El Beaterio is a charming guest house located in the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo. The hotel looks exactly like it does in the photos which is a good thing, but in order to really appreciate the lure and charm of this little house, you have to stay there. I was pleasantly surprised with the size of the rooms (I was expecting them to be tiny). Our room had elegant cast iron furnishings as I suspect all of the rooms are. Our bed was on the firm side but I prefer a firm sleeping bed so this was not a problem for me. Nothing was over done and in this case less was defiantly more. All rooms look down into a garden area. There is also a roof which was the one let-down for me. Before I came there, I imagined being able to sit on the roof top and enjoy a drink, relax, watch the sun rise etc. Unfortunately the roof had little if any place to sit and relax, and the door to the roof was always locked when I wanted to go up there. It would be so nice to have a table with an umbrella there. Other than that, our stay was almost flawless. Breakfast was always available with a decent variety of items ranging from fresh fruit to pancakes. The one bad experience we had was with one of the yogurts (My wife opened it and it had mold in it). The lobby was one of our favorite hangouts. It was so nice to just sit, enjoy the soft music and decor, and relax after an afternoon of walking through the zone. The staff was wonderful. We were always greeted with a warm smile and great service. I can honestly say that they did everything in their power to make our stay as wonderful as it could be. The kitchen staff was outstanding! Some people will probably complain about things like the room floors being a bit gritty, or maybe a old or moldy smell at times. Keep in mind that this structure is over 500 YEARS old! If you want a generic hotel experience, go stay at the Hilton or Holiday Inn. But you if want to experience old world charm, great service, and a great location at a reasonable price, give El Beaterio a try!
- 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