We, travelling as four (two pairs of couples), made a telephone booking a day before we left Santo Domingo, the capital. When we arrived the next day, the reception did not have our booking, but they said they can fit us in. We paid 4000 pesos (USD120) for a room, which includes dinner on the day we arrived, breakfast and lunch the next day, plus all drinks at the bar. We were staying there only for the weekend, to visit Lago Enriquillo and to see Barahona town.
The rooms, although old (this place was built in mid 90’s), were spotless; we had 2 Queen-sized beds, a TV, an AC, ceiling fan, table for two, closet, bath tub and hot water; they are all in good condition. Our room has not got towels (our friends' had), so we ask from the reception and it was quickly organized.
The hotel building itself was newly painted (in blue and white colours), just perfect as there were no faults on the painting work.
The buffet style food serving was not fancy and had a simple selection, for example for lunch and dinner, they served pork, chicken, fish, vegetables, bread, soup and rice, as well as dessert; about 6 or 7 main dishes and the dessert which they placed in a round glass fridge with rotating shelves. On breakfast they had bacon, sausages, pan cakes, yogurt drinks, “manggu” (a Dominican food – mashed plantain), juices, bread, fresh omelette from the omelette counter, fried eggs and fresh local fruit. The coffee was really good and always fresh, which I loved so much.
The pool was clean too, and the floor that surrounds the pool area was kept very neat and tidy. We did not see any rubbish on the hotel ground. There is a small beach in front of the hotel, where a mangrove island sits about 150m in front of the beach. There were fisherman’s boats parked just on the left side of the beach. On the horizon, the view of the Barahona bay and a factory just on the left. The beach had sand flies; we quickly retired from walking on the sand, to the pool. It was just as nice.
The staffs at the restaurant were friendly, they were always ready to help and serve, although at times we could not see their whereabouts.
When we were there, there were local families as well as visitors. The place was never busy, plenty of space for everyone.
We went to the cathedral at the town centre called “Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario” on Saturday evening, but we turned-up late at the mass simply because we got the wrong information from the front desk at the hotel. They told us that the mass starts at 7pm but in fact, it started at 6pm. To say the least, the vicar was not pleased as we walked into the cathedral chapel during communion. However, we met him later and apologized for being late and explained the situation. The vicar was charming and gave his blessings before he left. (My husband and I are not so religious, but we liked visiting cathedrals and churches where ever we are). So NOTE THIS: The mass starts at 6pm on Saturdays, just in case you want to attend a service at the cathedral, which is only 3 minutes away from the hotel, and is easy to find.
For USD120 a day with 3 inclusive meals and flow of drinks, Hotel Costa Larimar is most certainly worth visiting. We went to Restaurant La Rocca (or La Roka) to have a meal, and one meal alone costs us 3000 pesos. So it is no doubt that staying at the Costa Larimar hotel is economical and comfortable.
If we ever thinking of going to Barahona again, we will stay at this hotel.
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