Location: First off, the hotel is about 3-4 blocks from the famous Calle El Conde, so from here, you get the best part of Santo Domingo. Calle El Conde is a pretty touristy street with lots of restaurants, cafes, shops, and people selling souvenirs. The best part is the end of the street, which ends in a big park in front of the old church filled with trees, a corner cafe, and people hanging out. It was about a $30 cab ride to the airport when we flew out.
Security: Security is a big one for me. The hotel always has a locked gate (you ring the doorbell to be let in), so I always felt safe.
Value: The value is great. My boyfriend and I were able to get a nice, small room with AC and a bathroom. There was always warm water for the shower, and AC was a big one for us since we were there during the summer. The breakfast that is included is also one of the best "hostel-like" breakfasts we've had. Always fresh fruit, eggs, and plenty of spreads for your toast. Another great amenity is the kitchen that is available for guest use. It was nice to cook dinner for ourselves after a month-long of traveling and eating out.
Staff: The people that helped us at the hotel were phenomenal! We had a great time talking and watching a movie with Raul one night. And Ian was very helpful when we showed up with no reservations. He had many crazy sailing stories to tell and gave us a map when we first got there with all of the important points highlighted. Furthermore, when we left, I forgot my camera under the bed, and he tried several different methods to try to return it for me. He looked into shipping and even talked to other Americans to try to bring it back for me. What a pal! I was devastated when I realized that I had almost lost all of my photos from the trip, but thanks to Ian, I'm getting it back :)
Although not the Hilton, it's a great value for your money and a great place to stay while exploring the colonial part of Santo Domingo. Plus, the most important part about traveling is the people you meet! And my memories there with the other guests, Raul, and Ian will stay with me forever!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Foreigners Club is a 10-room bed and breakfast hostal & hotel. We have affordable clean rooms of different sizes. From budget rooms for hostal travellers to spacious rooms with high ceilings and private balconies.WiFi; A/C (air conditioning); Fans, fridge,Cable TV are all included. Centrally located at the foot of famous "Calle El Conde" which is the heart of the hostoric and safe Colonial Zone and 3 blocks from the Caribbean Ocean. ... more less
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