I just returned a couple weeks back from a four night stay at the Casa Cayena in Sosua over the American Thanksgiving vacation break. This was my second visit to the vibrant country of the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispanola.
I spent a few days & nights reading over hotel reviews, & asking questions to other members regarding hotels in the Sosua & Cabarete area's before making my choice of lodging. As always I received some excellent, informative, & knowledgeable advice from some very kind & willing people . . . which only made my decision as to where to stay the more difficult (lol). I enjoyed my lodging very much during my first stay & would have readily returned, but I wanted to try a different place for my second visit to the area. Whenever I've found a vacation spot to visit more than once or twice, I like to explore different paths before I return to a gem that I might have found along the way . . if I'm so lucky.
When visiting any island vacation destination, I look for ocean front if possible or as close as possible, water sports, beach life, lodging with pool & restaurant, smaller resorts under 100 rooms/bungalows, nightlife, & good local food. . . And if I can stay under a $100. U.S., great . . . The Casa Cayena & Sosua meet almost all of my likes. A great price that included breakfast, the only "like" that was missing was the ocean front accomodations, but the ocean was less than a 100 steps away from the front door.
A small, hidden little gem of a budget hotel steps away from the ocean, and down the block from the main street & all the nightlife . . . yet this gem is quite enough not to hear a sound from all the action at night. The cost of my accomodation included breakfast, which meant that you could have anything that was on their restaurant's breakfast menu from 7:30 to 11:30 am. I only ate at the hotel's restaurant 3 times, but I enjoyed every meal. Their little restaurant cooks up a pretty nice range of foods, local Dominican dishes, as well as American style breakfast options, sandwiches, an assortment of pastas, salads, & fruit dishes. The restaurant was open-air on one side which offered you a view of the pool area. The pool is rather small, but one can still enjoy sitting either around the pool or on your patio in a lodge chair enjoying drinks from the bar & music. I stayed on the second floor, room #207 (I think?), and poolside in room #105. I enjoyed both rooms, but I would certainly stay in room #105 poolside. The rooms were cleaned daily, with new towels daily if needed. Rooms have a small television with cable channels,and a mini-frig. In both of the rooms that I stayed the beds were very comfortable & I had no problem sleeping. The sink & shower had plenty of water power & hot water. For a 2** or 3*** budget hotel, Casa Cayena is certainly a hotel that I'll return to if I ever return to the area. I even had two of my friends that I met on this trip stop by & ask about their accommodations, & they are now planning to stay at the Casa Cayena on their next visit.
The ladies at the front desk were very pleasant, & helpful if you are willing to be the same. A smile always brought a smile from them. Miguelina & her staff were friendly, & willing to learn some English & as well teach me some Spanish . . . I like the fact that the front desk & late night security were aware of who was staying there & who wasn't. I had a friend visit a couple of times (another tourist), & he was stopped & asked who he was there to see. If I returned with a late night guest, security made sure to check her i.d. as she entered & as she left. The only negative was the lack of safety boxes in your rooms. They keep them safety boxes in an office next to the front desk, *& you only have access to them from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, that is definitely not cool.
Lastly, as mentioned earlier in my post, the hotel is less than a 100 steps from a gorgeous little beach, Playa Alicia. Yeah buddy, come on out the front steps of the Casa Cayena, & turn left, take those few steps & . . . . You'll come to a small parking area, a cliff overlooking the beach, & the Waterfront Restaurant, & below you awaits Playa Alicia, another hidden little gem. While everyone flocks to the main beach, Playa Sosua, with all the food eateries, hawkers, musicians, & people . . . Playa Alicia is laid back, mellow, a little peace of paradise amongest the madness that can be Sosua. You can rent beach chairs & umbrellas, 200 pesos each, you can buy beer & snacks, or better yet, just bring your own, & just chilllll. . . . . without the hassle of being hawked to death, its a nice respite from the party atmosphere of Playa Sosua, certainly a beach that you might want to visit for a day while in Sosua. . . .
Over-all a nice, peaceful, well kept little hotel on a quite street, just steps from Playa Alicia . . For a 2 - 3 Star hotel, the price, food, staff, & location, Casa Cayena is indeed a a well kept hidden little gem for the budget traveler!
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