Hotel Doña Elvira Hotel 0 star
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207 Padre Billini Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -
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Doña Elvira is located in the heart of the Zona Colonial, or the colonial district of Dominican capital, Santo Domingo. A charming sixteenth-century boutique hotel that has seen better days and could do with a little bit of a revamp to bring it back to its former glory, but still provides a pleasant and quiet base to explore the surroundings from. A typical noble home with a central courtyard where you will find a pool, it stays relatively cool throughout the year.

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      Doña Elvira   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 5.82 /10

    The hotel is located right in the heart of the colonial quarter of Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital, which together with the Museum of Natural History, is the highlight of the city. The airport is about 20 miles away and the time to reach the hotel is traffic-depending; it can take from 30 minutes to an hour. The nearest beach, the Boca Chica, is a 40-minute drive away.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    The 15 rooms are very basic, with a double bed or twin beds, a desk and wardrobe. All rooms have an old-generation television, a fan, and air-conditioning, as well as a safe. The en-suite bathrooms all have showers (as opposed to bath tubs) and just a bar of soap and a dispenser in the shower, so if you like your toiletries make sure to bring your own. The rooms could also do with a makeover, especially a thorough clean, although we quite liked the cloister-like spaces.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Easily missed unless you know what you are looking for, the sixteenth-century Doña Elvira is a small discreet boutique hotel in the heart of the colonial neighbourhood of Santo Domingo. The original features like beamed ceilings, arched doorways and spectacular bright tiles that adorn the floors give the hotel its charm. The central courtyard has a small pool and is relatively fresh throughout the year. The rooms are located on the ground floor around the pool area and upstairs on the first floor. The hotel's climbers, trees (including a mango tree) and plants give it a welcome exotic twist reflecting the rich verdant nature in the rest of the country.

    The small patio accessible from the first floor, has a terrace with a table and chairs, as well as a Jacuzzi (which was closed off during our stay). In this area there is an indoor exercise bike for those rainy days and there is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. A hearty breakfast is served daily downstairs in the dining area.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Breakfast is served onsite daily. There is an à la carte menu (no buffet) and guests order what they like from eggs cooked as you desire, fresh fruit, juices and tea and coffee. There is also a small bar in this area of the house.

    For dinner, just a few minutes' walk from the hotel also in the Zona Colonial, is our favourite restaurant in the city: Meson D'Bari, which serves local specialities.

    To know

    As in most hotels in the country, guests should be aware that a couple of very relaxed dogs live at the hotel. Also guests should remember that for safety, the front door to the hotel remains locked throughout the day and night, so you must ring the doorbell - you might also want to enquire about whether or not there is a curfew in the evenings. Although the reception isn't open 24-hours, there is always a security guard on duty at night.

    Doña Elvira de Mendoza is known as the first poet of the new world along with Leonor Ovando. Doña Elvira funded the construction of the neighbouring church, Regina Angelorum. The hotel is also named after the owner, Elvira, who is behind its recent renovation, whose family roots mirror Doña Elvira de Mendoza's own odyssey into the new world, having emigrated from Cordoba , Spain to Cuba and the Philippines several centuries ago.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • The beautiful original sixteenth-century features of the hotel.
    • The location right in the colonial neighbourhood.
    • Reasonable rates.

    disadvantages

    • The very basic accommodation.
    • The hotel needs a thorough clean.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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