This place is nice, clean, conveniently close to basically everything, within 15 minutes walk from one of the most beautiful areas, very well priced for the services they provide (not one of those "you get what you pay for" kind of place), free hot breakfast everyday-not great variety but enough for a good morning start. Exactly as you see it in the websites. No tricks or lies or "fake angles" to make it look what is not. We needed a quite place, not too fancy/too expensive, with the basics to spend a week taking care of some personal matters, and it fulfilled the purpose perfectly. It was not a typical vacation or tourism trip - not looking for on-the-beach fun or drink&dance-until-you-die kind of thing.
Location is awesome, away from the noise and close enough to walk everywhere - just ask at the front desk, there areas where you should be more careful. If taking a taxi, everything is so close you won't spend so much money. If renting a car you have access to the main roads right there.
Bed was very comfortable, plenty of pillows and new clean extra sheets changed daily, extra towels as requested.
Kitchen had 3 or 4 basic pots and pans, plates and utensils and what you may need for a dinner or a different breakfast (grocery shopping is a 5 minutes ride from the hotel - ask Mike to take you, help you, and bring you back - he'll arrange a special rate for you).
Free Wi-Fi everywhere for those who need it, cable TV with plenty of channels if you're not going out (mostly in Spanish), hot water ALL THE TIME, free parking for rental car.
The best? THE PEOPLE!!!!!!! The staff is very accommodating, very helpful, and super nice. They make you feel like you are the only one around :-) A+
Thanks to Mike for being a wonderful driver/advisor/friend always on time and helpful with ideas, suggestions, tips, advice, and also to Cristina, Ana, and Darling (and darling she is) the ladies in charge of our breakfasts and room. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome, comfortable and as close at home as possible.
Something to take in consideration when planning and packing: It doesn't provide any toiletries nor hair dryer, or coffee maker/thermos. Only delivery menu available at the front desk is Pizza (very good, and fast delivery) If you NEED coffee "before" you open your eyes, take some instant mix with you, or buy some cheap small coffee maker in the grocery store, unless you want to wait until breakfast time.
Room for improvement: A little more attention to details, in maintenance, and decoration will bring this place up a notch, make it more homey, without breaking the bank in either side. Our room needed a little TLC here and there (nothing to interrupt or disturb our stay) but it was because nobody notified Management before. As soon as we mentioned it they took note right away. Super willingly staff would benefit from some specialized training in Hospitality, everybody do their best with what they have but they are somehow limited to do more.
I definitely recommend this place. We'd stay here every time we can.
- Also Known As:
- Hostal Marina Real Hotel Santo Domingo
- Hostal Marina Real Hotel
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