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Casa Marina Beach & Reef
Ranked #26 of 33 Hotels in Sosua
London, Ontario, Canada
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“Good Getaway for the price”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Spent a week here with my wife. This was the first trip ever for us out of North America, and we knew not to expect North American atandards.

Room - clean, functional and was made up everyday. A/C wasn't working, but they fixed it after i mentioned it. - no complaints

Hotel and Grounds - Amazing grounds, pools, beaches. There are two beaches....one to the left which is more public and one to the right which is private....no vendors. Waves were great to play in and they are generally more rough on the right side....be careful of the crashing waves. Pools were clean and there three of them. Lot of gardens, trees....really nice. There are a few things i noticed....like the sliding door was hard to open, or the tub could use some new cocking, a broken tile. Nothing I was gonna ger to excited about. They had just replaced the matresses and while we were there they were repainting and fixing rooms all week long.

Resturants - I am a meat and potatoes kinda guy. I don't like fancy, or NEW things....and I ate well. Always 3 or 4 types of meat....chicken, beef, pork and fish and each meal they are prepared different. The pork one night was an entire roasted pig stuffed with a grear seasoned rice. Lots of deserts....of all kinds, eclares, cakes, fruit. Food was definitly better then I was expecting. Al a cartes......we tried the mexican and italian.....both were very good. At the mexican resturant....the stuffed pastry......gotta get that for desert...amazing. Snack bar was decent....always had pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fries ect on hand. It was basic but did the trick.

Bars - Not all the bars were open on the resort...i assume becasue they where not at full capacity. but since we spent all of our timeby the beach we had 3 to choose from. The beer was good and the mixed drinks were ok. I am a rum guy.....i didn't care for the rum they had....personal preference thats all. The bar tenders were not shy of pouring the booze. The disco bar was opened the longest....til 1 or 2 depending how busy there were.

Staff - they were great. I can't say one bad thing about them. Poilte, friendly......they treated us very well.

Vendors - if there was one thing i didn't care for...it was the vendors that were allowed on the resort grounds. While walking to dinner....you wouls pass 10 vendors all trying to get your business....and they are good at it. You just gotta be firm and say No...they will get the hint. THey would set up shop 2 or 3 times throughout the week.

Town - This was probalby one of the most enjoyable parts of this resort. It is litterally right in the middle of El' Batey or Sosua. Great night life, cheap drinks....all the bars in town use filtered Bagged ice and purifiled water. Saw with my own two eyes. When we got in Saturday night...it was just after 11pm and when we checked in and got our room we changed and headed into town. We had a few drinks at one club....on to the next for a few more. Drinks around $2. Take the same procautions you would if you were anywhere on holidays.....dont flash money or wear your rolex. We were treated very well when we were downtown.....we spent 2 or three nights downtown.....and checked out the shops during the day.

Activities - I am a cetified scuba diver but hadn't dove in about 8 years. it was something my wife always wanted to try but she was a bit scared. They gave her a 2 hr in pool session and took us out into the ocean on a 2 part dive with a couple other new divers. They had 2 dive masters and a potographer (also a dive master) in the water plus 1 more staff for 5 divers. They were extemely professional and always kept a close eye on my wife and the other new divers. They have 2 dozen dive sites close to the resort.

Overall we had a great time....we met some great new friends and are planning on next years trip together. If your looking for a good time, on a budget this is a good place. If your looking for something a little higher class......keep looking

tip #1 Dinner off the resort. at the front of the resort turn right and head to the first intersection then turn left. Walk about 2 minutes and on the left you will see a great steak and seafood place. The food is amazing, beef is Alberta Certified beef, booze is top shelf. There were 6 of us that had apps, full course meals, 3 drinks per person, the resturant bought another round for us and it came to $330 total. It is better then the KEG restuarant here at home....the portions were larger.....easily a $600 plus dinner

Tip # 2 Take in the town....well worth it. Walk around during the day and get the fell for it. Jolly Rogers, Britania (canadian owned) and Coach's Corner (hocky was playing on the big screen). were all good places to go. Doing this during the day makes it easier to go back at night. Talk to your tiur rep....he can put you into touch with one of the bell hops.....buy them a few drinks and they will be your tour guide for the night.

