I found myself in Orlando with a few free days and enough points for free tickets on Jet Blue, so I did a last minute 3 day/4 night trip to Santo Domingo to get to know the place. It was my first time in the Dominican Republic. Because I was travelling alone, I wanted a small House/Inn type of accommodation. I chose the Hotel Atarazana as it was highly recommended here on TA and seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. It was a great choice.
Armed with TA reviews of some of the tourist attractions and the “36 Hours in Santo Domingo” from last November’s NY Times, I took off from Orlando for the short two hour flight. Susanne from the hotel had arranged for a trustworthy taxi to meet me at the airport, and when I walked outside there was Jesus with a sign bearing my name. He was very knowledgeable, fair and accommodating and spoke English pretty well. I used him here and there during my stay as well as for the return trip to the airport.
The hotel: A small, clean trendy place. Only six rooms in a converted old colonial home, but never a lack of privacy. Plenty of hot water. Bottled water is available for drinking from a cooler right outside the rooms. The breakfast, which is included in the room rate, is excellent: A small buffet setup with eggs, fruit, rolls, cheese, coffee and juice (see my photo for a look). The hotel is walking distance to everything in the Zona Colonial, which is very safe with an abundance of tourist police who seem unnecessary. Although the hotel is actually connected to the police station (see my photo), I would feel safe staying anywhere in the Zona Colonial.
The owners, Susanne and her husband Bernard, together with their assistant Jessica are quite pleasant and very helpful in every regard, but never intrusive. In addition, they tend to attract interesting guests.
Santo Domingo has many good historical attractions, restaurants and great weather and I cannot imagine visiting the country and heading straight to a beach resort without spending at least a couple of nights there.
The Hotel Atarazana is a perfect place to stay for almost anyone, and I found it especially suited to me as a first time visitor travelling alone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The lovingly restored mansion originally dates from the 1860’s and today the 6 room Hotel Atarazana stands out for the exquisite detail and design.In the patio lush plants, a plunge pool and cascades create an oasis-like setting and the roof terrace invites to relax on a lounge bed with a spectacular view over the illuminated old town. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atarazana Hotel Santo Domingo
- Atarazana Santo Domingo