Hotel Villas Mariposas Hotel 3 star
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Pueblo de los Pescadores, Las Terrenas, République dominicaine Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic -
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The Villas Mariposas is located across the street from the beach in Las Terrenas on the Samana Peninsula. A small resort hotel of very basic bungalow accommodation in a leafy garden with a main pool and bar, the hotel is the ideal option for groups of friends or families on a small budget. Villas Mariposas is more of a base to explore the region from rather than somewhere you would spend entire days.

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      Villas Mariposas   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 9.76 /10

    Villas Mariposas is located right in the heart of Las Terrenas just across the street from the main beach. In the neighbourhood, there are lots of bars, restaurants and accommodations of varying standards. The hotel sits in a small alley away from the main road, so it is rather quiet.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    Apart from the pool bar, where natural fruit juices are pressed by smiling friendly staff, there isn't really a formal restaurant. Meals can be organised onsite with at least two days' advance warning, however, there are a number of places to eat along the Las Terrenas strip. The bar is open for breakfast and serves drinks throughout the day.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The 14 bungalows are all on two floors and have either three or five bedrooms, hence why it is ideal for groups. The bungalows can also be split up and rooms can be rented separately depending on availability. They are fully equipped with kitchens and outdoor barbecue areas on the terrace - each bungalow has one plancha (hot plate) to share between all guests. There are a couple of sun loungers in the front garden for sunbathing. All bungalows have air-conditioning and fans and the bathrooms all have showers (as opposed to bathtubs). There are no toiletries, so lake sure you bring your own. On the ground floor there is a living area with a sofa bed, either an old generation or flat-screen television and a safe (complimentary). Windows are covered with mosquito nets.

    In the second part of the complex, there is a second quieter pool for the studio rooms; breakfast is included in the price of the studio rooms.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    The beaches in Las Terrenas are some of the best in the country. Expect to find fine golden sand lining fluorescent blue waters for miles. The beach is just across the road from the hotel and is lined by small restaurants and bars and although the area is fairly animated in comparison to other areas of the Dominican Republic, it remains fairly manageable, especially off-peak.

    To know

    Built in 1998 as the Paloma Hotel, it was later, in 2009, that it was taken over by Marcel, a French expatriate, as is the case for most hotels in Las Terrenas, and opened as Villas Mariposas. The hotel is extremely simple. Split into two parts, the bungalows are located around the pool and in the garden behind the pool area. Apart from a bar that is open throughout the day and a pool (including smaller pool for children), there are no other facilities to speak of. The bar also doubles up as a snack bar; meals can be served but only upon request and with at least two days' advance warning. Adjacent to the pool there is an aquarium with fish and turtles to keep the kids entertained. The hotel has free wireless internet.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • The staff is very friendly and welcoming.
    • Although very basic, the bungalows are spacious.
    • Located just across the road from Las Terrenas beach.

    disadvantages

    • The bungalows could do with a bit more of a personal touch.
    • The pool area tends to get fairly crowded when the hotel is busy.

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