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Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel & Casino
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40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Not so great but not much other choice”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Stayed here in early January for business. While all the staff was very friendly, the hotel was not. It's rundown generally. The bed linens and carpeting were old. There were strange smells in the hallways. The layout of the hotel is strange. The pool area is ok. The restaurant is ok as well.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

We came here in the beginning of this month (January) 2014. I came with my girlfriend, I was here for business, and it was the prelude to our puerto plata vacation. The service was exceptional from the friendly staff at the front desk, to the maids and the bartenders.The prices per night range from $170 US to $220 for the room we stayed in at the imperial club on the 5th floor. I would highly recommend staying on the 5th floor at the imperial club. You can actually save money because breakfast is free, they have free snacks and free beer wine etc in the floor at a certain hour... We more than made up for the extra cost per night with the amount of food and beer we took.

Otherwise they have a very nice pool area that overlooks the city and mountain of Santiago. There is a pool bar and cabana style beds surrounding the Infiniti pool.

It's a great place to come back to if you're here on business, it feels like your on vacation at a resort in the middle of the city.

-PK

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Brasileia, AC
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318 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Other than the hotel staff there are only two things half-way descent about Hodelpa in Santiago, D.R. Those things are: 1. The pool area. 2. The 5th floor rooms. Any other aspect is so entirely substandard it does not warrant much of a review. However, I will explain ....

For those who have read my other reviews you know that I am not one to indiscriminately write something negative. In fact, I take great pride in providing a fair and accurate accounting of the people and places I review -- I'd suppose I feel an obligation to accuracy.

I have stayed at this property many, many times over the years. I have been lucky to have stayed on the 5th floor each time, except this last trip during which I was exposed to the reality of the Hodelpa -- it's a dump!

I suppose, much like going to Cancun and staying in a fancy hotel on the beach, or going to Panama and staying in a luxurious high rise condo above all the shanty towns in the distance; a stay at Hodelpa in Santiago, D.R. where you only see the pool and 5th floor rooms is the equivalent of running with the bulls in Pamplona if you were to wear blinders and never know the bulls existed. Everything seems great as long as you don't check under the hood, ... or sleep on a floor other than 5.

Hodelpa offers excellent service from well trained and attentive staff, but the hotel property is one of the worst I have seen (in it's class / price point) in any part of the world with the exception of the 5th floor rooms and the pool area. A quick walk down the fire stairs from your room to the lobby, or a stop on the second, or third floors will immediately enlighten you. Here you will be treated to a waft of insecticide which is sprayed daily through the halls, along with mildew ridden carpets, flaky plaster, all kinds of "buzzing" "humming" and grinding sounds coming from florescent light ballasts, motor pumps, a/c units, or some other combination of poor utilities management. Will somebody please call the Super!

The little things in hotels are the things that make the difference between ok, good and great; or in the case of Hotelpa, it is the difference between acceptable and dump. Leaky toilets, leaky faucets, buzzing light ballasts, noisy refrigerators, loud air conditioning, poor shower stalls that leak shower water all over the high gloss porcelain floor making the bathroom both slippery, uncomfortable and unsafe, horrible room service menu, poor to not functioning WiFi, and on, and on, .... These are the things that make an average property, very, very sub-par. Do yourself a favor and stay at another hotel.

Room Tip: Fifth floor or bust!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Buffalo, New York
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2013

My stay was very short, as I was accompanying my fiance on her layover, so I didn't get to make much use of the hotel's amenities, but I did get to use the pool. I loved the atmosphere by the pool. Thecanopy beds were very comfortable, the view of Santiago is nice and the pool is very clean. The room was spacious and clean and I didn't have a problem with the wifi. There wasn't much to do in the area as far as I could tell, but I wasn't there for that long, so who knows. We ended up grabbing a bite to eat at T.G.I.Friday's, which is right next to the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

I absolutely loved my stay! I was there for business! The Internet worked perfectly! The staff was friendly and professional! The breakfast buffet was delicious! I used the pool and gym! I would choose this hotel again.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Aspen, Colorado
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2013

The wifi in this hotel is a bad joke. It is very slow and drops off and on during they day. Works better at the pool but still not great.

Beds need to be replaced as they are concave, not sure what else is in this town but I would look for another hotel if you need to connect or sleep.

Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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hoteleshodelpa, Encargada de eCommerce at Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel & Casino, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Dear Mr. Michael,

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience these issues may have caused you. We take our customer feedback very seriously, reason why we are working on improving our WiFi connection that hopefully will be ready for January 2014, In the mean time we have increased our MB capacity to avoid further nuisance. You also might be interested to know that Hodelpa Gran Almirante is also looking into the mattress situation to make the changes needed to make our guests more comfortable.

We welcome any additional feedback you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be any further assistance. Thank you for choosing Hodelpa Hotels & Casino.

Kind Regards,
Mariel Polanco
ECommerce coordinador
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108 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

The lobby area was beautiful. It even had a seperate seating area near a fountain. The room was spacious and clean. As mentioned in other reviews the rooms above the banquet area can listen to the music. Its best to request aroom elsewhere in the hotel. Their was some remodeling being done in parts of the hotel too. We enjoyed breakfast as well.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Property: Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel & Casino
Address: Ave Salvador Estrella Sadhala, Santiago de los Caballeros 51000, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santiago Province > Santiago de los Caballeros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Santiago de los Caballeros
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel & Casino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 154
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