Room Tip: We were in the middle building on the 3rd floor......after a week....the 2nd floor would have been g...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Have been here 7 times and am going back for the second time this year , The staff are great especially Virginia and Francis. They all smile and treat you special. The grounds are immaculate. The beach is fabulous. If the waves are too rough walk a short walk to the public bay beach. Where else can you have 2 beaches on your resort-and 2 more within walking distance? The water is crystal clear and no rocks to smash you around and sunshine beach time until 6 pm.The waves can be dangerous but use common sense. Red flag means red flag you never turn your back to a wave and must understand the strength of waves otherwise keep out. Oh did I mention 3 pools and 3 whirlpools. Oh and the sights day and night with open air dining overlooking water. Food has lots to choose from and you will not starve. They also have the absolute best fried chicken . Front desk staff are polite and obliging-be nice and remember you are on vacation.Good food off the resort as well at Jolly Rodger, Baileys and Rocky's Ribs. On my way back Monday with more family.Can't get enough of this place!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Charlottetown, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Just got back from the Casa Marina Resort and from check in to check out all was geat! Weather was amazing! Drinks, beer and wine were quite good as well. During meal times you had to get your own drinks, however, the walk was 20 feet from your table at any point. A suggestion is to get to the buffet on time when it opens to get the food while it is nice and hot. Lots of variety and you will not go hungry at all unless you are extremely picky then, if so, stay home. The rooms were great and very comfortable. No bar fridge but then again, go downstairs and get some drinks to take back to your room. Pools were great and soaking pools on the coral reef very nice too to get refreshed after being hot in the sun! Staff were great with service and if you can speak Spanish they appreciate it and it goeas a long way. You will have a great time here if you remind yourself you are not Donald Trump and you are on vacation to relax. If there is no spoon on your table simply go and get another - don't make a big deal of it. Loved the stay and loved the vacation and would return for sure. Be EXTREMELY careful in the water with the waves!!!!!! Peopled ie each year in them due tot he pressure of them crashing in and tumbling you like a rag doll and possibly snapping your neck on the sand. A buddy of ours got extremely hurt and I messed my shoulder thinking it won"t be that bad - well it is and if you seee the red flag up DO NOT think your are beyond getting hurt and stay at the shoreline out of crashing distance of the waves. Definitely check out the local beach and the beach to the right of Sunset Bar on the resort all great to experience.

Room Tip: Rooms by the pool were nice to have an interior view if you cannot get a sea view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2013

I went to this resort last year in March. The weather was absolutely amazing of course until the last day that we left which was not bad at all as there was about 200 people checking in for Easter weekend. Ive never been to a resort before and for the amount that i paid for this trip it was well worth it. Rooms were clean and cleaned on a regular basis. The bathrooms were awesome, very big and clean. Bars at each location and all the bartenders were extremely kind. Pools were very nice but what i didn't like, they closed them very early and who doesn't like a little night time dip?! The hot tubs where amazing looking over the beach. The food was OK. Not amazing but not horrible. I would recommended the Mexican restaurant. All in all my first trip was memorable and i had a fantastic time! Enjoy

Room Tip: Rooms away from the buffet area are a lot quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I cant say enough about this hotel,the landscape and all vegetation was very well kept,lots of beautiful palm trees...food was ok,we always found something to eat..room was spotless everyday,no bugs in my room,tv worked well..entertainment was wonderful!!! i stayed in the dominican last yr at a different resort and managed to sneek into this one to see the great entertainment! The activity staff were the best ive seen in 30 yrs! The restaurant staff were always happy and friendly! I celebrated my 60th birthday while on vacation and the hotel staff made a huge deal about it all day..really make you feel so special...beach is clean and pretty! I will go bk to this hotel again next yr. Loved it!

Room Tip: garden view,bottom floor by the main pool,
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

My Wife and I plus three friends went to Casa Marina Beach from Feb 14th to Feb 21st 2013. And yes, we had a fantastic time !!! The rooms are clean with a 27" LCD t.v. Also the view of the beach from our balcony was breathtaking. The food was better than I expected at the buffet and the Mexican and Seafood restaurants had a nice choice on the menu. Sorry we didn't try the Italian restaurant. The resort is 20 minutes from the airport and close to downtown Sosua. We really loved the whirlpools on the top of the coral reef overlooking the mountains and the Atlantic ocean.The 3 beautiful pools on the site each have a charm of it's own. The beach is a great asset to the resort. Some days the waves really do get high and it's not safe to swim. Although the beauty of the waves crashing on the beach and reef is quite the site to see. We all found that the staff in general were nice, polite and helpful. The Palm trees are tall and the grass is green on the site. Also Banana trees and flowers are very common. The night life at the resort is pretty good comparing to many resorts I have been to. All of this for a reasonable price... We rate Casa Marina Beach a solid 4 STAR VACATION !!!!

