Hotel El Marinique Hotel 2 star
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Calle Malecon #10, Las Galeras, République dominicaine Las Galeras, Dominican Republic -
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Just off the main road of the beachside village of Las Galeras, the small hotel, El Marinique, is very simple but has one of the best sea views you'll get in the area. Run by an expatriate French Canadian lady, the hotel has several types of accommodations located in a lovely green garden that sits right on the edge of the beach. The restaurant, also in the garden, is also a good one to try in the day for its beach views. The accommodation needs a fresh lick of paint and a change of furniture in the villas. Otherwise a good base to explore the rest of the area from.

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      El Marinique   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      El Marinique   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 10.0 /10

    Surroundings: El Marinique is located in Las Galeras, a small festive fishing village by the sea in the Samana Peninsula in the north east of the Dominican Republic. The village comprises two main streets lined with bed and breakfasts, shops and restaurants. The main road leads right to the main beach, Playa Las Galeras. The hotel is just door to La Isleta (see our review).

    It is possible to reach Playa Rincon, a long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters, in 15minutes by boat and about 20 minutes by car. Playa Madama and Playa Fronton can be reached in about 20 and 30 minutes respectively by boat from Playa Las Galeras.

    The nearest airport is El Portillo in Las Terrenas, however it runs very few international charters. There is a domestic airport in the town of Samana, and the international airport, El Catey, is just at the entrance to the peninsula, which is about four hours away from Las Galeras. The easiest way to access Las Galeras is to arrive in Santo Domingo, the capital, as with the new highway it takes two and a half hours to reach the peninsula. There is an efficient bus service run by Bahia Tours that leaves from Samana town to the capital. Puerto Plata is about three-four hours away by car.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    Only a small hotel, El Marinique has three cottages and two apartments and has been open for 25 years, which is when the hotel owner first settled in the country. The cottages are perpendicular to the two-storey apartments and are the most pleasant of the accommodation. More typical of the local style, the wooden cottages comprise a room and bathroom, whereas the apartments have an open-plan kitchen and living area downstairs and the bedroom upstairs.

    The flats need a renovation. Dark and outdated, the garish furniture, like the stained sofas and chipped furniture need to go. Otherwise the kitchen is fully equipped in both flats. There is a terrace on the ground floor and a balcony upstairs looking out to the beautiful turquoise waters of the Atlantic. It is worth noting that there is no air-conditioning but there are ceiling fans in the rooms.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The hotel is located slightly off the main road in a very pretty natural garden; guests will notice an enormous tree that looks like a Banyan tree species - Marinique, the owner of the hotel, planted it about a quarter of a century ago. The cottages and apartments line the garden's edge and face the sea. Apart from the restaurant and the complimentary Wi-Fi, there are no other facilities to speak of, like at most hotels in the area.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    We didn't try the restaurant here, but there is a small stone pavilion closer to the beach. Open all day, guests can buy drinks and snacks here. Breakfast is also served here for guests who have opted for the B&B option. There are also various restaurants and cafés to try in the surroundings. We recommend sampling grilled fish caught that morning at the blue wooden contraption close to the beach. Absolutely delicious.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    The beach is just at the end of the road a minute's walk away. Las Galeras beach is the main one in the area, although there are a number of smaller and more private coves to explore. The beach here is beautiful - expect golden sand and bright turquoise waters. The beach is also often lined with wooden fishing boats customised by this charismatic owners, who you will find resting along the beach during the afternoon siesta.

    La Playita is another fairly popular beach in Las Galeras and is about 10 minutes' walk from the hotel. It is located off the main road at the end of a dirt track. The beach is clean, with the iconic Caribbean fine golden sand and sparkling turquoise waters, however, for those looking for something more idyllic, we suggest heading a little further from the main hubbub of the scuba school, restaurant and parasols planted by sun-loungers that line the beach.

    To know

    El Marinique closes annually from April to December. Guests need also be aware that the owner has several dogs that are harmless but are left to run around freely.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

    advantage

    • Location.
    • Views.

    disadvantages

    • In need of a bit of DIY.

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