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“Another great trip To Casa Marina”

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Casa Marina Beach & Reef
Ranked #26 of 33 Hotels in Sosua
New Brunswick
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“Another great trip To Casa Marina”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

Just returned from another great vacation in Sosua. Once again I stayed at the Casa Marina. Although the casa does have its problems, it also has its charms. Before I get into this just let me say that even with some of the negative points, I would stay here again and I would recommend the resort to anyone.
My trip started off very well, I travelled from Halifax to Sosua via Toronto. I flew West jet and again they had great service and were on time both going and returning. Check in is now only on the reef side of the hotel, ( this is the check in across from the ball field) Although I request a ground floor overlooking the pool on the reef side, I was giving a top floor room over looking the pool. Not what I wanted, but nothing too serious. As always I asked for a safe, I have never been charge in the past for a safe however they were adamant about charging me for the safe. So, you should definitely get a safe ( read on ) however you will be charged for it. It is $15 US per week. A note here, the day I checked in, Oct. 15'th, about 6 rooms were robbed, all the room were ground floor and none of the guests got a safe....inside job?????.....seems a little fishy.....GET THE SAFE. After I got to my room Ireturned to the desk to talk to the manager,Elizar< who I know from previous visits, I asked him about the safe and he said everyone has to pay...oh well, I was not happy but life goeson. A short while later I returned to my room to find a Large fruit basket and a bottle of rum as a Thank-you for being a repeat client. In my mind this negated the charge of the safe. I went for supper at the buffet restaurant , on the reef side, the beach side is closed. ( Read in the Sosua forum my update on the renos regarding the beach side). I was greated by Yovanni, who remembered me from previous visits. If you do not tip him he is a great waiter, if you do tip him you could not be treated any better. Every day he would have the table I like ready for me, he would have my tea prepared the way I like it, he would go out of his way to ensure I was looked after. He is without a doubt the best waiter I have ever encountered. This goes a long way towards making the holiday enjoyable.
When I was on the resort I only ate at the buffet, I did not eat at the ala cartes as it was too hot to wear long pants. I was there 14 days and I only had one cloudy and rainy day, the rest of the time it was between 30-34 degrees and sunny. The food at the buffet was what you would expect, however they have a different theme every night so it helps change things up. The dishes are somewhat the same but they do change, I could always find something good to eat. There is always a fresh bread station, soup, salads, deserts, meat dishes and vegetables.... I eat better at the Casa then I do at home. The ala cartes are all open but they are all operating out of the same spot...the Italion Restaurant. The food at the resort is one of the reasons I continue to come here.
The alcohol on the resort is terrible, the beer is okay but the rums are terrible.
The rooms are okay, nothing fancy, but they have nice beds, TV, dresser, desk, closet with hangers and a safe. The rooms are a little worn but are kept very clean by the maid service. The shower was very good with no shortage of hot water.
The resort itself is beautiful, it is continously being cleaned and groomed. The staff are hit and miss, although I find people treat you like you treat them.
The best part of staying at the Casa is going out and enjoyimg the wonderful little town of Sosua. I have meet many people who I know call friends in Sosua. Do not let people tell you it is not safe, it is probably safer then going out in your own hometown. There are some really nice places to see and things to do here. The night life can be a little daunting, as prostituition is legal and just about every local male/female becomes a prostitute at night. A little flattering at first but very quickly becomes tiresome. There are some good local watering holes owned by Expats that you will be able to enjoy a drink without being harassed by the locals. My favorite is a bar called the Hideaway, owned by Tim & Tomasin and there son Pete., all originally from Georgia. Ask Pete to make you a burger and potato salad and you will think you are back at home. They have a great waitress Flor.... I call her Tequilla Flor. She is always happy when someone buys her a shot. There is always a good sports game on the TV or bigscreen here and the conversation and company is very good. There is also a great bar on the beach called the British Bulldog, owned by Charlie & Vanessa. Good drinks and good food, they are also kind enough to watch your stuff if you want to go for a swim on the local beach. They are somewhere around hut # 38 on the beach. I was in Cabarete a couple of nights for supper, once to the LAX, great restaurant on the beach, good food, atmosphere and prices. Another night to the Chino restaurant, typical chienese restaurant except the foof is fantastic.
There are alot of great places in town to find deals, the Super-super is the local discount booze and tobacco shop. Lots of good deals at all the huts on Sosua beach, however not for the faint of heart, as the vendors do become over-whelming.
For those of you who are snorkellers or Scuba people, get off the resort and meet the local experts and get fantastic packages at a fraction of the price they charge you on the resort. I found a wonderful little shop just up the street from the Casa Marina, it is called Scuba Elite. This is a wonderful shop run by Carrie Gunn, a lovely English woman and managed by a lovely Canadian woman, Brenda. Carrie is a dive master and will take you to Sosuas'' best dive and sbnorkel sites, while Brenda will try to work around your schedule to ensure you have an amazing trip. I consider both of these women my friends and would be honored if the considered me theirs.
All and all, for me Casa Marina and Sosua have everything I need and want in a holiday. No not everything is perfect, but nothing in my world is either.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2010

i would like to say how much we loved our holiday it was amazing,we loved the beach,the ppl were so cool,food was good, and ricky the photo guy was great our pics were great everyone back home said they were great.tip....if you go there for a holiday add photos as a must.
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2010

