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Colonial City

Experience The Best in Santo Domingo

Within moments of Hodelpa Caribe Colonial, the best attractions and things to do in Santo Domingo await. Walk one block to Calle El Conde pedestrian mall or take a scenic five-minute stroll to the Fortaleza Ozama castle, the Alcazar Colon or the Basilica Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion, the oldest cathedral in the Americas. Our staff will be happy to offer recommendations on things to do and see during your visit. 

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  • Lulú Tasting Bar

    It has a centennial patio located in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and offers an extensive menu of beautifully created tapas that go with the atmosphere of the place, Lulú Tasting Bar offers a variety of exclusive cocktails which you can enjoy with its Live Sessions during the week.

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  • BUCHE PERICO

    A beautiful restaurant located in the Colonial Zone that offers traditional Dominican food with a modern touch, in which you can enjoy the main traditional dishes in a warm atmosphere in the middle of a greenhouse of different herbs.

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  • Jalao

    Jalao is a restaurant where taste, color and culture combined, is focused on typical Dominican food with a gourmet touch, where any tourist will want to be from here.

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  • Pat'e Palo Brasserie

    It tells the story that this 500-year-old building housed the first tavern in the new world, located opposite the Alcázar de Colón offers an international menu with a tendency to Mediterranean cuisine without limitations. The restaurant offers a unique experience, combining the use of premium raw material and fresh seasonal produce.

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  • El Conuco Restaurant

    They say that the best nectar emanates from the heart of the Dominican Republic and it is precisely from there, from the heart of our land, inside and brown, where we have taken chinchines from our things to offer the Dominican and the visitor, in trays of behuco and cane adorned with cayenne, full of the charism that identifies us as a people..

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  • KahKow Experience at the Museum of Chocolate

    Operated by one of the country’s top cacao exporters, this part museum, part chocolate factory—located in the heart of historic Calle Las Damas—offers a comprehensive glimpse of the DR’s thriving cacao industry. The multimedia presentation includes a holographic theater, as well as a guided audio walk through the various rooms and visual exhibits, explaining the process of chocolate from tree to pod, and tablet. The tasting room features various types of chocolates, from white to dark that you can sample to your heart’s content. A chocolate making factory sits inside a glass-enclosed room at the center of the building’s courtyard, where workshops are offered for those who sign up in advance.

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  • Calle El Conde

    Calle el Conde is the oldest commercial street in the city of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. It runs directly through the center of Colonial Zone from Puerta Independencia (Puerta del Conde) to the Escaleras del Conde that end at the Malecon at Rio Ozama. This pedestrian only street is named after the Count of Peñalva, Bernardo de Meneses y Bracamonte, the captain general of Santo Domingo. Some of the manes this historical street has been called include Calle de la Separación, Clavijo, Imperial, 27 de Febrero and Real. El Conde runs through the center of the colonial city. It is very easy to navigate your way around the city from this street, finding your way around the Zone quite easily.

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  • Trampolín Children's Museum

    The Trampoline Children's Museum makes learning fun with a series of interesting interactive exhibits on topics ranging from the creation of the earth and the universe to the biology of the human body, colors, energy, nature, ecology and more.

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  • Columbus Lighthouse

    The Faro a Colon, otherwise known as the Columbus Lighthouse, is a grand monument to the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World. This huge concrete construction does not look like a typical lighthouse, but resembles a mausoleum or a cross-shaped pyramid. Take a tour around the imposing façade, explore an in-house museum or climb to the monument’s peak for breathtaking views of Santo Domingo.

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  • The Colonial Gate 4d Cinema

    Tucked away in the deep southeastern corner of the Zona Colonial, this hidden treasure is the country's first '4D' movie theater. The first three dimensions are what you'd expect, but fourth brings in the elements – mist, fog, wind, heat, smells, motion seats and bubbles. Admission includes three short films and headsets that translate them into nine languages.

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  • El Parque Colón

    Go for a walk by the park of the Colonial City and enjoy the beautiful constructions located around it.Inaugurated in 1506 as Plaza Mayor de Santo Domingo Square, it didn’t begin to be called Colón Park until 1887.

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  • Basílica Catedral Santa María de la Encarnación 

    Located on the Parque Colon in the Zona Colonial, the Basilica Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion is the first and oldest cathedral in the Americas. Stunning features include dramatic Gothic architecture, fantastic friezes and ornamentation, the original 500-year old mahogany doors, which are still unlocked with the same centuries-old key and a hammered silver altar. 

