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Hotel Conde de Penalba
Ranked #22 of 76 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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“Best Location in Zona Colonial”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Perfect location in Zona Colonial. Great Cafe on first floor that looks out at Catedral Primada de America. The oldest Cathedral in the Americas. This is a view from our balcony

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Room Tip: Get a room overlooking Columbus Park
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is a nice place, reasonably priced and in an excellent location to experience and explore the Zona Colonial, which is the oldest and most fascinating section of Santo Domingo. It was clean, secure, relaxed, and friendly, and you're close to a lot of things. I had no noise problems on the third floor, everything in the room worked well and it was a pretty good mattress. I would certainly return.

Room Tip: Rooms higher up are quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Gambellara, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The hotel is in the main street, so we knew there would have been noise. Still, we didn't expect loud music to be played right next door untill 3 am!!! The day after this sleepless night, we asked to be moved. The staff was really friendly and helpful and moved us to another room in the same floor. We have nothing bad to say about the receptionists, they were two star to us (even the lady who didn't speak much English). The room weren't really big, but they were clean and the bed was comfortable. Unfortunately our whole experience in Dominican Republic hasn't been quiet pleasant to us, but the two days in this hotel were the best ones in this holiday.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed here one night on our way into the country, then two nights on our way out of the country. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and spoke multiple languages. They gave us advice where to go, how to get there, and what places to visit. If you ask, they'll call an inexpensive taxi for you!

We had an inside room and although it had a window to the hall, there was no noise from the street. We were asked what type of room upon checkin, and opted for a quiet interior room. The room itself was comfortable and clean, although the hot water in the shower had a trick to getting the water hot (turning the handle/valve just so).

There are many shops and restaurants and historic sites within walking distance. There is even a small grocery store close by. Overall a great location, close to everything we wanted to see.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2013

This hotel is very clean with a 24 hour reception and private security. The staff are very knowledgeable and the cafe downstairs is quite continental. The building is well managed and the location is fantastic. There is a DR tour center a few doors down; Hard Rock; Segafreddo; public plaza and oldest church in the Western Hemisphere.

The rooms are basic, but very clean and there aren't any toiletries. There is a small safe in the room and the AC And water work superb. If you travel and spend a lot of time in your room, I'd say go to the Mercure. But, if you like to meet people and be in a great locale as a starting point for excursions, this really is the place. Avoid the taxis on the corner because they charge double; but, the hotel staff can call you a hotel and tell you more or less how much you should be charged in pesos for your particular destination.

The cafe food is very good; drinks are good and prices are average. You can spend about $7-10 bucks on a meal. Or, less if you don't eat that much. The cafe staff are kind, but rather slow...so be patient. People watch...

Room Tip: The third floor was very quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Foshan, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Best thing in this hotel is staff - special thanks to Nury Martinez who arranged transportation from airport to hotel and helped us to get the large top floor corner room with balcony. Any question or special request we had during our stay, she was always ready to help us. -A&J-

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This seems to be a nice if very basic little hotel in many ways...in a perfect location right on Christopher Columbus Park. The attached restaurant, indoors or outdoor on the plaza has pretty good food from what we can tell among the limited things we have tried, and seems to be a central gathering point. So the good news is it is in this central location...and the bad news it is in this central location. We checked in Christmas eve which is apparently party time in Santo Domingo and the noise absolutely could not be blocked with closed windows (which I hate but sometimes must resort to...) or the AC on high. It really was quite horrendous between party-goers, car alarms and the cab driver who played very loud music beneath our window all night.

My advice (if you are not party people) would be to stay elsewhere on holiday weekends and/or bring ear plugs but not to discount this hotel altogether. Very nice staff but nevertheless we moved to a different hotel for our next two nights in the city. I think young people out for a night of fun might feel differently...then it could be perfect.

Room Tip: As for a room away from the plaza and make sure you have a window.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Conde de Penalba
Address: Calle El Conde 111 Esq. Arzobispo Merino | Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo > Zona Colonial
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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#4 Best Value Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Conde de Penalba 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Hotel, of colonial architecture, is located in the heart of the Colonial City. Right across from the magnificent First Cathedral of America and Christopher Columbus Park. We are within walking distance of the most visited museums and colonial monuments of the XVI century, making us the most privileged hotel in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. ... more   less 
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