I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Coco Boutique hotel for seven nights duing my visit to Santo Domingo. As somone who travels 60% of the year I have had my fair share of hotel stays all over the world. Coco Boutique is at the top of my list for experience as well as value.
Upon arriving I was greeted by both the owner Eduardo and his wife Liz. Both were friendly and welcoming and treated me as if I was a family member who had arrived at their home. The check-in process was quick and accurate. We were immediately escorted to our room and it was exactly what we had been expecting. Throughout the week my interaction with them was limited but they were always there to make sure we were having a good time, offering locations to eat and providing the ultimate in service. Basically they and the staff provided great great great service but they weren't in your face.
We had the silver musk room on the front side of the hotel. This is technically a single room but was spacious enough to accommodate both of us. It is, as mentioned in other reviews, smaller than your average US hotel room, however I was never at any point lacking basic needs. The beds are comfortable, the bathrooms spacious, the air conditioner efficient and the closet big enough to fit luggage and clothes I had brought for 11 days. A few things to note, there is no TV in the room and any room on that side of the hotel may have a little noise from the crowds that gather outside in the park.
The hotel itself is gorgeous. Everything is decorated so nice and you feel like you are in a South Beach hotel. The upstairs rooftop terrace is spacious, comfortable and has wonderful views of the city, port and ocean. I spent a lot of time up there relaxing, reading a book and enjoying a drink. The hotel is located in a small cul de sac on a quiet street in the Colonial Zone. Very safe and within walking distance of three blocks to Calle el Conde where there are restaurants and shops and many other tourists. The hotel is always staffed and they keep the doors locked at night. Each individual room also has its own lock (contrary to an earlier review posted below) and key access is limited to yourself and the hotel staff.
A few tips. Skip the cafe a few doors down Blu Limon. It is no longer a tapas place and the prices although reasonable for US dollars are pricey in the DR. Go down a few streets and you will find some more authentic and cost worthy food places. The Zona Colonial is very walkable so skip taxis if you can. There were times that I had to walk the streets alone when my boyfriend had to go to work. Although I never felt unsafe, I did get cat called a lot. I would advise that anyone walking alone just use basic common sense and make sure you are aware of your surroundings, do not walk with your headphones on and always keep your valuables close and hidden away if possible.
I travel to Santo Domingo often and this place really has the top service and value. I would recommend this hotel to solo travelers and romantic couples much more than I would families, especially those with small children. I will stay here again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enchanting little old town colonial style villa with only 4 rooms. Best location to explore the colonial zone of Santo Domingo. In front of the building is a little park which leads to the streets of 'Las Damas' and 'Isabel la Catolica', both of them leading to the most famous sites of 'Zona Colonial' like 'El Conde' (500 meters) and 'Plaza España' (800 meters) away. Everything in walking distance ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coco Boutique
- Coco Boutique Santo Domingo