- Reviews: 5
Rocky's: An Interesting Place to Stay or Eat
Marc Beland the owner of Rocky's, is a nice host. I enjoyed him a great deal. He hosts a restaurant with very moderate prices, serving American cuisine. His food and beverage/kitchen is quite good whether you yearn for a good cheese burger and fries, a super cheesy pizza, great ribs, etc. Many expatriates consider Rocky's the place to be for dinner. His young associate, Issac, a Brit raised in the Canary Islands is a very pleasant person to meet. Ask him about his mom and dad, and their experiences growing up in Liverpool.
The hotel section is in back and is a group of little simple duplex style bungalow rooms. The accommodations are simple, clean, and only one or two are airconditioned. Quite simply, it is tourist class or sparse, but adequate. In the rate range of $22.00 - $30.00 per night, it's a good value. Rocky's has multiple computers available for e-mail, and general searches for a reasonable fee. For those wishing more deluxe accommodations, Marc offers nice condos with all the amenities on a weekly basis starting at $210.00 per week. These are located a short distance away from his restaurant, bar, and guest rooms on Dr. Rosen. The condos would be perfect for families or those seeking a more resort feel with the amenities, pool, etc.
Marc, Issac, the staff, and the people you meet are great. Rocky's is near all the hot spots, i.e. very centrally located, and convenient.
- Reviews: 256
HOTEL ROMANOFF: SIMPLE BUT CUTE
I got to know the manager or owner of this hotel and once walked in to look for him.... The place looks very simple but has its very own charm, it is kind of a labyrinth when you walk through the garden trying to find somebody or the swimming pool. The swimming pool turned out to be much bigger than I anticipated.... It's somewhat reminiscent of the Hotel on the Waterfront except that you have to walk about 5 minutes or less to reach the beach..... From the architecture it is also typical "Dominican made", without much of an upgrade in the past 25 years probably. Also a very tempting alternative for budget travellers and backpackers.... The lady owner is from Britain, he is Dominican. So expect "English spoken" and english breakfast even though you wonder why this place has its name from the Russian Czar Dynasty......
Nice pool for such a "simple and humble" place, nothing "outstanding" but you probably get a much friendlier and homy treatment than in the 200+ room mass tourist bunkers.....
- Reviews: 256
WATERFRONT HOTEL: ANOTHER LOST IN TIME FAIRY TALE
If you read my "Cute Hotels on Rosen" tip, then this one is the last in the line, right on, you guessed it, the waterfront.... It was there already when I first came to Sosua eons ago, seems as some Dominican entrepreneur had the vision and foresight to chose Sosúa as a future tourist destination and built his hotel in the typical low key Dominican way 25 or more years ago when these kind of bungalows were in and which are so outdated today..... I haven't looked much inside and don't want to really judge but for a once top hotel on the beach this one seems to be asleep like the fairy tale beauty....It seems as if there had not been one remodeling or upgrade all these years even though the place does not seem rundown , just out of touch with Sosúas reality of today.....
The bar and the pool area are OK and the beach is right there... prices are low, very low..... I can't imagine the rooms being overly modern inside by the way the bungalows look from the outside...
I guess it may be a good choice for budget travellers who want the ocean at their doorstep.....
The Waterfront is an oddity.... I have 100 ideas what could be done with all this area so close to the beach.... Some upgrading and modernization and some good marketing and this hotel flies high..... But I guess prince charming on the white horse ( investors money ) has not reached the end of the fairy tale yet and hasn't had a chance to kiss the sleeping beauty....
- Reviews: 256
ROCKYVALERIAPARAISOGARDENANNELIESE: CUTE PLACES ON CALLE DR. ROSEN
Calle Dr. Rosen was a quaint nice street back in 1985... It actually still is and since then 3 hotels have opened shop here, see pics 2 , 3 and 4..... 1 and 5 existed already in 1985 and these two have not changed in the past 22 years... Incredible... and incredible for me to see that the hotel Oasis where my exwife and I stayed for 2 and a half months ( Jan to end of March 1985 ) is still there under a new name, Rocky's. Pic 1 shows our room from the outside when we had our first Sosua experiences. Calle Dr. Rosen starts at the main Carretera, crosses Calle Pedro Clisante, a few meters down on the right side is Rocky's (I recommend for budget travelers) , then the street makes a sharp left turn and goes straight all the way to the ocean. If you continue this direction, you'll soon see Hotel Casa Valeria on the right side, a very nice small hotel in the lower middle class price range. A few meters down the street there is Paraiso Hotel on the left and Garden Hotel on the right. Don't know them really but they seem ok for budget travellers..... Continuing your walk, you cross Calle Alejandro Martinez and soon get to the end of the street, but before that you'll find Pension Anneliese on your right , German run since eternities and Hotel Waterfront ( look at extra tip for this one ) which used to be one of the biggest and poshest hotels in Sosua some 23-25 years ago.... All hotels mentioned in this tip are for budget travellers....
