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Hotel El Palacio Hotel 4 star
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Calle Duarte 106 Zona Colonial 10211Santo DomingoDOM Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -
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The boutique El Palacio Hotel is nestled in a street of the Zona Colonial, the historic quarter of Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital. Set in the house of Buenaventura Báez, former Dominican president who served five terms during the 19th century, the hotel has plenty of period charm, the main draw of the establishment without 5-star hotel prices. The rooms are cosy and built on several levels, meaning guests have access to quaint leafy courtyards, adding to the pre-twentieth century ambience of the hotel.

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      El Palacio   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      El Palacio   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.57 /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 7.70 /10

    There are 44 rooms in total - there used to be just 17 rooms, but seven years ago the hotel was extended to include the neighbouring building. Due to the shape of the building, the rooms vary slightly in size and sometimes in shape, and are located on seven different levels (there is a lift to access the floors). Heavy Mahogany fitted furniture lines the walls and terracotta tiles line the floors. All rooms have a double bed, television, a safe and mini-bar. The bathrooms are small with showers but are well-appointed; all have own brand hotel toiletries. The hotel also has designated smoking rooms.

    The Palacio also has four roms with a Jacuzzi, two of which have a private balcony with views of the surrounding city.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Here the floors are uneven, the stairs creak under each footstep, eerie portraits and artillery is displayed in the lobby area; dark inside the building, the hotel is built around two main leafy courtyards acting as pools of sunlight. Although not as luxurious as other renovated hotels in the area, the Palacio is a comfortable and iconic alternative that won't break the bank. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, free parking; a roof-top pool, small gym and a sauna (booking necessary). There are also a couple of computers for guest use in the lobby.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    There is a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner. It is located in one of the courtyards of the hotel and has outdoor and indoor seating. Coffee is served throughout the day in lobby and is complimentary for in-house guests. The hotel provides room service from 8:00am-5:00pm. Also, 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.

    Equipment

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

      sauna, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The hotel's location (in the heart of the colonial zone).
    • The staff is extremely friendly and efficient.
    • The courtyards are pleasant.

    disadvantages

    • The furniture and décor of the rooms, although in good condition and clean, are a little garish.

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