I had room 402 who is a little bit more expensive but it is the room has a balcony and the greatest view. Spacious and two double beds. It has airco, cable tv and a minibar. The bathroom was nice and had warm water.
Staff was very friendly and always enjoy to talk to you and give you information. they also let me stay in my room one hour longer. They have an pc with internet but it is 2 dollar per half hour and slow. Better go to a internet place in calle de conde where it is much cheaper and faster. Two blocks away there is a Jumbo supermarket where you can stock up on beers and rum (and food). The hotel can arrange a reliable driver to pick you up the airport or bring you there. From your balcony you can see the city life. Accross the hotel in the park people play domino or wander around. You are like 100 meter from the oldest church in the Americas. On the corner there is always a police man checking so it is very safe. Hardrock cafe is two buildings away. Some nice restaurants are also 100 meter walk. At the square official tourguides are waiting if you like a guide. Taxis also stop in front of the hotel. The restaurant downstairs is good to watch people and have a cafe and breakfast. I found the whole area very safe. There is police on the streets and also hotels and bancs have security staff. You wont see much motors on the streets. I walked the whole area alone and also to malecon alone and safe. At night I also walked around the zona colonial. For sure until 12 I saw police man round the parque colon. Otherwise take a taxi who are cheap. You can walk kinda everywhere in the colonial zone.
The hotel is old and may need some small maintenance. I had not problems with sleeping or the noise outside. if you close the doors you wont hear a lot. in general this is the place if you want to feel the Zona Colonial!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel, of colonial architecture, is located in the heart of the Colonial City. Right across from the magnificent First Cathedral of America and Christopher Columbus Park. We are within walking distance of the most visited museums and colonial monuments of the XVI century, making us the most privileged hotel in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conde De Penalba Hotel