- Reviews: 20
Hamaca Be Live / El Pelicano Resort: Worst all-inclusive ever
The pictures online do not reflect the property. It is crowded, not enough staff to accommodate guests, check in can take up to two hours while waiting in line.
The resort is all-inclusive, but they limit the quantities of food prepared. Once it is gone, that is all there is. People were 3 deep fighting over french fries at the pool snack bar because all the food for the day was already gone.
Drinks were ample at the beach bar, but we went without food. Drinks definitely help to improve the atmosphere of the beach, lounge chairs were dirty and many of them broken.
If you just want to drink and don't care about service, food, or service - this is the place for you!
The Ocean View is beautiful and the water is crystal clear.
- Reviews: 850
General recommendations: various budget accommodations
Here come some links of some other budget places. I don't have prices for them but I've heard they're not more expensive than 50-60 US per night, depending on the season.
- Jaguar Aparta Studios: located at calle Hermanos Deligne #59, behind Hotel Jaragua. Peaceful street (I used to work on a place on that street) close to restaurants, pizza places with delivery services, etc. A 15'ish minute walk to Calle El Conde or take a carro público at Avenida Independencia. Daily rates from 45 US a night.
- Hotel Residence Venezia: also very close to Zona Colonial. They also have a business center. I took the map from their website and put it on this tip.
- Carey House Hotel: closer to the Presidential Palace, in the neighborhood called Gazcue. Because of the proximity to our über boss you'll be guaranteed peace and quiet, aside from the traffic. You'll be in a place where not many tourists go and therefore 100% Dominican interaction. A little farther to Zona Colonial than the other 2 hotels but it's easily reachable by public transportation.
NB: I used to live in Santo Domingo and when I visit I stay with my parents, who still live there. So my comments are totally based on the impression I got from their website and some opinions from tourists that have visited my home town, people that have somewhat similar requirements as me when it comes to choosing where I'm sleeping: clean, if not central at least with good communications, in a safe neighborhood.
- Reviews: 850
Aparthotel Condo-Parque: budget hotel in Zona Colonial
At Condo-Parque you'll find 14 apartments and studios and and a Penthouse for you to stay in at. They all have private bathroom and cable TV, either air conditioning or a ceiling fan and the studios have a kitchenette and a fridge. They recommend the penthouse for longer stays, with its own terrace, cable TV, kitchenette with fridge and a dinette (what's that?).
Their rates are 25 US per night for a room with fan, 35 US per night for a room with air conditioning and 450 US for a month's stay.
Location wise they're only a block and away from Calle El Conde and about 2 blocks away from El Malecón with its Caribbean sea (see map). From Parque Independencia you can access other parts of Santo Domingo by public transportation. Wifi.
- Reviews: 850
Hotel La Residencia: budget hotel in Gazcue
Hotel La Residencia is located in one of the charming neighborhoods close to the Old Town, Gazcue. El Malecón, how Avenida George Washington is called, with the Caribbean sea close to it is only 3 minutes from the hotel. Calle El Conde and all that the Old Town has to offer is not far from this hotel - either a 15'ish minute walk or take a carro público on Avenida Independencia. The rates are 25-40 US per room per night, but if you stay longer periods then they can negotiate a lower price per night - which I strongly suggest and recommend you do.
La Residencia has 2 types of bedrooms: with or without air conditioning, the former being cheaper than the latter. For those of you who would like to self cater, there's a common kitchen on their 3rd floor, and some bedrooms have a small fridge. Do you want to eat out? Not a problem. Gazcue has a lot of restaurants, all within walking distance from the hotel.
Should you need a taxi to pick you up at the airport, they can arrange that for you, as well as excursions and laundry service.
There's also a colmado very close to the hotel, if you want soft drinks or snacks, and a 24-hour pharmacy a block away.
- Reviews: 2
Barcelo Capella Beach Resort - All Inclusive: Heaven on Earth
The resort is huge, well kept and the service was outstanding. I went in May, the weather was great, the beaches are beatiful, there are nice size waves(BRING WATER SHOES), the ocean is a little rocky if you have your shoes you will be fine, but the best thing was the resort was not over crowed the whole week. (it gets busy on fri-sun) It is very affordable and the food was great. Dont forget to tip the bartenders for even better service.
