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Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I stayed for 2 nights at this cozy small 15 rooms hotel in Bahoruco, southwest of the DR. The rooms are nicely decorated and well equipped. The service is very good and the service personnel are locals with a big smile very willing to serve. The food is basic but fresh and well prepared, based mostly on local products and several seafood dishes from the Caribbean Sea right in front. The ambience is rustic but elegant. Some areas might need sone maintenance but in general a good looking small hotel. I took a look at the new River Cabins right on the forest in front of the river. Definitely a must try ! The Spa with several treatments right at the river sounds really cool. Very recommended!, specially if you are planning to visit Bahía Las Águilas in Pedernales.

Wonderful views, excellent service. The place is certainly prepared for relaxation while you enjoy nature. Food is very good, people are always nice and try to help you continously. Perfect for exploring the island Southwestern region, as it is close to many beaches, ecological places, rivers, etc.

Some people might think that a hotel review published more than one-two weeks after the dates of the stay may indicate the experience wasn't that special. I hope this recount of my sojourn at Casa Bonita with my girlfriend is the exception to this rule. It was perhaps due to the confrontation of my somewhat stressful reality in Washington, D.C. that I couldn't muster the attitude to do what I'd consider work, but now that I reminisce about it, I find it pleasant to put my memories in words. After driving from Santo Domingo, we arrived on February 5 in the afternoon. Getting up the hill to Casa Bonita can be a little taxing on your car, especially if you're driving one of those Kia Picantos that are so common among tourists. Nonetheless, we were greeted affably and with refreshing drinks. Of course, they took our bags to the room, which looked fantastic, just as the rest of the complex. The view from the pool area is amazing, and I can only imagine how much better it is now that they should be close to finishing an extension of the mirador. Food was very good to excellent, though we were hoping there'd be more produce available from the organic farm. At the time that we went, it wasn't operational. I did not like the highly-recommended pizza very much, as I thought it was too fluffy and I expected it to be more of a thin crust. I'm not sure if the menu has changed much recently, but some of my favorite dishes were the red snapper and the goat, both made "Bahoruco style." But what I really enjoyed was the freshly-made papaya juice. We liked our stay so much that we changed our plans and staid one more night here on our way back from Bahía de las Águilas. This time, we were allowed to do an early check-in and to do an excursion to Cueva de la Virgen, which I'm extremely glad we did. The journey to the cascade is beautiful, and this area has some of the most beautiful rivers you'll see, with colors you may not have thought possible in a river. To close an amazing stay I got a nice foot massage while my girlfriend had a more comprehensive massage. We were sad to leave. It's not only that the place is beautiful, but we were treated just really, really nice by all the staff. As a Dominican, it makes me really proud that we have hotels of the caliber of Casa Bonita. I encourage management to keep up the good work, particularly in its social responsibility with the community and being stewards of the wonderful environment that surrounds Casa Bonita.

The food here is truly amazing as are the spa services. We stayed up the road at Casa Del Mar but ate many meals here. Easy to reach by car but the driveway up has been washed out and no one seemed in a hurry to repair. The manager suggested day passes might be available but call ahead to confirm. Easily the nicest hotel in the area. The infinity pool with sea views is delightful but you’ll share it with wealthy Dominicans who arrive in their Porsche rather than Eco tourists hoping to keep things simple. Not sure what they do with all their plastic bottles as recycling hasn’t really arrived in the Southwest.

Words can’t describe how amazing our experience at Casa Bonita was. The property is out of this world gorgeous and from the moment we walked in, the staff made us feel welcomed and at the top of the world. The restaurant was wonderful with a typical Dominican food menu selection. Highly recommend the tour to Bahia De las Aguilas with Carlos! It was the highlight of our trip to D.R.!

We arrived after a 5-hour drive from Punta Cana under pouring rain. Even so, it was clear from the beginning that we were in a special place. After a personalized check-in process, we decided to have lunch before being shown to our room, since we would get wet getting there. Lunch was fabulous, from the cold Presidente to the seafood to the perfectly cooked meat. In fact, it's best to point out now that all the meals we had in the hotel's one restaurant were spot on. Our room was the Master River Suite, which is down a forest path on the "river" side of the property were the spa is (most of the rooms right now are ocean-facing). The river was rushing down on that weekend because of the rain, passing right in front of our balcony. The room was spacious and open, with high ceilings and an outdoor shower and jacuzzi. The only negative feedback that I can give the room is that it smelled very humid, especially the bedclothes. They might be able to address this with a dehumidifier or laundering the bedclothes right before guests come in. It wasn't enough for us to call and complain, but I imagine someone prone to allergies would have. On our first full day, we took the Bahía de las Águilas tour, which was spectacular. Our driver, Carlos, was knowledgable and courteous. The beach was gorgeous and the picnic that the hotel prepared for us was perfect- water, wine, beer, ceviche, sandwiches, and fruit. On the second day, we drove around town for awhile and then went back to the hotel for the canopy tour (very fun!) and the make-your-own-pizza experience on their brick oven, which was delicious. Later in the afternoon, we had the couples' massage riverside, which is well worth it. We were sad to leave the next morning, but we will be back! The impeccable service, beautiful countryside, and beautiful Bahía de las Águilas are worth a regular visit. Thank you to everyone on the staff for a wonderful anniversary experience!

