I stayed at the Hotel Alisei - May 5th - May 8th, 2007. It is a relatively new hotel which opened in November 2006 and was built by Italian investors.
The hotel apartments are absolutely beautiful with large rooms. First let me say that everything works at this hotel.
Water pressure was strong and the hot water never ran out. The rooms and decor were immaculate, the appliances were all first rate, from the frig to the propane stove. And there are TVs with cable in the main kitchen area and bedroom. Although, you have the option of AC, or large ceiling fan, I particularly liked the let down windows with screens above the bed to allow a gentle breeze come into the room.
The closets are large and the safe is very easy to use.
The bathroom was large, the balcony was large with table and cushioned couch - great for entertaining friends and enjoying the ocean view.
The pool was the cleanest that I encountered in 8 years of staying at various hotels in the D.R. It is beautiful designed and is never more than chest deep. It has a swim up bar as well.
Although, the Baraonda Restaurant was closed for a few days to allow the Italian chef a brief rest, it is a beautiful restaurant with quality furniture with a very modern bar area. The restaurant also faces the ocean.
The grounds are kept immaculate. Tall palm trees abound all over the property.
One of the first things that you are going to notice is that this resort is extremely well lit at night. The walkways between buildings, the pool area, the main reception building, the restaurant, the balconies, the stairwells are all well-lighted.
The architectural designers did a great job with soft pleasing lighting, yet while ever present at night, the effect does not overwhelm you. If you feel inclined for a 1 am or 3 am dip in the pool, it's going to be well lit and inviting.
The beach across from the hotel is beautiful and one generally has the whole beach to himself. One can wade out in the ocean for 200 yards or more and still only be up to his waist. Occasionally, you will see boys in the ocean trying to catch a fish and horseback riders meander down the beach. The one thing that I particularly liked, is there are no vendors approaching you on the beach, .. no one bothers you. The hotel also has padded reclining chairs on the beach for your comfort.
This is unusual, though after much thought, I cannot find a negative with this hotel. Even the hotel reception personnel were exceptionally polite, letting me use their Internet if I so needed.
Another plus, --the reception desk is staffed 24 hrs. a day. They have brochures of Las Terrenas, maps, and the staff is remarkably fluent in German, French, Italian, besides native Spanish. Cost was $97 a night, tax included. I found a number of guests to be German and French and although I spoke English, the reception staff spoke English like natives, making me feel comfortable.
This is a luxurious resort, with health spa on premises. While Las Terrenas is a bit isolated, the hotel's beautiful setting in front of charming quiet beach is well worth the plane trip from La Isabella or Metro bus ride from Santo Domingo.