The last time I was in this hotel, (before this more recent trip of Oct 2012) it was in 2001. The hotel was splendid, Grand, and it was THE place to be in Santo Domingo, right on the "boulevard Malecon". It is stll on the Malecon, but it is the place NOT to be. Yes, it is the very same hotel as when I stayed there, meaning that NOTHING has changed. The carpet (though clean) shows its age beyond what one would expect in a hotel carrying the Marriott name. The furniture is still the same, and the curtain in the bathroom is more what one would expect in a 2-star. Don't get me wrong: the rooms are still clean, spacious, but everything is so old that it's almost depressing, lik an old belle who refuses to retire... LOL. The TV is the same old bulky thing that they sold back in the 90s.
I was supposed to be there for 4 nights. Checked out the very next day to go to another glorious facility (that I will review later). Nonetheless, the view on the sea is still worth something. I arrived just after hurricane Sandy had shaken the island, so the sea was a dirty brown. But it was still great to watch nature's elements fighting for their own space. I wanted to cram some more nights on my Marriott Rewards account. The service was excellent and did remind of a Marriott. With my gold reward membership status, I had free breakfast (a very substantial buffet), and free internet (not sure they would have been free for any guest). So, by and large, it was a good stay "overall", but i wuldn't go back any time soon. But being in a depressing room, that is closer to a large Motel 6 suite than a Marriott room didn't cut it for me.
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Jaragua Hotel Santo Domingo
- Renaissance Santo Domingo
- Santo Domingo Renaissance