La Calle San Juan #8,
Samana
Phone: (829) 342-5234
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Website: click here to visit

Reviews

"Relaxation"
Mar 2017
This was my first stay at a Hostel which was highly recommended by a friend! Well, to say the least, it was a humbling experience. The first room that I stayed in was small but comfortable. We had what we needed. The room had twin bunk beds, and one twin bed. There was also a microwave and fridge in the room. The other hostel that my friend and I stayed in was even more comfy. We had two full size beds and a T.V. with Roku! We also had full use of the kitchen and living room, which had a flat screen T.V. with Roku so that we could watch J.W. Broadcast!!! We did have a water problem, which was out of Marilyn's control, but of course, she supplied us with an abundance of emergency water to use. Marilyn is a great host! She really made you feel welcomed and right at home. She shared experiences with us and was very helpful in assisting us with transportation to the airport etc. etc. Her assistant Nilda, was helpful too! I look forward to my next visit to Samana, but most of all, I look forward to sharing the good news of God's kingdom with others during my next stay in Samana and would definitely stay again at the Hostel!!!
"Simple, great price, good care"
Oct 2016
our group was well taken care of
"Reveiw Samana Island Hostel"
Oct 2016
The room was very clean, which for me is very important. There were some comfortable things I also appreciated as a refrigerator, microwave, free coffee, tea and water and facilities to prepare breakfast. If I would come back to Samana, I would try to stay in this hostel again.
"Samana island hostel is just the perfect place to stay in Samaná city"
Feb 2016
I was looking for a clean simple basic place to sleep. I stayed in the very small basic room. For a single traveller it has everything you need and even more! Besides the fridge, microwave, coffee & tea maker shown on the website, there is even a set of dishes.
I loved the location of the room too. It’s located in a quiet road and within a few minutes walk I could catch the guagua going directly to Las Galeras, playa Rincon or Las Terrenas.

Marilyn and Nilda have even helped me with an other accommodation when I suddenly had to stay longer in Samaná and Samana island hostel was already fully booked.
Thank you so much Marilyn and Nilda!

Marion
"Home away from home!"
Feb 2016
This was the 3rd time we planned this visit to Samana... 1st a hurricane ( Georges) stopped us then on another ocation I got hepatitis ... any way this visit was super in all ways as we received a very warm WELCOME & really didn't wish to leave after our 3 days there. The whole house is inviting & sorta typical of Dom. Repubiic! We were treated like royalty & loved ever minute of it. We plan to bring a dear friend & his wife mate too on our next DR trip. Our whale watching was exceptional as we saw several & they put on a spectacular show for us! We saw for the 1st time 2 "biggies" slapping the water with their side fins & we saw one huge one nearly come out of the water. It's amazkng to see & enjoy Jah's marvelously creation! You will feel at Home!! & NEVER gegret your stay & adventure!
"Perfect for a Budgettrip !"
Feb 2016
Us, 4 girls, came to Samana for a few days of vacation. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms and payed $12/night each, which was perfect for our limited budget. We did not mind the tiny space since we were at Cayo Levantado most of the day + it was really cozy to!:) There was really good coffee in the room, a fridge and a microwave oven, so we could enjoy a simple breakfast , before we left for the beach. We also got a tasty bread & some jam as a gift. We really enjoyed our 3-night stay and we will go back whenever there's a possibility!! Thank you Marilyn & Nilda, for making our stay so enjoyable:)
"incredable 2 weeks"
Jan 2016
My husband and I stayed in the apartment hostel for 2 weeks and loved it. You have your own little kitchen to make meals if you wish. If not there are many good restaurants with in walking distance. Both Marilyn and Nilda are gems always willing to help you out or make a recommendation. We would definitely stay again!
"loved this place!"
Mar 2015
We loved staying here and were very comfortable so we could enjoy our vacation in Samana! I would definitely recommend this hostel to others!
"loved loved loved it"
Mar 2015
You came highly recommended by a dear friend of ours. Our rooms where neat and clean and very comfortable. Marilyn made us feel right at home. She even stayed up with us one night and shared some of her experiences with us which was really nice. Hope to stay with you again next time we are there!
"Best vacation to date!"
Mar 2015
I stayed in Samana with Marilyn for 10 days and I can truthfully say it was the best and easiest vacation I've taken to date! Marilyn was extremely helpful and very accommodating. The room was comfortable and the hostel was clean and well maintained. I had everything I needed and Marilyn was very quick to recommend and arrange for various excursions. She truly knows EVERYTHING about making your stay in Samana the best (and most affordable) it can be! Thank you for a wonderful week. Would highly recommend and definitely planning on going back!
"Fantastic !!!"
Mar 2015
I had a group of my friends come in for a visit, and we wanted to spend a few days at the beach.. We were looking for a place with a kitchen so we could do some of our own cooking .

