I love staying at bnbs and camping so staying at a hotel set in the mountains sounded ideal. I reviewed all of the ratings for this inn at airbnb and their website. I looked at all of the pictures and decided that I would stay at Jurassic Park Hotel. I was lulled in by the natural setting and the promise of peace. Do not be fooled like I was. This hotel is awful. All of the rooms are water damaged. The inn keeper told us that they have a problem with water leaking in through the ceiling so they keep repainting the ceiling before guest arrive. The room we had was not repainted and there was black mold and/or discoloration all over the ceilings and walls. There was exposed wires everywhere. The bed was damp and smelled like mildew. Since we got in so late we tried covering the bed and linen with new beach towels that we had just purchased. The smell still came through and they soon felt damp. We ended up sleeping trying to sleep fully clothed in long sleeves, pants, and hooded sweat shirts. See the attached pictures. We were going to change rooms but ending up having to leave the hotel after a fire. In order to have hot water you must light your own hot water heater and turn it off as soon as your done using it or else it will catch on fire. Our hot water heater had been damaged in a previous fire. When I went out to light it the first time I noticed that the air outside of the pilot would light up before I had put the flame into the pilot. I suspected a slow leak and thus was very careful to only turn the gas on as low as possible and not to put my hand near the pilot. In the morning I went to light the hot water heater, the leak must have gotten worse, and a huge ball of flames came out and enveloped my hand and arm. Thankfully I was wearing a long sleeve sweat shirt and only my hand was burn. I had to go to the hospital to get treatment for my burns. I received medication and a shot. My burns turned black and charred and the skin eventually fell off leaving behind a nasty discolored skin underneath. We had to change our vacation plans because my hand was bandaged and recurred further medical care. The inn told us they would give us a refund. Upon returning home they refuse to give us a refund and sent us nasty emails stating that they felt that we just wanted to stay some where else and that we are liars and shouldn't get any of our money back. So we are not only out of the money we spent on the inn but also the money we spent for medical care. The inn keeper will direct you away from airbnb.com's website for payment. This way you can not post a review or upload photos of your stay at their inn. The most important reason why you should book through airbnb.com is that airbnb.com will refund you if you run into problems at the inn. For those foolish enough to still be willing to try a stay there, I recommend that you book for only one night and do it through airbnb.com, because I know you will pack your bags and be out of there the next day if not that night. I'm not fussy, but I expect my room to at least be safe. We tried to stay and make the best of it. We were willing to switch rooms, or see about getting a different bed, etc but after the fire we didn't feel safe and we felt foolish for not leaving the day we arrived.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clean private bungalows, to rent, set amongst the abundance of natural beauty of Jurassic Park.The bungalows come with a fully equipped kitchen, a double bed (if required, another bed can be arranged), a bathroom with shower, and a terrace with views of the beautiful green tropical valley and the ocean.Jurassic Park is a magical place situated on a small hill, in a tranquil valley, 3-5 mins outside of the main town Las Terrenas.A short stroll behind us there are two waterfalls with pools - which are extremely inviting, especially when its hot, great for cooling off and helping to make you feel at peace with the world.We have semi controlled jungle areas which we continue to improve and make part of the attraction of being here.There is very little light pollution (no upward facing lights) so you can view the night sky, from our open pool terrace, which are mostly spectacular all year round.If you are a star gazer, a writer or a poet you would feel very much at home here.We are moving towards self sufficiency and Eco tourism. We already have pure spring water and we have solar panels and soar water heaters.We will in the future add a variety of electric vehicles for guests.If you have children then this is a natural wonderland providing constant amazement. Indeed, visits from the local children, who are a breath of fresh air, will aid your children in understanding this environment.To top it off we have a trampoline which is very popular with children and uncontrollably happy adults alike.We also grow many fruits and vegetables and indeed as I write this the wife has popped out to our herb garden for some coriander.We hope to have created a much more personal and friendly feeling.We have a great track record of content, repeat visitors. It seems that a return visit is a must, once you have been bitten by the magic and unadulterated beauty of our little oasis.Also for a small additional fee we now offer breakfast (typically eggs, toast, seasonal fruits, juices, vegetable and cheese empanadas and coffee in our jungle communal area. Its a great chance to discuss your days activities and learn the best places to go. Just let us know before hand.See you soon ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jurassic Park Hotel Dominican Republic/Samana - Las Terrenas