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“Fancy decoration.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hodelpa Caribe Colonial

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Hodelpa Caribe Colonial
Ranked #23 of 79 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Bogotá
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203 reviews
131 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Fancy decoration.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

During a business trip in March 2011, I stayed in this "Boutique hotel" for one night.
The hotel is located in the colonial part of Santo Domingo.
As I arrived at about midnight and left the next day, I had no chance to dive into the culture of the colonial area.

Despite my late check-in, the receptionists were helpful; checkin was quick and the overall amosphere of this place was very familial.

The room size was just OK (some would say too small); cleanliness OK.

Breakfast was basic and OK - but nothing exciting.

The hotel had an interesting decoration; including in the rooms.
I assume, that´s why it´s called a "Boutique hotel".
Other than that: no pool; no gym...

There are plenty of dining options in easy walking distance; also the Hard-Rock Cafe.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank tom_brd
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

We have a lovely time at the colonial area in santo domingo manything to do around the hotel
Very good price excellent service and free breakfast

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank HernanHuicochea
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2010

This hotel, like all, has its pros and cons. One big pro is its location. It is located within walking distance from El Conde, Hard Rock Cafe, a park, many dining/drinking establishments. This is a great place to stay if you don't have a car and don't want to spend a lot of money on taxis to get around the city. The rooms are ok. The pictures posted on the website are a little deceiving. They rooms are decorated the way they appear in the photos (which is good), but in my opinion the rooms are much smaller than they appear in the photos. The bathroom is fairly small and the shower is quite small. One suggestion I have- when making the reservation ask for a room with a balcony. It gives you a little more space in your little dwelling and you can enjoy the view of the city streets. Food at the hotel is good. The elevator is one of the smallest I have ever been in. The power went out (se fue la luz) during our stay and it took a while for it to be restored. There was a mini fridge in our room which was useful for water and a few food items. One weird thing with the hotel is that someone stops by (not the cleaning person) every day and notes if you have used any of the items in the mini bar or other toiletries that aren't complimentary. Although they stopped by every day, they didn't document the items on our bill. For example, we used one of the toothbrushes offered by the hotel ($70 RD) on our first night of our 5 night stay. The guy came by the room the next day and presumably documented on his clipboard that we used the toothbrush. He also stopped by the next 4 mornings. Upon check-out, they asked if we used anything from the mini bar and had no record of us using the toothbrush. The front desk called the guy and he confirmed that we used the toothbrush. Not a huge deal, but it made us wonder why someone interrupted our mornings to check the mini bar if that information was never passed on to anyone. Anyway, overall a decent place to stay and very close to a lot of things to do.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank DRTraveler081
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2010

We arrived and the service was great to begin with and the hotel seemed worth the money, however when we went to take a shower, the shower leaked everywhere, the towel holder fell to the floor and we had no hot water. When we brought these up to the management, we expected for these things to be taken care of, however nothing was done. It seemed that it did not matter to them whether we return to this hotel in the future or not. Would not recommend it for a price of mor than 40 USD per room per night.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Thetraveler1575
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minneapolis
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2010

While in a nice part of town, this hotel did not honor my price quote and added on additional fees for mini bar which I did not use. They did not believe me. While some of the staff are friendly, some are not very welcoming or accommodating. Overpriced and noisy as well.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank heavenlydaze
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Curacao
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2009

Excellent service from Staff at Front Desk and Restaurant. Sandy the Sous-Chef will make your mouth water with some of his dishes which he prepares with care and love. Raldy, Victor and Pedro at the Front Desk as well as all the others I am not mentioning make your stay enjoyable and filled with fun. Zakarias and Jose Manuel are all great at the bar!!
The only complaint I had was the wireless connection in my room the Caribbean Suite but other than that I would recommend this place to any one fo my friends or family.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CuracaoRavi
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Cologne, Germany
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2009

A beautiful modern boutique hotel in the Zona Colonial close to the Plaza Colon and the main street El Conde. Many of the tourist attractions are in walking distance. Stayed in a "superior room with balcony". Room was a very good size, very clean, and the beds were comfortable. Bathroom rather small but it served its purpose. Staff very helpful and quickly attended to any complaints. Good breakfast and food available in hotel restaurant. Also good hotel security. Only drawback for front rooms (superior rooms) is the afternoon/early evening noise from the street and Bodega opposite the hotel. In close proximity are a number of good restaurants and cafes! An excellent place to stay.

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Hodelpa Caribe Colonial
Address: Isabel La Catolica No 159 | Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo > Zona Colonial
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hodelpa Caribe Colonial 2.5*
Number of rooms: 54
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