This was my first visit to Santo Domingo & I really wanted to stay somewhere in the Colonial Zone (as it is a UNESCO Heritage Site). What i was hoping for was a place that also had a sense of history but was close to most of the historic sites, and that is exactly what this was. El Beaterio was once a home for nuns and still has much of that solitary historical feel. If what you are looking for is a modern hotel with all the amenities, this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking to have an authentic experience of being in the historical zone of the oldest inhabited city in the New World, Hotel El Beatario may be just what you are looking for.
The staff are fairly fluent in Spanish, French, and English, and I found most of them to be very welcoming and pleasant. There is a nice park closeby where some of the locals gather in the evening, and there are also some very cute restaurants and a local bar closeby that were enjoyable. The hotel is also located close to El Conde, the pedestrian thoroughfare where you will find shopping, restaurants, and it also connects historic sites. I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- XVIth century old convent, El Beaterio witnesses the history of Santo Domingo for almost 500 years. Faithfully restored in keeping with the original charm and architecture of its period, this quaint and private hotel offers its guests a unique atmosphere of the inimitable Dominican art de vivre. Nested in the heart of the colonial city, El Beaterio offers eleven coquettish and sober rooms, laid out around a flowery colonial interior patio. Between its stone walls, it’s a peace oasis in the middle of a vibrant and enlivened city. Established in 1530 with the beatas given the task of collecting girls of all ages, Spanish and mixed race, lost on Earth». You’ll find out what a beaterio is, and you’ll learn about the religious figures responsible for its foundation in Santo Domingo. You’ll discover two residents of El Beaterio, Sor Leonor de Ovando and Dona Elvira de Mendoza, first poets of the New World. Since 1990 when UNESCO declared the Colonial City of Santo Domingo as “World Heritage Site”, El Beaterio is classified as “building of documental, historic and architectural value”. In 2016, El Beaterio is officially recognized as Dominican Republic’s first hotel-museum by the Ministry of Culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Beaterio Hotel Santo Domingo
- El Beaterio Santo Domingo