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Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

1- Horribly loud rap and reguetón with synthesizers and amplifiers in the courtyard/restaurant/pool area all day played by employees for themselves with no consideration for the guests.... this is from 10am to 10-11pm. Impossible to rest, read or relax..... I told the administration several times and they did nothing.

1- Musique rap et reguetón térriblement fort en utilisant des synthétiseurs et amplificateurs dans la cour au centre de l'hotel ou sont la piscine rt le restaurant. Impossible de se reposer tranquilement ou lire.... on peut l'écouter même du parking au dehors de l'hôtel. Ça arrive de 10h à 22/23h tous les jours. Je l'ai dis plusieurs fois a l'administration et ils n'ont rien fait.

2- I stayed here four nights and they did not change the towels even once.

2- J'ai passé quatre jours dans cet hôtel et on n'a pas changé les serviettes même une fois.

3- The electronic safe inside the room did not work and they did nothing to solve this until the day before I left. Even then, their solution was to give me a copy of their master key. I told them about the issue since I first arrived. I could only use it once.

3-  Le coffre-fort electronique ne fonctionnait pas et je n'ai pas pu l'utiliser que mon dernier jour à l'hôtel quand ils m'ont donné une clé pour l'utiliser manuellement. Je leur au dit du problème depuis mon arrivée.

4- The only day they did not have loud music all throughout the day, they had a loud religious group from the United States having  religious activities and music in the restaurant, which is a common area. They rent out the restaurant, which is a common area, to groups, this means you can't use the restaurant which is open to the pool area..... or you have to sit in the middle of their activities and be forced to listen to whatever they are doing.

4- Le seul jour ou on n'a pas eu du rap tres fort ils ont ou des services religieux avec un group des Etats-Unis toute la journeé au restaurant qui est ouvert à la piscine.

5- There is only one other restaurant in the area a few blocks away.... so to eat, you only have two poor options..... the hotel restaurant, La Roca,  or the other restaurant where the owner said they could not offer desserts because they go bad since they have frequent power outages and the dairy products spoil.

5-  Il n'y a qu'un autre restaurant près de l'hôtel a plusieurs rues de l'hôtel..... alors... il n'y a que deux choix pour manger.... le restaurant à l-hôtel ou La Roca.... a plusieurs rues.... ou la propietaire m'a dit qu'ils n'avaient pas de deserts parce que souvent ils n'avainent pas d'électricité pour les réfrigérer.

6- You can't use the beach at the hotel because it is dirty and not nice... and did not seem very safe either. No tourists were there.

6- On ne peut pas utiliser la plage a l'hôtel parce qu'elle n'est pas bonne et elle est sale. Elle a aussi l'air d'être un peu dangereuse.... pas de touristes....

7- It's a shame because the hotel and the area have great potential if properly managed and exploited. The hotel itself is nice and you can tell they have recenly done some painting and refurbishing.  I visited Bahía de las Águilas, Lago Enriquillo, Laguna Cabral, Laguna de Oviedo.... and these are all beautiful places worth visiting. I suggest finding another hotel, though.... specially if you might want to stay and rest at the hotel one day.

7- C'est dommage parce que l'hôtel a du potentiel... il est beau.... J'ai visité Bahía de Las Águilas, Lago Enriquillo, Laguna Cabral, and Laguna de Oviedo. Ce sont des très beaux endroits..... je suggere de trouver un autre hôtel, sûrtout si vous voulez venir vous reposer pres de la tranquilité de la nature.

8- I recommend taking tours with Ecotours.... ask for David or Émaël. They might also be able to recommend a good hotel in the area.

8- Pour les tours guidés j'ai utilisé Ecotours.... demandez pour David ou Émaël... Ils pourront peut-être vous donner aussi des renseignements sur des autres hôtels.

9- This part of the country, in general, is poorly developed to receive tourists.....
 

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank Pablo P
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

I reviewed this place several years ago. I have now stayed there for a week each of the last 12 years. Still a great [lace. The shower water temp is still hit or miss, but the shower heads are better. We had a new window AC unit that was fantastic. The Wifi was the best across the grounds that it has ever been. The only thing not as good was the food. The buffet is still fantastic, but previously we had the buffet every morning and evening. This year there was no evening buffet. I assume it had to do with time of year or hotel capacity. We have had to eat from menus for one meal a couple of times before, but every night this trip. They don’t have probably half of what is on the menu. But more importantly, even though the menu is reproduced in english and spanish with some pictures, you might not get whet you ordered and it might not be very good. All 5 of us reordered the same 2 or 3 things several nights and ate out for pizza twice that week.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank 389mickv
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

Before I get into the review, I highly advise getting mosquito repellant because there will always be mosquitos in the room.

