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Hostal Doña Chava: great place!
Hostal is the Spanish word for hostel but I don't know if I would call this place a hostel - I'd say it's a mix between hotel and hostel.
Hostal Doña Chava is a ecolodge style hotel in a residential area in Pedernales. The area is very pretty and very clean. Walk a few meters from the reception and you'll find a delightful patio where conversation among the guests is encouraged, although no alcoholic drinks and no domino playing are allowed.
The rooms aren't big but they're basic, clean and safe. The windows are covered with mosquito nets. Our room had a/c and a fan and cost 750 pesos per room per night including taxes. They offer rooms with and without a/c and if you book one with it, you're only allowed to use it between 8pm and 8am to save electricity (and let's face it, who's gonna be there in the afternoon when you can be at the beach?).
I've e-mailed Katia regarding questions and what not and she answers as quickly as possible and even take the time to make suggestions that can improve your stay. She'll accommodate you to the best of her abilities.
Hostal Doña Chava has a restaurant and bar area and their breakfasts are very tasty. All in all, a highly recommended place in a town where time doesn't go as fast as in the bigger "metropolis".
Because the hotel is in a residential area, you'll get peace and quiet but also a feel of how locals live. There's restaurants, colmados (convenience stores), and the bus stop to Barahona and Pedernales close by. They have fast Internet at 30 pesos per hour (a little less than 1 US) and laptop outlets.
They have continental breakfast (bread and butter, eggs, fresh fruit, juice and coffee) for 140 pesos (4 US) per person and Dominican breakfast (the same but with mangú [mashed plantains] instead of bread) for 160 pesos (about 4.50 US) per person.
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