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Condo/Apartment -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic

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Rachris20...
Dubuque, Iowa
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48 reviews
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“Great Location!”
Reviewed 8 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Our family spent the New Year holiday in Punta Cana. We were a group of 7, my husband and I, our three kids (7, 9 and 11), and parents. We weren't crazy about staying at a resort because we expected them all to be very busy with people during the holidays. The idea of contending with hoards of people at restaurants, pools and beaches was not something we were feeling up for. Stanza Mare was a perfect location for us.

Pros:
- We were all able to share a condo comfortably. We had a room, the kids had a room, and our parents had a room... all with private bathrooms.
- The kitchen, livingroom, and large patio overlooking the sea was plenty of room for us to relax and enjoy!
- The Stanza Mare pool was never too crowded, even during this busy time. It was always clean, and had enough seating. We spent most of our days relaxing by the pool.
- The beach was RIGHT there. I really appreciated that this beach was kept clean (from the piles of kelp that are washing ashore at this time), and that there were umbrellas and lounge chairs exclusive for guests of Stanza Mare. The foot salesmen were not on the beach pestering you, which was also a nice bonus.
- The sand was so soft, the water a bit rough at this time, but still great for enjoying a swim.
- There is a laundry room available to guests at Stanza Mare above the office, which is a great option for families!
- We enjoyed having two days of cleaning service included in our stay, where even the dishes were washed for us!
- Towels for the pool/beach were also included in our stay, so we didn't need to pack our own.
- GREAT LOCATION... as I mentioned above. We were within walking distance to some fantastic restaurants and activities!
- We booked through Emanuele who was fantastic. He answered all of my questions promptly, and helped us to arrange our airport transportation, and offered help with other things as well.
- We did not see any need for a car the 8 days we were there.
- There are several little supermarkets for the essentials a short walk away. We stocked up on drinks, snacks, and breakfast foods and ate out for our dinners.
- There is a gas bbq on the patio (we did not use) and a charcoal grill available for guests near the pool!
- On site security guards always visible, and we always felt safe.

Cons:
- Wifi is available in the common areas, but spotty at best. Don't expect to get very far.
- The condo we stayed in was a bit weathered and worn down (mostly due to moisture/humidity I'm sure). Things broken or run-down, and a little mold on shower curtains... but nothing too horrible, and quite clean otherwise.
- The beds weren't the most comfortable, but not the worst we've had to sleep on.
- The air conditioning in the main living area was not working properly. We were told it would be fixed the next day, but never saw anyone. We did not follow up, only because we spent our days outside and were not too inconvenienced with this. The air units in the bedrooms worked fine, but could be noisy at times.
- We were given a large jug of water and told that a dispenser will be brought, but never did see it. However, we did not expect this in the first place... and poured the water into a pitcher to keep in the fridge.
- No dishwasher, but considering we ate out most meals, this was not much of an issue.
- Taxis are expensive!! Expect to pay $45USD for a trip to the airport, $20-$30 to a real supermarket and strip mall, $10 to get to the movie theater and Hard Rock Cafe. We had all travel to our activities included, so we did not venture out in taxies (or feel the need to).
- As mentioned in notes above, the service once we were at Stanza Mare wasn't the greatest. Things had been promised, but not delivered, in terms of repairs and such... but we did not feel the need to make it our mission to get things done. We weren't paying for the service of the location... so this was not as important to us (or we would have paid to stay at a resort).

The only things I think would have made our experience better would have been some kind of drink and snack bar available on site. There is a location for one, but nothing available during our visit. Of course... this is a condominium community, not a resort... so we were not expecting it here.

Places we enjoyed eating at, for a very short walk...
- Delices Francais - GREAT coffee, baked goods and deserts!
- Danny's Pizza - Pretty good pizza, service can be good or bad
- Balicana Thai Restaurant - AMAZING! Delicious food. Don't miss this!
- Citrus Restaurant - Very good food and great service.
- Huracan Cafe - RIGHT next to Stanza Mare on the beach. Very cool ambiance and great food. Great wifi too... which is a plus. I hear they have a great night life too.

Added bonus, and don't miss...
- Caribbean Buccaneers show launches just next to Stanza Mare and is a fantastic time, especially if you have kids.
- El Tours Caribe is just up the street, and offers fantastic service! Great tours and offer bookings to some fantastic activities. Get in touch with Lise... a Canadian... who will make sure you are well looked after.

We are definitely happy with our choice to stay at Stanza Mare. It was a wonderful holiday for our family! It was great to enjoy a nice, relaxing day at the beach, and look up the beach to the closest resorts to find the beach crawling with people. Our beach was not!!! Best part was that it made for a very affordable holiday for our family! I don't think I would have changed a thing.

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Liked best: Pool on site, Right on the beach, walking distance to grocery stores and restaurants, and not over-crowded
Liked least: Poor wifi service, only available in community areas, but unreliable
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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gardenlov...
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
“Nice place, great location but needs amenities upkeep”
Reviewed 2 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Great location on the beach, great views, clean condo complex. Walking distance to eating places. But amenities needs repairs / upgrade. Two of the hot stoves did not work. Main air conditioning did not work. Missing many basics like can opener. Very limited set of pots and pans. Missing coffee maker.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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David M
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1 review
Reviewed 27 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Liked best: es un sitio seguro para llevar la famila a vacacionar
Liked least: nada, creo que me gosto mucho el lugar
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Travelling group: Extended Family
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christine...
Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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