Fond memories were made for me at the Hotel Hodelpa in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Regardless of your level of Spanish or English, the service staff there can help you, as they are bilingual. From the moment we arrived there, I was thoroughly impressed. When we arrived and went to the front desk, there were flutes of bubbly, sparkling grape juice served to us in beautiful blue flutes that matched the hotel color scheme. The front desk staff were very gracious and welcoming. There was a nice seating area in the lobby, as well as a small area just behind the front desk area where you can use the desktop computers.
The walls both in the lobby and throughout the hotel on every floor, have inspirational messages printed on them. The rooms are beautiful, with lovely tulle tied on the bedposts. The beds slept comfortably, and the rooms were spacious. The public restroom on the first floor is beautiful, with cherrywood doors on the stalls, and nice floral centerpieces. There are, of course, private restrooms in the rooms. These, too, are nice.
We had breakfast in the dining room, which was lovely. The food was superb. I repeat, the food was superb. I like to eat healthy, and I was not disappointed. It was my first time eating yucca, and I enjoyed it much the way it was prepared with red onions, along with fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices (mango, papaya, orange, etc.) and additional options for meat-eaters.
The hotel is is walking distance of shopping, cafes, and the Zócalo. It is a very scenic area. Our group walked around the city in the Colonial Zone (where the hotel is located), and saw numerous sites, including cathedrals and street entertainers. On a wall nearby the hotel, we saw images of the faces of the famed Hermanas Mirabál. I highly recommend doing some background reading on the history of this beautiful city before traveling there. It made the difference in the level of enrichment I got from the trip. I think this may be the best trip I have ever taken abroad, and I've been to several places in Latin America and the Caribbean. The loveliness of Hotel Hodelpa and its excellent location was a huge bonus.
There is a terrace a few flights up, where one can look out and see a nice amount of the Colonial Zone, including a nice view of some apartments across the street. Whenever I return to Santo Domingo, I plan to always stay at Hotel Hodelpa. I actually traveled there in May-June 2009, which is just the right time (or earlier) to visit Santo Domingo. Anything later, and the tropical heat (humidity) will likely be unbearable. It was just getting to that point during my visit. This was a study abroad trip through a state university.
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