We returned from our third stay in our home away from home. we were there for 4 weeks again this year. There are a few issues with this hotel, but lets look at the positives first.
If you want a quiet, relaxing vacation, this is a good hotel for you. It's close enough to Cabarete for those that need the casino, dancing, shopping or a change of pace in dining . A day trip to Peurta Plata (45 minutes +-) will get you more of a city atmosphere. However, most that come to this hotel are content to stay put, enjoy the quiet surroundings and play a few games with their fellow travellers. This hotel has many repeat customers. Why? Because of the people who take care of it and you. If you show interest and care to get to know them, everyone at this hotel will treat you well and you will become like family.
A lot has been said in this regard in past reviews. This is not an exaggeration. Conversely, I have seen that there are some times when tourists behave badly and then wonder why things aren't done at a snap of their finger. However, treat people with respect, interest, dignity and fellow feeling and things will always go more smoothly. I suspect that the biggest problem with tourism today is that people have come to expect a much higher level than really exists in much of the rest of the world. Do your homework, learn about the culture and what to expect and most important, celebrate the opportunity to enjoy the differences. If you are not willing to do that, then stay home or go to a 5 star mega resort that will be the same anywhere in the world.
Now that my rant is over, let's continue on.
The restaurant has an excellent variety of food. Always fresh fruit and vegetables. Yes there is always chicken and rice. That is a Dominican staple. However it is prepared in many different ways. But you also get beef, pork and fish prepared in different ways. And the desserts are a real problem. We always went to the restaurant with good intentions and then ended up with more than one dessert. Too good!
The new restaurant is open as of the beginning of March. It is beautifully decorated, overlooks the pool, and has an excellent menu. We are so glad that we got to experience it several times before we left. As in the past, the Thai restaurant also continues.
The beach is quiet and relatively clean. Any garbage on it in front of the hotel is that left by tourists. Arri faithful tries to pick up after those that can't be bothered to do it for themselves. Naturally there will be some seaweed and sticks etc. that washes up. That is what the ocean does. The ocean is a little rough but we've never found it dangerous. If you are frail it may poise a problem but just exercise common sense and pay attention when Arri tells you to move to a different area. It is always breezy and sometimes windy, but that's why this area is called the windsurfing capital of the world. They hold international competitions every year in Cabarete. If you want quiet swimming, you will have to go to Sosua, Playa Grande or a few other beaches nearby that are more suitable.
Beautiful, peaceful gardens surround the 2 story buildings. You never feel that you are surrounded by concrete, unless you are lying on the middle of the sidewalk, which I have yet to see anyone do here.
Now for the things you should be aware of. Yes, the rooms could use some work. Some are beautiful, some are nice and some are not so good. There are, however clean. As was mentioned by others, there is peeling paint in some, there are rust stains in some on the plumbing fixtures and some of the plumbing does not function as it should. However, These are things that are next in line to be fixed. Be aware that the pictures you see on the internet are not what all of the rooms look like. However, they are working on it. The sister hotel in Peurta Plata has undergone extensive renovations in the last few years. Even to the point of new construction. We strongly suspect that the owners, Celuisma in Venezuela, have been putting too many eggs in that basket to the detriment of this hotel.I believe though, that we will see changes very soon. Rumour has it that the bathrooms are all scheduled to be redone.
Considering what the hotel has to work with in capital, we feel the are doing an amazing job. I would like to mention all those of the staff by name that we have become close to. But you don't want to see a list of 40 or so people here. Go meet them yourself.
Would I recommend this hotel to everyone? Definitely not. Some will not be happy unless everything is new and shiny and they get lobster every night. But if you want to experience the real Dominican Republic, make new friends, relax and are prepared to cry a bit when you leave; this could very well be the place for you.
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- Also Known As:
- Celuisma Paraiso Tropical
- Paraiso Tropical Cabarete