I have already reviewed this hotel (March 2010), but after a second visit I wanted to reaffirm my opinion that this is a real gem of a place to stay. This time I stayed again with my wife and two children, and we reserved room 136, the only one with a large private terrace (see pics). At $140/night with breakfast included this room is really an amazing bargain. The room itself is large with a king-size bed (they were happy to bring an cot for the kids), a very comfortable, small leather couch, a desk with a computer (which I didn’t use since I had my own), another small work desk, a small table with three chairs, and a fridge. The bathroom is huge and much nicer than those in the other rooms. It has a large Jacuzzi, and a separate shower. The main room and the bath have huge windows that let in tons of natural light. The terrace, which is accessed from two french doors in the room, is amazing. It is about 300 square ft. and it adds and incredible amount of value to the room. It is a great place to sit and have a beer or to sip morning coffee, to read a book or to take a nap.
We were more pleased this time with the service. The staff was very friendly, and we had no problems of any kind. We will definitely return here many times. It is one of our favorite small hotels in Latin America. I would advise anyone making a reservation to request a room with lots of light if you care about such things – some of the interior rooms have tiny windows and are very dark and a bit musty inside. I have looked at over a dozen of the rooms and think 128, 131, 135, and 136 are among the nicest.
The breakfast is simple, but excellent, and we loved it as much as last time we stayed. Fresh fruit salad (pineapple, papaya, apples, bananas, etc.), yogurt, eggs, ham and cheese, lots of fresh bread, good coffee, etc.
The location simply can't be beat. Highly recommended in every way.
IMPORTANT NOTE: one of the taxi drivers who is often stationed outside the hotel is extremely friendly and dependable. I have gone many places with him with my wife and kids, and would recommend him to anyone. I am not sure if he speaks English (since we are native Spanish speakers) but that shouldn't matter. His name is José Gil and he can be found at the corner of Calle Duarte and Calle el Conde.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palacio, located only two blocks from the Cathedral Primada of America and right in the center of all historical and cultural attractions of the first city ever built in the New World. The monuments, museums, classical and modern art exhibits and concerts will add interest to your stay in this magical city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palacio Hotel Santo Domingo
- Palacio Santo Domingo