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“Like staying at a Courtyard in the US... but better!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard Santo Domingo

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Courtyard Santo Domingo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   50A Maximo Gomez Avenue, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Gazcue)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 76 Hotels in Santo Domingo
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“Like staying at a Courtyard in the US... but better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

My family and I stayed there for 3 days from October 31st to Nov 2nd, 2008. The hotel meets or exceeds the standards of any Marriott Courtyard property in the US. But the service is even better, and the location is optimal for those travellers with business throughout the city (like me). It's close to everything.

The room was comfortable, very clean and spacious, with the standard amenities. Wired Internet access in the room, Wifi downstairs, and PCs with Internet access in the business center make connectivity for business travelers a snap.

If you stay here, be sure to add the breakfast option to your room rate when you reserve or check in instead of paying as you go – you’ll save a lot of money. The American-style-with-local-touches breakfast buffet (with omelets made to order, too) is excellent and you’ll be pampered by a very friendly and willing staff.

The buffet varies from day to day, so you don’t get stuck eating the same thing every day. One day they had Dominican sausage (aka ‘salchichón’) which I enjoyed; they didn’t have in the buffet the next day, but when I asked the buffet cook he went to the kitchen and cooked a special order for me at no charge.

The reception staff is very friendly, capable and they all speak perfect English. The pool is a little small and doesn’t get much sun, but it’s super clean. Fitness center, small but complete... they even have a laundry room with coin operated machines.

I don’t know why folks are giving this place negative reviews; having stayed at other hotels (Lina, Jaragua, etc.), I can say with confidence I’ll be staying here in the future.

One caveat – water and incidentals are EXPENSIVE in the hotel – even for the US. Get a room with a fridge and go down the street (2 blocks south) to the very modern US style supermarket where you can get anything you need at much lower cost.

  • Liked — VALUE!!! Clean, location, service, amenities all great
  • Disliked — Prices of water and incidentals
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2008

If you are familiar with the Courtyards (Marriott) in the US, you will find this one to be exquisite. We brought a large group and there was a problem with the reservation: one room was missing. As the front desk staff worked on solving the problem, they were gracious and relentless, even when it turned out the mistake was ours when we made the booking, and not theirs. The room we had was more like a Renaissance or Four Seasons standard with beautiful appointments in the bath and bedroom. Granite and marble, ebony wood (carved), plush towels, wonderful bed and beddings, etc. The breakfast buffet was equal to most Courtyards, however, there is a wait staff that serves like for a fine dining restaurant. The coffee in the lobby is better than most, and there is also fresh squeezed fruit juices from time to time. Only thing that was not attractive was the location, but the parking lot is gated.

  • Liked — beautiful lobby, rooms for a Courtyard
  • Disliked — neighborhood/location
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2008

We stayed at this hotel with a baby and our nanny and spent a couple of nights. We got a good deal on Expedia for approx. $100/night and found the hotel to be a great value for the money.

The hotel is fairly new and has excellent infrastructure and service. Rooms are spacious, though the bathroom could be larger. Beds are comfortable, furniture is adequate, carpets look very clean and in good condition.

The hotel has a spacious and comfortable lobby and lounge area, where we met our friends and spent a nice evening talking for hours. The on-site restaurant and service are excellent.

The hotel location is not the greatest, it's off a busy avenue and you must drive to get to decent dining/shopping. That was ok for us, we already had the expectation that Courtyards in the U.S. are convenient for a short stay and are not luxury hotels.

We were pleased with this hotel and would definitely recommend it. If you're familiar with Courtyards in the U.S. you will know what to expect.

  • Stayed February 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2008

All I can tell you is that you will not be disappointed with this hotel. At first I was a little hesitent with with the amount of reviews I read on the net, but as soon as I got to the Courtyard everything changed.
From the service, to the food, everything was better than I expected. If you needed something from the front desk, their friendly service people were there to greet and attend to your needs. I found the rooms clean and prepared everytime I went out. The workout room is a little small but the reality is, not a lot of peple work out when their drinking, eating, or on business.

At the end of the day, were all looking for the balance between quality and price. Believe when I say this hotel will impress your wallet as well as your expectations!

Mike..

  • Liked — Food and the rooms
  • Disliked — Traffic congestion
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Courtyard Santo Domingo

Address: 50A Maximo Gomez Avenue, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo > Gazcue
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Santo Domingo
#1 Family Hotel in Santo Domingo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Santo Domingo 3*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Courtyard Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic hotel is located in the heart of the city's cultural district and offers comfortable accommodations and complete services for business and leisure travelers alike. Among the most preferred Santo Domingo hotels, the Courtyard is within walking distance to the National Theater and the U.S. Embassy. Our Courtyard hotel is also within easy access to Santo Domingo's Colonial zone attractions, the main business district and government facilities. Guests can be assured of a relaxing and productive stay with our new Marriott bedding and free high-speed Internet access. Enjoy the convenience of our on-site Trapiche Restaurant, Lobby bar, Snack/Coffee Shop, outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. We also offer two meeting rooms with flexible space for events and business meetings in Santo Domingo. Visit the Courtyard Santo Domingo hotel today and discover first-class service in the beautiful Dominican Republic. ... more   less 
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