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“Nice spot, horrible housekeeper”

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La Isleta Apartment Hotel
Madremanya, Spain
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“Nice spot, horrible housekeeper”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

It's a nice small apartment-hotel, at the end of the village, quiet. The disavantage of this peace is that it's full of bugs. It's clean. And cheap.
YOU CAN ONLY PAY IN CASH, SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT WHICH IS NOT SAID DURING THE BOOKING PROCESS NOR AT THE CHECK IN.
The owner, Dominique, is a very nice french man, but the housekeeper (or whatever her position is), named Faty, treated us horrible. She always seemed to be bothered whenever we asked her about things that are suposed to be included in her job. You couldn't find her because she was partying somewhere else in the village and when you called her she came drunk and angry. We think she needs a psychiatrist.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

My boyfriend and I just got back from Las Galeras, and we stayed at La Isleta for 4 nights. This place is just a step away from the beach and right off the main drag with all of the restaurants, bars, etc.
The owner is very nice, answers emails very quickly, and will give you good advice while you are there. We paid $50/night. Our room was never cleaned once while we were there but we were OK with that. You have a nice kitchen which makes it easy to make meals on your own if you are trying to save some money. One plus is that the hotel provides free drinkable water.
The bed was a bit hard, but otherwise the place is charming and has a great view of the ocean.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

This place was amazing! We stayed there for a week. The room had a stunning view to the ocean on the seond floor with a super confortable bed. It has a beautiful garden at the entrance. Every morning we had breakfast outside the apartment, where we had a wooden table and chairs facing the ocean, PARADISE!
Very clean. Everything worked! We cooked fresh fish every night and eat it at the big bar inside the apartment drinking dominican coffee.
The apartemnt had a super nice living room just perfect for reading and relax full of air and light. The whole place felt so confortable that it was hard to leave it! We love it. The french owner is super nice and he is very sweet and ready to help with everything you need.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oslo
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We spent two nights at Dominique's place, La Isleta, in the beginning of April. We had been on the road for 1,5 week and were looking forward to prepare our own meals and have a house for our selves. Unfortunately, the timing of our visit was not perfect as the electricity was unstable; both fans broke as well as many of the light bulbs and the refrigerator did not work properly due to this. In addition there were two annoying cats on the porch begging for food (I am a cat person, but they were simply too much) constantly. Dominique was very helpful and service minded and solved the electricity problem the next day. Besides this we gave us great advise on what to do and see and also lent us snorkeling gear. We went to a beautiful beach which we had almost to our selves! All in all, a nice place close to the beach in a small village.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

My wife and I stayed at La Isleta for a week in mid March. We found it to be perfectly located off the main road and close to everything yet very quiet. Sitting on the porch and drinking wine while listening to the sea and watching the stars will always be a great memory. The bungalows are spacious and comfortable, particularly at this price range. I will say that it could have been cleaner but Dominique's cleaning lady had an emergency and Dominique was out of town so I blame the backup and we did not suffer really. This is the perfect place for people who do not want to be pampered and hate the all inclusive experience. If your expectations are luxury then go elsewhere. If you are searching for a pleasant atmosphere, fair prices, and amazing empty beaches, you have found your destination. We have traveled widely and we would definitely return to La Isleta anytime we wanted a quiet beach week.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

Twin level apartment with a kitchen is perfect if you want to do some of your own cooking and dine by candlelight on your own terrace with the sound of the waves nearby. Lovely grounds and helpful owner, but the kitchen could use a few more basic cooking utensils like a full set of cutlery, a toaster and such, but Dominique would likely whip them out if you asked. You can't beat the location off the noisy road and the supermarket and French bakery are five minutes' walk away. Some mornings a fisherman showed up at our door with fresh lobster and fish. Will definitely return and would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

We spent a week in Las Galeras at La Isleta and loved the place. The side-by-side apartments are attractive and clean. There is a small garden with a jacuzzi and a grill. Despite being just off the main drag, La Isleta is very quiet. The dirt road in front leads to the paved road in perhaps 200 meters and then on to the local beach, 100 meters further on, with fishing boats, a bar and restaurant. You can swim there but the better beach in town is a five minute walk further on, in front of the Grand Paradise resort. (Dominican law makes all beaches public to 60 meters above the high tide lines.) Small, grassy groves separate the two beaches.

