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“Historical and confortable” 4 of 5 stars
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Occidental El Embajador
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Sarasota 65, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #4 of 76 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York City, New York
1 review
“Historical and confortable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is a very nice hotel with a very good service and pretty good food. Right now it is been renovated and hopefully soon everything will be perfect like in the old days when princesses, ambassadors, and presidents made of this place, their place.
I enjoyed every day that I stayed in Occidental El Embajador in the Dominican Republic.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights for a wedding. The hotel is nice overall. The pool is lovely. The ballroom where the wedding reception was held was beautiful. The rooms are a bit outdated. Breakfast buffet select is pretty good with an egg/omelette station (mainly Spanish only to place a proper order) The location is so-so. There are few choices of places to eat nearby although there are a few somewhat pricey restaurants within walking distance. The hotel taxi is expensive - have the front desk call an actual taxi company instead. Lots of loud squawking birds in the evening. Best part - scenes from The Godfather II were filmed here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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181 reviews 181 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is one of the oldest hotel in Santo Domingo, it is going through a renovation and it is safe place to stay, I like staying here
Excellent breakfast specially if you like or want to try Dominican breakfast I suggest the Mangu and the Avena

Room Tip: You want a room with ocean view
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I've stayed for 6 six weeks at this hotel and this is my input so far.
Hotel is located near many restaurants/bars (italian, argentinian, spanish, mexican, north american). I think this is a good business hotel for Dominican Republic, great staff service, free internet (better connection than other Dominican hotels I've stayed at but slower than most hotels in other countries: US for example), has many work rooms (a bit pricey though). Food in general is very good and sorted, breakfast buffet has a lot of options, as well as the restaurants and food quality. They have a great swimming pool for those who like to excersise as well as a gym with approx. 6 machines (treadmill, bycicles, etc) and a set of weights.
The one problem I see with this hotel is the rooms. The hotel is under a renovation process, but most rooms are not renovated. The non renovated rooms are/look/feel very old. Old uncomfortable furniture, bed with old mattresses/pillows, very low light in the room (close to none), old bathroom. If you're lucky enough, you can get one of the few renovated rooms (not my case) which are great from what I've seen (from other work coleagues).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Stayed at Occidental Embajador for two nights in October 2013. The hotel is nice but the rooms are very old. The shower in my room was broken and I had to hand hold the shower head to take a bath, Overall the hotel is average, no attention to details, nothing special. My real complaint is that they were having some kind of fashion convention and both nights they had very loud music all through the night till about 1 or 2 am. The second night I did not get any sleep because of the loud music and I needed to be up by 3 am since I had to catch a 6 am flight. These kind of events are not compatible with a hotel. Guest need to sleep!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Fontana, Wisconsin
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My stay was good. The newly remodeled room was very nice. All elements worked as they should. And I love the view out the front side of the hotel. The personnel is very people-oriented, from the front desk people to the restaurant workers, to the lobby bar people.
I happened to be there when there was a TV show filming in the lobby a couple nights in a row, and despite what could have been an enormous inconvenience, the lobby bar staff took good care of us.

Room Tip: I like the side overlooking the entrance.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Exceptional service and superb food! Highly recommend it! Very well located. Their staff is very friendly and helpful. I have had several events at this Hotel and they have always exceeded my expectations! Staff is very well trained and focused on providing an excellent service.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Occidental El Embajador

Address: Avenida Sarasota 65, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Santo Domingo
#1 Spa Hotel in Santo Domingo
#2 Luxury Hotel in Santo Domingo
#4 Business Hotel in Santo Domingo
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santo Domingo
#5 Family Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Occidental El Embajador 4*
Number of rooms: 286
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Also Known As:
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