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Marc

Room Tip: All rooms seem nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2013

My wife and I stayed from the 5th to the 12th of feb 2013 , i have to say the beach ranked up there with varadero yes its small but we never had a problem getting a chair and had a great time playing in the waves and just lazing around. The food wasn't bad i always found food to eat breakfast is always the same food but how much variety can you do its breakfast. lunch and supper were good they did repeat some things but they were tasty so i didnt mind i ate a ton of chicken and they have heinz ketchup a huge bonus :). We ate at the mexican and italian a la carte, i had a burrito at the mexican my wife had chicken both were tasty, at the italian i had raviolli and my wife had the pizza we both enjoyed the food, if you dont find the food good you can hit up bailey's just outside the resort 100m to the right of the main entrance it was 2 bucks for fries and 10 bucks for a canadian style peperoni pizza. The whole town is filled with ex pats so you wont starve and its safe as far as i could see I walked around without a problem just had to tell some vendors no thanks but dont be rude just be polite and they will leave you alone. The room was not too bad standard room but had really small ants in the bathroom i have been to the dominican before and have seen them in another resort and talking to a couple that stayed in punta cana had them as well the rest of the room was cleaned daily and done very well, when we first got there our key card didnt turn on half the lights dont bother calling the front desk walk up, there are 2 of them one at the main entrance where you get dropped off and the other in the east end of the resort, they sent a maintanence guy right up to fix the problem. The restaurant staff was friendly as well as the bartending staff we would tip them 50 pesos a meal for their work which is only about 1.50 canadian. you can get wireless internet throughout the resort its $30 US a week not bad considering i paid 28 euro a day in German, they give you a password and you can use this on 1 computer you sign up at the front desk and pay when you check out they have other options 1 day 2 etc., you do get 30min free in the lobby if you dont bring your computer or tablet. they do have safes in the rooms they are $15 US for the week you get the lock and key at the front desk and then return it when you check out. We did surfing through marothel tours they are located on the resort next to the main buffet if you turn on chanel 8 they have an advertisement it was 50 bucks each we were picked up by INO and driven to hideway beach just outside cabarete where we did some instruction for 20 min then to the ocean for some 1 on 1 instruction my wife and I had a blast, you can book online with other tour operators but it works out to the same price as booking with marothel. as far as people saying tv wasnt available in english there are english chanels/shows the commercials are in spanish but shows like NCIS were in english i watched the discovery channel and learned how they smelt aluminum lol they are the higher channels. Overall we had a good time this was my second time to the Dominican and i would stay here again, i quit smoking about a year ago and have a hightened sniffer for smokes never had an issue no matter where you go in the carribean its the same people smoke everywhere didnt bother me so i didnt think it was bad at all. there are vendors on the resort every night and they rotate guy A will be there day 1 then 4 , 6 etc you can bargain with them but there are stores just outside the resort that you can haggle with too for a better price. the resort convenience store was the most reasonable one of all my trips except sunscreen buy it at home. We didnt search out the nightly entertainment we did karaoke one night but after playing in the water and golfing we just wanted to relax. other info , they do use the same 110-120 V as home but plugs are generally not grounded so if you do have a 3 pronged plug on your laptop it may not fit they do have some plugs that are 3 plug but probably dont have a ground attached. cabs to cabarete 30 US , Puerto Plata 60 US ,Punta Cana 300 US Playa Dorada Golf Course 50 US this is for up to 6 people. The airport is only a 10 min drive from the resort. The seafood restaurant has fries dogs and burgers from 12-4 daily and the resort map has changed restaurant wise the mexican and italian are near the front desk by the ampitheatre in the same area just each has half the building. the seafood is closer to the beach now. the jacuzzi's by the reef part are refreshingly cold. I would also suggest travel mugs for your drinks unless you want to hang out by the bar.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Marina Beach & Reef
Address: Sosua, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Sosua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Top resorts Hotel in Sosua
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Sosua
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Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Marina Beach & Reef 3*
Number of rooms: 378
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