Mercure is a part of French Accor chain and about half of clients were French. It's the only modern, decent hotel in the center of the Zona Colonial; the others are either "boutique"/expensive or very modest affairs. Though lacking a business center it has free Wi-Fi; it has good staffing who are friendly and accommodating. Most importantly, in a nation of rolling blackouts, it has automatic backup generators. In addition, due to the French obsession with culture and food, the front desk recommended quality suppliers (guides, taxis etc.) Finally, the exchange rate offered was better than any bank and most money changers.
Pros: Modern conveniences, backup generators, accommodating staff, most central location (right on pedestrian El Conde), reasonable rates. It also offers very good currency exchange rates. In front of the hotel on El Conde "resides" stays a very affectionate dog, la Negrita; it doesn't bother you for food and stays out of the premises but likes patting.
Cons: Previously unoccupied rooms smell musty for a day or two; a/c noise in room disturbes light sleepers.
Note: Rooms are small but adequate, replacement fresh towels may not be always immediately available in the middle of the day since there may be a wait for them to return from laundry. The hotel is also 10 minutes walk from the Barrio Chino/Chinatown, inaugurated in 2008, so you can get some Chinese food if you are tired of Creole cooking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 96 rooms, 2 for disabled guests. Located in the heart of the colonial area of Santo Domingo, the hotel building was completely refurbished in 2000 and is an ideal base to visit all the historical monuments in the old town centre. 30 km from the airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Comercial Santo Domingo Hotel Santo Domingo
- Mercure Santo Domingo
- Accor Santo Domingo