We had rented a car in Puerto Plata to drive to Santiago. Once we entered the city things got hairy. The map is quite accurate but the street signs are lacking. Several u-turns later we found the road that leads to this hidden gem. Once appropriatley enroute the signs brought us directly where we needed to go. A clean sign pointed our direction at every turn. We were glad to see the gate to the compound after the maze of turns up to it. The road up the mountain is well paved and sparsley populated. There are parcels being developed and for sale all the way up. Quite windy and steep, we had to wonder what was ahead.
Arrival at the Hotel brought smiles to the three of our faces. Simple and elegant architecture was met with a contemporary interior design. Check in was a breeze even with the minor language barrier. Many of the staff speak much better english than we do spanish however, there are several that speak no english at all. None the less, we were able to accomplish all that was necessary with the friendly spanish speakers.. The lobby is full of classic american cars owned by the former Dominican dictator Trujillo. I questioned one of the concierges about the glorification of this leader and was told there are differing opinions as to whether this leader was good or bad. Still, it was interesting to see these artifacts while my wife struggled with the communication of check-in. Escorted to our room by the nicest of porters, we were eccstatic to come to our city view room. The housekeeper came to freshen our room as we were being shown the ammenities. Two large plush beds, multiple seating areas, a comfortable restroom, and a door that opened to the brilliant city lights was exactly what the doctor ordered after our cramped stay in Puerta Plata. The wife, who was ill, enjoyed the plentiful english language channels on the television while the son and I learned gin rummy.
Off to dinner at the hotel's restaurant. The menu is Euro/ American. Everything was beyond fabulous. She got the spinach and cheese ravioli. What a flavor. He requested something not on the menu and they did not hesitate to make it for him. The chicken fingers were breaded in a sweet crust that required no dipping sauce. My chicken pamesean was outstanding. A wine marinade must have been applied to the breast prior to its breading. The potatoes that accopanied the entree were the selling point. When I smelt them go by to another table I changed my menu choice. They look like Youkon Gold, are the perfect texture, and are not drenched in awkward flavors. I took all that was left of the dishes up to our room to enjoy during the rest of the evening. Los postres (dessert ) established this as one of the best retaurants ever. The tres leches was slopped on the plate with a meringue topper. The flavor, the texture, the gorgeous view of the city before us, nothing could have been better. In other news, the breakfast leaves much to be desired. Affordable but, not good. The orange juice is excellent. It was wonderful to see all of the locals throughout the day come up for drinks or a meal.
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