About This Listing
My Place rocks!
NEW!! JUST BOUGHT HD TV! & EXTENDED CABLE PKG IN HD I KNOW YOU DONT COME TO CABARETE TO WATCH TV BUT WHEN IT RAINS...can be combined with my other condo for up to 6 people
Let this be your home away from home!
Located in the center of town, secure with night watchman, and
steps away from the shops, medical clinic, pharmacies, supermarkets and salons.
Across the street from the beach, restaurants, bars, and nightlife, etc.
Close enough for fun but secluded enough for quiet and safety.
Monthly rates available!
Perfect for surfers and kiters
This is not some sterile rental property, this is my Dominican home - cool, funky, great furniture, awesome neighbours... it will be an experience you will never forget.
I rented at this complex for 3 years before I decided to buy it.
Please enjoy it when I can’t!
Big swimming pool in beautiful gardens
Complimentary cleaning service one per week, with towels and fresh sheets
Laundry service available
24 hour electricity and security.
20 mins from the airport
Top windurfing, kite and surf destination
Interaction with Guests
If im here I'm at your service, If i'm not, my property manager Andrea can take care of anything you need. Also you can email or call me anytime!
NO SMOKING INSIDE THE APARTMENT!!!!! Please smoke outside on the patio
Loss of safe key will result in a $100 USD CHARGE plus locksmith fees to get yer stuff out!
Weekly renters must Pay a $15/week Electricity Surcharge
Monthly renters must pay electricity bill in full
Don't break nuthin
Nous sommes des amoureux de Cabarete depuis plusieurs années et l'appartement de Darrin à très bien répondu à nos besoins. Petit balcon avec le levé du soleil pour nos lectures matinale. Tranquilité, sécuritaire, respect et sourire des employés. Approximité de tout, on traverse la rue et on se retrouve à la plage, pratiquement au centre de la baie de Cabarete. Merci Darrin
Thank you Nathalie,
for those of you who don't speak french here is the translation:
We are in love with Cabarete for several years and Darrin's apartment was very responsive to our needs. Small balcony with sunrise for our morning readings. Tranquility , security, compliance and employee smile. Proximity to everything we cross the street and you find yourself at the beach, almost at the center of Cabarete Bay . Darrin thank you
We feel very fortunate to have been able to stay in Darrin's place for almost a month and would absolutely return again! It is, pretty much as advertised...a cool condo! Probably the best thing about it is the location which is absolutely perfect. Being right in the center of Cabarete, it's super easy to walk to everything including restaurants, bars, markets, coffee shops, and of course the beach. And even though it's in the center of the hustle and bustle, once inside it's quiet and relaxed! The pool is awesome and the on-site staff are friendly and helpful with any needs or questions. Safety was never a concern and Darrin's place has pretty much everything we needed to have a home away from home including the biggest perk...an in apartment washing machine! Additionally, having the cable with HBO and Encore was great for just chilling out and catching up with movies. It was perfect for us since we wanted to stay for a month and the price allowed us to do so. We saved a lot by using the kitchen for breakfast and lunch and went out for dinners. Darrin has a guest book that lists local restaurants and bars and his recommendations with our favorite rating being "meh", for not so great. It's not luxury, if you want that you can spend $125/night at one of the beach hotels. The apartment is simple, clean, and well stocked and in a great location. We didn't actually meet Darrin since he was already away but everything in our transaction went smoothly with no issues. We hope to return again next year and just hope that our excellent recommmendation doesn't come back to bite us with it getting booked up. But, that's fine too. We had a great experience!
We didn't actually meet Darrin, but via e-mails we communicated well on many issues. His information was spot on regarding travel and local food and attractions. The information sheet itself was entertaining. Honest and true. We got a good amount of rain, but the unit was cozy and comfortable. I love the sheets he uses! We had all the kitchen tools and appliances we needed to be able to cook for ourselves. The location is excellent and the beach is very inviting, we love warm water! We didn't use the washer, but it's a great plus. It was a very relaxing week.
Host: First and far-most important impression - the host is the greatest person! Darrin has been very quick, friendly and constructive in communication. He addressed all questions and issues, he gave the most valuable and accurate advice on everything from local hair salon to must-have food parlors. Anything we needed - he knew the best solution.
