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Hotel Portes 9
Ranked #24 of 79 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Miami, Florida
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52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Coco Boutique was like a dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2011

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.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Southern Maryland
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2010

We stayed here 2 seperate nights in 2 different rooms this Dec. The was easy to find and a great location with secure parking available. The hotel sits atop a hill overlooking a quaint plaza and the Caribbean Sea. It is also beside the historic Calle de Las Damas and the old fort. The terraza (terrace) was absolutely amazing! Book the larger room if you are not used to smaller euro-sized rooms.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2010

This hotel...5 rooms is just wonderful. Where it is located you can't really beat the area...very quite and at the same time very near to many things downtown. If you want to have a romantic get away ...be in the old section of town, and no TV, this is it. They do however have free WiFi if you don't want to be too romantic.

Elizabeth (Irish) and Edwardo (Portuguese) are just wonderful hosts....and very interested in helping us out....i had numerous doc appointments.

great little bar and restaurant(the Spoon). Also want to say the chef (from Spain) is just a wonderful chef....
Had an opportunity to go to the Spoon Restaurant's open house and the people were just great.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bamberg, Germany
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58 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2010

Stayed at the Coco Boutique Hotel one night before heading to La Romana for a week. My BF stayed two nights. We had the Morning Dew room which was all white and lovely! Small, by US standards- but ever so lovely. Bathroom was adequate with a large shower, and incredible smelling bath products (shampoo, gel, etc.) that i wish i had taken with me!
While the room is small, you don't have to stay in there. The rooftop bar was undergoing renovations, but downstairs is a very welcoming lobby. The entire place is soo beautifully decorated as well. Please see their website for VERY accurate photos.
The BEST thing about this hotel, and it's been mentioned before - was Eduardo, the owner. He was sooo accomodating and friendly! He greeted us outside the door when I arrived from the airport (note: I also used the car service from the hotel arranged via their website. the driver was totally on time and reliable!) He gave us great suggestions for places to go, eat, etc. and even a bodega to have a beer at for a true Dominican experience.
Lovely, lovely hotel. Lovely staff. If I end up in Santo Domingo again, I will absolutely stay there.

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bronx, New York
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2010

My girlfriend and i travel to DR about 4 times a year. We are from the Cibao region and usually stay in our own homes. When we travel to the capital we always stay at Coco boutique. Perfectly located in the Old Colonial city, it is a short walk from a bunch of attractions and shopping. Also a longer walk/ short drive to El Malecon and all the great restaurants there. The owners are very friendly and knowledgable. I found security to be very adequate. The room was very clean and AC was good. The breakfast was wonderful. The roof top deck is the perfect place to either wind down or get ready to head out into the night. My girlfriend and i have recommended this place to few friends and they have loved the experiecne as well.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2010

Coco Boutique Hotel was the easiest experience I've ever had travelling. From the first communications with the owners, Eduardo and Elizabeth, to the last cocktail I had there, it was a breeze. The same breeze that gently blows through the white washed lobby, making the sheer white tulle curtains in the windows float and ondulate . Eduardo speaks perfect English, and even though my Spanish is great, I still appreciated the continuity with home. Being small, the hotel has a very cozy, familiar feel. There is very little noise, inside or outside. Coco Boutique is situated in a quiet corner of the colonial city, where two old streets converge on a little parquette dressed in a terracota-colored stone and framed by white balustrades overlooking an old Spanish military fort. Beyond it is the Caribbean, which I could see from my second floor room window. My room was small, impeccably clean, with a good bed, a well functioning air conditioner and a spacious bathroom. There was no telephone in the room, but you can use one at the reception for short calls. If you bothered to bring your laptop, there is Wi-Fi access.
The staff was very obliging and professional at all times. The hotel serves a basic breakfast of fruit, bread, juice, coffee, ham and cheese. There is also a menu from which extra dishes, like scrambled eggs, Spanish tortilla or Spanish crepes, can be ordered.
I regularly ordered from the extras menu and they were all great. The crepes were amazing! At the reception, one can order alcholic and non-alcoholic cocktails and ice cream, very refreshing and reasonably priced. One feels secure and well taken care of at the Cobo Boutique hotel. The unobtrusive and modern design is the labour of love of Elizabeth, the owner, who also runs an interior design company. Travelling alone or with family (rooms are of different sizes), this hotel is a little gem, your home away from home in the middle of the boisterous Santo-Domingo.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2010

Excellent staff responded to my needs with sandwiches and a bottle of wine (very good wine, low price) after a long day of frustrating travel.

My room was pleasantly small, minimally furnished, modern and color centered.

Conviently located in the southeastern corner of the Colonial Zone I could walk to restaurants and museums safely.

Wonderful breakfast, great staff, happy guests, candles in the sea breeze on the roof top with a view of the sea and a gentleman propriorter

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Portes 9
Address: C/ Arz. pertes 9 | between Isabel La Católica y calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic (Formerly Coco Boutique Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo > Zona Colonial
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santo Domingo
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Portes 9 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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