Adding to this older post for informational purposes. I stayed in Bavaro Abnb in July 2022 and the rate was about $.26/kwh usd or $14 pesos/kwh. Rest of the country is about usd $.11 usd/kwh or $6 pesos.
Yes, electricity cost are different in different parts of the country. It even changes by what circuit you are on.
Punta cana uses private energy provider CEPM. They have the highest rates in the country, higher even than in the USA. They justify the rates with 24/7 electric power availability.
Yes, they can charge a premium for that service.
But if you can't afford to use it and be comfortable while on vacation no less...what is the point?
In Abnb you prepay electric and monitor the usage on an app. If you dare to even look at an air conditioner the kilos will drain rapidly. Air conditioning must be used sparingly or prepare to break the bank for power.
So, I ask what exactly is the advantage of AirBnB?
Seems like guests are staying with Mom & Pop operation that is undercapitalized.
Seems like something unique to 🇩🇴 since I have heard about much dissatisfaction from guests using AirBnB here.
I would rather goto a hotel and pay a bit more and have control of my conditions without having to watch some meter.
But like I posted in the Spirit merger thread...everyone has their priorities, what they will pay for what they want.