Hotel Conde de Penalba is a large, historic corner building located less than a block from Catedral Primada de América and above a café that faces Parque Colón. I arrived during renovation and was offered a newly-renovated room or a larger, non-renovated room, which I chose for its 4th floor balcony and amazing view (including a speck of the Mar Caribe). The hotel was sparse on amenities, providing 2 small cakes of soap - no lotion, shampoo etc. as is common with similarly-priced hotels. Regardless, the mini bar was stocked, the room-controlled A/C was chilly and the beds were soft and clean. The staff at Hotel Conde de Penalba is wonderful – warm, friendly and gratuitous. As a solo traveler, reception watched out for me, noting friends’ passports but also welcoming them as my guests, and holding my key if I went out for the day. The free, in-room Wi-Fi is spotty at times, but the common areas have good connectivity, as well as water coolers and cozy couches. For the location, price and comfort, I recommend Hotel Conde de Penalba to travelers wanting to experience beautiful Santo Domingo on a local, historical level.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel, of colonial architecture, is located in the heart of the Colonial City. Right across from the magnificent First Cathedral of America and Christopher Columbus Park. We are within walking distance of the most visited museums and colonial monuments of the XVI century, making us the most privileged hotel in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conde De Penalba Hotel