First of all, the staff: they are brilliant, really helpful, really polite and all very professional (seem to be happy to be at work- which is nice)
The hotel is obviously pretty new, and looks brilliant. There are a few minor problems (such as the shower door doesn't shut properly) the walls are thin, so I wouldn't want to come here as a couple, but for business and solo traveller this is a very good hotel.
The pool on the roof is tiny, but is a nice little sun trap. The gym is perfectly good (small but I was the only one in it, so they don't need bigger).
The food is VERY good (the rib eye steak was fantastic).
The beds are comfortable, andthe aircon works well in the room.
Personally I like that there is music all the way through the hotel (with it's excellent Bose sound system) but I see someone didn't like that.
I have to be honest, I cannot compare this to anything else in Santo Domingo, so don't know what the competition is like, but this hotel is very good for my purposes and I would come back.
So, what is confusing? Well, for me a Holiday Inn is an average hotel, not a budget hotel, not a luxury hotel. It seems to me that things are overpriced (the food and bar) there is no free bottled water (which in my experience is common to find a couple of small bottles in your room as we are advised not to drink the tap water). And Finally, the bar on level 2 has veuve clicquot signage all over it. Who would come to a Holiday Inn to drink champagne? Perhaps this is the best place to drink locally? I do not know but it just doesn't seem to tally up with my opinion of Holiday Inn Hotels.
Anyway, all in all, 4 Stars, Very good. Cannot give 5 as it really isn't a top end hotel, but does what it should.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Holiday Inn Santo Domingo, located in the Business District on Santo Domingo city, welcomes business and leisure travelers. Our Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of numerous large companies and important corporate buildings. In addition, families and business travelers will enjoy the complete list of restaurants, bars, disco, shopping centers among other interesting attractions located within a short walk of the hotel. ... more less
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