Hotel Atarazana Hotel 3 star
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Vicente Celestino Duarte 19, zone coloniale Santo Domingo Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -
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A former private home from the 1860s, Atarazana is somewhat reminiscent of a Brasilian-style pousada, with its flower-filled patio sheltering a small basin and waterfall. This charming establishment only has six small rooms to offer. Guests are welcomed like members of the family by German owner Suzanne. Nestled at the heart of Santo Domingo's colonial zone, this small hotel is in an ideal location for discovering the riches of the first city to be discovered in the Americas. It is one of our favourites in the Dominican Republic.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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      Atarazana   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 8.15 /10

    In the middle of the UNESCO-listed colonial zone of Santo Domingo, the Atarazana hotel is located at 19 Vicente Celestino Duarte, near the Columbus Alcazar. Atarazana is the name of the puerta (gate) located next to it. It takes about thirty minutes to reach the city from Las Americas International Airport. Once you have checked in, you just have to go out the front steps of the hotel to discover the treasures of the capital.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The rooms are small but superbly decorated and original, starting with the marble and coral floor. From the white walls decorated with wooden objects to the full-length mirror, from the paintwork to the small bed, not to mention the wicker chair and the wooden desk, everything is simply charming. A small balcony equipped with a speaker connected to a stereo and closed in by a grate looks out onto the patio. All of the rooms have individual air-conditioning doubling as a fan, a free-to-use digital safe roomy enough to hold a laptop (which is handy, since the Wi-Fi Internet access here is free), and a small television with international channels. The pretty bathroom is decorated with a painting and has a pleasant smell of incense. It includes the toilet and a large flexible shower protected by a curtain, with shampoo and shower gel provided. A hair-dryer is available on request. Room service is available until 10:00pm. On the other hand, there is no refrigerator or mini-bar.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The pretty pink façade sets the tone for this charming little establishment which Suzanne, the German-born owner, has decorated with plenty of taste, class and originality. Our preferred spot was the adorable flower-filled patio and its terrace, a perfect place to have a coffee in the shade of a traveller's tree to the sound of birds and a waterfall trickling down the wall, just like an oasis! This is where guests can enjoy breakfast, but also a cocktail, at any hour of the day. There is even a small basin (because you can't really call it a swimming pool?) to cool off in! An abundance of candles and shells brings a romantic touch to this place, which is especially recommended for couples on their honeymoon. Open since 2005, this one-storey house dating from the 18th century offers 6 rooms. You can also get comfortable on a hammock, a mattress or a wooden deckchair with a cushion on the rooftop terrace. For a truly magical moment: enjoy a drink while admiring the view of the Columbus Alacazar.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    There is no restaurant here but there is a breakfast service from 8:00am to 10:00am, which can be enjoyed on the pretty flower-filled patio in the shade of a traveller's tree. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy some real fruit juice, fresh fruit (the mangos are delicious), omelettes, and a personal touch from the owner: homemade German bread.

    To know

    Do you like animals? Hopefully, since Suzanne, the German-born owner of Atarazana, has two adorable dogs and a cat who love to keep guests company. There is a computer at your disposal at the reception desk to surf the Internet for free, as well as books and a water cooler.

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    • Car park
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