Hi Everyone, I wanted to come on here and write my first review on TripAdvisor. I just got back from a family vacation in the Dominican Republic and one of the places we visited was the town of Samana. We stayed in this hotel (Hotel Chino) and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I spoke with Carlos (the owner) over the phone from NYC a week before the trip and reserved a room, he was very polite and when we showed up he greeted us with another young man and mentioned they were expecting us. The main thing we wanted to make sure is that the hotel was clean, and our expectations were perfectly met. This trip was with my parents, my sister, my fiancee and I, so we reserved 2 rooms in the 3rd floor of the building (newer wing). We were driving a van, parked out front and were not charged for parking, Carlos had our rooms ready overlooking the Samana Bay, the view was fantastic! We showed up in the early evening as the sun went down, the quietness, the balcony views, and the calm waters made us feel happy about selecting this hotel. We were exhausted by the time we showed up, and being born and raised in DR, and my fiancee being as American as it gets, I told her Dominican chinese food is the best! She didn't believe me, so being late and not wanting to leave the hotel we went down and had a great dinner overlooking the Bay and drinking some Presidente's. Trust me, try the chicken Chow Fan, its AMAZING! We stayed there for 2 nights and were very happy at the hotel, the service, and the friendliness.
Things to note:
-Rooms were big clean & new (3rd floor was just made)
-Views are fantastic!
-A/C worked perfectly
-Showers were big and clean
-TV & Fridge with waters layed out daily
-No funny smells, or loud noises
-No safe, but we were not worried (Fiancee and I were carrying a GoPro camera, Nikon SLR, 2 laptops and Iphone's and nothing was touched).
-You have to go to the restaurant to get free Wifi, I didn't get a strong signal from the balcony
-Great coffee and crackers at 7am in the lobby
-And best of all - the service was great!
If you're into photography (or not) I highly recommend taking pictures at sun up and sun down, they all came out great!
Carlos if you are reading this, thank you so much, my father wants to call you and thank you for your hospitality, professionalism and attention. We were very happy with everything and we will make sure we pass the word along to our friends in Santo Domingo, New York City and Miami.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chino Hotel & Restaurant is one of the Best Quality Value in the town of Samana. 10 Additional Brand NEW ROOMS Opened in May, 2012. Great Scenic Views of Samana Town, Marina & Samana Bay and on the Famous Bridges to Nowhere "Los Puentes de Samana". ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel & Restaurant Chino Samana, Dominican Republic