Renaissance Jaragua Hotel And Casino
George Washington Ave. 367, Apto. Postal 769-2, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
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There are many hotels around...
There are many hotels around the capital and in every province. If you're looking to be in the middle of everything, check in the capital's many hotels such as: Santo Domingo Hotel and Casino, Jaragua Hotel and Casino, V Centenario, Lina, and many more. Some of these hotels are located in the Malecon, which offer a great view of the Caribbean Sea.
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.
In Santo Domingo, you can find...
In Santo Domingo, you can find quality, five star lodging at reasonable rates, especially if you use an online discount booking company like groovytravel.net. The first time we went stayed in a hotel there, we used the Hotel Continental. This is an inexpensive option where the rooms are clean and air-conditioned, but offers little more than this. The next time we stayed at the Intercontinental along the waterfront. This was a great five-star hotel! There are several restaurants, a pool that is appropriate for all age groups, mini-bars, casino and bar, and just about every room has a view of the ocean (even our discounted one!). The rooms also come with a free breakfast buffet. Other people I know also like the Jaragua, which is a five-star hotel owned by the Mariott chain.
Rooms at the Continental Hotel range from about $60 to $105. The Intercontinental rage from $90-$500.
At the Jaragua Hotel and Casino the prices range from about $85-$500.
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. . . .
WHERE TO STAY????????
Where to stay in the Dom. Rep.?
If you're going on a business trip, and your stay is going to be somewhat brief, then by all means go to the Hotel Jaragua or the Melia, these are 5 star hotels, but if you plan to stay longer and your vacation is going to include travelling a lot, then your best bet is to actually hit the small resorts around the island, which will be all too happy to accommodate you, and the best part is that most of them are close to centers of entertainment and points of interest to tourists.
Some things worth mentioning:
Avoid eating at local tourist's places (they'll be over-priced) just travel about some 5 or 10 min away and you can taste some of the local food very cheap and very good.
Avoid hailing a taxi from your hotel entrance or block (you'll pay about 30% more for your drive), walk some distance a block or so before getting into one.
Avoid drinking water from sources other than bottles unless you plan to stay longer than 6 weeks(after 6 weeks your stomach will develop it's own enzymes to neutralize the bacteria present in the local water supply at which time you can drink from tap if wanted)
When tipping for petty stuff forget 5 or 10 pesos, locals tip over 20 pesos(about a dollar minimun)it's the trend, and still very cheap if compared to most other world's destinations.
The Glamour of the Capital City
great hotel, and great casino. Rooms are comfortable . Specially for people who come for business. Casino, Pool, Great views.
Help with information
Hi there I am going to be traveling to SD,DR the last week of the month and I am trying to find out which hotels are good in service and rooms. I also need to find out which hotels will allow me to have guest. I hear that alot of the hotels won't let me bring outside guest into them. I need to find out which hotels will allow this. Also which clubs or bars should I go to to meet nice attractive women. I don't speak any spanish will this be a problem.
RE: Help with information
Hi, nice to meet you. I am from DR let me know the price range, so I can help you with this. I have some hotels connetions. tell me more details about what you are looking for.
have a great day
RE: RE: Help with information
As our friend says, the prices is a matter. I lived for almost 7 months at Melia hotel at the Malecon and it was pretty nice. I lived for 2 weeks at Hispaniola hotel and I didn't like it, it was dirty but cheaper. Hotel Jaragua ys the best and most expensive option in that area.
Visitors are allowed at Melia if you register them, my mom visited a couple of times at no extra-charge. If you talk about other kind of visitors, then they are not allowed as they will not accept to register and the hotel security enforces this for your own safety.
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Renaissance Jaragua Hotel And Casino
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Renaissance Santo Domingo
- Santo Domingo Renaissance
- Renaissance Jaragua Hotel Santo Domingo
Address: George Washington Ave. 367, Apto. Postal 769-2, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Caribbean