So many pools, the mini golf course was great, the views of the water are amazing.
- Reviews: 23
Barcelo Capella Beach Resort - All Inclusive: Better than average resort
We arrived at the hotel on saturday night at about 10:00 pm,,,check in was quick and to the room(4307). The room was clean and the A/C worked great!!
I would recommend this reasort to anyone,,,I have no complaints about the place.The restaurants are fine and great service,good food ,too!
To exchange money go across the street from the resort to the litttle mini mall stores,,,they have a little bit of everything there,,a lot better price than the hotels giftshop.
Ok, the room was great,,the view from there nice(grounds),,,the beach somewhat rocky,just walk down to the west end ,,,,,bars excellent,,,entertainment nightly,,,and if you look hard enough you'll find a gaming room. The pools are clean and refreshing,,,this place is a large spread ,,so walk around to check everything out.
I liked this place a lot better than Mexico,,seems like the people are more friendlier.
- Reviews: 5
Hotel La Residence in Gazcue, Santo Domingo: Budget Hotel In Santo Domingo
Hotel La Residence is a small guest house/ hotel located in Gazcue section of Santo Domingo. Gazcue is a quiet little neighborhood that is conveniently located within walking distance to the Colonial Zone, The Malecon and major hotels and Casinos. Hotel La Residence is also one of the few smaller hotels in Santo Domingo with their own website www.hotelresidencia.com
Gazcue is also home to many restaurants featuring different cuisines. Off the top of my head restaurants within walking distance include Dominican, Spanish, Brazilian, Cuban, Belgian, Swiss, Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Steak house etc.
If you want fast food, El Conde is a semi short walk away and home to Pizza Hut, KFC and more. KFC even delivers to Hotel Residence so on some days when I am too lazy to go out for lunch I call KFC and get my lunch delivered by moped!
As for night life, the colonial zone has tons of cool places to check out and is very nearby. Hotel Napolitano which is a short walk away has a disco as well as a rooftop "terraza" with life music most nights. The terraza features mostly lounge type acts singing romantic songs but on wednesday nights they feature Mexican Mariachis. Hotel Jaragua is also within walking distance and features Jubilee disco as well as champions sports bar and the Merengue Bar with a live 10 piece Merengue band!
As of september of 2005 room rates were very resonable. $900 pesos for a room with AC and $800 pesos with just a ceiling fan. Most rooms have small refridgerators and all have cable TV including american channels such as CNN, Fox News and ESPN. At the tme of my writing this the exchange rate is about 31 pesos to the dollar so rooms at Hotel La Residence are less than $30USD per night.
To me the unique quality of Hotel La Residence is the family run atmosphere. The hotel is owned and operated by family members. It is not unusual to see hotel guests greeted with a big smile and handshake or even a hug in many cases. I have spent many an afternoon or early evening sitting outside the Hotel chatting with the owners, and guests of teh hotel. This past trip there was an eclectic group staying at Hotel La Residence.
"El Mago" or the Magician is originally from Cuba but lives in Miami now. He would be sitting outside each day talking up a storm and selling some used cell phones and cameras he brought in from Miami. He would also argue with "Nino". Nino is an older Italian gentleman that has been living at the hotel for several months while he looks to buy an apt in santo domingo. He can be somewhat "Cranky" as he often seems to be yelling, especially at hois novia and el Mago! One conversation Nino had by phone went EXACTLY like this. . . .Nino dials a number. . . .then pretty much yelling into the phone says . . . ."aah". . . ."aah".. . . ."ya". . . ."ok" and hangs up. . . . . sort of a cross between spanish and "Caveman". . . .
Mingo is the security guard from the now closed Mona Lisa Massage Parlor. Mingo is a BIG guy that used to wrestle and works out a ton. he is a great guy to shoot the breeze with. Mona Lisa is now reopened but just as a Hotel. . . . .no more massages. . . . .or if you ask Mingo real nice he can probably hook you up. . . . LOL. . . .
- Reviews: 2
Hotel delta: Value! Value! Value!
