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Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Boca Chica
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Please do yourself and family a favour and don’t go to this place. I don’t have enough time to go on and on about all that is wrong. I went with my family from Feb 24-March 2, 2012 and it was disappointing. I travel enough to know the difference between what is acceptable and what is not. From sharing my room with not only my family but cockroachs to the extra long line up to get dinner at the only buffet. My room was not cleaned twice and on one occasion I had to ask for fresh room towels at 5:45pm after being at the beach all day with my kids. There is more to say but you can read all the rest of the other reviews to get a good idea of what your getting yourself into. It was in my opinion a 2 start at best and anything over $400 including airfare is too much

I need to mention that you should bring a large cup for drinks (stingy on th liquor)

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

I went to Be Live hamaca From March 5 to 12, and seriously, i had a great time.
I traveled with 1 of my friend. The Garden room are pretty standard, but seriously, who cares? The only things you are gonna do in there is sleep. The shower had not much pressure but it's like 5 minuts of your day, so get over it. It's no big deal.
The food was awesome, the buffet always had different meal and they were all good. You really need to be picky to no get satisfied.
The beach is quite small, but the sand was nice and the water awesome, so it was great overall! Some activities on the beach and fun stuff.
There was way enough chair for everybody, i don't know why people were saying everybody needed to fight to get one serisouly.
The staff was always friendly to me, and we had a good service overall.
We met a lot of people, i think there is more single then couple's, or maybe 50/50.
The check in was very fast, but we were only 10 people in the bus when we arrived. Of course if you are like 50+ it's gonna be longer, what do you expect? You are on vacation, just enjoy yourself and relax a little bit.
Just be happy and be nice with the people who serves you, and it's all going to be good.
If you can't get out of your comfort zone or just can't handle different culture, then stay at your home please.

Room Tip: If you really want to have a nice room then upgrade to Ocean view (~30$/Day) it's going to worht...
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

We made a week long trip to Boca Chica at the beginning of February, and came back with mixed feelings. We decided to stay in Be live Hamaca Garden for two reasons; first, it was close to Santa Domingo and secondly it was located at the end of a beach with the biggest reef on the whole island, which ment very calm waters to swim.
We were not disappointed, the water was always like oil, and the capital city was half an hour away. But, those who fly from Montreal has to be careful during the booking so that they don't have to have an extra trip. The plane lands at Punta Cana airport which most of the people choose to stay. We were the only couple who stayed in Boca Chica and had to make a three hour trip in a mini van to our hotel. Make sure you choose a plane that lands at an airport close to Boca Chica. The roads are in very poor condition and although passing through little towns and villages is interesting, having to take that trip twice is too much.
When it comes to Be live Hamaca... Hilton used to run that establishment but quit managing it long ago with conceivable reasons. Boca Chica is a town where usually local people visit and especially during the weekends, it is 'immersed' by a local crowd. The hotel has a small beach with very little shadow and there are not enough beach chairs for everyone. And when you step out of the hotel property it is simply a 'mad house'. Very interesting to see though, I am not sure it's what we mean when we talk about having 'a nice vacation'. Too noisy, too crowded and too dirty.
Inside the hotel, every single detail and the whole service is second grade. The open buffet is the best thing Be Live Hamaca has. The variety is not poor and the dishes are generally tasty. Many local people stay in this hotel, so I believe the buffet has the food that they prefer to eat. So much the better, otherwise you just simply eat bland 'international food'.
The restaurants are like a joke! They are corners turned out to be 'a Mexican restaurant' with two meters of fabric and several hats! The Dominican Republic Restaurant has the worst atmosphere one can ever see. It's better to eat in pure darkness than that bluish/greyish horrible lightning. What makes things sadder is that, the food was delicious!
Although DR is a coffee country, in the hotel, to have a proper cup of coffee is one of the hardest goals to achieve! Either the coffee machine is broken or the guy who will serve it is not around, whatever the reason is, you can't have coffee whenever you want. The situation is the same for most of the drinks you ask for.
If you want to stay in an oceanfront room the price is almost double and it's very noisy. The only advantage is that you can eat all the time in the beautiful beachside Pelicano restaurant where the rest can only have breakfast. The rooms are not 'shining clean' but if you're not the 'detector' type of a guest, there is nothing that will make you feel uncomfortable about it.
All in all, it is a very poorly run hotel and one shouldn't have a vacation there if he doesn't have to. To have a walk in Boca Chica beach is an opportunity to witness how the Dominicans enjoy their weekends, but it's better if you stay somewhere else and just make a day trip for it.

Room Tip: Ocean front rooms are much better, but they are not considered rooms, they are 'residential suit...
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Arrived Thursday March 8th late after great time at The Sanctuary in Cap Cana. What a shock! It took forever to check in - they could not find reservation and then tried to put us in a small room even though we had booked a presidential suite loft. Finally we got to the room and we went for a late dinner and returned to find that the keys did not work. But then the air conditioning did not work (27*). And the noise from the disco was so loud we thought the walls would fall down and nothing in the mini bar.
Friday March 9th brought more problems with the air conditioning still not working even though maintenance took out the filters. It looked like they had never been changed as they were charcoal black. Three trips to front desk with an hour wait each time and no resolution. I then called my travel agent and he determined the problem. Be Live Hamaca is overbooked so they really do not care. I thought there was going to be fights at reception with some people so upset. One guy from New York was nooking a flight home.

So, in short STAY AWAY!'

  • Stayed: March 2012
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4  Thank Gord C
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

The hotel service was horrible. Had problems getting safe lock, door key that worked properly. Never got a drink when asked for it. Also heard lots of people complaining of room cleanliness. One person there was saying they did't even had working shower and toilet. The beach area was very nice though. But sometimes very hard to get a beach towel and seat.

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Reviewed February 27, 2012

i just got back from an amazing trip with my girlfriend to the dominican republic im dominican american she is puerto rican we stayed at be live hamaca in boca chica. which we found to be a great hotel for a good price check in was quick our room was clean bed was comfy tv worked ac worked only little comblaint would be hot water took awhile but we didnt mind cause the beach is so hot we didnt mind a cool shower. bars serve great drinks not watered down snack bar is good buffet is good the food was always good service was great.

hotel has 3 more restaurants which you will need to make reservations for mexican,italin,dominican all 3 had great food one even had couples night where they sat us on the beach with a live band playing which was also nice.

their is alot of intertainment the hotel staff is always trying to make you have a fun time me and my girlfriend did a excursion to isla catalina we paid 100$ they picked us up at 7am dropped us off at 6pm we went to a cigar factor,took a boat ride down alot chavon river,visited alots chavon, then took another boat ride to isla catalina where we ate a very good lunch had drinks sun tanned and went snorkling all included so that was real nice.

the shows in the hotel are funny and intertaining they had karaoke night another night they played a game if you can guess the theme song of a movie you would win a bottel of rum they also have a bar in the auditorium so if you not to into the show you can always have a drink i had a great time and would def recommend it

Room Tip: i stayed in be live hamaca gardens room where nice and quit and not to far from every thing else
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
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Address: Calle Duarte, Esq. Caracol, 1, Boca Chica 15700, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Boca Chica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Boca Chica
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Boca Chica
Price Range: $109 - $311 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 355
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden is an all-inclusive hotel in Boca Chica. Everything has been designed for you to spend an incredible holiday with your family and friends, enjoying a true Caribbean life-style. The full enchantment of the Dominican Republic awaits you at the Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden. Entertainment, relax, water sports and special menus. ... more   less 
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