• Naureen Chhipa

The Best Places to Stay in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

I love visiting the Dominican Republic, but Santo Domingo (the capital) is very special to me. It is the city where I took my first breath after coming out of my mother's womb and opened my eyes for the first time to see the world. So, yes, I was born in Santo Domingo and lived there on and off till I was about 12 years old. As a child, I didn't get to explore the touristy areas but became intimate with the local neighborhoods, alley streets, and residential communities. As an adult, I often visit, and in this blog, I will share with you the best places to stay in Santo Domingo if you're planning to visit overnight or linger for a few days and explore.

Best hotels in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
La Zona Colonial | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

If you're looking for accommodations in Santo Domingo, I highly recommend staying in La Zona Colonial. La Zona Colonial is the nicest area of Santo Domingo, boasting old colonial ruins from the 1400s, trendy bars/restaurants, and major historical sites. Another popular area amongst international students is La Zona Universitaria. Still, unless you're studying abroad and looking for an apartment to rent long-term, there's not much to do in that area. Boca Chica is another popular area of Santo Domingo if you want to be near the beach.


La Zona Colonial is the nicest area of Santo Domingo, boasting old colonial ruins from the 1400s, trendy bars/restaurants, and major historical sites.

Hotels in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

I stayed at 3 hotels from The Oxo House in La Zona Colonial. The Oxo House is an excellent option for boutique hotel accommodations in La Zona Colonial. What makes staying at one of the hotels from the Oxo House so great is that they're all in the heart of the city, making the most popular attractions, bars, and restaurants within walking distance. The Oxo House Group also offers a wide range of accommodations for every traveler. This post, will review the best budget, mid-range, and upper-mid-range hotel stay from The Oxo House in La Zona.



Budget Hotel | Hostal La Colonial by The Oxo House | Hotels in Santo Domingo

Hotel near all major attractions in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Budget Hotel in Santo Domingo Hostal La Colonia

When I stayed at Hostal La Colonia, I traveled as a solo female traveler and loved staying here. I felt safe visiting La Zona Colonial and exploring Santo Domingo. Hostal La Colonia was perfect for me, as I was only planning to stay in Santo Domingo for 3 days and wanted to save money to enjoy eating at fine dining restaurants in the area. I was looking for a good view of La Zona Colonial and a hotel near all the spots I wanted to visit, and Hostal La Colonia was perfect for that.


What I loved about staying at Hostal La Colonia in Santo Domingo

  • Very affordable/budget-friendly hotel starting at $34 per night

  • Despite the name, all rooms are private. Hostal La Colonia is not a hostel

  • The rooms have AC

  • Free complimentary Coffee in the mornings

  • Breakfast is available for an add-on of $6 at the nearby restaurant Tribu

  • Every floor has a shared balcony overlooking La Zona Colonial

  • Walking distance to all major attractions

  • Prime location

  • Free wifi

  • Clean and spacious rooms

  • 24-hour front desk

What I didn't love about staying at Hostal La Colonia in Santo Domingo

  • Private parking is not available

  • No restaurant/bar on premise


Mid-Range Hotel | Casa Sanchez by The Oxo House| Hotels in Santo Domingo

Boutique hotels with pools in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Mid-range hotel in Santo Domingo Casa Sanchez

I stayed at Casa Sanchez by The Oxo House towards the end of my trip. This hotel is overflowing with color-- one of those Instagrammable places in Santo Domingo. What caught my attention, however, was the pool. I loved swimming after a long day of site seeing in La Zona Colonial. Not as affordable as Hostal La Colonia, Casa Sanchez could still be considered a budget boutique hotel with prices starting at only $ 69 per night.


What I loved about staying at Casa Sanches in Santo Domingo

  • The pool, the pool, the pool -- Caribbean heat is no joke!

  • Chic and trendy aesthetic vibes

  • Rooftop café and bar

  • Rooftop Jacuzzi

  • Breakfast is available for an extra charge of $14

  • Spacious and clean rooms

  • Air-conditioned rooms

  • Walking distance to all major attractions

  • Prime location

  • Free Wi-fi

  • 24-hour front desk service

  • Adults-only boutique hotel

What I didn't love about staying at Casa Sanchez in Santo Domingo

  • Private parking is not available, and the streets are overcrowded

  • We had to wait a long time to get hot water in our rooms (boiler malfunction)

  • Despite having a bar and café, these are often open during high season only


Upper-Mid-Range | Luca Hotel by The Oxo House | Hotels in Santo Domingo

Luca Hotel Santo Domingo. Hotel near major sites in La Zona Colonial. Boutique hotel in Santo Domingo.
Upper- Mid- Range Hotel in Santo Domingo Luca Hotel

I stayed at Luca Hotel by The Oxo House with my husband while backpacking the Island. We loved Local Hotel's architecture as some of the original walls from the 1400s were still preserved and used by the hotel. We were so in awe about the experience, and we even had one of those walls in our room. Luca hotel is chic and elegant with an undeniable Spanish flair. I still consider Luca Hotel a budget hotel with nights starting at only $71. However, for this blog, as it is the most expensive of the 3 hotels we're staying at, we'll call Luca hotel an upper-mid-range boutique hotel.


What I loved about staying at Luca Hotel in Santo Domingo

  • Private parking is available to all guests

  • Rooftop bar and restaurant

  • Private jacuzzi available upon request

  • Old colonial city vibes

  • The beautiful outdoor garden setting

  • Welcome Mama Juana drink (local Dominican drink)

  • Breakfast is available for an extra charge of $20

  • Spacious and clean rooms

  • Air-conditioned rooms

  • Walking distance to all major attractions

  • Prime location

  • Free wifi

  • 24-hour front desk service

What I didn't love about staying at Luca Hotel in Santo Domingo

  • Old plumbing (to be expected,) my clothes got soaked from a leak in the bathroom. Other than that, our stay was marvelous.


The Oxo House Boutique Hotels in La Zona Colonial Vlog Tour

Hostal La Colonia | Casa Sanchez | Luca Hotel | Boutique Hotel Crawl in La Zona



Things to do in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo


I hope you found this hotel guide helpful, and if you visit any of these, leave a comment below and share your experience with other readers. Till next time!










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