Located in Bella Vista District about two blocks north of the Mirador del Sur Park, this medium-large, gay friendly hotel offers a location convenient to Zona Colonial without the cramped streets, traffic and crowds of the tourist zone. Although bordering on Sarasota Ave which can carry some traffic, the surrounding neighborhoods are quiet and safe and the hotel is close to all major shopping centers (3 in area) and supermarkets (Nacional and Plaza Lama). Why am I mentioning supermarkets? Part of Delta's room lineup (aimed at Europeans) feature tiny kitchenettes where you can fix meals with a small frig, stove (2 burners) sink and counter! When you arrive in your room tell housekeeping what type of utensils and dishes you will require. Not to say that Delta's restaurant isn't tops in quality and service -- it is! Great service, fresh soups and breads and specials of the day posted in elevator. Rooms are large, bathroom is small, very good beds, Cable TV, AC and a large dining table with window view. The hotel is staffed by super friendly people (they will call you by name after a short time) that make you feel at home, and is clean and well-run. Pool and rec room available and internet access is available in lobby for nominal charge or in your room. Taxis are available adjacent to hotel entrance in underground, guarded parking. Prices range $59.00 and up plus taxes. When making internet reservations make sure they are in spanish or confirm with desk before arriving (the internet office does not speak english, according to desk). After a five-day stay, I did not want to leave and made arrangements there for my next trip to DR.
Do not miss veranda and pool on 8th floor complete with food service and bar. This was closed for remodel during our stay and March and was a real treat for May's visit. 270 degree view of the entire city including Malecon and Caribbean Sea.
Also added in April was complimentary breakfast buffet -- everthing fresh, clean and friendly -- an added bonus to an already incredible value
- Reviews: 279
Coral Costa Caribe: Coral's Famous Hotels
This four star, all inclusive hotel is just minutes away from the International Airport in Santo Domingo and still close enough to the heart of the city.
This hotel is all inclusive and has very affordable prices. All you can eat, drink, and party is always the way to go when you're on vacation!
It has a beautiful beach area, accompanied by around 5 medium to small pools. One pool has a built in bar to order drinks from the pool. There's also a Casino open from 8 pm to 4 am.
There's also many play areas if you want to play basketball, mini-golf, badmiton, tennis, bike riding, etc.
At night, there are special Mexican, Italian, Dominican and Buffets and you don't need to make reservations or pay extra.
It's a great place to relax, have fun and if you want to bring the family, bring them along, too!
- Reviews: 634
El Refugio: cheap and clean place to sleep
Situated on Arzobispo Merino only a few blocks up from El Conde is the interesting hotel with as equally as interesting name. Named as a refuge for pirates 'El Refugio' was a nice quiet place with good size rooms and adequete facilities.
Only difficulty we encounter was conversing with non enlish speaking workers, took like 10 minutes for them to realise we wanted a room.
cable tv, fridge, bathroom/shower, internet cafe and shop on the corner of Mercedes and Arzobispo Merino
- Reviews: 124
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The price is rather high with a double room going for a little over 60 dollars, but most hotels in Dr are high priced because of excessive taxation.
Very modern and clean, all the qualities you could need in a nice hotel.
- Reviews: 6
During the day you will be able to participate in all kind of games and events organized by our professional team.
Attractive program every night with our entertainment team, professional shows and dance with our resident orchestra.
- Reviews: 6
We stayed at hte Occidental...
We stayed at hte Occidental Playa Real in Juan Dolio
The activity team there is very dynamic, they have all kinds of activities from morning to night, including a show different every night and very proffessional. Great dancers, they make the crowd participate. Had a great time.
- Reviews: 5
A good place to stay will be...
A good place to stay will be the Jaragua Hotel if you are in the Capital . or if you are in Bavaro ,you should definetely go to Flamenco Bavaro hotel.
If your in Juan Dolio be sure to visit the Hamaca Hotel for fine service and a luxury stay.
Youll have lots of fun .
great site seen. you will get to see the beauty of this unique country.
You will have plenty of fun in the sun, and if you are looking for a tan, bring you sun block because you will get it!Here there is Sun every day
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