All hotels mentioned here have swimming pools except Rocky's which on the other hand is closer to the "Pedro Clisante action". Otherwise, being relatively cheap priced hotels you shouldn't expect many or any unique qualities They're all quiet and pretty centrally located and don't cater to mass tourism..... Pension Anneliese, for example, is known for being a simple place but has the personal and unformal, almost family like treatment for its patrons, something you might miss in the big hotels....
- Reviews: 7
Apart Hotel Club Residencial: Nice alternative for those big resorts
This apartment hotel got it all if you want to experience the Dominican Republic not from within a large en crowded all-inclusive tourist factory. We've been there in 1997 and it was lovely. Residencial is a small scale apartment hotel where your co-tourists are Dominican and/or foreign people whom are living and working for some time on the island. It's cosy and facilities are good. We had a well equipped apartment with living room, open kitchen and bedroom with 2 double beds. There was a well working air-conditioning that you really need when you are trying to sleep in such a warm climate. We where there for almost 18 days or so and had nothing to complain about.
It is a while back but I would really like to give VT members an alternative for all those big resorts where you don't have any contact with the locals and their culture.
Air co and two swimming pools just few meters away from our apartment. Friendly staff and management. Clean and well equipped. They have a back-up generator which is also very useful because when we where there there where multiple glitches in electricity network in Sosua. And when an accommodation doesn't have proper power back-up facilities it tends tot get a little warm in your apartment without air co.
- Reviews: 256
HOTEL DON ANDRES: Seems to be a cute hotel...
This little hotel under Dutch management ( I like the managers last name....) seems to be a nice place to stay.... simple swimming pool in the center court , 30 seconds walk to the beach , has its own restaurant and seems not to be pretentious at all....
I didn't ask for the price but from the looks and in comparasion with other hotels it looks like 70 U$ for a couple , 50 U$ for a single. It looks like lower middle class hotel pricewise , I could be wrong too It's the simple but clean place for singles , couples or families or parties of four on a budget tour through the Carribean... I don't have many pictures of it but I have seen it a lot since it was shortly before my beauty hotel on my way home. It's located at the corner of Calle Alejo Martinez and Calle David Stern.
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Looks simple , nice and priceworthy. Good location on quite street and very short walk only to next beach.
- Reviews: 256
SOSÚA BY THE SEA , MY ROOM: Some more of the beach front beauty
I already mentioned that the rooms in the Hotel Sosúa By The Sea are somewhat simple but there is nothing that's missing. Nice and comfty bed , air condition that will freeze you if you want so , TV for the hooked and bored who don't know about the joys of reading a good book ( I pride myself , I didn't even turn the boob tube on once during my stay ), a safe ( minus point ! ) that you can only use if you rent the safe key at 1 U$ per day ( booooo !!! ) , the fridge where I kept my soft drinks, fruit juices and doggy bags from the restaurants , nice and cool tiles on the floor, great view and especially the shower with a very strong water jet , heaven when you are sweaty after a whole day of walking around in the sun.....
I liked my room very much and who needs glamoury, kitschy luxury...?
Your room is your peaceful island on the peaceful island. So , know how to appreciate it .....
- Reviews: 1
Pension Anneliese: Privat Hotel at the north coast
Facing the ocean with beach,in a quite dead-end road,
only 5 minutes walk to the wonderful main beach and center of sosua.
Many options for shopping and entertainment in the charming village.
Pension with 10 rooms,reception,breakfast-terrace with oceanview.
Garden with swimmingpool,sun terrace,sun chairs,umbrellas and poolbar
Comfortable rooms with shower,WC,ceilingfan,safty deposit box,
privat balcony or terrace parciel oceanview.
The best breakfast in town!!!!
Sport and Entertainmant:
Watersports like diving,sailing,surfing,waterskiing at the beach.
Excursions accross the county to dicover land and meet the people can
be arranged by the management.
Pension Anneliese also has its own RENT CAR
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