I've been to Santo Domingo for work trips 4 times, and have yet to find a hotel that I really find convenient, comfortable, and classy. A lot are run down or filled with casinos (and for a woman traveling alone, that isn't great). I tried the Frances this time, but have to say it wasn't as great as I'd hoped. I (well my company) paid a business rate of nearly $200, and I was stuck in room 101 -- tiny, cramped, and dark (particularly if you want any privacy). I tried to get changed into another room, and the only one they had open that night was worse (103) -- no windows at all! The next night they did move me upstairs to a *much* better room and I have to say the staff at the front desk was quite helpful.
However, for a business traveler, I wouldn't recommend the hotel. The rooms aren't all outfitted with desks for working, some of them have little light, and there is no gym or even one nearby. The private drivers they have on hand aren't great either ($15 an hour seems to be a bit expensive when you're booking 6 meetings).
This would probably be a fine place to stay a day or two if you're landing in Santo Domingo en route to another destination. But I wouldn't come here again on another business trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Frances invites you live a memorable experience.Their golden stone architecture and the warm inside make this Spanish residence a unique place full of history and beauty.Since XVI century it is being witness of the passage of innumerable personalities and in present time is one of the emblematic places of the Colonial City, declared Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Santo Domingo
- Sofitel Santo Domingo
- Santo Domingo Sofitel