Hotel Villa Taina3.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
This is a relatively small hotel, which is located right on the beach in Cabarete. The staff are very friendly and helpful. My wife and I enjoyed watching the kite surfers in the late afternoon. There are several good restaurants within walking distance of Hotel Villa Taina. The hotel restaurant offers a good buffet breakfast for $10. There is also a good Belgian bakery just down the main street. Plenty of tours from which to choose. Taxi ride from the airport in Puerta Plata is only $25. We received a room upgrade, which included a large living room and balcony. Great vacation.
My wife and I booked this hotel through Groupon and were generally satisfied. We're not "all-inclusive resort types," so the most appealing attribute to us was the convenient location within close walking distance to many restaurants and shops. While we didn't book an ocean view room, we did upgrade to a "comfort room." I believe this was the same room referenced in the "Be careful what room you get" review as our room, #21, was located above the lobby and along the roadway with a view of the side of an adjacent building. The street noise was, understandably, much more noticeable our first night (Sat) than it was the rest of our nights (Sun-Wed). If you want to spend a lot of time in your hotel room, I recommend you avoid this room. If you're like us and don't care to spend a lot of time in your room, the savings may be worthwhile. I will say the room was clean and reasonably appointed; and, the service, particularly at the front desk, was very good. A few additional notes: 1. The hotel restaurant/bar, Serenade, is decent. The breakfast buffet is a bit overpriced, so if it's not included with your room there are a couple of nice, less expensive options just a short walk down the street. Or, you can buy some breakfast food at one of the nearby markets (see #3 below). 2. They charge you a 1,000 DOP (~$20 US)/towel deposit for beach towels during your stay. We didn't have any problems getting our deposit back at check-out...just make sure you have the money at check-in and don't lose your deposit receipt. 3. There's a small market just a ~min walk down the street East of the hotel. There's a larger grocery store, Janet's, another ~10 min walk further down the street from the small market. You can buy basic goods at both places, as well as snacks and alcohol, for much less than you'll pay at the hotel restaurant. 4. It's a production to charge food and drinks to your room. To do so, you need to a) "Open an account" at the front desk and then b) give your credit card to the bartender for swiping/filing. Even when you are able to charge to your room, you can't add tips to the charge so you still have to carry cash with you. It's kind of annoying, especially when you're at the beach in your wet swimsuit. That said, they never gave us a hard time for bringing our own drinks to the public areas/beach, so if you're just drinking, see #3 above. 5. The mattresses were SUPER firm in our room. It's almost like they forgot to put the mattress on the box-spring. 6. There isn't a coffee pot or water heater in the room, so if you're a caffeine addict you'll have to get your fix elsewhere. 7. My wife got a massage at the spa and said it was decent, particularly for the price.
The hotel could not be better located, close to the restaurants and as close to the beach as you can get. The staff are extremely helpful and do everything they can to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. If you'r kiting it has storage available and choice of kite school within meters of entering the beach. There's a beach front bar and restaurant which offers a excellent rage of options, A short walk up the beach there are a host of good restaurants and bars. The hotel is split into two blocks one facing the sea and the other the road, if you want a sea view you have to book it as the hotel is extremely popular.
We checked in last night and are VERY DISAPPOINTED in the room we received. I knew I didn't book ocean view...but the room we got has a view of a WALL! And it is right over the lobby with TONS of street noise...horns...motorcycles...alarms...all night long. Not the relaxing vacation I imagined. The room itself is fine. Clean and nice....but I feel from the pictures presented and the room we got that I was a victim of bait and switch. They said we could switch but it would cost more. We are a family that does not have ability to take vacations often...then to save up to take a vacation to relax and to have a noisy room with a view of a wall is very disappointing.
This hotel is absolutely perfekt if you, like us, don't like resorts. It is small and cosy, right on the beach and everything just works. Relaxing but with all the service you need. The restaurant (Serenade) has the best people. They are always happy and and sweet, we are alread missing them. Good food and drinks.
I stayed here during a study abroad program. Our time in Cabarete was brief, and I did get to have some time on the beach. The room was clean, the spacing of the double beds was a little odd, and the shower was too warm. I think the cold water faucet was broken and I had to get up and out that morning. I cannot fault the staff for it. I just lacked enough time to complain, get it fixed, and make it to breakfast. The bed was comfy, which was a great thing.
second floor ocean view balcony is really "obstructed view" I wouldn't pay extra because your view is basically blocked by a big tiki hut roof. First day we had to have someone come to our room because we could not get the water to turn on in our shower. They fixed it in about an hour. After the first day they took the volleyball net down and I never got to play. We went to this area thinking it would be quite, relaxing and yet also have some local night life. There is a constant annoyance of locals trying to sell you garbage when you are trying to layout, read, and even while dining. Between the people trying to sing/play guitar during dinner & ladies trying to corn row my hair or give me a message it was not as relaxing as it could have been. My boyfriend did do the spa and the last minute hour massage was setup and he really enjoyed it.
Very friendly and service minded staff. Especially Lena! Great location! Thank you for our 2 weeks! We Will be coming back. If you like kite surfing its a perfect location. The breakfast is very Good with lots of fresh fruits.
Spent 2 nights at resort during the Cabarete Jazz Festival with my mother. We had one of the rooms on the top floor. Comfort Ocean Premium Room had a beautiful view of the beach and location was ideal to walk to restaurants and bars in town. Resort was clean and staff were friendly. Room was spacious and had nice simple decor. Easy to walk right down to beach and reResort is spread out over a few different buildings and there are no elevators in case mobility is a problem. Only downside is there was not much parking.
My wife and I had a great stay! We enjoyed the beach in front of the hotel and the convenience of the bar / restaurant just a few steps away. Also, having the water sports rentals there was awesome, they offered Paddle boards, kayaks, kite & surf boards. Kite surf lessons were available at the same location with expert instructors. Overall the perfect spot to enjoy them all!
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Hotel Villa Taina places you within a 15-minute drive of Encuentro Beach and Mundo King Art Museum. This 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 61 rooms and conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Playa Dorada is 22.1 mi (35.5 km) from this central Cabarete hotel.
Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
All 61 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, refrigerators, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Other amenities include hair dryers, safes, and phones.
Guests of Hotel Villa Taina have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Free parking is available if you drive. Multilingual staff is on hand to answer questions. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a meeting room, free use of bicycles, and wedding services.
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80% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 372 reviews