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  • Ozama Fortress

    Visit the first military fort in the continent and discover more about the Colonial history of Santo Domingo.The simple and solid construction was built by the Spaniards between 1502 and 1507 at the request of the governor Nicolás de Ovando, providing it with a Medieval style. However, during the following centuries the place was modified and extended until it became the interesting building that you can see today.The main purpose of its construction was to defend the city from the attacks of British, Portuguese and French conquerors, as well as from the pillage of pirates.

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  • Malecón de Santo Domingo

    The city’s seafront boulevard—officially called George Washington Boulevard—is one of its iconic features, playing a key role in Santo Domingo’s selection as Culture Capital of the Americas in 2010. Lined with the Caribbean Sea on one end, and rows of brand hotels, restaurants, and nightlife on the other, the Malecón comes to life in the afternoon at sunset and continuing into the night.

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  • Alcázar de Colón

    One of the most popular museums in the Colonial City is also it's most impressive in architecture. Completed around 1512, this Gothic and Renaissance style palace was once the home of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife María de Toledo, niece of King Ferdinand of Spain.

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  • Telecommunications Cultural Center

    The city’s youngest museum, inaugurated in 2011, the Telecommunications Cultural Center is also one of the most interesting, showcasing the history and evolution of media in the Dominican Republic, from television to radio, and the internet up to the 20th century and beyond. The three-story building has a modern façade that stands out from surrounding colonial buildings on Calle Isabel La Católica, and its interior exhibits showcase old communications instruments, as well as a robotics room, an electronic game room, and an audio-visual media library.

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  • Amber World Museum

    Set in one of the most beautifully restored 17th-century colonial buildings, the Amber World Museum boasts a small but comprehensive display on this precious stone on the second floor of the building—past the ground floor jewelry store. In the first dimly-lit room, red, blue, and green amber stones of varying sizes from the DR and abroad are showcased. The second room is dedicated to the unique features of Dominican amber, and its mining history in the country.

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  • Casa de Teatro

    One of Santo Domingo’s and the DR’s most respected cultural centers. This historic location hosts regular art and photo exhibits, as well as movies and live music. It’s a favorite hub of creatives, from poets to writers and actors.

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  • Obelisk of Santo Domingo

    Designed in 1936, it was constructed in 1937 as a monument of 40 meters of height to celebrate the change of name of the city of Santo Domingo to Trujillo City, under the command of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. It is an obelisk which can be seen from every point of the famous avenue.

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  • ChuChu Colonial

    The ChuChu offers a tour of 45 minutes all along the Ciudad Colonial, allowing you to learn about its 500 years of history. Along the way you’ll be able to watch more than 25 monuments of historical interest and discover their secrets and anecdotes, thanks to the audio guides that are available in 7 different languages (Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German and Russian). 

    There are 16 daily tours each day of the week, so there is a route every hour with hostesses and tourist service staff that will help you with any doubt you may have.

     

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  • Juan Dolio Beach

    Located an hour east of the capital city of Santo Domingo, and closer still to Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), the cosmopolitan beach town of Juan Dolio offers an easy and tranquil tropical escape near the capital city. A favorite of well-heeled urbanites who flock here on weekends, Juan Dolio’s 10-kilometer (six-mile) long, spacious and sparkling white sand beach is dotted with hotels, dive shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as a variety of vacation homes, upscale residential communities, and newly built condominiums.

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  • Las Americas International Airport

    Las Américas International Airport, José Francisco Peña Gómez (AILA-JFPG) approximately 20 minutes from the City of Santo Domingo, is the main air terminal of the Dominican Republic due to its location and occupies the second place in the flow of passengers Regular of the country.

     

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  • International Airport La Romana

    Located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, the International Airport La Romana is often viewed as the gateway to many of the nation’s most beloved attractions. Recently, this airport has been modernized while still maintaining a tropical feel. 

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  • La Isabela International Airport

    La Isabela International Airport is a secondary airport in the city of Santo Domingo, the airport is mostly used for regional flights in the Caribbean area, private and sports aircraft, as well as pilot schools, air clubs and FBO.

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Our Onsite Dining

While many of the best restaurants in Santo Domingo are just steps from the hotel, guests are invited to enjoy an intimate and relaxing dining experience in Azul Restaurant, a bright, contemporary gathering spot right off the lobby.