Based on TripAdvisor reviews we chose to stay at the Boutique Hotel Palacio for one night before we left on a cruise. We were not let down. Like others have said, the outside of the hotel leaves a little bit to be desired -- but, get through the front doors and it is oh so quaint. Our room was clean and large. It was a little dated, but, the exposed brick, timber beams, wrought iron chandelier and safe made up for it. If the hot water doesn't work in the shower twist the knob a little closer to cold, a bit at a time, and you'll find the "hot spot." The Wi-Fi was free and fast. The breakfast was either Continental and/or you could order from a menu. You are close to shopping on the pedestrian only street named Calle El Conde and also the covered market named El Mercado Modelo. The street vendors become predictable after a block or so, but, it is still fun. Know what you want to pay before you start negotiating. Especially if you are purchasing Larimar. Everyone wants to tell you about Larimar. Since it is mined in the Dominican Republic it is cheaper than on other Caribbean islands. We found fair prices, after negotiating heavily, in the stores along Calle El Conde. We enjoyed Columbus Square where we found vendors with the most original handicrafts. There are sights to see and good dining close by. The front desk was helpful in suggesting restaurants, places to see and maps of how to get there.
- 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