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Boutique Hotel Palacio
Ranked #14 of 79 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 31, 2011

Although we were in Santo Domingo over the Easter holiday and many places were closed, we had an abolutely wonderful weekend there! Starting with Hotel Palacio..... We did our feeble-best with Spanish and they reciprocated with being warm and gracious hosts. The layout of the hotel provides wonderful little nooks that are charming and relaxing. The location is perfect - just a couple blocks from the main pedestrian street and maybe ten or so blocks from the restaurants on the malecon (which we found to be an easy & safe walk at night). .. Food ..... The food on the malecon was wonderful - Pat n' Palo exceeded our expectations for fresh seafood. And the little square at the river-side end of the pedestrian walkway had several fun places... a good breakfast joint on the western corner and a terrific bar/restaurant on the eastern corner that had awesome curry fish... and terrific wait-staff. .. If you have time, hire a driver and drive through the main part of town & see the government buildings - very, very nice! .. We would go back to Santo Domingo.... anytime, anyday, anyway! .. And would definitely return to Hotel Palacio---- Thank you!

Room Tip: Get the Senior Suite - TERRIFIC
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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HotelPalacio0, Guest Relations Manager at Boutique Hotel Palacio, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for you comments , we are glad you become part of our guests.... we are waiting on your next visit to Santo Domingo to follow as usual providing you a good service.

My best regards,

Bianka Cruz

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Reviewed December 24, 2011

We stayed at the Palacio on 12/21/11 during an overnight trip via rental car from Punta Cana. We selected the Palacio based on favorable reviews and were not disappointed. Great central location within easy walking distance of all the main points of interest made for a great home base and allowed easy explorations during our short stay. Also really appreciated the free off-street parking - one less thing to figure out after the crazy drive from PC. Also must mention the very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recomend!

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

Once again our stay at Hotel Palacio was like going home. ... The peaceful, restful courtyard is beyond compare. The staff is like family. Dona Carmen the Housekeeping Director is a consummate professional. Front desk Managers Rosemary, Bianca, and others are the sweetest, warmest people you could imagine. Julio the daytime 'jack-of-all-trades' front door person is fantastic. The kitchen staff warm and friendly. The owner George is hands-on and warm, and friendly. "Nana" (Evelyn) the night-time room service girl is as sweet as can be. PLEASE order room service from her (5:00 pm arrival), she works only for tips.

The hotel itself: This time around we stayed in room number #125. Clean, spacious, comfortable and a bargain at the price. The bathroom is huge with a great shower. The outside of the room patio area with, table and chairs is a great place for a cool drink or, morning coffee.

The rooftop pool is the only one of its kind in 'La Zona', and rarely used. All in all, this small, intimate hotel is a gem. An Oasis in an otherwise hectic area.

For more information, feel free to contact me.

Room Tip: There is a very small basic room on the 3rd floor right-rear that I do not recommend. The room itsel...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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HotelPalacio0, Guest Relations Manager at Boutique Hotel Palacio, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for you comments , we are glad you become part of our guests.... we are waiting on your next visit to Santo Domingo to follow as usual providing you a good service.

My best regards,

Bianka Cruz

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Reviewed December 11, 2011

We stayed here on the last day of our travel, right before heading to the airport. I wish I would've known in advance how much we would've liked it. We would have stayed there more than one night. It was close to everything! We were just a block away from shopping, grocery store, restaurants, and a couple blocks away from Mercado Modelo, museums, and historic attractions. Honestly, the streets surrounding the Hotel were full of trash, but once you step foot inside the hotel you would never know it. The rooms and beds are so comfortable, the bathroom feels luxurious compared to many other hotels in the DR. The staff are very polite and helpful. Its probably the only hotel I was able to FULLY relax in.

