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Hotel Conde de Penalba
Ranked #22 of 80 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Reviewed 1 June 2012

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.

Room Tip: Evenings on Conde el Calle below are noisy and may not appeal to light sleepers. Inside rooms are qu...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

love staying at this hotel and always ask for the middle room, great view of the park and action, a good location for the money and a coffee shop and good people watching patio.
close to everything need no car

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Reviewed 8 February 2012

My wife and I had a full dinner at the Calle Conde (literally "street" restaurant) streetside of the Hotel Conde de Penalba. We enjoyed a glass of wine before our meal and watched people hurrying home from work. It is just across the street from the Christoper Columbus statue and park and first Cathedral of America. I enjoyed a beef steak and my wife had a white fish. We stayed almost an hour after desert and sipped wine and enjoyed the warm night air and the noise of people around us chatting over their dinner. The food was very good and the opportunity to just watch people scurrying back and forth was well worth the US$66 for two entrees and several glasses of wine.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

We stayed here on a vacation in a room with a balcony that had a view of the sea and the colonial areas. It's a ibit loud because it's on a corner and right at the giant statue of Columbus. Inside the restaurant is old but okay. However, it's the outside sitting near the wakway that's the most fun for people watching and culture. Try it mostly for breakfast or lunch. It is definitely not fancy or gourmet.

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Reviewed 6 July 2011

The prices of items in the market place are not set(they will not tell you). Therefore you are able to bargain for less usually half of what is offered. Take a taxi to other sites if you do not know the city or the language. You do not have to rent a car The hotel is an excellent location, walk around and explore the history and enjoy the restaurants and stores.:)

Room Tip: You can reserve room online or just walk in
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We found the staff to be very helpful, especially Nurys, the day clerk, although we are both fluent in Spanish. English seemed to be in limited supply although I believe it was adequate enough if you don't speak Spanish. They didn't even charge me for some laundry they did for me.

They can arrange for a taxi to pick you up from the hotel. The driver, Selso, was professional and drove fairly cautiously. At $40 it isn't cheap and you could save $10 or so by getting a taxi yourself, but this way you know you are going to get there.

The rooms are decent, but avoid rooms ending in 5 as they have no exterior windows. The third or fourth floors are best as the reception desk is on the second floor. There are no rooms on the ground floor, only the restaurant. The fridges in each room are stocked with drinks and snacks, but at about twice the price you can get them for on the street.

We stayed in 402 and it was in good shape and clean, although the carpet could have used replacing. The wrap around balcony was great, with views of el Conde, the park, and both directions of Calle Arzobispo Mereno. 302 was also recommended and the balcony of 402 provides some shade.

Like most older hotels in developing nations, things are a bit run down, but overall the hotel was fine. No pool or elevator. Also, do to the location on a heavily trafficked part of el Conde, street noise can be a problem until midnight or so. Also, rooms 302 and 402 have a door joining them to rooms 301 and 401. These doors can let noise through, so if your neighbors are noisy you are going to hear it.

Wifi is accessible in all the common areas and in the restaurant outside, but could come and go in our room on the fourth floor.

The restaurant has tables right on El Conde, shaded by umbrellas and a massive tree on the corner of Parque Colon. It is THE place to be. While the other restaurants along el Conde were just about empty, the tables at El Conde were consistently filled, mostly by local Dominicans drinking coffee and expressos.

We ate there a couple of times. For the price the food was good, especially the sandwiches. Much cheaper here than in surrounding restaurants. Service was average to good. That was one of our favorite parts of the trip, sitting at a table on el Conde people watching with a cold drink.

There are nicer hotels, for sure, but they charge a lot more. The location here is absolutely fantastic, within easy walking distance of all the highlights and good restaurants. When we visit the Ciudad Colonial again we will definitely stay here.

Room Tip: Ask for room 302 or 402. Best views and balconies.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

We stayed in a nice corner suite with a balcony and a great view of city hall, the city, and the adjoining park. Even better views from the roof. There was plenty of space in the corner suite for our group to gather and relax. I then stayed solo two more days and moved into a cramped cheaper room with no view. The staff was friendly and helpful. Some staff speak English, I speak Spanish which is a help. Their cafe has good Dominican food. The problems were with trying to take a bath or shower. There were no tub plugs in either room so a towel over the tub drain was a solution. There were no mats or non-skid coatings in either slippery tub, and the cheaper room lacked a shower head on the pipe. If you want a good Colonial Zone location with a view at a relatively low price and can put up with poor bathing then this place is a consideration if you can get one of the large corner suites.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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Address: Calle El Conde 111 Esq. Arzobispo Merino | Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo > Zona Colonial
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Santo Domingo
Price Range: £49 - £60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Conde de Penalba 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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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