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John met us today, thanked us for all of our work, and said "today is all about you relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the Dominican."
It was exactly what I needed to hear after a terrible start to the morning. Most days, I'm getting only 6 hours of sleep, and am totally fine with that; staying up late sharing life stories with Jamie, waking up early to fit in some yoga on my beach facing balcony.
But this mornings yoga started with a glimpse of a blob ...
... came back to see her in 10 years. We signed shirts, many kids asking for phone numbers and about novios. Rachel got a wonderful note in English calling her a 'better friend,' and a 'person honey' which we all cherished.
Kayley was the last to say goodbye, and had the sweetest hug for Marybella, the 3 year old who easily befriended each of us.
That was my moment. Making the connections with all of the kids this week has been so world changing to me. But watching ...
... country is full of friendly gestures.
After dinner at the hotel, the kids enacted the quincianos ceremony. Which is basically a fake wedding ceremony to celebrate her coming of age. Kayleys fathers, Natalie and Annalore, toasted her and helped her choose her court. They danced ( her pretend husband Caleb promises he'll work on perfecting her waltz soon) and celebrated and then we spent hours preparing items for our group for the last day ...
... into the back of a blue pick-up truck (yeah only EVERYONE looked at us funny) and drove a few miles to the site. We got life-jackets and helmets and followed our two guides through the woods for about 10 to 15 minutes before arriving at the first charco. Truly something everyone needs to come see in the country; a huge pool of blue water and water pouring into it from the rocks above. ...
... a cow head siting on a table displayed on the sidewalk if you are interested in some cheek meat or tongue. The people are very friendly, you need to say hello to everyone you pass on the street young and old, its what everyone does.
Luperon also has a interesting situation with the local Navy/Coast Guard/Police. It is sketchy. Nobody knows the rules, and everybody wants to exploit them, ourselves included. Why would we want to pay 30 beers to ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.