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“Small and Quiet in Zone Colonial.” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Naemie
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11 Calle Isabel la Catolica | Zone colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #18 of 78 Hotels in Santo Domingo
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Atlanta, Georgia
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182 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Small and Quiet in Zone Colonial.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

Nothing outside this small hotel in an old building at the quiet, non-tourist end of Calle Isabel la Catolica in Zone Colonial suggests there's even a hotel here. The sign "Casa Naemie" can mean anything. But step inside and you're greeted by a very friendly staff (directed long distance by owners in France) and the house cat, and they will quickly make you feel welcome. The narrow, open-air, inside courtyard leads to the few rooms in four levels, all recently remodeled with subtle touches of IKEA (which has its only North American store outside Canada and USA in the Dominican Republic). Johnny, the English and French speaking Haitian-born manager, will make certain that your visit is pleasant and safe, including taking your orders for a full breakfast with plenty of robust, Dominican coffee, and not visibly carry any personal electronic device. He will double as taxi driver and wil gladly meet you at the airport or drive you to the bus terminal for your domestic bus trip.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

It may not seem like much from outside, but once you pass the humble door, you discover a charming hotel, very clean, fresh (air con) and nicely decorated 1 minute walking distance from the central square of the Cuidad Colonial. The personel is extremely helpfull and speaks English. The rooms offer a very good standard and can accomodate up to 4 people in the best confort. The breafast may not be so continental but the freshness of the fruits and omelette served will certainly keep you going the distance when visiting the Cuidad.

Room Tip: Ask for a room upstairs with a terrace, on the backside.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Nikitheo
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Haiti
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

They offer a very good price which is difficult to beat in the zona colonial. You got a better price if you call them directly.This hotel is a casa with colonial charm. Great location... you can walk by the quiet streets of the colonial zone and the busy calle conde (pedestrian shopping street) is also just nearby. If you want to eat... you have the choice of walking to the Malecon during the day or crashing by night in one of the restaurants facing the Parque Colon and the cathedral which is within 550 meter distance. You can decide to chill at the colmado (dominican convenient store) located right at the street corner...sipping your Presidente beer with the company of the locals listenning live merengue music. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Their breakfast is very good and is included in the price.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This review is for the “traveler’s studio” room, the best deal in the Zona Colonial. It is a tiny room for $35/night but is still stylish, clean and nice. It's not advertised on Trip Advisor or Hotels.com, you have to find it through the hotel website. There is only one such room. It has a twin bed (decent, but not great quality), TV, all the usual things. Bathroom is quite narrow. I am a tall, very thin guy and if I was any wider I would have trouble reaching the sink or fitting in the shower! (see pictures) Still, it's a great deal, and they have nice staff that speak Spanish/English/French, and good breakfast.

Here are the problems. Wifi doesn’t work in the rooms, and there is no great desk/work areas in the common areas where the wifi does work. The street is quiet, but there is a nearby rooster, which is quite typical for DR, but not so typical for the Zona Colonial. Still, I enjoyed the amazing location and good service, and the price—seven days for what you would usually pay for just two days!

Room Tip: Traveler studio is not advertised on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com, go to the hotel website to find it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Aaron T
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San Diego, CA
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193 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

From the outside, the hotel isn't much but inside it's very pleasant. There are only 11 rooms on three floors and all are furnished very nicely in a modern style. The bathroom components are from IKEA and the shower is huge!!! (The only thing lacking is a hairdryer). I had a room on the top floor with a private balcony. The hotel staff is very nice and friendly and accommodating. Most of them are Haitian so I was able to speak French as well as Spanish in Santo Domingo, something I would have never expected. The air conditioning is needed, even in January. There is free wi-fi plus a computer downstairs for guests to use. A very ample breakfast is provided, too. If it weren't for the barking dog and loud music coming sometimes from the neighbors, I would have given the hotel an excellent rating, but that's not the hotel's fault.

Room Tip: If you're sensitive to street noise like I am, see if you can get a room that doesn't face t...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank maringfro
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RICHMOND
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The two of us stayed here two times- upon arrival to and upon departure from Santo Domingo. Both times it was excellent. There is not a breakfast as great as this hotel's for the very reasonable hotel rate. I say this based on a wide range of travel experience. Breakfast is included. The staff do everything they can to make your stay memorable. The hotel has special taxi service that is on time- day or night or middle of the night (air flight departure 6 AM- and we had to leave the hotel at 3:30 am).

I wish the manager, Johnny, well. He cares about his clients. The other staff are also excellent.

Room Tip: second floor had good internet service, but the third floor is right next to the top terrace with a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank ELLEN H
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Can say that this guest house is a home away from home ,we took 3 rooms and when we arrived we got received with a warm welcome ,the rooms was fantastic ,super clean and elegante ,this is definitely our new place now ,we go to santo domingo 2 a year and now this guest house is our new place ..see you in december ...may i say the owners was in town on our stay and they are so much fun....

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank charlotte5226
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Property: Casa Naemie
Address: 11 Calle Isabel la Catolica | Zone colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #18 of 78 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Casa Naemie 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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