We discovered Marilyn's place through a friend and our stay was excellent... she was so helpful with all of our questions. and very knowledgeable about the different beaches in the area. the accommodations were clean and very well kept and the location was with in walking distance to everything, and we felt very safe in the area.

we were even given the cell phone number of the sister who is the housekeeper in case we needed anything.

the overall experience was wonderful and I would recommend this hostel to anyone.
"Wonderful time!"
Mar 2015
This place and our stay were exactly waht we were looking for. Very simple (hostel) yet, clean and comfortable. Marilyn and her staff were very frendly. We sure hope we can go back... Loved Samana and Cayo Levantado...
"Perfect stay in Samana"
Mar 2015
Me and my friends stayed here for 3 nights and had a great time, felt welcome by Marilyn and other friends. The place was well situated, in a walkable distance to the shops, the beach, the port from where the whale watching boats leave and guagua stop. Nice breakfast with good coffee in the morning, the kitchen available, good internet. We went whale watching and to el Limon. Reasonable price for the location and season.
"Great location"
Mar 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay in Samana. We were made very welcome. We liked the accommodation. It does what it says on the tin (English expression!!). Great value for money. We were helped to arrange our whale watching trip, which was amazing. We hope to be back one day.
"Great location"
Mar 2015
Thank you Marilyn for our lovely stay in your hostel. We really enjoyed our 3 nights with you. You could have not done more to make us feel so welcome and comfortable. The location of our hostel was excellent, so close to the town, restaurant, French bakery ( comes highly recommended 😊) and the whale boats. We will be back
"Love love it!!"
Feb 2015
We loved our stay in Marilyn's hostel!! For many reasons, 1) Marilyn and Nilda are wonderful!! They know exactly what is going on and they make everything happen! You will love them! 2) Location location location! Close to the Kingdom Hall, close to the ice cream shop (very important when traveling with 5 kids) and an easy stroll to anything and everything!! Also, Marilyn knows the town inside and out and all of her suggestions were right on! Thank you Marilyn for a fantastic stay!
"Great little homE away from home!"
Feb 2015
This little hostle is a great place to stay. The prices are fantastically the beds are comfy and the owner Marilyn is a sweety. She helped us arrange whale watching tours and horseback riding etc.
She even surprised my girls with nuttella and fresh French bread and a great cup of coffee in the morning! Here in th D.R. No one shares their NUTTELLA.....but this sweet lady did .
Can't wait to stay again
Willie and Tish anf girls
"Amazing place to be"
Feb 2015
We 'd a great time by Marylin. She has a warm hospitality and we feel from the first moment ad home. We slept well in a kingsize bed in a room wit a lot of space. Every thing was very clean.
We had a wonderfull time and try to came back again.
"comfortable, relaxed and economical accomadation in Samana"
Feb 2014
Just a great spot, comfortable, relaxing and very reasonable price in the heart of beutiful Samana. We heartily recommend this lodging to all. We felt at home and able to relax, but also appreciated the internet access and computer/television. We enjoyed staying in a home with a Witness hostess, no worries about loosing things or the like, very safe and secure.
"A great time in service! Enjoyed the hospitality of so many friends!"
Dec 2014
This is Pierre & Josie. We wanted to thank you for all you did for us in the Dominican Republic.... so enjoyed spending a great deal of time in service and with the friends...especially enjoyed the day we spent with you in Las Galeras. We had a great time.! We experienced the hospitality of all the different friends and so happy to meet all the special pioneers both in Samana' and in Las Galeras....but most of all, we understand that we must return to help the Haitian-Creole-speaking population to learn the truth about Jehovah. Although we had difficulty communicating we still felt at home with the Spanish-speaking friends. We'll be back! Pierre & Josie
"Great Time!"
Oct 2014
We had a great time in Samana. Marilyn was a wonderful hostess and very knowledgeable about the area. Her place is centrally located in town and has easy access to public transportation. If you want to enjoy Samana and have an experienced guide help you with your vacation plans, Marilyn is a great choice!
