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Casa Marina Beach  

Sosua, Puerto Plata

Acceptable hotel
Posted by: Benoit DESFOSSES  on Oct 19, 2011
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#2 of 26 Hotels in Sosua

user rating 2.7

based on 13 review(s)

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Casa Marina Beach all inclusive 3-star Resort Attractively built on a private reef transformed into a natural sun deck.

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Casa Marina Beach Review: 2.7 of 5 13 review(s)
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All in all we were ok with Casa Marina
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User Rating:  Casa Marina Beach Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  JC  on Feb 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Feb, 2009
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After reading all the reviews, I was not sure what to expect when we arrived at the Casa Marina. Most loved it or hated it. Not many in the middle. Well, I'm in the middle. It's a very nice resort. There are many great things here but also things that need drastic improvement. The first thing I would recommend to anyone is to skip the transfers and save yourself some money. Expedia wanted 15 bucks per person each way. We saw several people that were on our flight, arrive at the resort over and hour after we did because they waited for there transfer. There were 4 of us we walked out of the airport, got a taxi and were at the resort in 10 minutes for only 25 bucks. That's a savings of 35 bucks right off the bat. Upon arriving at the resort, we had no trouble checking in. We were given a refreshing rum punch. I tipped the desk clerk which is always a good idea (and proved useful later). We were taken right to our rooms. This is really the only bad part of the resort. The rooms are really in need of updating. Now, don't get me wrong, they are clean, but just worn out. Now they have the rooms set up with a card system. Once you open your door with your key card, you have to slip it into a slot to get the AC and the lights to work. This means that your AC is only on when you are in the room. This is just not acceptable. The room when we got there was hot and stuffy. We put the card in and over and hour later it was still pretty warm. I went to complain and pretty much thanks to my tipping him, the desk clerk gave me an extra key. I found out that this is usually not done. With the extra key we were able to keep the AC running so the room was always cool when we came back. The dresser drawers were so mildewy that we could not put our clothes in them. Not to big a deal as we just hung up my shirts and lived out of the suitcase. Still, the bathroom ceiling was starting to fall apart. The tiles need rerouting. There were 20 or 30, no exaggeration, cigarette burns on the bathroom sink counter.Good water pressure but hot water was crap shoot at best. You never knew when you were going to get it. It would not take much to improve these rooms. If the rooms were better, this could very easily be a 4 star resort. But with the rooms as they are, they are 2.5 at best.

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I would not really suggest this resort to a friend
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User Rating:  Casa Marina Beach Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Francine  on Feb 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2009
616 people found this review helpful

Arrival: Am there now, Feb. 2009
Dropped off at reef section but we all had rooms in the beach section - had to drag our suitcases to other reception area

No hairdryers in the rooms, no frigs, bathroom fixtures old. No hot water at all in the night, say after 11 p.m. Given 2 bottles of water first day - after that, it's up to you to fill them

Restaurants and Bars
No complaints about food - actually very good but the staff do the bare minimum - all they do is clear the tables of dirty dishes - they don't bring you wine or drinks or coffee or anything - it's all help yourself. They are not friendly - don't interact at all!!

There are 2 beaches but one is closed!!! High waves have washed sand away - they say surf is dangerous - they don't let anyone on it so therefore, there are no watersports at all!!! The other beach in the reef section is open - depending where you room is, that could be a long walk - you must go down a steep, rickedie set of stairs - no good for someone with mobility problems. There are 5 pools - they are nice but right now, water is cold in pools. The grounds are well-kept

Other Comments
The nightly entertainment is top-notch!!! They are wonderful dancers - beautiful costumes. High waves at the one beach that is open, it is dangerous for children with the high surf - it is a public beach but very few vendors on beach.- it is difficult getting into the water without being toppled over. I would not really suggest this resort to a friend unless they were really limited financially - really you would be better off spending a little more money to be a little happier with your vacation!! I am here & will just make the best of it.

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I would give this resort a 7.5 and would go back
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User Rating:  Casa Marina Beach Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Carol  on Jan 1, 2009  >  7 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
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Arrival: Dec.29 thru Jan. 5
Upon arriving in peurta plata airport it was very confusing on where to go and what to do next as there was no guideance us upon arrival paperwork was handed to us not knowing what to do with it.. after we worked our way through arrivals we were welcomed by our nolitours van which took us to our destination in sosua

We checked in and found out our rooms which we had reserved with ocean view for extra money were not available. our party was of 4 and were to be roomed close together..they were booked on separate floors.rooms were fine no fridge for drinks in rooms or on the premises .we left small gifts and tips everyday in our rooms which helped in the rooms being cleaned and very tidy when we arrived back each day.spend the extra 15 bucks for a room safety deposit box to keep all valuables locked safely inside.hopfully you dont mind cold showers because that is what you get usually. i believe i had two lukewarm showers in the 7 nights we were there.the ocean and pools were warmer !!!do not drink water from rooms ..there are designated clean drinking areas for drinking and filling up water botttles for your room. you receive 2 full water bottles first day..thats keep the bottles for hairdyers but clean towels daily and complimentary soaps and shampoos for showering.. rooms were air conditoned and very cool ...pillows and mattress were very uncomfortable but by the end of the day of swimming & sunshine it didnt really matter by then !!

Restaurants and Bars:
Lots of bars and places to eat food was pretty decent we had freshly made omlettes and eggs made everyday instead of opting for the usual buffet we also booked 3 separate a-la-cartes for a nice change for dinners.. make sure if you want alcohol in your mixed drinks.ask for it..or you will just receive the mix !!!the theatre had some great live shows at night worth seeing

The grounds were very nice always clean and well maintained by the friendly workers pools very clean and not busy usually.. you need to be prepared to get your pool towels before 9 am if you want to place them on chairs of your choice by the pools or the beach.chairs went very fast usually before 11 am.beaches were clean and no locals bugging you not allowed on the reort beaches or grounds the smaller jacuuzzi like pools overlooking the ocean were pretty cool water games and areobics daily if you are interested

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