There are several reasons why I am giving this hotel a low rating. If it were not for the awesome employees, I would have given this hotel 1 star. I will start off with the positive note.

Positive:
As stated in the hotel details, they have a working television with around 120 channels (mostly Spanish), a working air conditioner that operates fine, however some of them are not that effective at keeping the room cold (I know this because I was hanging out in my friends room), their Wifi works, the cleanliness of the bathroom is moderate, the shower works, there is a great view of the hotel if you choose the view on pool side ( but it can be really loud at night time due to parties, I don't mind that). If you paid for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is included and all you can eat. The food is decent. They left two cards on the table in your room, and you should use it if you want to have your bed sheets change. The pool is decent, nobody uses it until its around the afternoon to night.

Negative:
Even though the bathroom was decently clean, the room itself was not. I wanted to go to sleep so I took the top layer of the blanket off, but upon taking it off, the sheets looked disgusting. There were some dead bugs on it, leg hair left from the last guest, and brown marks all over the white sheets. After seeing this, I started to investigate around the area. I checked the other bed to see if it had the same results, and indeed it did. I checked under the beds for bugs, there were none, just some trash swept under there. I checked the floor, there is a lot of dust and several dead flies, almost as if the room hasn't been checked in days. The phone I have in my room did not work because it was missing a wire. The Wifi works, but it is very choppy. The towels in the bathroom had yellow and brown marks on them, like it was used before and put right back onto the rack. When I gave these complaints to the employees that work there, they quickly resolved the problem giving me new sheets, I was happy. However I blame the person that is in charge. Your suppose to check each room and see if its up to standards before giving it out, not let the customers find out about it when they arrive. You are the last line of defense before complaints are sent. Apparently not in this guest. Also, my friends room smelled like sewage, absolutely disgusting.

Things that I highly disliked:
I came to the Dominican Republic at Barahona to visit my friends and relax, I came here to have fun and explore. I came here to forget about school and work. How can I do that if I always have to worry about security being right behind my back? Im talking about the person wearing the blue T-shirt, cargo shorts, with the identification card hanging around their neck. If I want to have my friends visit me and stay in my room, then let them be there. Why do you have to keep tailing behind my back like a hawk? If you have a problem with it, come say it to my face instead of telling your employees to do it since they are clearly busy. You could have clearly stated what is acceptable or not acceptable on the hotel details before my arrival, or better yet, leave a card in the room telling me what are the rules. If my friends were being belligerent, aggressive and problematic, I would understand, however they were not. I never had this problem when I was staying in hotels at Japan, Hong Kong, or the United States.

IMPORTANT:
TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF EVERYTHING RELATED TO THE HOTEL. When I was checking out, I was questioned to pay the full balance, even though I paid online. I showed the employee the full payment I made, and he apologized for the problem.

Again, I just want to state that the employees were really nice and friendly, except the guard that was stalking me. I got to learn their names and a little bit about their history. It was great meeting them. Most of them speak Spanish. If it were not for their positive attitude, I would have given a lower rating.

Room tip: If you choose the pool area, its has a great view of hotel, but it can get pretty loud at night.
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank echow1994
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Costa Larimar hotel in Barahona has a great location. The pool has a pool bar and the view is really good. The rooms are average (for the area) and have A/C. The check in line was extremely slow (only one person in the counter) and spent over 30 minutes. Found out that some rats ate the bathroom soap and there were rat droppings throughout the room. After reporting the “issue”, was changed to a different room without extra roommates. Decided to hit the restaurant and after a 30-minute wait received a meatless Cuban sandwich (it had a tiny pice of ham). There were two cats roaming in the restaurant; no idea why. At least the beer was cold and the price was reasonable. Well, the hotel still in a nice location and hopefully they can take care of the extra visitors soon.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled on business
Thank Guisum
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

We stayed here for a week at the end of January. The hotel is clean and the buffets are pretty good for this area. The beach beyond the property is not clean - but the sunrises are exquisite! Stay at the pool - but watch out for the gnats and mosquitos - they are brutal! Bar service is very slow and english is not on the menu. The front desk staff and dining area staff are very nice and helpful.

Room tip: Choose a room on the pool side. The clubs up the street play loud beat music late into the night.
Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Thank thomasjY860OV
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