Please excuse me for my bad english as it is not my native language.
After checking fodor´s and Trip advisor me and my wife made a dicision to stay at this hotel from 21 july until 6 august to explore the colonial zone and also to celebrate the merenque festival which is a week long event held every year at the end of july.
We arrived at wednesday in the late evening and where welcomed by an young haitian man who said he was the night security.After paying him in cash 1152 us dollars (they do not take creditcard) he showed us the room.
The next morning we had our continental breakfast. We asked the person who made the breakfast where the owned is to meet him. She said he is living upstairs but do not talk to his guests. Later we asked here to tell the camarera do clean the room after 11.00 because we wanted to take another rest, she told us no problem because she is also the cleaning person. During our conversation an male person passed us without saying hello our goodmorning.She point us out that he is the boss/owner.I walked to him and proposed myself to him as the person that had emailcontact with him and asked for the proof of payment for the 16 days i paid the night before.He told me to go and get it by the person i paid too.
The next day our air conditioning was not working and we told that to the haitian fellow who open and close the entrance door because we do not get our own key to entrance the hotel.luckly we had an ceiling fan.Nothing happens after two days we decide to move to an other room.There the airco was working okay but the ceiling fan was broken.We asked the haitian fellow to make it but he say the boss do not want to.I asked to speak the owner but he did not wanted to talk to me, i asked the fellow why the owner does not talk to his clients he said the boss talk to nobody only via him our the camarera.
That day we went to explore the colonial zone and came back late afternoon.There was no toiletpaper put in the bathroom so i called for the camarera but she was already gone home so i asked another haitian fellow who replaced the other fellow for an roll of toiletpaper he said the owner has the key from the pantry and we have to waid until he come back.This happens many times.I then went to a colmado, which is a litle shop and bought some.
The next day i went to the room where the owner lived and knock on the door to talk to him but no one reply.I then heard from the haitian fellow that he went to an near town to pick up his young boyfriend ofcourse leaving no key from the pantry behind.
The next day we going to the town and i see the owner with a young guy entering the hotel and went to talk to him but he quickly ran into his room.Then we decided to leave the hotel and asked our money back but the haitian fellow said you are free to leave but will not get any money back this was direct order from the owner.So we had to stay hoping for the best.The following day we had an excursion planned and already paid for of the colonial zone and los tres ojos. We asked for an wake up call at 09.00 to have breakfast and then joint the excursion at 10.00. We wake up at 10.00 and asked the fellow why he did not wake us he said OOhhhh i see you come late yesterday and i think you go sleep late late............
Everyday we leave the hotel the haitian asked us when we come back and if we stay long time in town probaly then he could sleep because some times we have to wait a long time before he opens the door as we have no key for entrance.
They also sniff the room when we are not there because whe put somethings and see that the are put elsewhere and thats in the evening when there is no camarera working.Some days we go for diner in town and stay for one our and leave the airco on to return to a cold room when we come back after diner the airco is put out by the haitian fellow order from the owner they say.
Anyway we can continue for long time about this so called hotel.
We will not recomment this place to our friends or enemies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Colonial it's an Art Deco house from 1920's, with the most beautiful and original tiles from that time. The place is reserved for those who are seeking comfort and relaxation in the heart of the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo, America's first city. We offer you an unique stay in our elegant rooms, all equipped with Cable TV, Air Conditioning, Safe Box, Small Fridge, Spacious and comfortable bathrooms. In our backyard, we have splendid tropical trees and a small pool to enjoy a refreshing swim. In the terrace, right in front of the pool, you can try our delicious continental breakfast, served with the best local products and the best customer service that you can get. ... more less
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