My girlfriend and I went to Hotel Alegria during the "high season" of the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Very easy to get to via about a 30 minute cab ride from the Puerto Plata airport. The couple that runs the hotel are very friendly and accommodating ex-pats that will hang out with you at the relaxed but very nice hotel bar/restaurant every night. Made friends easily with other hotel guests due to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We were some of the only Americans there (many guests were Canadians and Europeans) which was actually quite refreshing. Hotel Alegria is really affordable too for the location, great service and everything else. We didn't do any of the kite-surfing or wind-surfing activities but never felt out of place.
We stayed in two different rooms both of which were simple but clean and pleasant. The hotel is right on the beach and a 10 minute walk to town, either via the main street or the beach itself. Supermarket Janet right around the corner from the hotel is convenient for water, beer, snacks, etc.
On a small road adjacent to the hotel near Supermarket Janet is a small open-air restaurant (can't remember the name) that serves one of the most amazing pork sandwiches we've ever had in our lives. Went there multiple times it was so good! Also a little further down the road, another small open-air restaurant/bar with great roasted chicken.
Avoid the massage parlor directly across from Hotel Alegria... worst massage ever.
Definitely recommend Alegria over other higher-priced hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Talking to other visitors staying at other places, we always felt like we made the right decision. Would definitely return if we visit Cabarete again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located family-run hotel with ideal beach location, ocean-view rooms, studios with kitchenettes, two-bedroom apartment, rooftop terraza with Jacuzzi, 24-hour front desk, great atmosphere and prices. All rooms have refrigerators, cable TV, free safes and free Wi-Fi Internet. Select rooms with A/C. Biggest grocery store in town and bank ATM just steps away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alegria Hotel Cabarete
- Hotel Alegria Cabarete, Dominican Republic