Location: across the street from the central beach (4 min walk), in a very nicely maintained condo complex. Being across the street from the ocean, the location lets you experience local life (if you want to), gives easy access to transportation (if you need to hire a moto or rent a car), or shop for gifts and souvenirs. They have a parking lot, gate and 24/7 security on premises. Pool area adds to the impression.
Apartment: As one previous review says - it's functional, clean, but not a "all-new hi-tech" at all. Everything you need is there, and again, it is well-maintained and cleaned (if you stay longer than a week, cleaning is included, I believe). Everything works.
But honestly, you can not expect brand-new top-of-the-line furnishing for the price Darrin charges.
If you read the description and reviews attentively enough and set your expectations reasonably, you will have the best vacation ever. If you don't want to adjust - just rent something more expensive (which doesn't guarantee that if something goes wrong someone will be there immediately to fix it for you).
We enjoyed our 10-day stay at this property, we will definitely rent it again on our next visit to DR.
I thought the location for the condo was perfect and the setting is quite lovely. The security staff and manager were very nice and always helpful.
The apartment itself is functional, I enjoyed being able to cook and having a decent fridge was very (website hidden) was plenty powerful too.
Just don't go expecting luxury furniture or Ikea-style smooth-running self-closing drawers with drawer stops. Some amenities start to show their age, but personally I wasn't going to Cabarete to hangout with drawers and I wasn't expecting too much at that price level. If cooking, consider bringing a good knife or a knife sharpener.
The good: The condo is located short walk from the main Cabarete strip and the main Cabarete beach. It's about 10min drive to Kite Beach and 15min drive to Encuentro. Over the phone Darrin leaves impression of a friendly and responsive host.
The bad: Despite Darrin's friendliness, his condo doesn't meet the requirements for pleasant stay. As of August 27th 2013 the condo was in general state of disrepair. After we checked in we discovered number of items that were not working starting with toilet that wasn't flushing, broken kitchen drawers that couldn't be opened to access utensils, bed lamps that didn't work, warn out, broken and smelly furniture, dirty walls, and random stuff like mop and bucket in bedroom across the bed, stink of roach poison in bedroom and I could go on. The photos on Airbnb must had been taken some time ago and are not representative of the present state. Despite all this we attempted to spend a night. Next morning my spouse experienced something that looked like allergic reaction although she is not allergic to anything we know. So next morning we had to move. I snapped few photos of the place for record and explained to Darin via Airbnb why we can't stay another night. I expected he would offer refund for unused time. He did not.
The ugly: I didn’t want to deal with this any further while on vacation thinking that I will surely get refund for unused time once I got back. Once we got home I contacted Darrin again and asked him for refund which he refused. Then I found out that for Airbnb to mediate, complaint has to be submitted within 24 hours of check in. After 24 hours, remedy is entirely up to host. This is where Airbnb model doesn't have adequate customer protection when compared to hotel stay. Lesson learned is that when you have this kind of issue you will not only have to look for another place to stay on very short notice ($$$) but also spend your vacation time on submitting and justifying complaints to Airbnb customer service.
While Goran may have had a bad experience at my place which has NEVER happened before (see my other reviews). He leaves out a few important factors.
1) Goran showed up 14 hrs before his check in and I explained to him the condo would not be serviced in time
2) if the cleaning job by the staff was substandard Because they were cleaning AROUND HIM AND RUSHING TO ACCOMODATE HIS EARLY ARRIVAL I would have been happy to have them come back and clean it again.
3) Goran left with no notice and no mention of anything being wrong. I have an on site property manager who could have remedied any problem he had.
4) the condo looks EXACTLY as pictured except for the bathroom which has been remodelled and upgraded.
5) the toilet works fine. The handle had caught on the floater and could have been fixed in 3 seconds had he alerted me or my property manager. The cutlery drawer had come off its rail and needed about 10 seconds of attention. Had he let me or my property manager know it would have been attended to immediately.
6) the furniture is neither shabby or smelly and is exactly as pictured.
In short not allowing me the time to turn over the apartment from the previous tenant caused Goran the problems he experienced. I take great pride in my place and I try to ensure every tenant is attended to properly. Gorans lack of communication is the root of his problems. I would have been happy to fix them if he had let me know. Instead he left in the middle of the night and dropped me an email to let me know.
Please don't be dissuaded by Gorans review. Come and enjoy cabarete in my pad.
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