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“Beautiful and peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #15 of 18 Las Galeras B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful and peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We recently spent a peaceful week at Casa Lotus in the room closer to Villa Serena and were more than happy with our experience. This is surely the best choice for a relaxing and pleasant stay in Las Galeras.

Teresa and her property are a charming mix of Caribbean and European styles, both welcoming and formal in all the right ways. Because the guest house is so small, you can expect to be treated as a friend from the minute you arrive. Teresa was helpful in arranging taxi service for us (from the bus station in Samaná at the beginning of our stay and to El Catey airport at the end), making whale watching and dinner reservations for us as needed, and giving general advice about where to go and how much we should expect to pay. One morning she, along with her handyman/driver Orlando, even accompanied us on a short excursion to a whale-watch lookout point and a natural stone arch, after suggesting it at breakfast. Both were quiet, beautiful spots off the usual tourist circuit, and we were grateful for the opportunity to visit them.

Teresa’s assistant Lucy deserves special mention for preparing excellent breakfasts (eggs to order, homemade coconut bread, fresh fruit and juice, coffee, homemade lemongrass tea, pineapple jam, and honey) and keeping everything spotlessly clean. She has the biggest smiles and friendliest personality you could hope for, as well as an impressive ability to suppress amusement at my embarrassing Spanish.

The location could not be better, with all of the beauty and quiet of Villa Serena next door, but at decidedly lower prices. The only noises you hear at night are from the tree frogs and exotic tropical insect life, plus a bit of surf. The view of the small offshore island is magical. It’s a short walk (not much more than five minutes) to the main street in town, either along the road or along the waterfront, past Villa Serena and a couple of private properties. La Playita is a bit further in the other direction, through a different private residence development, but still not more than ten or fifteen minutes. Samaná can be reached by guagua (either a modified pickup or a large van) from the main road for 100 pesos per person. Other beaches can be reached by boat after you negotiate a price with the boat captains on the main beach in Las Galeras.

The property itself is lovely but showing its age a bit. The picnic tables and hammock on the grounds could probably use some repairs, and some details in the rooms could use an update, as well. There was nothing major wrong, though, and some repairs were already being undertaken during our stay, so nothing here would deter us from returning. The gardens are in great shape, well-tended but naturalistic in appearance, with flowering shrubs, banana trees, cacti, and many coconut palms. There are lots of shy little lizards and cute hermit crabs around, as well as mourning doves, orioles, and other birds. The rocky coast at the front of the property lets you get just close enough to the water to explore a bit without getting wet.

The rooms and public areas are decorated with small sculptures, lamps, paintings, and mobiles made, I believe, by Teresa herself, much of it of the driftwood/seashell/fan coral variety. It’s true that there are neither glass nor screens in the windows, and there were a few mosquitoes (as well as an unwelcome appearance by what appeared to be Gregor Samsa one evening), but nothing terrible, and using the mosquito nets over the beds prevented any serious blood donations to the local fauna. As befits the atmosphere, there are no TVs, radios, alarm clocks, or air conditioners, but there are sufficient power outlets and a working WiFi signal, as well as a powerful fan (not really needed, at least at this time of year) and decent lighting. Our room had two beds, one full and one single, but the full bed was really just a full mattress perched on a modified platform atop a single bed frame. The foam mattresses are a bit thin and might be nearing the end of their useful lives.

One thing to keep in mind is that Teresa spends only the winters in Las Galeras now; at other times of year you are unlikely to see her, but I have no doubts that Lucy runs a tight ship in her absence, so there should be no worries on that front. Another thing to keep in mind is that the property is currently for sale, so things could be changing soon. I can only hope that the new owners will be as friendly and professional as Teresa and her staff. In any case, we feel lucky to have met Teresa and to have stayed at Casa Lotus during her tenure there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

Located in a wonderful garden casa lotus is absolutely romantic. You can relax on the privat beach with a grogeos view to an little island and access to the sea, where you can swim in the crystal clear water. Just the A/C is missing and many mosquitos come to the open windows, but this is part of the lovely and natural surrounding.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

