The Villa Serena is something out of a time-warp -- what I imagine top-flight Caribbean hotels were like in the Caribbean 30 years ago. This does not mean that the VS is at all run-down; the grounds are meticulously maintained, everything is pristine, and the overall experience is delightful. Most rooms have a view of the sea and are very spacious. There is a pool, and access to the sea (to call the few steps that lead to a patch of sand a beach would be stretching the truth), bicycles, kayaks, and pleasant grounds. The breakfasts include fresh fruit, juice, stale bread, and omelets/eggs. Dinner was quite pedestrian -- the kitchen definitely needs some livening up. The hotel is a five minute walk from downtown (such as it is!) Las Galeras and within walking distance to several beaches. The hotel is also very reasonably priced. Overall impression: if you want an ultra-modern resort with cable TV, AC in every room, gourmet restaurants, a large sandy beach on the premises, an air-conditioned lobby and tons of gift shops and organized activities, VS is not for you. If you want a pleasant, gracious stay in a Caribbean time warp for a bargain price, in a spot not yet flooded with tourists, this is the place for you! Final observation: the employees are uniformly polite and helpful; the owners/administration less so.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Booking.com, Priceline, Hotels.com, Odigeo and Travelocity so you can book your Villa Serena Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Serena Hotel Samana, Dominican Republic