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The North Coast Hotels

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa


  • Architectural gem offering the full luxury, boutique experience
  • Glorious spa
  • Exceptional gourmet room (Lucia)


  • Can feel empty during the low season
  • Large suites could use a splash of color
  • Service is attentive but sometimes a bit off

Updated 03/12/2014

Fodor's Review

Georgeously designed by architect Sara Garcia, sophisticated Casa Colonial, a small property exuding refinement and relaxation on the quietest end of the long beach, is a surprise among the chockablock all-inclusives of Playa Dorada. In comparison to the design, however, the suites fall flat. They are very comfortable—with Frette linens and an inviting open bath-to-bedroom floor plan—but the suites that do not overlook the beach are not as stellar as the public areas.

The rooftop sundeck is close to heaven—an infinity pool and four warm Jacuzzis overlooking the ocean as well as an eatery here and on the ground floor facing the ocean; spa devotees will savor the Baqua Spa. In short, if you like exclusive boutique hotels, this is the choice on the North Coast.

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Hotel Information


Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, 57000, Dominican Republic


809-320–3232; 866-376–7831

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 50 rooms
  • No meals

Updated 03/12/2014

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Jul 12, 2013

5 star quality all around!

Casa Colonial has proven to us to be one of the most luxurious resorts in the Dominican Republic. Pure elegance throughout, you can't beat the views particularly in the rooftop pool area. Dining was truly an incredible experience both in atmosphere, service and the presentation of the most incredible caribbean fusion dishes. Daytime presented a more relaxed elegance at Veranda, evening meals at the Lucia were nothing short of spectacular, explaining

why reservations are highly recommended. Relaxation and comfort is the mantra at Casa Colonial with friendly staff always there to assist to make your stay something to remember forever, particularly the "must have" spa treatment. If you could have only one luxury vacation in your lifetime I would make this trip the one!

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Apr 7, 2010

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Review

My wife and I are just back from the DR and the Casa Colonial. We thought it was incredible! The hotel complex is simply the most beautiful we have seen, and we are widely traveled. The Fodor's review says service is sketchy but we thought it excellent...though we are good tippers and having a little Spanish definitely helped. The food was excellent, the beach flawless. The rooftop pool is an oasis and the spa was fantastic...nothing like having

a beautiful Dominicana rub you down after a tough day on the golf course. There is not much to do here, we only left the complex twice, and even then we just wanted to get back. They burn incense in the hallways in the morning..the scent of sandalwood will forever remind us of Casa Colonial.

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By Marc

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Jan 20, 2006

Better off elsewhere

We just got back from our vacation to Puerta Plata. What a dump this area of the Domincan Republic is. Casa Colonial is has nice rooms, but BEWARE. It is by no means a true luxury hotel. They try, but its not. 1. The rooms are only Ocean Front, all rooms are blocked by trees, so the Ocean View is minimal. This really pized me off. 2. We asked for the hotel to arrange for a rental car. Eventaully Ramos shows up and takes me with him to his shack

office to rent me the car. Needless to say, the hotel must be getting a kick-back, or Ramos is the owners brother. The car had 100,000 miles on it. Smelled like azz. Had a broken radio. Worn tires (one of them actaully blew out on the second day). We got another car from his fleet (lol) and that one was even worse, the air con didnt work. 3. Several times over the stay we could not get hot water out of the shower. Other times, it would take upwards of ten minutes for the water to get hot. 4. The food is good, but over priced. I ordered room service one day, got charged a 10% service fee (as i would had I eaten in the restaurant) and also got charged a $10 room delivery fee. And they messed up the order. Go figure? Small bottle of water, $5. Rip off. $40 Salmon? not worth it. 5. If you try to ask for things, good luck. They dont speak english very well. Never got a lounge chair for my balcony (as the other rooms had). Couldnt get hot water out of the Jacuzzi. You are really much better off going to Cabo San Lucas or somewhere else. Its just not really that nice of a place.

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By luke

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Jan 29, 2005


the management needs to attend to their staff. Poorly organized and bad service. Restaurant not good. Lovely rooms and nice beach. Pool area is not comfortable on the roof.

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