There were small mechanical problems with the shower and sink fixtures at La Isleta but Dominique was quick to call in the plumber. He's a lovely man and knows the place well.

Las Galeras has perhaps 20 or 30 shops and restaurants. Expatriates from Europe have opened several nice restaurants--two or three French, a Marseillais bakery and café, a terrific little pizzeria. Haitian paintings and trinkets more or less line the main street in front of gift shops. There's a good little Farmacia. The two grocery stores are just adequate, in the familiar Caribbean way: few vegetables or fruits--and often tired-looking--a very limited selection of dry goods. Fish can be bought fresh near the beaches. Meat may be more risky. The bank ATM has a guard and seemed to work well.

The people in the region are warm and friendly and eager to chat--even if your Spanish is limited. The tourists here are a polyglot lot, the majority European.

The forests, cliffs and beaches here are stunning. Hike, hitch (the motoconchos and ATVs and so on are easy to hire in town), or drive (SUV is best) or hire a boat to as many as you can. The remote and nearly deserted ones--Fronton, Rincon, Madama, Colorado etc.--require some effort, either hiking or hiring a boat. They are spectacular. The closer ones--La Playita, the one in front of the Grand Paradise--are calmer and nicely populated and thus completely safe.

Locals twice warned us about our hiking the trails to Fronton--we drove to Boca del Diablo, the great cliff blowhole and then hiked in--and Playa Madama. We saw one Coconut worker with his horse on the way to Fronton and no one on the way to Madama. On the other hand, we met many people who did the same and no one who encountered trouble. The hikes are beautiful.

Our advice here, as in much of the Caribbean, would be to stay near town in the evenings and set out on hikes early in the day, with a small group if you can. Boat trips in Samaná--to Playa Fronton especially--mean that your boatman will remain with you as long as you stay. One end of Rincon has a bar and a sprinkling of tourists, so that seemed safe to us. But we would have been vulnerable to a thief or robber on the hikes, rare as the incidents may be.

If you go in Humpback Whale season--from January 15 to March 25 or so--do spend the time and money ($50 per person) to go down to the Port of Samaná to book passage on the Pura Mía with Kim and her staff from Whale Samana. She and her crew are committed and well informed and give a great tour in their substantial and well maintained boat. We saw a mother and baby and 'accompanying male'. The whales come to the bay to bear their young--living on accumulated fat--and then head north in the spring to New England, Newfoundland and Greenland.

We rented an SUV from Hertz at SDQ. The drive took a little more than three hours from Santo Domingo on the newish North/South toll road to Samaná. Not much traffic on the highway itself but buses and pedestrians--and some potholes--on the Samaná portion out to Las Galeras, where the road ends at the beach.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Isleta Apartment Hotel
Address: Calle Malecon | Las Galeras Main Beach, Las Galeras 32000, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Galeras
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Las Galeras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each 585 square feet apartment includes a terrace with outdoor fan, a kitchen fully equiped with fridge , a bathroom with hot water, a living room with a double bed. Upstairs in the loft bedroom there is a double bed and a king size bed. The 3 beds have mosquito nets with a fan in each net You have a lovely sea view from the terrace and from the room, the beach is 100 meters. Although being only a 5 minute walk from the center where are the restaurants, shops, food, french bakery ... n we not hear the noise from the street, the way that leads to the hotel is a dead end, there s so no way. In a large tropical garden (2500 meters) you can enjoy the barbecue, oven, hammocks and jacuzzi. I also provided drinking water Hay wifi The breakfast are included ... more   less 
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