Do not rent or book with this aparment or owner by the name of Reymi 829-866-6767 who rents 1002 and 1001. The actual beachfront condo is owned by individual owners and they are the ones who rent it out. we stayed there last week and the owner we had Reymi rented us his apartment covered in black mold in the kitchen and in the kids bedroom. when asked only hours after we arrived about the issue we were told he was never aware and nothing he could do. we contacted reception who sent a maintenance person and were told the room was reported to them numerous times in the past for having an aweful smell and black mold and the owner was advised not to rent it and to repair the room but that they cannot do anything to help us because it is the apartment owner who needs to do the repairs and close the apartment down and if he continues to rent to others thats on him. The maintenance workers assisted us in putting the mattresses in the living room so the kids could sleep. we had no choice but to stay since we paid the $720 up front and he refused to remimburse us even if we only stayed the one night. He even advised us to checkout by 12pm becuase he had new guest coming in at 2pm. This is a known issue and he refuses to fix it and its a hazard if you have children...
My two friends and I booked this hotel (not necessarily this particular room, but they are all very similar) this past September when we arrived in Juan Dolio, after a few days in Santo Domingo. The second we walked into our room, we were all like "yeeeees!" It was very well decorated, I'd even go as far as saying pretty upscale... from what I heard from other guests we spoke to at the pool, so was theirs. It had all of the amenities we needed, the AC was great, the kitchen was big, couches were comfy, it had a full dinning area (which comes in handy if you want to eat in with friends as we did a few times). We spent a lot of time on the balcony taking in the gorgeous views, laying out on the patio furniture, even at night time when we would get back from exploring. The staff in the lobby was pleasant and happy that we were there (I don't know how much it helped that we all spoke Spanish, but they were all in a good mood). The pool area was amazing and regularly watched over by hotel security (side note: you are not allowed to hug in the pool, so no couple PDA, apparently it is frowned upon, lol).
The only thing that was not really stated in the description is that the beach area right in front of the hotel has a rocky bottom, so it was a little uncomfortable to walk over barefoot....not too worry though, the actual beach entrance was like a block away, so it was no problem to take a stroll to the beach were there was soft sand and super clear waters. You do not need goggles to open your eyes while under water! And the walk there was cool because we got to pass by different restaurants and shops to familiarize ourselves with whats around. We found an awesome "Pica Pollo," which had AMAZING FOOD!!!!
This town is not so much "touristy" as some other D.R. spots, but if you want to get away from that and find a hidden gem with friendly people, I suggest you give this place a shot!