"Most comfy stay"
Jan 2015
First of all Marilyn is a kind loving sister that as soon as we met her, her smiling face greeted us! We stayed in the hostel which was small but had lots of beds and very clean. It was on the second story and very quiet and close to downtown. Marilyn arranged that we were looked after by a local so that we could see some sites. Thanks so much and it was definitely a great part of our time in the DR.
"Fantastic little B&B"
Dec 2014
Marilyn was an exceptional hostess who made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. This was an enjoyable little hostel that really felt like home. Marilyn was extremely helpful with booking excursions as she has contacts for just about everything. Look forward to staying again when we come down next time. Thank you for everything.
"Loved the house and love Marilyn. Excellent place for JW's"
Dec 2014
Loved staying with Marilyn, she is an awesome host! The house is comfortable and spacious, you never have to look for a quiet place. Marilyn is a hard worker and keeps the place modern and clean. Nilda is an awesome cook and we are so glad to have stayed with her. We are going back soon and often. Thanks Marilyn!!
"Fun Stay"
Jan 2015
We had never stayed in a "hostel" before, but this was a great stay. It was a good price, and the accommodations were clean and all that we needed, with each room having a mini fridge and its own bathroom. Marilyn was very helpful in many ways, and described everything in detail so it was easy to find the location, and easy to figure out other stuff. She recommended some places to eat and things to do. We were 8 people in these 2 rooms (2 of us being children) but we managed to have a great time. And we were able to meet many other witnesses. We for sure would recommend this place to others, and we would stay here again if ever in the area. Thanks!
"great time"
Oct 2012
We had a great time in Samana. Marilyn was a wonderful hostess and very knowledgeable about the area. Her place is centrally located in town and has easy access to public transportation. If you want to enjoy Samana and have an experienced guide help you with your vacation plans, Marilyn is a great choice.
"Loving & Generous Hospitality!"
Feb 2014
Thank you so much for the loving & generous hospitality that you provided to me & the girls during our stay here. Thank you also for going out of your way & spoiling me like a queen with the breakfast each morning! I loved it as well as spending time with you. Your kind & generous spirit is a blessing that does not go unnoticed. Prov. 11:25. May Jehovah continue to bless you & the love you show for others. Thank you again for the wonderful stay! Until we meet again, Many hugs & warm Christian love,
Corinne M. Perry Jan. 23, 2013
"Cute and comfy"
Oct 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at Marylin's bed and breakfast. The rooms and the house are large and comfortable with its own fridge, computer and wifi. We had a very good and filling breakfast. It was also nice to speak with Marilyn. She is a great host. She has alot of experiences and upbuilding conversations. Also, she really knows the area and gave us alot of suggestions as to where we can go. We would definately stay again. Cant wait to go back!
"Wonderful Accomodations"
Aug 2012
My wife and I spent an entire week for our anniversary at the Tropical Island Bed and Breakfast (TIBB) August 2013 and had the most wonderful time. When we first arrived the first thing we noticed was the beautiful flowers that surround the home. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We especially appreciated the information they provided on local activities and beaches. The B&B was clean, comfortable and cozy. The food served is delicious. It consist of both typical Dominican foods as well as a more international fare. This is a place we highly recommend. It's location is perfect. Close to all the stores and the Malecon but at the same time it's in a quiet and quaint neighborhood. We will definitely come back and stay there. The owner, Marilyn, is a very sweet and kind person. She stole our hearts and will steal yours also.
"From missionaries in Nicaragua: We really enjoyed our stay!"
Feb 2012
We, Daniel, Ana, Manuel and myself, Sonia, really enjoyed visiting you in Samana! Although it is true that we went to see the sights, the highlight of our stay was meeting you! Our little chat in the evening was so encouraging for us all. Your faith during all these years is a testimony for us to continue serving the only true God, Jehovah. It is wonderful to meet those in the worldwide brotherhood, one at a time!