Had a great holiday no complaints! Food was varied and catered for all types especially me who just loves cakes, I put on 7lbs. Hotel rooms are pretty basic but adequate. Staff keep them very clean. Staff are all very friendly and happy to chat. With the exception of the shop where they are totally ignorant and chat on phones or to each other while ringing up your purchases. But that was not a big problem. We loved our holiday and were really sad to go home, which is unusual for us. Hope very much to see you all again next year.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2010

the worst my room was robbed of 1500.00 dollars the second day here,the hotel turned there back to the whole situation the same evening five other rooms were also robbed. i went as far as going to the local police to file a report. after having to per say pad the officers pocket they finally agreed to take my statement and went to the resort they saw the door was forced open with something like a screw driver. the police told me to come back for the typed out report a couple days later when i did the resort had already contacted the police and what i was told then is casa marina called there is no report and was told to leave.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Stony Plain, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2010

The food was ok, the selection was terrible. We got packed lunches for 10 days and they were the same thing every day.
Our first room was on the main level. The patio door lock was broken and the extra lock was broken too. It stunk like mold and was falling apart. Our second room was on the 3rd floor. It smelled much better. Maid service was fantastic. Room lighting was poor. Our TV and telephones were both broken.
The customer service was exceptionally bad. Front desk employees acted if we were asking them to donate a kidney anytime we asked for anything or about anything.
Location of the hotel was good with shopping, clubs, restaurants all close by. Tours that we went on weren't too far.
Pools were beautiful but needing TLC. They closed too early (7pm) and always seemed to have detritus floating in them. It's not difficult for hotel staff to grab a net and fish out the dead bugs! The cold water jaccuzi tubs were fantastic and open 24-7. What a great way to cool off at any time. NO hot tub at all.
The avaliability of the drink bars was good. Oddly, we'd order the same drinks and they would be different at each location in the hotel. Alcoohol seletion was ok. There was always drinkable water avaliable.
The presense of prostitutes was everywhere in Sosua. It's revolting to eat breakfast with old men and their bought "ladies" (more like children) at breakfasts.
The aromatic massage was so relaxing! No rub and tug here thankfully. The ladies were only professional.
The salon and braids were a rip off! Guaranteed to be redone for free if they fell out yet I got charged again.
We only watched parts of the night theatre entertainment. Not entirely profession but was enjoyable.
Check out was 1pm but we didn't leave the hotel until 7pm. Only two people in our group of 17 got an exception. We did have a room to shower in after 3pm but we had to call 4 times for towels.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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scotland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

Myself , my husband and two teenage boys have just returned from 2 weeks in Casa marina Reef. The Resort itself is beautiful , so spacious and clean and plenty of little nooks and crannies to relax. The boys really enjoyed the Water games put on by the Animation team during the day and the shows at night were good as well. Rooms were cleaned daily, clean towels etc.. Seen the new refurbished rooms and they were fab.
However , we,re not picky eaters by any means but after 4 or 5 days eating the same menu, i resorted to just eating the salads and some pasta.The speciality menu (Italian, seafood and mexican were slightly better.. Overall if the food improved i would definately go back. Its a beautiful country and the people are so friendly. The traders up the town are so pushy so you have to be firm and dont promise them you will come back tomoro as they will remember. Iam no prude but a walk into Sosua at night is an expeirence. There are lots and lots of ladies of the night offering their services to any man by himself and other people offering drugs. My two teenage sons were offered cocaine numerous times and any other services they wished for, so keep a tight reign on your men.
I would definately go back to the DR, the scenary is brillant. The trips were great especially the Jeep Safari and Paradise Island, they are a must. One pub we really liked in Sosua was the Jolly Roger, its owned by a canadian couple called Kelly and Patti, they are so welcoming and helpful and their food was great and theirs no unsavourary ladies allowed in there either. So enbrace the Dominican culture , dont be afraid to venture out of the Resort. Just be smart and aware and you,ll be fine.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

this is my 2nd visit to casa marina reef and enjoyed it as much as the first. the hotel is now under a total refit and i see what the new rooms look like and they are beautiful white and green with plasma tv, it looks lovely the whole of the grounds restuarants are being done too, so going back next yr to see the finish product and i cant wait.
the staff were brilliant always cleaning, a very good service by waiter, cleaning sfaff. The kiko entertainment team were out of this world totally entertaining and made in most enjoyable the shows in the evening are amazing.
the hotel grounds and views are out of this world.
we had young teenagers and young children with us and both groups were fully entertained during the stay.
the food had a good variety and changed theme every night the desserts were lovely (but not good for your hips lol)
this is a 3 star hotel and its worth every penny and cannot wait to return next year!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Casa Marina Beach & Reef
Address: Calle Alejo Martinez | El Batey, Sosua 57000, 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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