I've been to DR a year ago and reading the other reviews could not do anything else than to fall back again in the sweet memories of the stay at Casa Lotus. It's all been said. Perfect - and personal! - service. Teresa is wonderful and very diplomatic, so she will help you if you need info on where to go etc, but will leave you alone if you just want to rest by yourself (she was the only person to respond from Las Galeras when I was writing to several hotels).
A wonderful breakfast with fresh juice, fresh bread and noni tea :). The wi-fi was working perfectly. True about the shower, and the room could have had one bigger bed instead of 2 separate ones, but that was not material for us. It was so cool to hear the sound of waves in the nights.
Casa Lotus is in a perfect location, big garden with all the extras of a getaway paradise, a "Robinson island" just opposite in the ocean always catches your eye, and now I wish we spent more time just relaxing there, not trying to grasp everything and visit the whole peninsula. Some of the spots are worth it, and some not.
La Playita - a very nice beach, although a bit crowded;
Playa Rincon - supposed to be in the top 10 of world's most beautiful beaches, to be visited by boat: a total disappointment. The beach is very dirty and the fish stands on the shore, although tasty, are quite expensive. It seems the locals are doing whatever they can to rip you off your money (unfortunately, that concerns the whole DR and consumes much of your energy to get rid of the different offers and just to rest by yourself).
Boca del Diablo: a good place to go in a windy day with big waves - then it looks more impressive.
Las Terrenas and Samana: seemed for me to be too touristic and loud.
Playa Fronton and Playa Madame: we went there on foot with a local that Teresa introduced us to, a nice guy who is also a cook and we spent the evenings at his house rather than going to the local restaurants (we tried the Italian place the first evening and did not really find it to be a good value for money). Playa Fronton is impressive, but go there in the morning while the sun is not behind the cliffs. Playa Madame - the best surprise for me out of all beaches, not the most famous one but we liked it best! a small, paradise like beach, also to be visited best in morning.

Overall, Casa Lotus is just the perfect getaway, if I ever go back to Samana peninsula, I would not stay anywhere else. Thanks Teresa for your hospitality, you're a star!

Room Tip: we had the room with the small terrace facing ocean, and I just loved it.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Ilse_celo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

I am so pleased about this place, and so glad i picked it .It's close to the main attraction , restaurant s and shops. it's next to Villa Serena las galeras , but it is a private owned house from a lovely lady called Teresa Luisoni, who lives there since 20 years.She speaks german, perfect spanish , italian and english so it is very helpful if you speak another language .The place is wonderfully decorated with the sea theme , so you will find lovely shells and corals in your room .The room are very spacious and the shower is for big enough to fit two people . From the house you can just walk to the beach through the sea front which is just 2 minutes and from there you can go to playa rincon and other beaches that can be reached just by boat.
The breakfast is on the outside patio and it is very rich, with fruit , a gorgous tasty warm bread and organic honey but you can choose also the internation breakfast.I will definitely recommend this place for peace and quiet time , ecellent sleep at night and close to restaurant , bar and also a disco .

Thanks Theresa you have been brilliant host and also i am enjoying the noni tea .....xxx
Have a great time in Switzerland

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Choco78
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

I concur with the comments from the previous reviewer.

Pros:
-Well-located. Five minute walk from the center of town, you can either way via a private road, or the beach.
-Really beautiful, fragrant tropical flower garden overlooking the ocean. Incluedes hammocks, chairs, picnic tables, etc.
-Has free wi-fi.
-Owner Teresa is sweet and helpful.
-Different price tiers. We got the budget room, which is sort of a cabin/hut. It was only $25 a night. You can pay more and get rooms with views of the ocean, etc.
-Silent at night, you can hear the ocean.

Cons:
-Our room did not have hot water, and bed was a little small for two people. But, we could have paid more and had these things if we needed them.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank anonnyctraveler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

We stumbled onto Casa Lotus and staying there turned our trip around - what a wonderful, magical place!

It was a holiday weekend in the DR and there was serious partying in the unit next to ours where we first stayed in Las Galeras, going at it hard and loud until 2:30 am. Two more nights of no sleep was not for us, so we moved on. Fortunately, we found Casa Lotus and we just loved it there.

A charming, comfortable room, porch with rocking chairs, yummy breakfast, beautiful garden with hammock and lounge chairs next to the ocean, a short walk to town along the water or along the road, a lovely little beach next door for swimming and all at a reasonable price. Our room was $75 for two and our neighbor paid $50 for just herself. There is also a cabana behind the house that has a budget room and an apartment, as well as a kitchen that can be used for $1.50/day. Worth it to keep the Presidentes cold. We had a potluck dinner the last night and the kitchen worked out quite well.

There are a couple of things to consider: the mattresses are foam and the sheets are not particularly high thread count, although we slept just fine. The water pressure is variable and the temperature rarely gets above warm. These were non-issues for us and I only mention them in the spirit of full disclosure.

Teresa, the owner, designed and built the house more than 20 years ago when she arrived in Las Galeras and it is a true labor of love. She was a great help finding a boat captain and taxi and recommending beaches and hikes.

Everyone we brought to Casa Lotus wished they were staying there. Trust me, you will love it!

Things not to miss - walk to La Playita, boat to Playa Fronton and whale watching, horseback ride to Playa Madama with Karin of the Hacienda, dinner at El Cabito and - just enjoy paradise...

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank jsteelboston
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Property: Casa Lotus
Address: Calle Serena, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Galeras
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Ranked #15 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Las Galeras
Number of rooms: 3
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Casa Lotus Samana, Dominican Republic

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