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Hotel Acaya
Ranked #29 of 35 Hotels in Las Terrenas
Reviewed January 2, 2011

The Samana peninsula for sure was one of the highlights of our trip. A variety of amazing and tranquil beaches, the lush vegetation, rolling hills, all these shades of green and blue and sooooo many palm trees!!! And just outside of Las Terrenas, away from the huzzle and buzzle, we found this charming little hotel at Playa Bonita . Our rooms were basic but comfortable and tastefully decorated ( we chose the no ac option ) and we just loved the conopy bed and the creative towel rack in the bathroom. And the manager Maxime and his assistant Mery were great to talk to and very helpful.
I would not recommend Playa Bonita to night creatures, but it is truely magnificent for nature lovers, beachwalkers, romantic couples, relaxation seekers... and gourmets!!!
The few small hotels all have restaurants and I would have loved to stay much, much longer just to try more of the fantastic food of Hotel Acaya, Casa Grande and Atlantis.
Great cuisine directly under the stars, palm trees rustling and the surf breaking in the background...just magical!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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5  Thank ashiragina
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

My girlfriend and I just left Hotel Acaya and have mixed feeling about it. First, the good stuff:

The hotel's location is beautiful, steps from the "beach" (although the beach is very narrow here), with a sprawling front yard that abuts the lounge and restaurant area, which becomes the common area for all the guests during the day. The proprietor, Maxime, is attentive and genuinely tries to create a family atmosphere by ensuring everyone joins him for a drink each evening and often a meal. At the price (65 dollars for our room), it's a bargain compared to the other hotels on Playa Bonita and the restaurant is also reasonably priced and quite good.

Now, the downside:

There are three buildings with rooms to let, but only one was renovated. We booked late and wound up in an unrenovated building, which is in pretty shabby shape. For the price, we didn't expect much and we didn't get much. The shower head needed to be replaced twice, hot water was sporadic at best, the bathroom was pretty grubby overall, and the bed was the hardest, most uncomfortable bed I've slept in since my youth hostel days. There was also a crawl space above the room, accessed by a door above our door on the outside. The latch on that door was broken and once the winds came up (which they did with a vengeance), it banged against the side of the building all night long. Their attempt to fix this entailed jamming a stick into the door, which actually worked for a night, but I wasn't able to point out that it probably wouldn't last because no one -- including the security guard doing the jamming -- speaks any English there. Sure enough, by the second night of winds it was banging loudly all over again.

That's the bad stuff. A few other notes:

-The hotel, and seemingly all of Playa Bonita for that matter, appears to be primarily a family destination. We saw maybe two other couples the five days we were there, but the area was packed with little kids.

-If you're driving yourself and can swing it, an SUV is recommended. The road from Las Terrenas to Playa Bonita is riddled with gaping pot holes and huge puddles after the rain. We drove a small Nissan and beat it up pretty badly. If you're not driving yourself, you'll want to rent an ATV or a car once you're there. Playa Bonita is pretty isolated, and it's too far from town to walk.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank micaha29
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Reviewed December 20, 2010

Acaya is a beautiful hotel. The location is perfect, close to town for shopping, dinner or dancing but secluded on a beautiful beach if you want to take it easy. The staff were incredible, discreet, helpful and really sweet, we felt we were spending a vacation at a friend's property instead a hotel but with professional service.
They were also very helpful for everything we needed outside the hotel, in our case, they recommended and booked a beautiful place to stay in Santo Domingo, information about excursions, restaurants and transfers to and from the airport. It really has it all!!
We liked the place so much that we are planning on going back there very soon.
They even taught me to dance Bachata...!! It was a lot of fun!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank mcabezas2010
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

I spent a few nights at Hotel Acaya last week. The hotel is very pleasant, everything on premises. I ate twice at the restaurant and I was quite impressed with my meals. Excellent cuisine. The beach is to die for, there was surf when I was there, a great sound to fall asleep and wake up to. Staff is very friendly.
I'll return to this incredible establishment.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled solo
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Thank Charlie M
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

This is the best hotel in the area of Las Terrenas or Playa Bonita. If you are looking for luxury, this is not your place. The place is simple, very clean, it has the best beach and most certainly, the BEST FOOD (try the avocado tartare, ceviche, lobster). To party at night you would need to go to downtown Las Terrenas but it's not too far, about 10 minute drive or less. If you wish to go clubbing at night in Las Terrenas, you can go to El Mosquito Bar, they got the best music.
Acaya Hotel is run by a French gentleman and the people that work there are very nice. The hotel is right on the beach and makes it very convenient to run to your room at any time. I was there in Dec. 2005 and went back this past weekend. I would go back again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Xaggitarious
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

There are so many options in the Las Terrenas area. And we are giddy with our good fortune for choosing Hotel Acaya. The strongest points include: the amazing and gorgeous beach location; the incredibly warm and genuine staff; the laidback, quiet and relaxing complex. If you want the gloss of an all-inclusive resort, then this is not the place for you. However, if you want to relax on a secluded beach, truly feeling away from it all, then we recommend Acaya unreservedly. The town of Las Terrenas is quite nearby, but is busy, grimy and not particularly charming. Nevertheless, it's close enough to get cash and do some shopping and then you can return to the brilliant Acaya. Our AC room was spacious and had character (but wasn't in perfect condition as you might expect were you to expect the same as at a large resort). The best feature was the small deck with nice little chairs where we spent plenty of time reading, talking and relaxing undisturbed. At night, we slept perfectly in the comfortable bed with the glorious sound of the waves breaking on the beach. And the food was good, the drinks were delicious, but best of all, the staff were warm, friendly and genuine. What a great little spot that we hope continues forever instead of being over-run by huge complexes, condos and all-inclusive resorts. Surely there's a place in the world for small, genuine beachfront bungalows in a world of mass commercialization? If you agree, stay here.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank nkozel
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Reviewed February 12, 2010

I spent Xmas 09 there with my parents and we had a fantastic experience. The location is far more remote than we thought, but that was for the better. Rooms are spacious but simple, you dont go there to spend all days in your bedroom anyway. Fantastic view on the waves and the beach.
The food was so so, especially the imposed Xmas dinner which was unedible (and the wine was terrible as well, we had to bring it back and ask for another one, the other one was even worse.)
The staff is incredible.Maxime, the owner, is the nicest guy and we could use his computer when my laptop wouldnt go online (they have free wifi) and could also use his safe to put our passports,bank cards and jewels in. Marie the caretaker is an amazing woman, she knows everything in the area, she 's so hardworking its incredible, she will do anything for you,she really made our trip special. Price 80 dollars/night/double room, not bad at all for the area and the Xmas period, especially coz we booked a bit last minute.
The food is a lot better at Las Ballenas and Casa Grande.

Take a spanish or French guide if you dont know any because its full of France ppl, Spanish is mostly spoken,english not that much.

Also dont forget to visit the waterfall "el limon", you can do it horseriding and it was one of the most fabulous nature experience I had.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Address: Calle Loma Bonita, Las Terrenas 32200, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Terrenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Las Terrenas
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Las Terrenas
Price Range: $75 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Acaya 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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Hotel Acaya Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

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