I was on a road trip with my cousins through the South and we stopped here to see if they had any vacancy's after a recommendation from a friend. To our luck they were able to accommodate us. It is a little pricey but I will say you get what you pay for because the view is truly amazing. Our room was clean and the beds were comfortable. We spent hours at night talking by the pool and Jacuzzi. The staff was excellent. They checked on us every few minutes to make sure we were okay and brand our drinks straight to us. We definitely plan to go back and I would recommend it to everyone visiting the area.

Having heard/read great things about the place and the restaurant, we decided to stop for lunch on our way back from Bahia de las Aguilas. The female hostess was very courteous and proceeded to take us to the restaurant where they accommodated our party. Four of us ordered the dish called The Dominican Flag which consists of rice, beans, and meat but were told by the waiter to pick something else since that was too "complicated" for the kitchen and would take an hour to prepare. A bit baffled we decided to change our dishes. Upon asking if it contained onions (she's allergic to it) one member of out party ordered the avocado toast with the pico the gallo on the side. After ordering our food and drinks four of us went to the pool only to be called by a man who appeared to be the manager and told to get back to our tables because our food was ready. I was surprised because we had only been there for 15 minutes and the entrees had not arrived. We went back to our table, where there was no food whatsoever. After waiting for 20 minutes i asked the waiter where was the food that supposedly was ready but he had no clue. The hostess apologetically told us the pool was only for paying guests. Since we were paying for our food, im guessing she meant only for guests of the hotel. Which explained why were told the food was ready when it wasn't. It was simply to get us out of the pool (3 people out of 8). I just don't understand why the man had to lie. All he had to do was tell us about this rule and we would had simply returned to our table. After waiting for another 25 minutes, we got the avocado toast with the onions on top. We told the waiter we had specifically asked without it. He didn't seem to care. At this point (50 minutes or more) we just wanted to eat and leave. My Panini Prensado came without the salad. I had to ask for the menu and show the waiter it clearly stated it came with a side salad in order to get it. I also had to remind him of the bottle of water I had ordered upon arrival and had not received. Overall the food was simply eatable (the penne was overcooked and not al dente). We ate quickly looking forward to leave this unwelcoming place. We ordered the bill only to find out they were charging us for things we had not consumed. After telling the waiter what was wrong and what was missing, it took them another 15/20 minutes to figure it out. Beautiful location but horrible service. Definitely not stopping there again.

The casa bonita is certainly one of the most beautiful lodges to stay in the entire Dominican Republic. Hidden in the forest, but not remotely far away from "life", this small boutique hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing vacation: Great food & drinks, a large infinity pool, great service, a spa and rooms directly in the jungle - just great. We had the large suite with our own infinity pool, it was just great! The staff is very nice, the owner is taking very good care of his guests and the place. We will come back!!

Casa Bonita is a beautiful place to stay, very quiet if you're looking to rest and have a peaceful vacation, I had an awesome room with with a nice clean king size bed a beautiful balcony with a great view, having the best of both worlds, the mountains and the sea. the room service was excellent, but they need to improve the restaurant service, drinks, food, etc.

Carretera De La Costa Km 17 Barahona Barahona

Hotel highlights

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge places you 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from San Rafael Beach and 9.6 mi (15.5 km) from Old Central Park. This 4-star hotel has 13 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. In central Barahona, the hotel is also within a 30-minute drive of Barahona Central Park and Los Patos Beach.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free cooked-to-order breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. This hotel is home to a fine-dining restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends at the free daily manager's reception.


Rooms

All 13 individually decorated rooms provide balconies, iPod docks, and refrigerators. Guests can expect free WiFi and 40-inch plasma TVs with satellite channels. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and down comforters, and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, free toiletries, and bathrobes. Other amenities include minibars, free bottled water, and ceiling fans.


Property features

At Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a lazy river. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 280 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include an outdoor tennis court, free WiFi in public areas, and a terrace.

Room options

Deluxe King

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Ocean View Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Villa Bonita

King 1 | Sleeps 6

River Suites

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 314 reviews