Hotel Reina Cumayasa Hotel 0 star
Km 12 Carretera La Romana, Dominican Republic
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Far from the huge resorts of Punta Cana or the festive air of activity in Juan Dolio, this small and charming hotel offers a very pleasant stay, ideal for a honeymoon. If you seek a peaceful stay, this is your absolute choice.

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    Location 3.68 /10

    The Reina Cumayasa is located in a vast, isolated area, without any neighbouring facilities. Like the general road network on the island, the 4-mile road that leads to the hotel's property is not in very good condition (potholes, etc.). Facing Catalina Island, between the mouth of River Cumayasa and the Caribbean Sea, this hotel is located 7.5 miles from the port town of San Pedro de Macoris and within one hour from the airports of La Romana and Las Americas. It takes at least two hours by bus from the airport at Punta Cana.

    Accommodation

    Only 50 rooms are housed in the two buildings. The 13 rooms and the "President" suites are located in the central, colonial style part, symmetrically constructed on two floors, to the left and to the right, and a three-storey central part. The "Ambassador" suites are housed in another building, not far from the mouth of the river. The huge (645 to 860 ft²) "Ambassador" suites have a living room, a terrace overlooking the sea (in some), a king-size bed, a dressing room, a bath with a bathtub and a shower. All rooms have air-conditioning, cable TV, a telephone, a safe, a mini bar, a hair dryer and a air-conditioned bathroom. Ask for the suites instead of the standard rooms, which are sometimes too dark.

    Overview

    This small, colonial-style hotel is composed of two buildings surrounded by a tropical garden. The main building, on the reception level, has a rounded colonial style architecture with imperial accents. The second building, salmon coloured, houses the "Ambassador" suites. The entire combination creates a harmonious and yet contrasting architecture.
    The Reina hotel has a saltwater swimming pool, large enough for the hotel's capacity (one hundred people at most, even during peak season), a jacuzzi and a small private beach. The exterior of the Merengue does not echo too much, in order to spare the tranquility of the occupants. It is simple, animation is almost non-existent.
    Near the swimming pool, a stone, not cemented, path, ends abruptly at the edge of the sea. The view of the bay where you can see Catalina Island is gorgeous. There are no handrails, so beware of the 16 foot abyss and the sharp rocks opening under your feet!

    Food and drink

    The hotel has only one restaurant, which serves buffets for all three meals during the day. Open to the outside, overlooking the gardens of the hotel, the tables are arranged in a pleasant rotunda with pleasant architecture. You will regret the lack of choice. The cuisine is international, only the grill offers meat dishes every day. There is no snack service offered in the afternoon, but sweets (pastries, pies...) are served between 3 PM and 4:30 PM. Twice a week, evenings are organised outdoors around a theme (depending on the weather). Adjacent to the restaurant there is a bar built in circle, facing the reception and overlooking the swimming pool, perched on a small platform decorated with stone mosaic. You can be served directly on your deckchair.

    Beach

    We are unanimous on the key disadvantage of this hotel. In fact, a protected cove runs just right through the vegetation. The sand is fine, the water is clear, nothing particular. Access to the beach takes a long time because you must get off the plateau, walk through winding alleys to reach the small strip of dark sand, stretching below. However, the beach reveals its wild scenery and, if there is nobody, you might think it belongs only to you. Idlers may plunge into a sweet nap on a shadowed deckchair. But the serenity ends here.
    Fortunately, a catamaran which takes the hotel's customers to the island of Catalina (chartered by TO Switch) commutes everyday (from 9:45 AM to 4 PM); during an hour, hot and cold buffet is available, all drinks are included to the ticket price. Just below, you can revel in the white sand, the coconut trees and the rocks with exotic fish hiding and popping up, greeting lovers of exoticism.

    To know

    The Reina Cumayasa surprises at first with its location, isolated on a cliff in the wilderness, far from the noise and busy atmosphere of Juan Dolio, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. The clientele, 100% French (couples mostly), seem very pleased with the service and the friendliness of the hospitable staff. But you must really love serenity to make your decision and stay at this height! Believe us, this hotel, mainly for adults (without children), was designed specifically for lovers seeking peace and greenery. The hotel is not convenient for the elderly because the site is not safe, even a bit dangerous.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, aqua gym

    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • A charming hotel
    • Catalina Island and its paradise beaches are an hour away by catamaran
    • The reception and the staff

    disadvantages

    • The lack of activities
    • Its beach is too small
    • The road leading to the hotel is too long

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10