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Hotel Alegria
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Cabarete
Albany, New York
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“You Really Do Get What You Pay For”
Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

I'm surprised how disparate my experience is than other TripAdvisor posts. I wonder if my room was outside the norm. I've stayed at other laid back, budget, mom and pop type inns and think I had realistic expectations of modest and maybe a little worn room, but my room was far worse. I also know that beachfront places don't age well and expected some rust, mildew, etc, but not to the extent I had.

At first impression, and I was here early morning for an afternoon check-in, I found the place charming. The staff was incredibly helpful, and although they couldn't offer me an early room, took me to near hotels at 4 am to check for immediate availability before letting me settle on the rooftop terrace where there was a common shower and bathroom I could use after a long travel day.

I then enjoyed my time in the common areas of the hotel, which have that charming, make-do vibe. Staff and guest scene was enjoyable.

I then received my room. The main part of the room was fine, with a decent view and balcony. The floor was still wet from mopping, but it appears they don't do much other cleaning otherwise. Inside all the pieces of furniture (like the armoire, which is the only clothing storage) was dirty, as were most other pieces of furniture, include cobwebs and dust bunnies on the walls. Now that I think about it, I never heard or saw a vacuum the whole time I was there.

Although I was on the third floor, there was no way for me to shut and secure my balcony doors. Not that one could easily get to my balcony, but you would not have to be a professional to do so. It did take away from my sense of security and the soundness of my sleep.

The bathroom was really bad, both in terms of surface cleanliness and from series after series of quick and sloppy fixes that compound layer after later and provide an extra sense lack of cleanliness. There were thick layers of sloppy and dirty caulk and touch up paint everywhere. Every grout line was black with mildew. The sink rested loose on the vanity, it's cracked caulk having loosened. The drain cover in the shower was missing and replaced with caulk with sharp metal sticking out. The room needed a thorough update of new tile, door, window, etc. beyond 1 hour fixes between guests.

I'm not even going to spend more time mentioning cheap and uncomfortable mattress/linens, beat up furniture, and water stains, as I think those are reasonable expectations for a cheap beach town inn.

Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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AlegriaOwner, Owner at Hotel Alegria, responded to this review, 29 December 2013
Our reviewer writes in a review of another hotel the following " I stay at Hiltons 50-100 nights a year, mostly for business, but with 2-3 weeks of vacation, usually at beach resorts. I can say this was the poorest experience I have ever had at any hotel, EVER, in my entire life". He gives this 4 star hotel run by Waldorf Astoria a rating of one, terrible. At least he gave Hotel Alegria a arating of two. I guess it is tough to satisfy a guest who spends a hundred nights a year sleeping in Hiltons.
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

I had a great time. The staff was friendly, professional and very helpful. The rooms are in pretty good shape. Keep in mind its a 2 or 3 star hotel. So the rooms have everything you need. The hotel its self is very well situated. A super-market, the beach, dozens and dozens of restaurants, bars and shops are all walking distance. Most within a few minutes. The Alegria Café Lounge is a agreat addition to the Hotel! The lounge staff is very fun to hangout with. I would recomend this place to anyone and everyone. I would go back for sure:)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We just returned from the Hotel Alegria and stayed in the Two bedroom apartment. We had booked the large studio but found it a bit musty and opted to upgrade to the apartment. The apartment had a lot more room and came with A/C units in each of the bedrooms. Note that not all rooms come with A/C. At this time of year (November), it's not really needed.

Like others have said, we found the hotel very comfortable. People in the reception area and restaurant were very friendly. If you like to sit and chat with other travelers, you will like this hotel. But they also gave you your space. We needed some family time and really enjoyed time to ourselves.

We were a little concerned that the hotel would be noisy, being close to the heart of Cabarette but found the hotel to be very quiet. We really liked being so close to Janet's Supermarket. It's the biggest supermarket in town and was just a 2-3 minute walk away. Very convenient! And with the kitchen, we prepared most of our food.

The apartment itself isn't fancy. Furniture is worn but everything is clean. The kitchen had the basics. We wished it had a microwave. It's not 5 star but you aren't paying 5 star prices.

Finally, the staff was great. They were friendly and quick to help when we had a question. We didn't eat at the restaurant.

I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Hotel Alegria is a very nice place with a familiar atmosphere. The owner and staff are very friendly and always helpful. Our room (with ocean view) was beautiful and clean. The Hotel has direct beach access but as it is a few minutes walk to the next discothek it is really quiet there.
If I go back to Cabarete I will stay there again for sure :-)

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Whitby, Canada
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Just booked for a return trip to the Alegria hotel in Cabarete. I had such a great time there last year, can,t wait to get back to see my "family friends". This smaller hotel is in a great location close to everything, literally footsteps, from nitelife,shopping and the beach.
What makes this hotel special tho is the people from Peter the owner, the staff, security the maids who keep your room spotless and everyone who really do make you feel like you are part of their family.....they can help you find anything you need to help make your stay...excellent. A perfect spot to relax,have a drink and meet new friends. Peter has my same room for me this year and can,t wait to return `home.

Room Tip: studios are great to prepare your own meals
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Bavaro, Dominican Republic
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 October 2013

I love it, it s really a nice place for holydays or star one night
You are near the Beach, the supermarket and the restaurantes
So lovely the jacuzzi with seawiew upstairs
I has a ver y good experiencia with place, I can t forget it
It s un very quite place for relax
You are on a another word
It s un little hotel but you have all things you need

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We had a great experience with this hotel. A group of us students came here during a study abroad in Santo Domingo for 3 days. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Very quiet and comfortable place to stay.
Be sure to get in touch with Mikael. He gives surf lessons and also will give you insights on other fun things to do around the area, from a local.
Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Alegria
Address: Between Velero and Sans Souci, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Cabarete
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cabarete
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Cabarete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located family-run hotel with ideal beach location, ocean-view rooms, studios with kitchenettes, two-bedroom apartment, rooftop terraza with Jacuzzi, 24-hour front desk, great atmosphere and prices. All rooms have refrigerators, cable TV, free safes and free Wi-Fi Internet. Select rooms with A/C. Biggest grocery store in town and bank ATM just steps away. ... more   less 
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