On reading other reviews my boyfriend and I were looking forward to staying at Tierra Plana Cool hostel, as other reviewers wrote positive things about their breakfast and fantastic roof terrace. We were staying only one night. When we got there we were shown into our VERY tiny room but it was clean enough. The wifi was working only intermittently. We asked to see the roof terrace, but the guy said it was only open at night (his english was very poor) There was no fridge or kitchen area, and no common area- so they cant really classify themselves as a hostel. There is no dorm option either. In the evening we wanted to go to the roof terrace for some drinks, looking forward to a view of Santo Domingo by night. There was another guy in reception, and he said the roof terrace was still closed. He didnt speak any english, but I think he said it was only open twice a week. So then we went out for some food, and he told us that we had to call him on his mobile phone if we were back after midnight as he would lock the door with a padlock, and we didnt have a key. We found this strange, but didnt plan on getting back that late anyway. So we were back at the hotel at 10.30 pm and the gate was padlocked. Of course, being tourists, we didnt have a working phone. So we had to knock on the door several times for the guy to wake up, and he seemed pretty pissed off. The next day we had breakfast, and was hoping for something authentic to the Dom Rep as one of the other reviews said. All we got was some white toast with butter and one choice of jam, very bad orange juice and small cups of coffee. After 3 cups of coffee they ran out even if we asked for more, as they were so small. After having 4 pieces of toast each, we were still hungry so had an early lunch! The guy in reception, presumably the owner of the place, spoke some english. He let us up onto the roof terrace after breakfast, but there was no bar open and there was a limited view. Nice view of the San Francisco ruins though. This place gets 2 instead of 1 star because it was clean, and also the owner seemed nice and let us keep our stuff in the room 2 hours past check-out time. They really should not call themselves a hostel, and they should have a better breakfast or no breakfast at all. I would prefer a kitchen so I could make something myself, which all hostels I have been to before have had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tierra Plana is a small and beautiful hostal located in the heart of the Colonial Zone, in Santo Domingo. Simple but stylish rooms, a mix of tropical and mediterranean style with a modern touch. For people who are looking for culture and entertainment, in a Dominican young and enjoyable atmosphere. ... more less
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