Hotel Alegria is nestled between two bigger and fancier (more $$$) hotels (Velero Beach and Ultra Infinity). It should be mentioned up front that Alegria does not offer direct access to the beach, nor does it have a pool. However, the beach is only 5 min away on foot. Alegria’s location is excellent; only a few minutes to Janet’s supermarket and several inexpensive restaurants (Papi’s and La Cocina de Mami). Despite being close to Cabarete’s main street, Alegria is reasonably quiet. Alegria does not currently (Feb 2023) have food services, but coffee is available in the morning.
The booking procedure is ‘different’ because Alegria doesn’t accept credit cards. We found out that this is not that unusual in Cabarete; many of the smaller restaurants don’t accept credit cards either. With respect to booking, one has to pay a deposit in advance (by PayPal) and pay the remainder (in cash) upon arrival. Once I understood the procedure, it all turned out OK.
We had a 2-bedroom apartment on the ground floor (with 4 beds and 2 bathrooms). It was spacious and clean. Moreover, the place was cleaned thoroughly every day and the beds were made. The kitchen had most of the needed ‘stuff’ and we even used the gas oven once (with advice from the staff). The bathrooms were average with a functional shower and hot and cold water. There’s a safe. Drinking water is provided from five gallon containers. Importantly, the staff was very friendly and willing to help.