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“The coolest hotel I've ever stayed at!” 5 of 5 stars
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El Beaterio
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Duarte No. 8 | Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Zona Colonial)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 75 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Taipei, Taiwan
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“The coolest hotel I've ever stayed at!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

This hotel is in the heart of the Colonial District in Santo Domingo and the ambience was perfect. We stayed here one night when we flew into town on our way to a beach resort. It had so much personality. When you come off the street there is a huge locked wooden door on a tall wall. It feels like you are entering a secret castle. The entry rooms are picturesque and so well decorated that you feel like you stepped back in time. The bedrooms are "in back" on a open-air courtyard. Very tall ceilings make the rooms feel bigger than they are and they are well-shielded from the noise of the street. Comfortable beds and nice little breakfast in the morning. I couldn't stop looking around and taking in the details. We felt priveledged to see a place as cool as this, let alone stay there.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jacmel, Haiti
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

I came here after a warm recommendation from a friend and loved the peaceful atmosphere, the beauty of the convent and the serenity. I read other reviews here before I visited and assumed they were over-enthusiastic but now I am just as enthusiastic myself! Good location too from the main sites in Zona Colonial but the best bit is the building and rooms.

The staff were also great when I was there- they went several extra miles to help me sort out a couple of problems I had with my trip and were really polite and friendly. They reply fast to emails too.

I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Santo Domingo now and I recommend you to do the same.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

I have stayed at the Beaterio at least 5 times over the past two years. Each time has been excellent. This is truly my home away from home in Santo Domingo. A hidden gem. The hotel is convenient to El Conde and is right on Parque Duarte. There's a little bodega right next door.

The service at the hotel is outstanding. The complimentary breakfast: fresh juice, coffee, toast, homemade marmelade, and fresh fruit is outstanding. I could site in the main salon and read all day and listen to the sounds of the street. The upstairs patio is a great place to watch the sun set over Parque Duarte and have a drink. The hotel is full of little nooks and cranies that are just lovely to sit.

The rooms are terrific. It's like going back in time. Which is to probably say that the TVs and A/C could use some updating. This hotel is French owned and the staff speaks both French/Creole and Spanish. The price is terrific for the value. The hotel is safe and secure. I will be back again and again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

This restored convent is loaded with architectural interest, colonial charm and interesting antiquities. The rooms are spacious and adequately furnished. If visiting the colonial zone is your desire - it was certainly ours - this is a great location to wander the area. The staff are cordial; breakfast is adequate and the place is very clean.

Room Tip: If you have heavy bags, ask for a main floor room. Taxis from the airport cost US$40.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

We loved the atmosphere, charm, and history of this place--it's 500 years old. Very centrally located in Zona Colonial. Decent breakfast too.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Puerto Rico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

The location was not bad, with a shop next door where you can grab necessities like water, toothbrush, etc. The host was friendly and helpful. The rooms were cozy (stayed in room 7) and during the day and night, it's really quiet. The living room is beautiful decorated as well. I like the fact that it's walking distance to the main colonial attractions but, during the night, it's advisable to take a taxi back. From Atarzana, it's around USD$6 to get back to El Beaterio.

Room Tip: Chose rooms on the second level from 7 onwards but not 11.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Little Rock, Arkansas
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

very pretty old convent turned into a hotel. Staff was great. Very helpful. Rooms were neat. Courtyard was very pretty. Location is close to sites. Breakfast was small but adequate. Beds were comfortable. Very pretty and redone very well. Probably not the place for everyone but if you love old places with a lot of history you will love it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Beaterio

Address: Calle Duarte No. 8 | Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo > Zona Colonial
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santo Domingo
#9 Family Hotel in Santo Domingo
#13 Business Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Beaterio 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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Also Known As:
El Beaterio Hotel Santo Domingo
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