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“Great location but not the cleanest.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Costa Larimar
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Barahona
Temple City, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great location but not the cleanest.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This hotel is right next to the beach and it's a very nice and pretty beach. My room was not bad, but the bathroom was not very clean. The beds were a bit on the uncomfortable side. The AC was super loud so maybe bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper like me. Most importantly, make sure you spray mosquito/bug spray before going to bed!! I got about 5-7 mosquito bites in one night! Other than that, the hotel was very cute and it's definitely a nice hotel to stay at when you're in Barahona!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank azhang1027
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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146 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Don't expect a 5 star hotel and you won't be disappointed. Recently stayed there two nights. It is definitely the nicest place in Barahona and I'm thankful for it. Staff is friendly and attentive. Breakfast bar is good for the Dominican Republic. We wanted to eat dinner there as well but the music blaring in the restaurant made us decide to go elsewhere. It appears that after breakfast the restaurant caters to the local beer drinking scene with horrendously loud music. If you want peace and quiet you will have to go elsewhere. The shower was almost impossible to use. I think the mixing valve between the hot and cold water was messed up. Would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Jerry B
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North Carolina
Level Contributor
115 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

I have stayed here several times and always find it clean, modern, and the staff very helpful and pleasant. It is an American style hotel because it is owned by an American who spends a great deal of time and money making in modern and comfortable by those standards. Many of the medical teams in the area on missions stay here. There is security on duty at all times and the hotel feels very safe. It is on the Malecon and close to town. It also has a small beach area and a very nice modern pool. The bar and restaurant is open air and the food and drinks are reasonably priced and well prepared. There is a meeting room here and it's where the President of the couontry comes to meet with local officials each year. It's really the only hotel in this part of the country set up to for business travelers.

Room Tip: The tower rooms facing the pool have the best view and the bar is not too noisy at night except on h...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank NC7007
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Medford
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

A dozen years ago we had enjoyed dinners in the open air dining room of the Riviera, now called Costa Larimar. It was our heart's desire to stay here and enjoy a few days of visiting friends in Barahona. The hotel is older but well maintained. The lobby is newly redecorated and is beautiful. I will warn you: not ONE person on staff speaks any English. Although I speak some Spanish, I had to call a fluent friend to make our reservation. We went for the all-inclusive Breakfast and dinner. I would advise breakfast ONLY. The buffet for dinner was poor, and nothing like it was in 2000. I truly cannot recommend the lunch or dinner for the price they charge. Breakfast is good and the coffee is great. The servers are attentive and friendly. The staff is truly what made our stay enjoyable. Also, all inclusive does NOT include any drinks from the bar. You get coffee, water, and juice included. However, when we ordered Pina Coladas one afternoon the bartender showed up with a giant fresh pineapple in her arms and made the best Pina Collada ever (for about $4 american dollars.) The pool is cleaned every day, the laundry service is excellent, and the staff went out of their way to accomodate us. We requested a small refrigerator in our room and got one immediately. When the air conditioner did not work well, they brought a new one in and installed it. There is a generator for the power outages but it takes its toll on the air conditioners. So: great staff, big rooms, clean, and nice balcony. Quiet except for Friday night until 11. Good breakfast. Check out took 3 hours because it had rained the night before and the machine couldn't process our credit card. Fluent friends to the rescue finally got them to take our Traveler's checks. But yes, I would go back, it's still the best place in the Barahona area.

Room Tip: we loved our Room 1312, third floor, with a balcony and window in the large bathroom. This room was...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Charm B
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Rome
Level Contributor
100 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2012

We ended up one night only in Barahona returning from Pedernales (Baya de Las Aguilas). Since it was too long to drive from there to the Capital, we decided to have a stop in Barahona, 3 hours drive East from Pedernales.
The Hotel is great, it got a nice pol, rooms are clean, staff is smiling; wifi is in the pool area and inside the rooms located in the 3rd and 4th floors. It's well maintained, gardeners are doing their good job there and generally the Hotel surpassed my expectations, as outside in Barahona there is absolutely nothing to see and do.
The Hotel has a lovely private Beach but the sea is horrible there due to a river whose mouth is nearby. It's the best hotel in that town.
We opted to choose the half board, i.e. dinner, overnight & breakfast included in room rate, apps. 4.800 Pesos per room. It's more than ok for that place where, again, there is nothing but the quarry of Larimar stone nearby.
The elevator was "temporary" out of work but it's ok, even though I was at the top floor.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank CRISTIANO P
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Level Contributor
91 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

Very nice hotel right in from of the Caribbean Sea. The service is excellent. We stayed here for a wedding. everything was well decorated, the food was great and the employees always have a big smile to share with the guests. They even gave us an extra room free of charge so all the bridesmaids could change clothes and do our hair comfortably. The pool is very nice and they have a special area designated just for children. The hotel is located on a nice spot if you want to go around and visit places like San Rafael, malecon or some other neat attractions in the South of the Dominican republic.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Jossie R
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Absarokee, Montana
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

My daughter was on a medical mission and was turning "21" during her stay. I wanted to do something special for her so I contacted the hotel by e-mail, asking if they could possibily get my daughter a simple rose or a piece of cake to be given at dinner to celebrate her birthday. It was'nt 15 minutes later and the phone rang. Joe the manager called asking how he could help! I explained my simple request. He offered to make a big enough cake for the entire medical team, decorate it & present it to her at dinner!! He did it!! What a special surprise!! It is a blessing to deal with such caring people who spend their precious time going out of their way for others!! Thank you Joe!! You are appreciated!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank KathrynF86
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Property: Hotel Costa Larimar
Address: Enriquillo 6, Barahona, Dominican Republic (Formerly Hotel Riviera)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Barahona Province > Barahona
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Barahona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Costa Larimar 3*
Number of rooms: 108
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