The hotel is close enough to the town that one can walk to everything, a rather short distance, actually. Also, the hotel removed enough so the typical, very loud music prevailing all over DR cannot be heard.
Added bonus: its location cuts down to zero the number of walking services peddlers. So, "convenient privacy" is the operating term here.
We arrived at the beginning of July, which is the Low Season. We had the tiny hotel to ourselves, with the exception of two couples that arrived 2 days later, but stayed only one night.
Because of it being the Low Season, the restaurant at the hotel offered just breakfast. This is understandable because the town, as I learned from the locals had no tourists either. Besides, there are plenty of other restaurants in town.
BTW, the breakfast was included in the price. Although, it was basic. None the less, the bread was freshly made in-house, so was the delicious papaya marmalade. Also, all the coffee (very good quality, I must add) one could drink, pretty much.
We looked at the prices, looked at a few reviews, followed the recco's posted, and opted for the loft apartment. It is only a few more dollars a night, and definitely well worth it.
The apartments are spacious, 2-story lofts, with full kitchens, including range, fridge, sink, utensils and dishes, at ground level, and the bedroom, a loft, on the floor above.
There is no A/C, TV, or phone. The WiFi reaches the apartments, which are a bit far from the hub, and results in a slow internet connection at times. However, it was sufficient to allow web-based e-mail, texting, phonecalls, Skype, etc.
There are ceiling fans on the top lofts. However, given the hotel's close proximity to the Ocean shore, coupled the prevailing Trade Winds, the ceiling fan wasn't really needed except when the gentle breeze stopped blowing. We slept with all windows and balcony doors open, and didn't have any problem with mosquitoes, or other bugs. Take bug repellent, though. It is simply a good precaution.
The room's bathroom is small, but adequate. No bathtub. Then again, there is the whole Atlantic Ocean steps away. Water pressure was adequate. Plenty of hot and cold water.
Electrical power supply, and much to our surprise, was excellent, with no interruptions when needed during our stay.
The view from the balcony on the loft is fantastic. One can see the Ocean just a few yards away, and in between tall palm trees. Idyllic!
Parking is adequate and free, inside the property's perimeter wall/fence, and safe and convenient to the cabanas and apartments.
The service: The lady caring for the hotel was very pleasant, friendly and accommodating to our requests. There is also a quiet gentleman that performs late night security (6pm-6am), which added to our peace of mind.
The beach is a few yards away, and across the lot on the other side of the road. The beach in front of the hotel is a bit too rocky. However, just walk a few yards to your right and you have a couple of miles of clean, soft, white sand.
This hotel was a bit of a serendipitous find, since only occasionally pops up in google maps, and it was in the second listing row of tripadvisor. The price is reasonable. The location is excellent. Overall, and after doing much online research, we feel that this is probably the best little hotel in the area for value, location and peaceful ambiance. We shall return!
Fuel Tip (nothing to do with the hotel) - At the time of our visit there were no gas stations at all in the area. The nearest gas station is in the town of Samana, 45 KM (28 Mi) away. Fill your gas tank in Samana before heading to Las Galeras. One may buy a few beer-sized bottles (many are actually gasoline-refilled beer bottles) of gasoline from side-of-the-road stands (at a hefty double premium) in a pinch.
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