The Mercure Comercial, ideally located in the colonial zone, seems to be an appropriate stopover for a sightseeing tour in the capital with your family, but it is much less suitable for a long stay. The reason: its lack of charm.
The Mercure Comercial is located at the corner of El Conde, the only pedestrian street in the old town, and the Hostos street, two steps from the historic monuments. All amenities (shops, bars, restaurants...) are within an arm's reach. The international airport of Las Americas is 19 miles away (a half an hour transfer).
The guestbook is full of thanks sent in gratitude for the smiling staff, and expressed mainly in French and Spanish. The clientele is 60% French, Italian and American.
The five-storey building with an orange coloured facade, built in the 1950s, has no great originality with its nondescript furniture. Soft music resonates on each level. All doors and locks, and the shower tubs in the rooms were replaced in 2005. For the rest, the common areas are clean, bright, the reception counter is wide and pleasant, welcoming clientele that is 50% or more French. In the neighbourhood, you will find bars and restaurants, as well as recently restored colonial houses.
There are two suites and 94 rooms. The rooms, of small size (195 to 240 ft²) are properly equipped: individual air conditioning, a safe, a mini bar, direct dial telephone for international calls, small satellite television (75 channels! including 15 Cuban ones). The design is quite functional, the furniture is made of dark wood, the bedcovers and the walls are sunny yellow. A small soap and a hair dryer are available in the shower room, but there are many towels provided. Children up to age 12 are accommodated for free in their parents' room. The view overlooks the Conde and Hostos streets or the neighbouring building.
The cuisine of the restaurant "El Colonial" is supervised by the chef of the hotel "Frances", one of the charming hotels in Santo Domingo. It offers good content, inspired by both Dominican and French cuisine (chicken, goat or lambi in Creole style, beef bourguignon or navarin of lamb). At lunchtime, passersby on the Conde street stop at the terrace of the restaurant that offers Dominican specialties as dishes of the day (pubs are a rarity there). You can have also sandwiches, burgers and omelets. An American style breakfast (croissants) is served buffet style. A large Lounge bar is located near the reception. The hotel's restaurant offers menus and seats for children.
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