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- The Best of the Dominican Republic
- A Nature Lover’s Dominican Trek
- The Sexiest Dominican Beaches
- Historical Dominican Road Trip
- A Dominican Culture Tour
- Carnaval and Its Masks
- Planning Your Dominican Wedding
- Dominican Adventures
- Golfing the Dominican Republic
- Dominican Music and Dance
- La Ruta del Mango
- Day-Tripping in Monte Plata
- The Best Small Resorts
The historic neighborhood of Gazcue is a residential area just west of Parque Independencia. It was the neighborhood of Santo Domingo’s upper class, and some of the buildings date back to the 1930s. The streets are shaded in a beautiful full canopy of trees. Today, restaurants have moved into the area, as well as some fashionable cafés. Gazcue is a possible alternative to the Ciudad Colonial because it has more budget options. You’ll get more for your money if you’re willing to walk to the Ciudad Colonial or take a very short taxi ride for your sightseeing.
Hotel Maison Gautreaux (Félix Mariano Lluberes 8, tel. 809/412-7837, fax 809/412-7840, www.maisongautreaux.net, US$32 d) is only one block off of the Malecón, but what a difference a block makes in price. All rooms have air-conditioning, hot-water bathrooms, cable TV, safe boxes, and hair dryers. The rooms are clean, simple, and nicely appointed. The on-site restaurant holds special nights like Monday Cigar Happy Hour and Steak House Friday.
At Hotel La Residencia (Calle Danae 62, tel. 809/412-7298, www.hotelresidencia.com, US$35–40), rooms have hot water and cable TV, and there’s a kitchen on the third floor that guests can use, making it a good choice if you plan to stay in Santo Domingo for a while. There is a price difference in the rooms depending on whether you want to have air-conditioning or not. Regardless, all rooms have a fan. The rooms are very simple but they are clean. Laundry service, airport pickup, and tours are available for extra cost.
At La Grand Mansíon (Calle Danae 26, tel. 809/689-8758, US$23), try to get one of the rooms with windows; the ones that don’t have windows can feel cramped. Better yet, ask for the one with its own terrace. This hotel is good value for the money. Air-conditioning costs extra.
At Hotel Duque de Wellington (Av. Independencia 304, tel. 809/682-4525, www.hotelduque.com, US$60–70), it’s kind of like you went home to visit family. The decor feels that way—comforting, like the guest room at your tia Sofia’s house. Rooms have air-conditioning, TV, phones, fans, and security boxes and are clean and comfortable. There is an on-site restaurant, Pasta & Algo Mas, which offers Italian food, and a travel agency. Room service is available. It’s on a rather busy street. This is a gay-friendly hotel.
Hotel Residencia Venezia (Av. Independencia 45, tel. 809/682-5108, www.residence-venzia.com, US$50 d) is a very good choice just a few blocks away from Parque Independencia. The rooms are clean and have hot-water bathrooms, satellite TV, safety boxes, and a kitchenette. The hotel is also a good choice if you have more than two people. If you can swing a suite (which has a full kitchen), you’ll have more space, including a balcony.
© Ana Chavier Caamaño from Moon Dominican Republic, 4th edition