I booked this hotel because I was told it was in a town. I like to walk in the towns and talk to the locals. I have always enjoyed this. After a full plane deplaned and headed to the buses for transport I became a little concerned that 1. It was a small bus 2. No one else was getting on except me. Finally 2 more people got on the bus BUT they were headed to another hotel. HUMMMMMMMMMMM Check in was easy as I was the only one checking in. My room would be ready in 3 hours. I went to find the bar and to have a couple of beers. I went back in 2 hours and was told it was ready now. I got my key, safety box key, and remote for the TV. I made my a la carte bookings and was off to the room. The room is a little downgrade from what I like and usually have but it was perfectly clean. Did the room smell musty and damp, yes, of course it did, its on the ocean and in the Caribbean however after 20 minutes with the AC on it disappeared.
The staff were neither friendly or rude. They did their jobs as efficiently as they could. They were "just doing their jobs" I was not served slower or faster than anyone else including the locals. The hotel was not even half full and this is not the main tourist season. I met people from many places but mostly Germans. Some of the staff speak English and some not. The main staff members all do.
The buffet food was just that buffet food. Sometimes it was warm, sometimes it was not. They did what they could. The omelets at breakfast and the spaghetti at lunch or dinner were the best choice. I ate at all the a la carte restaurants and they were very good. The food was presented well and with an excellent taste. The house wine served, well, what can I say, if you don't like it don't drink it. I didn't.
The beach at the hotel was fine. However, no shade at the beach near the water. The waves were strong but they were fun to play in the surf. The local beach called Sosua Beach a 5 minute walk from the hotel was much better with a lot of shade and an easy walk to the water.
The reason I chose this hotel was because it was located in a town and I like to talk with local people as much as I can. There is nothing much besides bars and restaurants in the town. I did not eat in town as it was all inclusive at the hotel but I tried just about every bar. I have never been approached by so many working girls in all my life. They come in all shapes and sizes and they tend to be very aggressive. I speak Spanish and because I would talk a little with them they continued long after I said I was not interested. They did not seem to bother the tourists who did not speak Spanish as much. The bars were a lot of fun at night but the music was very loud at Cabaret 59 so much so that I did not go in there at night. The bar next door D Latin, was much better. The music was good and not quite so loud but loud enough. The seemed to be a lot of ex-pats there. It was slow here until about 11:30 and by 1:00am you really could not move. I think they closed at 3:00am. I was gone before that. Every corner I was asked if I wanted to buy cigars, viagra, or take a ride on a "moto"
I found 3 bars that were owned by Canadians and they were all friendly and filled with ex-pats. There was "Spanky's" and "The Jolly Roger" and I have forgotten the name of the other. There is a Casino called the "Coral Reef" and it has blackjack, roulette and maybe 35 - 40 machines. There is a night club at the Casino and it starts to go after the bars close at 3:00am. I never felt threatened in the street at any hour but maybe I was lucky. I don't know. There seemed to be a lot of police and soldiers in the street in the early evening but nothing late at night. This was a town that nobody wanted to be your friend unless you could provide them with something.
This hotel would not let in your new best friend. Apparently this was the 1 hotel that did this. I am sure there are others as well as there are classier hotels than this 1. The hotel next door the "Seaview" had many girls sitting at the bar at the front of the hotel so I assume they allow in your new best friend.
The hotel was probably only half full when I was there as it is not the high season. The guests were mostly German but there were a few French Canadians. I had a few chuckles with the guests with the young Dominicans. They had an all inclusive bracelet on so they paid to come on the resort and I was told that the cost was around $100 per day. Both old men and fat women were entertaining younger Dominicans. Maybe it was true love after all.
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- Casa Marina Reef Dominican Republic
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