Travel Blogs from Boca Chica
... is getting very old, very quickly. Without access to radio and Pandora, we practically dread searching our ipods for something to play. Future guests: please bring your ipod at least, or even better: a USB stick with music we can download!
10. We spend a lot of time just wondering about things. "Googling it" is rarely an option for us, and no longer can we answer nearly any question, explore any curiosity, or resolve any bet with just a few pokes at a touch ...
... out a bit but alas, I'm still alive and writing this blog entry. Or is it from the beyond...?! A SMALL, SCARED CHILD: On that same trip, some of Dan's host family was visiting from the capital and brought their small daughter along. The second she saw Jonathon for the first time, she started screaming and ran away. We could not stop laughing because she was clearly scared because she had never seen a large, white man before. Every time they brought ...
... one last time. (I've been staying with a CSA employee for the past few nights, not Ileana.) The visit with her really made me realize how much my Spanish has improved. When I first arrived and was living with her, she could chat at me and I could understand a good portion of what she was saying but I didn't have the speaking skills to really actively chat back. I had to concentrate on her voice only; any other noises or voices could throw off my ...
... And we were late arriving, of course - but so were dozens of other people! While I was registering, I was introduced to a very interesting man. He is a psychiatrist, and apparently he is very well-known here for his work and research, etc. He was very interested in me, and actually spoke French! He lived in Paris for 5 years, and really loved working there, and he has also been to Montreal and Quebec a few times. He spoke ...
... vines, thorns, and humidity didnīt let us down. Neither did the howler monkeys, who where not bothered in the least by us, even as close as ten feet. We took what was supposed to be an hour-long hike the morning we left. Turned out to be almost three hours as we were determined to find a trail that was elusive to the end. So we had to had to crash through the undergrowth ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Zapata Boca Chica
My father (74 years young) my husband and I visited Hostal Zapata. My father has been wanting to visit Santo Domingo and the historical areas of the Dominican Republic for some time. Since my husband and I do not like the All Inclusive Generic experience we looked for a small more intimate setting.
I went to the Dominican Republic for the first time this past December not knowing what to expect. I didn't realize that I had a family ready and waiting for me to enjoy my trip with: The Zapatas.
If you really wanto to have a nice journey, please choose another hotel. You get what you pay, that's true. You can surely find a better accomodation for 60 USD/day. The rooms are horrible like a 1star motel, and the service at the restaurant is too slow, more than 30 min for a sandwich (and we were the only 2 person eating at the moment), in facts the restaurant is always empty. Outside the hotel is good, the receptions doesn't exists, and if you stay for only 1 night you won't get your breakfast, that's ridiculous.
A PIECE OF MIND
Hotel Zapata Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.I've been going there for the past 2 years. The hotel location is magnificent. The hotel is right on the beach, by the way one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Based on my experience i must say the service was very good, food and attention was excellent. The hotel is well kept and the workers are very friendly. If you are looking for a place to stay in boca chica, Dominican Republic I strongly recommend Hotel Zapata. When i got back home i spread the word about how beautiful Boca Chica was and where I stay.(Hotel Zapata) they recently reply and also told me that their experience was wonderful. Hotel Zapata has become my second home for the service, atttention and Excellent value...
Just returned from a stay at the Zapata in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. We've stayed at all-inclusives here before and wanted to try a different experience and have to say that we heartily recommend the Zapata (-----) It's right on what I'm told the best beach in the Caribbean and the rooms are spotless, comfortable and very reasonable. They make you feel like family here. We'll be back for sure - can't wait!
Pete Elgie, Toronto
My husband and I went to Boca Chica in May and stayed at the Hotel Zapata. We had a lovely time. The staff was wonderful (Santo was our favorite, but Roberto was very cool!) and the food was good. The room was much more pleasant than we expected, especially since it was less than $75 per night. The hotel is located in a great spot right on the beach. The staff guys even carried out chairs for us. There was a little fence showing the border of the hotel. Sometimes you can stay behind the fence, and usually the vendors would leave you alone. On occasion they would still pass over it and harangue you for a manicure, pedicure or massage. Just make like you are deaf and they will leave you alone.
Hostal Zapata in Boca Chica was the perfect romantic getaway. It is owned by a great family and has all the things you need to relax and have a great time. Everyone who works there is not only helpful, but friendly as well. Marta and Roberto (the owners) were more than happy to answer all our questions (and we had many). The prices were very reasonable ($55 a night for a standard room with breakfast included each day). Everyone there made our stay memorable. Leo and Thomas, who work at the restaurant and bar, were a blast to hang out with. They made sure we had a great seat by the water and were always ready with a wave and smile. The beach vendors got a little tiresome. As long as you are firm, but pleasant they will leave you alone for the most part. The rooms were very clean and the view of the beach is perfect. My boyfriend and I really felt at home and that was a direct result of Hostal Zapata's staff. If you are wondering where to go for beach, sun, fun and relaxation...Boca Chica is the place and Hostal Zapata is where you should stay! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
I have to agree with the last reviewer on the cleanliness of the Hotel Zapata. The small cleaning crew of three women work continuously to maintain the small property. The furnishings and décor are older but very well maintained. The rooms are exceptionally clean but lack a lot of storage space compared to North American hotels we've stayed at in the past. This lack of storage made it a little less comfortable for us. The TV is new but there are no remotes (this wasn't much of a problem since we spent most of our time at the beach or on town).
Just returned from a three-night stay in October 2004. I agree with a previous poster that the hotel is spotlessly clean. The rooms were much nicer than I expected as we were driving into town. We paid $50/night for a double, and $45/night for a single, a nice breakfast was included.
The Zapata is top rate. I stayed 3 nights in March 2004. It is spotlessly clean. The grounds are beautifully maintained and very private. The staff is friendly. The beach in front of the hotel (which is separated from the hotel by the grounds) is used both by guests and the locals (as are all beaches in the Dominican Republic), and the scene is very friendly. Most of the other tourists I saw in the vicinity were European. I saw the beach cleaned every morning. The swimming is in a very calm and shallow lagoon -- great for kids. I paid $65 for a suite. While the ride to the airport was only 14 minutes, I never once saw or heard any planes overhead -- they approach over the open ocean. There is a nice outdoor bar and the restaurant was very good. I would recommend the Zapata without hesitation if you are looking for pleasant and simple accomodations. I plan to return.