The good: prime location in the Zona Colonial, in a beautifully restored 1500's residence. Nice courtyard with pool under a big mango tree, and free chilled bottled water for those hot Santo Domingo days. I accidentally left a pair of shoes under the bed and came back a few days later to find that they had set them aside for me to retrieve, which I really appreciated!
The gritty part: I think there was supposed to be some sort of hot tub on the roof but it was closed off? When we arrived at 1am one night after a late flight, we were given a room with a bed with just a bare mattress. It was annoying to be paying $90ish USD a night and not find the room ready with the bed made, to be making the bed ourselves at 1am. Also, there wasn't a comforter, and the bed wasn't the most comfortable. The bathrooms are pretty tiny, and in the first room we were in, the staircase down from the upstairs area was a bit poorly constructed and hard to navigate. They switched us to a different room on the second night, telling us that it was nicer. Other than having a bed that was made and a slightly sturdier staircase, we couldn't tell the difference.
Overall, great location and decent hotel, fine for our purposes. Comparable to El Beaterio around the corner though, and I'd recommend Beaterio instead if you have that option available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A large lobby and spacious dining rooms await visitors, crowned by 20 feet high ceilings featuring original mahogany beans encased in massive colonial walls. Cool off from shopping and musueum jaunts with a relaxing dip in the pool and jacuzzi. Drink a cocktail in the private garden patio under a century old mango tree. Fifteen rooms and suites equipped with the latest amenities welcome the modern traveler, on business or leisure. Walking distance around Hotel Dona Elvira, discover the delightful historical ambiance and stately beauty of the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo with its landmarks, sidewalk cafes, elegant restaurants, night clubs and cultural events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dona Elvira Hotel
- Dona Elvira Santo Domingo