I traveled on my own in April 2011 throughout Dominican Republic and the Jarabacoa Hostel was the nicest little hostel I encountered. It is quiet, private and clean, unlike most other places in the DR. It is located a little bit outside of the main street, which is actually a plus. It is secured with two gates and doors, but it never felt unsafe. Rooms are spacious and beds are large, so if you travel solo the bed is all yours. Bathroom is clean with hot water and kitchen is equipped with basic cooking utensils, drinking water and some ground coffee in the freezer and the hostel has two computers with internet connections. Large porch is great for having dinner and chit-chat with possible other guests. There are also bikes in the shed behind the house that can be used for free - very useful if interested in exploring the surroundings. Molly has also a small map with market, grocery store and restaurant addresses prepared for the newcomers. Once you are done with the arrival though, you are completely on your own, although the owners live two houses further and are available for any requests.
To me they were in particularly helpful as I was traveling around without speaking any Spanish and aiming to climb nearby Pico Duarte. Rodolfo drove me to the base early in the morning (as he owns taxi-business too) and stayed to negotiate a reliable guide for me.
I enthusiastically recommend the hostel to anyone traveling to Jarabacoa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surprisingly comfortable rooms characterize the hostel, ranging from private king with en suite spa bath to budget dorm, elegant furnishings, and almost endless free amenities such as Wifi, kitchen facilities, hot locally harvested coffee, laundry facilities, maps, BBQ, and rooftop terrace to mention just a few. An ideal location to make your base camp for mountain climbing and camping, river-rafting, hiking, horse-back riding, paragliding, canyoning, or other more serious pursuits. ... more less
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