Accommodations range from deluxe resorts to basic hotels and pensions
, with the vast majority of rooms in all-inclusive resorts. Choose your location carefully—some resorts are a long distance from any town or even another hotel or services, which may be a drawback. An increasing number of truly deluxe all-inclusives, as well as trendy boutique-hotels, have opened, with more slated for the coming years. But the country also has numerous locally owned and operated small hotels that are safe and clean, although bed-and-breakfast-style inns are virtually unheard of. The more expensive hotels are really much better than most lower-priced options—usually well worth the extra cost. Read More ...
Another option is an "apart-hotel," where the rooms resemble apartments, typically with kitchens; families or other groups traveling together make good candidates for these. You may also see roadside cabanas turisticas if you're out driving around the country; be aware that these are motels usually rented by the hour by amorous couples and not actually geared to tourists, despite the name.
Among the country's luxury resorts are Casa de Campo, a world-famous golf and tennis resort. Other areas known for their lavish resorts are Punta Cana on the east coast and Puerto Plata on the north coast, with Las Terrenas, in the Samana Peninsula, also coming on strong. Another evolving area is Macao, north of Punta Cana. Most hotels there bill themselves as being in Punta Cana, when in fact they're up to an hour away. Off-season rates at some of these properties can be very attractive.< Show Less