There's no doubt that Hotel Santo Domingo is beautiful. My first response while walking into the lobby was that it was like Never Neverland. A maze of gorgeous gardens peppered amongst ruins with scarlet macaws scattered throughout. We were there as a part of a wedding and most of our photos were taken on the picturesque hotel grounds.
We only stayed at Santo Domingo for one night, as we stayed at another, less expensive hotel for three other nights. The extra cash spent on the room was worth the views, however, our less expensive hotel had many more perks over Santo Domingo. Most hotels in the area offered free WiFi, while Santo Domingo charges a pretty steep 135Q fee (about $13 US) for just one day of usage. Also, the only advertised purified water were bottles in the room for 16Q a piece. Some had said that the water at Santo Domingo was cleared to drink without issue, but I didn't want to take any chances.
All in all, it was a lovely place to stay. The staff was very helpful and on top of everything. Be sure to check out the pumpkin ravioli if you dine at the restaurant. It is unbelievable!!More