and he was unbelievable. We felt as if we had our own body guard. When we walked down the beach he would watch our items to make sure nothing was taken. The beach was safe and the best as far as we had seen. I can’t tell you enough how good Pastor and Valentine made us feel. We couldn’t wait to see them, we talked and laughed everyday and had the best time with them. Pastor made sure during our excursions that we were treated with class and sometimes we felt we got a little special treatment. We tipped Valentine daily and he took care of us and our belongings. They have a bar in the resort called Sharkys that was very good and the prices were reasonable. They even came to the beach to serve drinks and lunch. Saona Island was absolutely beautiful and we had a photographer that took pictures throughout the trip, the pictures were awesome. The room we had was very clean with everything we needed to make our stay wonderful. It had an electric grill on the porch that was great for steaks and chicken. We stayed here for 10 days and enjoyed every minute of it. When we left Valentine gave my wife and myself a few bracelets that he had purchased. When we left he came to our room to carry our luggage to the taxi, I believe my wife and I had a few tears as we left Valentine and Stanza Mare. This place is absolutely beautiful and I would recommend to anyone, It’s safe for all ages. We ventured out of the area and never once felt threatened. If you have any questions about Stanza Mare, feel free to contact me. We are going back next year and have some ideas to make our second trip even better, which may be hard to do.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank Gambler44647
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

We rented a one bedroom condo in this complex from the end of January to the middle of Feb., and it was one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had. The complex is so well kept that you feel as though you are in a five star resort. Everything you need is within walking distance, and the beach is about 30 seconds away. The property manager, Yves, is excellent and is there for assisting you with all your needs. We would recommend this complex to anybody looking for a luxury vacation without the all-inclusive feeling.

Room Tip: We were in unit G-102. It has screens and a wonderful cross breeze. Used the a/c only once.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Overall it was was a wonderful stay. The people staying there were great and the location was extremely convenient. However, at times it felt unsafe (especially during the night), and the hotel could definitely use a couple more security guards. If they due improve their security I would recommend Stanza Mare to everyone.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank BennyB1818
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We rented a clean and simple unit for three nights. I would have to say that the beach on which the Stanza Mare is situated is gorgeous and relaxing. No hassle, no scene, just turquoise waters and the ocean breeze. Bliss...
Furthermore, while there are some terrific local restaurants in the vicinity, the restaurant poolside at Stanza Mare, Sharkey's, is delicious. We ate there three times, the last meal was fresh lobster caught that same morning. Yum!
Stores, markets, and eateries are all within walking distance. While we did not use our kitchen, many of our friends used theirs in their respective units, making the most of local fresh caught fish, fruits and vegetables. We would definitely return to the Stanza Mare. It's a great alternative to the all-inclusive if you're feeling a little more adventurous and self-sufficient.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
8  Thank Shelby1973
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Additional Information about Stanza Mare

Address: El Cartecito Bavara, Punta Cana 00000, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Altagracia Province > Punta Cana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Punta Cana
Price Range: $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stanza Mare 3*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Minutes away from the Punta Cana Intl’ Airport, Stanza Mare brings the privacy and comfort of a summer home, with the services of your favorite hotel, crystal clear beaches, tall palm trees and soft white sands are the scenery of our fully furnished apartments of 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms. ... more   less 
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