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“No Frills Hostel - I stayed twice” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostal Nomadas
Calle Hostos 299, Esquina Calle Mercedes | Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo 99999, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #9 of 53 Santo Domingo B&B and Inns
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“No Frills Hostel - I stayed twice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Great price, great location. Nice view from upstairs. I used my credit card for first night (visa only) charged me exactly what it was! Remember you not here to live in the room, but there is AC, TV with cable...upstairs has nice view/restaurant/hooka bar.

Super close to Plaza Espana. Expect to pay taxi from airport for 30-40 US. Taxi guys accept us dollars. They do have some guys outside at night, they are making sure your staying there...Great landmark also - white church next door that has a higher bell tower. Go all the way up the street and there is a little food place that is super cheap. 100 pesos will get you full! (again no frills, great budget spot!)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Springfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

What a great place! Family-owned, hard-working, good rates, clean, very accommodating, great location. The family is present and lives there too, is hard-working, and willing to help answer your questions. They seem to genuinely enjoy having you as a guest. Cats play around and keep the pests away in the common spaces. AC works well, cable didn't, but if you're going to the DR on vacation to watch cable, you probably shouldn't be there. They let me use their cell phone briefly without charge. Internet on their computer is about $1/Hour + free wi-fi that works well. Delicious breakfast included (fresh fruit, toast, jam, juice, and coffee on the beautiful middle-eastern-themed rooftop terrace. Excellent menu on the terrace in the evening including tasty felafel sandwiches, Presidente, mixed drinks, and hookah all for reasonable price. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Room on the first floor is $27/night. The rest on the second floor were around $50/night.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ossining, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

This place is in the hart of Colonial zone, just few minutes walk to Alcazar de Colon or Plaza Espana. The rooms are very basic and very clean, there is a roof deck overseeing landmarks, with a bar, breakfast is served there. The personell is very friendly. And there is a cigar shop on the first floor of the building.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

We had several good nights of solid sleep at the Hostal Nomadas in February and March this year. The personable young owners go out of their way to be helpful--even getting up at 4:30 a.m. to let us leave for the airport. While breakfast on the beautiful terrace is light, the variety of fresh fruit is a real treat. The first floor rooms are definitely larger and nicer (a king bed and a fridge) than the same priced room upstairs that was a bit claustrophobic.

Room Tip: First floor rooms are larger and nicer.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
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15 hotel reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

We stayed at Hostal Nomadas for three nights in Feb 2012 and found much to like about the property. The location is really unbeatable, right on the northern end of the Colonial Zone, just two or three blocks from both El Conde and the Plaza de Espana, and of course restaurants on neighboring streets.

To be clear, this is a hostel in the traditional sense and does not offer much for the high-maintenance traveler - and probably not much for families, either. The rooms are clean but very simple (we didn't even have soap in our bathroom, and the shower is relatively tiny), with little soundproofing both from internal (hallway) and especially external (street) noise. That said, they still do have satellite TV and air conditioning, so some of the "creature comforts" most Western travelers will appreciate. As others have noted, the first floor rooms appear to be a bit brighter and bigger (we lucked out and were in #4), but they are also more prone to street noise - everything from car alarms to food vendors and church bells. We were also without water at least twice during three days, which was definitely inconvenient but nothing to make a major fuss about as it was only temporary. In short, if you know what you're getting into (a hostel at a budget price) and approach it with a good attitude, the accommodations are a great value for exploring the Colonial Zone.

Other highlights aside from the location and price include the rooftop deck and owners. The deck is curiously decorated in an Egyptian style, but somehow it works - hookahs, daybeds, and bright orange and blues. At night the rooftop turns into a restaurant, which livens up the place a little bit without making too much noise (incidentally we ate at the restaurant one night and the falafal and tabouleh were out of the this world good). In the morning, breakfast is served in the warm sun, and despite its simplicity - white bread, jam, fruit, juice/coffee - it's enough to wake you up a bit before heading out for the day.

The owners, Marion and Freddy (sp?), and their two adorable children (and three cute cats), live on-site and are really pleasant and helpful to their guests. If not for the pleasant attitude from them and their staff, some of the minor inconveniences might cause more frustration, but as it is they are trying their best and really have a great set-up in place for travelers looking for simple and safe accommodations. We had few requests (taxi to the airport, making a phone call, etc.) but everything we asked was taken care of quickly and thoroughly and with a smile.

Regarding reservations, not sure how others do it but we went through HostelBookers and were glad we did because Nomadas definitely seemed full most nights. Also, make sure you have enough cash on hand well before you check out because the ATMs nearby are frequently out of order or out of money, and Nomadas accepts cash only.

In summary, appreciate Hostal Nomadas for what it offers (location, value, great people) and not for what it doesn't (fancy toiletries, full breakfast buffet), and you'll realize it's a great base from which to explore the Colonial Zone!

Room Tip: First floor rooms seem nicer - #3 and #4 have king size beds.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The netherlands
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11 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

If you want to stay in the colonial zone, this might be a good place to stay. Breakfast on the roof was basic, but good....nice to start the day on the terrace. Room was basic but clean. Staff was friendly and spoke English. One night there was noise from a (new) discotheke around the corner. Hopefully for the owners of Hostal Nomadas, this discotheke will close soon.
One little point of attention, the emergency exit door was locked, because the owners live on the other site of the door. This knowledge didn't improve my rest at night, making me feel locked (other doors were closed too) and not confident about getting out in time during a fireoutbreak.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

The room is tiny and there is really no window, so it feels claustrophobic. The heater for the shower is built into the shower head and the plug kept falling out of it. When I would put the plug back into it I would feel a bit of an electric shock. Also, between the night club across the street and the car alarms, it was almost impossible to sleep. I am completely confused by all the great reviews, especially since I checked out of here and into a hotel (ESEDEKU house) that only cost a little more and had large and quiet rooms.
One wonderful thing about this hotel is the complimentary breakfast served on the roof top lounge in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Hostos 299, Esquina Calle Mercedes | Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo 99999, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Very well located in the heart of the Colonial Zone, Hostal Nomadas offers you 8 pretty rooms and well equipped for your comfort with: private bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator, WiFi,...The breakfast (included) will be served to you on the terrace, where you could also relax by having a drink, after a long walking day in the Historic Centre of the Capital.We wait for you in a familial and warmth atmosphere during your next stage in Santo Domingo. ... more   less 
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