I stayed for work, so I can't speak to the value, but this place was excellent and I felt like I was on vacation every evening when I came home from the office.
The location is wonderful for walking around at night and near many of the tourist highlights in the city.
The building is a landmark itself and truly beautiful. There is lush vegetation outside with flowers and palms and I even saw a cute tiny lizard scurry about.
The staff was always super helpful and friendly. I felt very safe and the front desk helpfully made arrangements for me (transportation, special receipts, etc.) with no problems.
Breakfast was delicious and the service was excellent. One day (Sunday?) they had beautiful live guitar music in the courtyard while we ate. I had a few meals at the bar and one in the restaurant. The restaurant was delicious and the presentation was truly superb (it was even artistic!) but it was pricey and a bit of a splurge for me.
Free wi-fi everywhere, with a good connection, made it perfect for business.
My only critiques: I found the mattresses to be too firm. Some rooms have quite a bit of street noise. I wish there were more outlets by the bed. I wish the hotel bar was just a little more affordable. Though, I should say they have a Thursday 2 for 1 Happy Hour which is a great deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the colonial quarter of Santo Domingo, set among remarkable buildings, stands the Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando hotel, the former home of the Governor of the same name, a contemporary of Christopher Colombus. Built on the first paved street of the New World, where beautiful Spanish ladies strolled to display their rich costumes, the hotel's guests will enjoy an outstanding stay in a unique place where the stones, patios and fountains will take you back in time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Nicolas De Ovando-Mgallery Hotel Santo Domingo