Much love to you, The Mercados and DeCasos
Managua, Nicaragua
"A wonderful experience! Lovely place! Housekeeper was wonderful!"
Aug 2011
I apologize for writing this so late, but better late than never! I just wanted to say thank you so much for our stay at the bed and breakfast, it was such a wonderful experience. You have a lovely place and Nilda was wonderful! I loved the Dominican Republic more than I thought I would, & I would love to come back & stay for a few months in the future. We will see what Jehovah has in store for me, but after that Kingdom ministry part on stepping over in Macedonia, it is definitely a goal I have. Again, thanks for everything! Much love, Esalena Rubianes
"My visit to Samana was a piece of paradise for sure, a taste of the new world to come! Wonderful hospitality, warmth & love! I would not trade that experience for anything!"
Feb 2012
I just want to thank you for the wonderful hospitality and warmth that you so unselfishly showed me on my trip to Samana last week. Even though most of the time I could not understand what my Spanish speaking brothers and sisters around me were saying, there was still a kind of communication that went beyond words, the love I felt from the friends, the smiles and gracious efforts made by so many to really understand me and my English. I had a great time just being there with the friends and working with them in service, I would not trade that experience for anything in the world. And you my dear sister & hostess are awsome! The Dominican Republic was a piece of paradise for sure, a taste of the new world to come? In some ways I'm sure! Love, Anthony Edwards anthonyed88@yahoo.com
"Reminiscing: Your darling house! Beautiful garden! Sitting by the shore drinking great Dominican coffee! Loved walking the country roads in the ministry!"
Apr 2011
Just a note to you folks at TIBB!

I think of you often, especially this past winter, I would think of you & your darling house & the beautiful garden & your warm hospitality, wishing I was there again. I loved walking the country roads in the ministry & sitting by the shore drinking great Dominican coffee. I do hope to come back one day! Love, Kathy Wojcik Muskego Wisconsin
"We cannot say enough about TIBBs hospitality and kindness!"
Jan 2011
We cannnot say enough about TIBBs hospitality and kindness!

One of our fondest memories is of our breakfasts together with up building conversations! Our itinerary was pretty adventuresome; one that most of your guests might not consider, but we enjoyed every minute. We can travel worldwide and yet feel so at home when with our brothers and sisters! Kirk, & Jennifer Esau Nancy Lee Canada
"Thank you soooooo much for such a wonderfully fun and spiritually upbuilding vacation!"
Nov 2010
Thank you soooooo much for such a wonderfully fun and spiritually upbuilding vacation. You and all those we met made it a time that I will never forget!

Celeste Rockett
Cleveland, Ohio
"We have not stopped telling stories about our Hostess!"
Nov 2010
We had such a great time in Samana! TIBB took such great care of us! What hospitality! We have not stopped telling stories about our hostess! We loved the zeal of all the friends including the buzz of young people from all over the world helping out there in the ministry there! It was invigorating!

Seth and Lynn Durant
Franklin New Hampshire
"A Happy Place with Happy People!"
Jun 2010
When you go to the Tropical Island Bed & Breakfast, you go to a happy place & you are surrounded by happy people, Marilyn, our happy hostess & Rodolfo, our happy chauffeur and Nilda, our happy housekeeper and...

Everyone makes sure that your vacation is all that it can possibly be! We did it all and had an unforgettable time! We think that it was a real bargain! Live, Love, Laugh!
Francina Mitchell, Taylor, Vonda, Tamika
Philadelphia, Pennyslvania
"Wonderful! Relaxing! Definitely will see you again!"
Apr 2010
We had a wonderfully, relaxing, yet faith strengthening time! Everyone at TIBB truly gives from the heart! Thank you for all the experiences. We definitely will see you again!

Willie, Tish & Alley
Canada
"Breakfast was top notch!"
Apr 2010
Thank you so much for taking such good care of us and all of the arrangements. If no one has told you before that breakfast is top notch. Our time in the DR was just what we all needed. I don't know when we will be able to return but one thing is for sure we will definitely see you in the future. Timmonica & Timmetri Wilkins & Sachi Honda
Troy, MICHIGAN
"Rested & Happy!"
Nov 2009
We are very happy to have stayed at TIBB for the past week. We were able to rest, which was our main reason to visit Samana. We visited El Limon, it was marvelous! The housekeeper, Morena, treated us very very good. Breakfast was good and she was always there waiting on us. Xiomara loves your dogs, especially Sammy!Cuidado que ella no se lo roba!

Xiomara y Austin [Jarvis]
Island of Antigua
"I cannot believe how much effort & preparation you folks there at TIBB put into my travel arrangements!"
Oct 2009
I cannot believe how much effort and preparation you folks there at TIBB put into my travel arrangements! The Friends are not going to believe my story ..! I feel like from the time I stepped off the plane until I was back at the Airport, everything has been arranged for me. My goal was to "spy out the land" so I can learn Spanish & live in a Spanish speaking country! TIBB folks were a wonderful help! Echo de menos la comida. Estaba realmente contento con todo! Gracias de nuevo! Tim Gayles
Sacramenton California