This was my first visit to Santo Domingo & I really wanted to stay somewhere in the Colonial Zone (as it is a UNESCO Heritage Site). What i was hoping for was a place that also had a sense of history but was close to most of the historic sites, and that is exactly what this was. El Beaterio was once a home for nuns and still has much of that solitary historical feel. If what you are looking for is a modern hotel with all the amenities, this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking to have an authentic experience of being in the historical zone of the oldest inhabited city in the New World, Hotel El Beatario may be just what you are looking for.
The staff are fairly fluent in Spanish, French, and English, and I found most of them to be very welcoming and pleasant. There is a nice park closeby where some of the locals gather in the evening, and there are also some very cute restaurants and a local bar closeby that were enjoyable. The hotel is also located close to El Conde, the pedestrian thoroughfare where you will find shopping, restaurants, and it also connects historic sites. I would stay here again.