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Hotel Zapata
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Boca Chica
Florida
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This place is immaculate. This was my second stay and it did not disappoint. My husband and I were staying there with a 6 year old, toddler, and a newborn so we really appreciated the clean environment, beach access, and being able to have a nice meal right there on property- we ate lunch and it was great and reasonably priced. The owners should be applauded for such high standards in maintaining this property.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Hotel Zapata and all of the staff were friendly helpful and wonderful! They go above and beyond to ensure your safety and enjoyable experience not only in Boca Chica but in DR in general. I utilized their transportation which was a great idea, safe, clean, friendly and honest. The hotel is immaculately clean, comfortable, and smoothly ran without any flaws. The food is amazing- great authentic Dominican cuisine. I recommend this hotel with 5+ stars and I will definitely go again! 

Room Tip: I suggest the beachside rooms- totally the best rooms!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank 32Loves2travel23
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Shawnee, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2012

We found this hotel after spending many exhausting hours searching the internet for a place to stay in Boca Chica. Our main reason for going to Boca Chica was two fold: to visit our child we sponsor through World Vision and to get a taste for baseball in the Dominican Republic. We never enjoy staying in touristy spots, so if that is what you're looking for, you will be disappointed. But if you want to really get to know the Dominicans and the culture, then stay here. The staff is extremely accommodating. Jose and Israel are excellent - extremely friendly and helpful. Eduardo drove us many places including an excellent place to snorkel in Boca Chica, to and from the airport, and to watch the New York Yankees play the Marlins at the Yankees' training facility. We also wanted to do some service projects in the area so Roberto arranged for us to visit an orphanage and a place called La Caminante that serves Haitian refugees. It was amazing for us to watch the local Dominicans reach out and help their own people who are in need, in addition to helping the Haitians. It was very inspiring for my family to be a part of. I have never been to a hotel and received such personalized service. We stayed there a week and by the end of our time, we felt like they had become our friends. The hotel is extremely clean - it is constantly cleaned throughout the day. It's also extremely safe as the front door is locked and the gates to the beach keep out the local peddlers. The peddlers are fun to talk to, though, so don't look at all of them as annoying. They are just trying to earn a living. The food is great. There is a small grocery store nearby to pick up some essentials. We also went to Catalina Island and did some snorkeling. It's absolutely gorgeous. Overall, I wouldn't trade our stay at the Hotel Zapata for anything. You won't get better service anywhere in Boca Chica.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Traveled to Boca Chica with a lot of parents and two baseball teams. Boca Chica is NOT Punta Cana in most regards but the Hotel Zapata was an oasis. It is very clean and the staff, Isreal and Jose were great. The owners, Marta and Roberto, did a great job for our large group. For those who complain about the bacon and cheese being extra...get over it. The El Presidente beer is very cold and we drank a lot of it along with the Imperial anejo rum for the 8 nights we spent there. While there are a few other good restaurants in town, the prices at the hotel restaurant were reasonable and the quality was very good, safe, with a good selection...especially the steak and onions, pastas, and the rice and beans. The security is great in the hotel and they keep the "merchants" out from the beach. We checked out a lot of other hotels while there. For cleanliness, security, and quality of food, this one is the best we saw. Right on the beach and it is a typical non-private Carribbean beach. Only big drawbacks were no pool or fitness center and if you aren't into the night scene, some of the clubs can get a little loud late into the evening on the weekend.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Zapata for a week in June. The hotel was immaculate, breakfast was always very good, the coffee was delicous and the staff was amazing. Isreal actually walked with us the first night to highlight the best restaurants. Marta, the owner, offered a complimentary dinner for our group - I asked if she could add enough for our 17 hungry baseball players (who stayed at a different hotel); she and her staff made an incredible meal for 40 of us. Everything about Hotel Zapata was delightful - we would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Cathy M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I just spent a week at Hotel Zapata. This was our 3rd trip to Boca Chica together at Hotel Zapata. If you are looking for a posh, all-inclusive, then this is not the hotel for you. However, if you like to experience the local Dominican flavor, this is the best hotel in Boca Chica. It is right on the beach and the staff caters to your every need. This is absolutely the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed at in my life! It is family owned/operated and Martha and Roberto make sure that all guests are taken care of. Jose and Isreal have worked there for years, and know how to take care of guests as well as speak English. We will return to Hotel Zapata as well as recommend to friends.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Windsor, Colo
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 11, 2012

First a word of caution - Boca Chica is not a town I would take minors to. There are a lot of sketchy characters doing sketchy things on the main drag, for adult eyes only!

Hotel Zapata was really a pleasant suprise. The hotel is very clean, secure, and affordable!. It's right on the beach, and the staff is very accomodating, even letting us in and out of the gates at all hours to swim in the bay. We got to know a few of the staff members and really enjoyed meeting them. They are very good at providing service if you ask, and leaving you alone if you don't want them hovering.

The only criticism I have is the bed. We could not get comfortable enough to sleep well. Also, bring your own shampoo, because the hotel does not provide more than bar soap.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Zapata
Address: 27 Abraham Nunez, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Boca Chica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Boca Chica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Zapata 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Zapata is located in Boca Chica on the South Coast of the Dominican Republic. It is a small, family-run hotel that sits directly on one of the best beaches in the Carribbean. Customer service and enabling of a true Dominican experience are the hotel's hallmarks. Features: Las Americas Airport pickup, private balconies, apartments, wireless internet access, on-site restaurant with complimentary breakfast, beach bar, private beach area with loungers, cabanas & food & beverage service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Zapata Hotel Santo Domingo
Zapata Santo Domingo
Hotel Zapata Dominican Republic/Boca Chica

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