Casa Colonial is the best hotel in Puerta Plata so far as I know. It is a "boutique" hotel directly on the beach such that all of the ground floor rooms open onto the sand. Being "boutique" it is not a mega resort which is a little unusual in the Dominican Republic where all inclusive seems to be the norm.
We were planning on going to Punta Cana but everything available was all inclusive. Read something in the Trip Advisor forum where the author suggested looking on the North Coast. This was a lucky break since we were not looking for all inclusive. We wanted the option of trying other places to eat and generally prefer to be somewhat independent. So we switched from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata and reserved at Casa Colonial.
Casa Colonial is a very nice property. Nothing "dated," all very newish and quite tasteful. There is a huge clean soft sand beach and the entire property is within a secure area that is access controlled. You can leave the hotel and turn left on the beach and then run or walk for a couple of miles. You can also take a jog around the golf course area without venturing beyond what is essentially a private community.
The staff was very friendly. The General Manager, Basilia, was very cordial, caring and helpful.
This might seem like a very sugary review but it is a consequence of our reviewing most of the prior reviews for hotels in Punta Cana, La Romana and Puerto Plata. Even after doing that there is still some trepidation going to a new place and it is a great relief when everything turns out well which it did!
So the Dominican Republic seems dominated by all inclusive hotels that are very much like cruise ships on land. One price, all you can eat and drink though not super great and some preplanned activities. If that is your interest then neither this review nor the Casa Colonial is for you but there is in the DR. For the really unlucky there are plenty of condo and vacation clubs that will take your money.
If you you were looking for something more inclined to luxury than Casa Colonial might be your only choice. The don't sell condos, time shares or any of that crazy stuff.
It's minutes into town by taxi or rental car though driving can be a bit of a challenge (think something in between Manhattan and Delhi). The hotel is about 20 minutes from the airport. In town there are some great restaurant choices which give you an alternative to eating at the hotel. We went to Mares (gourmet) and Ponderosa Del Mar (local Carib, not fancy but delicious lobster right out of the tank -- two people with bottle of wine $125). If you don't want to leave the hotel you can eat for three or four days in their restaurant with no regrets and they have a wide selection of wines as well.
No insect bites despite walking the beach for hours. YMMV. There is a "water sports center" nearby where you can rent a kayak, jet ski or arrange a dive trip. If you turn right and head down the beach in that direction you eventually run into a security guard who advises you that the beach beyond is not secure so we didn't venture past though many people did seemingly without a problem. Free Wifi worked most of the time. We didn't try the spa but it looked nice. Everything was super clean. Photos are accurate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the exotic north coast of the Dominican Republic and directly on the crystal water, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa is the ultimate, world-class resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Colonial Beach And Spa
- Casa Colonial Beach Hotel Puerto Plata
- Hotel Casa Colonial Beach
- Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Dominican Republic/Puerto Plata