My boyfriend and I read the reviews and looked at all of the splendid pictures of this place, and decided it was the perfect place for nature lovers like us to spend a week. When we booked I asked about the "Truly Relax" $135/night special, as advertised on here and on their website, but after an uncomfortable back-and-forth, I was informed that the special was not actually available. The price was $195/night. I should have known right then, but it still seemed so great and luxurious, so we booked 3 nights there and 5 at a similar-sounding but much cheaper treehouse nearby. That place turned out to be a magical, laid-back, 3-walled hut in the rainforest and we were sorry to leave. But we expected to find more luxury here. We arrived at 10:30 am, and found the property much less beautiful than expected. We were told repeatedly that we were too early and they weren't ready-- we were a little early, admittedly, but we only wanted to drop our bags and groceries off and head out hiking. When we were allowed to drop our bags off in the room, we saw that the view was nothing like the images on the website (those are mostly pictures of the owners' house), and we had to put our food in a cooler with no ice. When we returned that evening, we found the cabin alarmingly unlocked, with the key inside. Our cooler still had no ice, and our food was already going bad in the heat. There were none of the provisions or toiletries that were promised. Then, to our complete dismay, the bed was a waterbed! We had not read anywhere that they only had waterbeds-- there should be an all-caps disclaimer about this!! We tried to sleep, but every move we made was accompanied by a great slosh and heave of the water beneath us, which was also HOT from the heat. We tossed and turned for hours before moving to the floor, where we managed to sleep for an hour or two. We were awake at dawn, but tried to wait until a decent hour before going up to the owners to cancel and leave. We hoped to have our deposit returned, but of course we ended up paying $250 for the most miserable night ever in a hotel. We were just relieved to get out of there, and we ran back to our former treehouse, where we finished off our trip very comfortably and happily.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT SINCE APRIL 2013. Manicou River is a collection of hand-crafted wooden cottages perched on the mountainside high above Douglas Bay and the Cabrits National Park on the beautiful, pristine island of Dominica. Our view is one of the best on the island, taking in mountains, the Caribbean Sea and the small town of Portsmouth below. We offer a simple, relaxing, nature experience with just the right touches of luxury. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manicou River Eco Hotel Portsmouth
- Manicou River Dominica/Portsmouth