I have stayed here 5 times and am booked for another stay next week. The thick and thin of it is as such; anyone who runs a business knows that it is not easy to find good, reliable help. It is perpetually moving process. Meaning; you might run into a rotten apple, but that is not the end of the line. I came upon a rotten clerk during one of my stays. He wasn't accommodating at all. I went around him, like the piece of 'worthless' garbage he is, to a fellow named felipe, who not only more than made up for the others shortcomings, but made my whole experience worth coming back many times afterwards.
The rooms in this hotel are awesome. The beds are VERY comfortable, I think they are called pillow top. The showers are AMAZING!! they even provide you with the soap and shampoo in dispensers (not the little bottles). The buffet is phenomenal. They even offer lox and creamcheese. Service is excellent. Everything you would expect from an establishment being managed as though they care what this review will sound like. I would call it above and even beyond American standards. I stay there with my wife and baby. Alone, I can stay anywhere where it is clean, air conditioned and has hot water.. but as you may imagine, I need something very clean and reliable to bring my baby to. I can not think of any better place in Santo Domingo in this price range..and I have tried. I am in Santo Domingo on a monthly basis.
In terms of tourists, The area is perfectly fine for tourists. You are within walking distance to the arts, a taxi ride to the historic zone with shopping, fine dining and night life (Zona Colonial/Conde). You have more fine dining spots up the road on Roberto Pastoriza. Plenty of discos and nightclubs, for those interested..even some American style lounges (they call them coffeebars), Go straight down and you're on Malecon. It is better to have a rented car, of course..and even more so if you actually know where you're going, but that is something easily resolvable, even with folks at the hotel.
Overall, I am an avid traveler to this country (every month for several years now) I have been around as very few have. I am not a Spanish speaking native (I am Russian). The only thing better you might find is the Hilton at 3X the cost. I recommend this hotel VERY HIGHLY.
The ONLY (somewhat, at least for me) downside; They give you a refrigerator...which is packed to the teeth with things that if you consume them, you bought them. That's fine but it takes away the space I would want for my own things. My simple solution is take everything of theirs out,
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