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P.S.-- Shopping advice- even though you get approached alot by aggressive vendors inside Mercado Modelo- you can get souvenirs for SO much cheaper. I wish I'd waited and bought alot of things there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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HotelPalacio0, Guest Relations Manager at Boutique Hotel Palacio, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Dear Guests

Thank you very much for you comments ,we are very happy that you feel good in our hotel ,it makes us feel proud of our effort to maintain quality in our services and facilities, we are waiting on your next visit to Santo Domingo to follow as usual providing you a good service.

My best regards,

Bianka Cruz

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Reviewed November 30, 2011

Stayed for 3 nights this past week and had lots of fun in Santo Domingo

Pros

Easy to get to; very nicely & conveniently located - two small blocks from Cathedral Santa Maria la Menor (first built church in the Americas & where Christopher Columbus' bones where said to be discovered); 5-10minute walking distance to major sites in the Colonial Zone. A grocery store located 50 yards away. Not expensive (about $105 USD per night w/ breakfast included); breakfast consists of buffet - cooks can make you eggs the way you want it; cereal; breads; hams; cheeses; orange juice, milk and fruit. Restaurant staff very friendly and polite. Rooms spacious, nice working AC, nice bathrooms w/ hot cold water.

Cons

Beds are kind of old as are sheets (although clean); small television; tiny safety box; old closets; saw a huge roach there!! front desk staff not friendly; front desk never had local currency to exchange (from USD to the Peso); elevator did not work (had to carry my bags up); WIFI is promised to work in rooms but this never happened - you had to go out & sit on the tables.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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HotelPalacio0, Guest Relations Manager at Boutique Hotel Palacio, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2011

Dear Guest,

Thanks for your comments both positive and negative. so I can understand you chose one of the cheapest Rooms, which is the Travel Studio and actually some of it are with small television that we are changing.
Almario As you understand is a colonial style hotel and many of them are reply of imobilíario of colonial times and look old,
About the elevator we are sorry, can not justify but are mechanical devices that once may have failures.
In relation to receptionist we will like to know who is it was because in general our estaff is very nice to the guests, that could be a training and has not enough the necessary practice yet. for that we apologize for all the inconvenience, for you next visit to our hotel we want to offer you a standard room, superior room or a suite and we will give you a good price.

Best regards, and merry chritsmas!!

Bianka Cruz

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Reviewed November 29, 2011

This hotel was probably the best part of our visit to Santo Domingo. Beautiful rooms, very quiet, perfect location, nice staff. What more would you want? Everything about this hotel has been said in previous reviews so I am just going to add my vote of approval!

Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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HotelPalacio0, Guest Relations Manager at Boutique Hotel Palacio, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2011

Dear Guest,

Thank you for you comments , we are glad you become part of our guests.... we are waiting on your next visit to Santo Domingo to follow as usual providing you a good service.

My best regards,

Bianka Cruz

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Reviewed November 27, 2011

I just returned from several days in the Dominican Republic. My best frIend and I booked rooms at the Palacio and really enjoyed the experience. The hotel is a great choice given the location in the colonial zone and the staff were very helpful and courteous at all times.

Our rooms were large and the AC worked effectively. I also took advantage of the large jacuzzi in my room. The gym was small but adequate for a quick workout and the pool was a very good space to relax. By the way, I got plenty of exercise just walking the colonial zone.

We used Prestige limo service for longer trips and they were outstanding. This was an amazing short vacation and I am determined to return. When I do I will be staying at the Palacio.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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HotelPalacio0, Guest Relations Manager at Boutique Hotel Palacio, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2011

Dear Guest

Thank you for you comments , we are glad you become part of our guests.... we are waiting on your next visit to Santo Domingo to follow as usual providing you a good service.

My best regards

Bianka Cruz

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Additional Information about Boutique Hotel Palacio

Address: Calle Duarte 106 | Colonial City, Santo Domingo 10211, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Santo Domingo
#9 Family Hotel in Santo Domingo
#17 Business Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range: $87 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Boutique Hotel Palacio 3.5*
Number of rooms: 44
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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