Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic | 5 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Puerto Plata

Being still and letting go

A travel blog entry by mollohan


... I asked the
guide if it was alright if I climbed to a different jumping spot, she automatically said, "Of course you can," instead of the expected, "No, the jumping point is here," that I would have gotten at most such attractions in the U.S. And best of all, we spent a whole lot of time just
being, and it was good, really good.

Sadly, I don't know if there is a way to live this lesson out at home, as our culture thrives on being busy. But best I can, I intend to ...

Overcoming Fears

A travel blog entry by mollohan

... I'm not saying that if I had gotten in the water and gone snorkeling I would have brought someone to Christ, but I could have grown closer to my family.

Yesterday we rented stand-up paddle boards and snorkel gear. I was so happy that we got to go paddle boarding but was pretty much dreading the snorkeling. I had told my family that because I have a GoPro I would get in the water and snorkel. On the way to the reef we made one stop to look at ...

The other side of obedience

A travel blog entry by mollohan


In my first post I shared about what a low point I had reached and how I realized that if
nothing else came of this trip (though I know it is even if I can't see it),
then at least I am learning to obey. The part I have not gotten around to
sharing is the moment after I came to this realization. So last Sunday we
attended New Life Church in Sosua, about a 30 minute ride from where we were staying.
New Life is an English speaking church geared ...

Letting go

A travel blog entry by mollohan


... is a small pizza, and the kids and I need to eat."

Angel: "But you can go back to the apartment and get some sort of food, he may not have anything else to eat."

"Isn't that the same kid that you just gave some money to cause he came asking?"

Angel: "You don't even really like pizza and you can certainly spare one of your slices."

"Here come his friends. If you give him a piece, you will have to give one to ...

Luperon Dominican Republic

A travel blog entry by philmillard


... day onboard and went to wendy’s in the evening for a few beers, we met peter and bridget and discussed a second trip to the falls, unfortunately phil wouldn’t be able to slide down as the first trip he had shoes too large and had cut open both his ankles, but we also need to go to the supermarket, In the evening we again we again went to wendys and downloaded the ever worsening weather forecast.
27/3 did absolutely nothing – possibly ...

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This 5 star hotel, located on Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, is near Altos de Chavon Village, Bayahibe, Dye Fore, and Minitas.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Puerto Plata

    Beautiful, relaxing but out of place


    This hotel is hands down the best thing around Playa Dorada. The lobby, pool and rooms were fantastically beautiful. The service was more than friendly, maybe at times, a little overbearing. I had a nice relaxing time there and it was worth the money because of all the details that go into the place. Given that, I had a few problems and they were mostly with Playa Dorada - a mostly all inclusive resort area, meaning you had to pretty much leave the area in order to eat elsewhere (the other options were Pizza Hut and an equivalent to TGIF Friday's). The problem was, no one was really willing to give you any information about other restaurants outside of the complex since they want you to spend all your money there. This included the concierge. I found out later that the one place in town they do recommend, they get some kickback for diverting people there. That was very disconcerting. Also things were incredibly expensive there (suntan lotion for $85 US dollars!). Some of these expenses were expected but it was also uneasy to find that they pay some of the workers $10 for the day while guests are spending hundreds of dollars a day there at the very least - I suppose that's a problem with most places in DR and on similar islands. The main drawback I had was the lack of good food - most people looking for a small luxury hotel are usually foodies. The hotel restaurant, though quite beautiful with great service was lacking in food quality. For a salad I got iceberg lettuce with what tasted like Russian dressing. My lobster tail was overdone. The bill came to $250 for 2 people for food that was totally subpar. We also ordered in breakfast a few days; when we requested cold cereal we got a bowl that was a combination of fruit loops and cocoa puffs! No joke! Well, I hope this helps. If you're in DR go here but I would avoid Puerto Plata entirely as a vacation destination.

    Excellent Hotel


    We spent 3 days at this hotel and loved it, it is by far and away the best hotel in the area. We were actually booked at the Flamenco acros the road, stayed one night and left, it was absolutely horrible, the room was terrible and the food was disgusting.

    The pool at Casa Colonial was divine, the rooms were amazing and the staff were great. And we vacation in 5 star hotels all the time. I agree that the pool side restaurant could have had more variety however apart from that we have no complaints at all.

    LOVED IT!!


    After reading all of the previous reviews, we were a little worried about what we would arrive to in Puerto Plata. However, there was no need to worry. The hotel is absolutely beautiful, the staff is warm & more than willing to attend to your every need, and everything is sparklingly clean.

    In response to "too expensive for what you get"...


    I would like to say that my husband and I just came back from Casa Colonial and thought that the service was outstanding. If you are not happy with their service, I would be curious to know what caliber of hotel you are comaring them to - because I respectfully disagree.

    Great Hotel


    We spent Presidents weekend at the hotel with a few close friends. We immediately fell in love with the architecture. The hotel is simply beautiful. The lobby is inviting yet very private. The staff is very friendly and offers you a complimentary drink upon check-in. The standard rooms were extremely spacious. It is probably close to 800-900 sf. Bathrooms the same. All the finest linens are used to pamper the guests.

    Pros and Cons


    The rooms were great, could not have asked for better.

    The service was pretty good but did not equal the price of the hotel. For that price I would have liked a more proactive staff. Things could have been done with out asking.

    The food was very good maybe a little too expensive for what it was, and the drinks were way overpriced.

    OVERALL i would prob go back but ONLY because there is that many choices that are comparible in puerto plata.

    Casa Colonial new boutique hotel in Puerta Plata


    Spent 7 days in this very new way above average hotel in January 2005

    Lovely beach, great spa, great food, lovely people. Far and above the other hotels in the area. May just be too good for the area. Biggest problem was the Paradise Casino down the street that ripped us off playing Caribbean Keno. After returning home we read about the Keno Scam going on all over the Dominican Republic. It's a shame because I am a travel agent and I will certainly let people know. We have also written to the US Government. They target Americans.



    We have recently come back from our trip to the D.R. We are happy to finally find a hotel of this caliber on the north coast of Dominican Rep. I've been to the country for the last 5 years or so. The service may be slow but very courteous and professional. The decor, architectural design it is just beyond imagination.

    The food at Lucia's is excellent along with the service, The pool bar was busy and it is one area where the menu should have a larger selection of items.

    Too expensive for what you get



    The hotel is very pretty with beautiful new rooms. Unfortunately, the food is terrible and the service is worse. There are not any restaurants in the area to chose from since it is in a three star area of hotels and restaurants. If you go into Puerto Plata there is only one decent, but not great restaurant and the taxi drivers overcharge all the time. You must negotiate your taxi fare which can be annoying while on vacation.

    I wouldn't recommend it. It is overpriced for what you get.

    Save your money


    My boyfriend and I stayed at this property during the last week of Christmas (2004). We were very impressed when we pulled up to the entrance and proceeded to the Concierge's desk. One quick look around and you will conclude that the hotel and grounds are quite beautiful and sumptuous. However, this is where the luxury ends. Despite the great aesthetics, this hotel is not a luxury hotel deserving of membership in the small luxury hotels of the world. The hotel simply lacks service and quality.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Puerto Plata

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding