Hotel Hostal Dona Chava Hotel 2 star
Calle P N Hugson 5, antigua calle 2da, barrio Alcoa, Pedernales Pedernales, Dominican Republic -
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Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Haitian border, the Hostal Dona Chavain in Pedernales, a town that seems to be lost in the middle of nowhere, is an oasis of greenery with its adorable flower-filled patio in a haven of tranquillity. Of course, the comfort is limited, since there is no warm water and few facilities, but you're in Pedernales and not Punta Cana! You can count on a bit of an adventure but also on the charm of this friendly establishment.

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    Location 4.64 /10

    Located in the south-western part of the country on the border with Haiti, Pedernales is a charming fishing village 74 miles from Barahona and 198 miles from the airport of Santo Domingo. A footbridge spans the river to Anse-à-Pitres, marking the border with Haiti. This small town with a Wild West feel is the ideal starting point for heading off to explore the region, and in particular the superb beach of Bahia de las Aguilas and the high mountains of the Sierra de Baoruco, which rise 2,350m.

    Accommodation 6.45 /10

    The comfort is limited but you get used to it, plus, the authenticity of the place is nice, with its yellow cement floor, two colourful beds, a small framed painting, a mirror and a small desk. You won't have a lot of room but you will have a satellite television, air-conditioning doubling as a fan, and, of course, free Wi-Fi Internet access. However, there is no safe, fridge or balcony. The window looks out onto the flower-filled patio. The bathroom includes a toilet, a shower and two pieces of soap.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Opened in 2002, the Hostal Dona Chava is a one-storey house reminiscent of an Indian cabin where nature is omnipresent, starting with the flower-filled patio, with a hut in the middle where guests like to surf the the Internet (the Wi-Fi is free). You can hear the water running in the fountain and roosters singing in the morning. There are even orange trees. The 21 guest rooms stand behind a wooden guardrail.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    There is no restaurant but there is a breakfast service from 8:00am to 10:00am. It provides the perfect opportunity to sample the local speciality: mangu, a banana purée fried with onions and cheese.

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    For those who like to meditate, there is a special mezzanine for practising yoga. If you have your laptop with you, the Wi-Fi is free. Keep in mind that there is no hot water here (although it isn't icy either) but you quickly get used to this and might even find it refreshing, since the temperature often hovers around 30°C. Here's a titbit of information, the name Dona Chava is the name of the owner's mother-in-law.


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