Hotel Todo Blanco Hotel 2 star
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Todo Blanco is a small hotel located right on the wonderful Las Galeras beach. When the sun is out, which let's face it, is practically every day in the Dominican Republic, the water (just seconds from your balcony) glows a bright turquoise that will keep you mesmerised for the best part of the day. For guests looking for the latest in state-of-the-art décor or facilities, Todo Blanco probably won't be your best bet. However, if all you're dreaming of is simple clean and bright accommodation right on one of the country's best beaches, then you've found it.

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      Todo Blanco   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 10.0 /10

    Surroundings: Todo Blanco 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. Todo Blanco is just across a small sand track to the main beach of Las Galeras.

    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.

    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 three 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 5.70 /10

    With only eight rooms, the site is tiny, so for travellers who aren't fond of staying at large resorts, then this is ideal. Every room has a sea view and balcony. Some rooms have a connecting balcony meaning that there is little privacy and if the neighbours happen to have a bunch of rowdy children, then you might regret staying here - it is best to enquire about your neighbours prior to booking.

    The rooms are extremely basic, and as the name of the hotel indicates, everything is white. Although the rooms are comfortable, they are outdated and in need of a bit of a makeover. Some rooms have a double bed (queen-size), others have twin beds and all rooms have bath tubs. There is a small fridge (empty) and an ancient A/C system. There are no bathroom products here so make sure to bring your own.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    Devoid of any frills, Todo Blanco, meaning 'all white' in English, is a little white block of rooms that sits in prime location right across the main beach of Las Galeras. The hotel sits in a beautiful natural garden, giving the site a little bit more privacy.

    There are no facilities to speak of apart from a lounge area with a small bar, television and a dining table for guests wishing to have a take-away meal closer to home.

    The hotel originally opened in 1993 and then was bought up by its current owners in 2006. The owners are Italian, as is the hotel manager, former diving instructor, Maurizio, who enjoys the sweet life out here in this corner of peaceful paradise.

    There is also complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. For guests coming by car, there is a private car park to the back of the hotel.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    Todo Blanco used to have a restaurant but it closed due to a discord with the owners. Now only breakfast is served here, which comprises your usual basics like bread, jams, cereal, tea, coffee and fresh fruit.

    The restaurant is located just in a large gazebo in the garden.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    Las Galeras beach is just across the sandy track that passes in front of the hotel. While the main beach is beautiful, there are also a number of smaller and more private coves to explore. The beach is also often lined with wooden fishing boats customised by their 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

    Like in most places in the Dominican Republic, there are three large carefree dogs onsite. Maurizio, the manager, makes sure that they remain friendly and calm.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access

    advantage

    • Location right across from Las Galeras beach in a beautiful exotic garden.
    • Wonderful sea views.

    disadvantages

    • The rooms, although clean, are outdated and could do with a refurbishment.

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