Colonia Kennedy, 7, Santiago de los Caballeros, Constanza, Dominican Republic
"convenient and affordable"
Posted by: sinach on Jul 31, 2014
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Rancho Constanza offers a tourist accommodation, dedicated to ecotourism and education, located in the municipality of Constanza, on the slopes of the Hill of the mountain at 3,600 feet, half a mile from the main road and two miles from the city of Constance.
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"convenient and affordable"
sinach on Jul 31, 2014 >
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Visited on: Jan, 2014 | Leisure | Solo
194 people found this review helpful
Well, you need to know that Constanza doesn’t have so many options of accommodations to stay in so this comes in pretty handy, it is convenient and affordable with good services accompanied. Constanza is a beautiful country side filled with mountains so the temperature is usually cold. It is my second time in Constanza but the first time, the hotel I stayed in was whack so I didn’t want to experience such again and I checked online for more options and saw that this hotel is among the best coupled with the fact that I was on a budget so I needed a reasonably priced place that is clean with good food and this place gave me that and that’s all that matters for me. It is a country hotel so your expectations shouldn’t be too high if you don’t want to be disappointed but it is an okay or rather descent accommodation. The rooms were not so clean and the beds were a little bit hard so they need to improve on that so that guests will return. The rooms are pretty basic and minimum amenities and the staff was very kind especially Rosa that usually stays at the reception, she is a nice lady. Breakfast was good mostly natural foods and that is the way I like it and I would say they really put effort in the meals so I was pleased with the effort. There is not much activity here, it is a good place to go relax and that was what I loved most about the place.
"A rough night."
Debbie on Jun 4, 2010 >
Visited on: Jun, 2010 | Business | Solo
2394 people found this review helpful
Rancho Constanza caters to families and (large) groups. This becomes perfectly clear the moment I arrive at the wonderful facilities that are build against the slope of Loma de Peñón, at an altitude of 1097 meters above sea level and at a distance of 2.8 kilometers from the small town of Constanza.
Would I have known that Rancho Constanza is not set up to accommodate a guest who passes by on a whim or if someone would have paid some attention to one of the three e-mails I sent, a lot frustration could have been avoided. Having said that, I found out that all but one hotel I approached by e-mail in preparation of my trip, did not respond to any of my mails. (Congratulations to Casa Blanca)
The Ranch consists of 10 standard rooms, 1 junior suite for 2 guests and 1 suite for 4 guests as well as 12 rustic villas which each accommodate up to 5 persons. The grounds are green, beautiful and perfectly suited for families with children who certainly will enjoy the swings at the designated play area.
The young girl at the reception tells me that I am only one of six guests. I pay my bill upfront and go to my basic room with a decent bed, a TV with lots of satellite channels but without a ventilator or air conditioner. The moment I am ready to step into the shower I find out that there is no warm water available either. Normally this is no big deal when vacationing on a tropical Island but here in Constanza, with an average annual temperature of 16 degrees Celsius, taking a cold shower is kind of roughing it. I notify the reception and I am being told that in an hour or so, warm water will be available. What concerns me more is that the restaurant is closed (apparently because I did not make a reservation that includes a meal plan). I am forced to go to “downtown” to get some food. Since it is dark and there is absolutely nothing else to do except for watching the TV set, I decide to take a 40 minute walk to a restaurant…. and back.
Upon my return I figure I should try to connect to the Internet but unfortunately the Wi-Fi connection is down. There is also not one single beer available. Here arrives the moment where the girl who maintains a “don’t you know all this is normal” attitude, manages to find someone who is willing to pick me up some, thereby earning an extra Debbie flower for her boss.
While I sit down to drink my beer in the huge lobby and restaurant area, watching the girl who is watching a soap opera, I envision that by the time, the restaurant is open, the warm water flows abundantly, the Wi-Fi connection is reestablished and the huge available standing fridge is stocked with some common beverages, there should be enough guests at the ranch who could paint a complete different picture of the place.
Next time I will probably stay at the nearby Rancho Guaraguao, which was fully booked at the time I passed by to get some information, but definitely left a good first impression.
It is time for bed! The clubhouse featuring a basketball court, an infantile Ping Pong table, chessboards, volleyball, billiards, dominoes etc. are of no use to the lone traveler who passes by on a quiet Friday night.
Frankly, I am happy a new day has arrived. I will drive to Aguas Blancas, with 87 meters, the highest waterfall in the Caribbean before I return to Santo Domingo. I take two cups of coffee out of the thermos on the counter and forget all about my mediocre experience at Rancho Constanza.