I recently spent 5 days at El Beaterio with a small group. Let me just start off by saying what an amazing and beautiful place/location, with a very fun and helpful staff. The location is fantastic just a few blocks away from great shopping, food, and some historical sites.
I honestly did not know what to expect. I set my expectations pretty low. Traveling to a different country, a country I had never been before, and all I had was pictures on the internet. The pictures were beautiful, but we have all heard those horror stories. Showing up and the place looks nothing like the website. I was beyond pleased when I got there. The rooms & bathrooms were clean and comfortable. Even with the floors being stone, it was a little dusty but nothing that was bothersome. I just kept my flip flops on most of the time. I thought the bed and bedding was comfortable and well kept.
All of the little areas were great. The living room area in the front, the dining areas, the kitchen, the open courtyard by the rooms, and the most beautiful spot is definitely on the roof.
I will say that the breakfast in the morning is very light, more of a Continental style of breakfast. Muffins, small pancakes, cereal, fruit, and slices of ham/cheese. So if you are looking for something more substantial, you will need to go out, or cook it yourself. (They do let you use their full kitchen.)
As a group, there were 13 of us total, we had the whole place to ourselves which was fantastic. I DEFINITELY recommend if you have a group around that size this little place is perfect. It felt like our home away from home. Felt very secure, your key opened the front door or you could ring the door bell and the staff would obviously only let guests in.
Speaking of the staff, they were very helpful and pleasant. My favorite staff member, I think everyones favorite, was Felix who was there at night. They were all however helpful with getting you directions and calling transportation. They were also helpful in helping negotiate pricing. One thing I learned while there. EVERYTHING is negotiable.
Overall my experience there was beyond EXCELLENT. I would definitely stay there again, and I totally have recommended already to friends that this is the place to go to if in Santo Domingo.