The Hotel Palacio is about thirty minutes from the airport ($40 US). The hotel arranged for a taxi to be waiting for us at the airport with our name on a sign, very nice of them. (Ask for Jose the taxi driver).
The hotel is nicely appointed as are the rooms. The room we had ($200 US)was very spacious, with a nice shower. The hotel has a restaurant open for breakfast (we did not eat breakfast) and dinner. The menu for dinner is somewhat limited. Alcohol is available but no bar. There are several restaurants within walking distance. The hotel has free wi-fi as well as a couple of computers in the lobby.
A small rooftop pool is available as well as a small workout room.
The hotel is located a half a block from a pedestrian walkway that extends for several blocks and felt safe even at night. It was a short walk to the water front and again felt safe during the day. We walked a few miles down the water front and had dinner but took a taxi back to the hotel.
Don't even think about driving in Santo Domingo, it is NUTS.More