Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo

Calle Las Damas | Santo Domingo 10211  [SEE MAP]Santo Domingo  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Unique decor with stucco walls and wrought-iron accents
Some guests say service could be better

Standing over the cobblestone streets of Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial, this historic hotel occupies the former home of Santo Domingo's founder, Governor Nicolás de Ovando. The building features historical decor like stucco walls and wrought-iron accents. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings, satellite TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and minibars. When you're not snoozing or out exploring the city, recent guests recommend seeking respite from the heat by the outdoor pool or enjoy a glass of wine on the lobby bar's Spanish-style patio. The bar also serves lighter fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. For more upscale meals, dine at Restaurante 1502. Overall, past travelers enjoyed their stays here. However, some were less than impressed with the hotel's service, saying that they expected more hospitable staff, especially given the property's pricey room rates.

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Location
Santo Domingo
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 97 rooms
Primary View
City center, River
Style
Traditional, Historic
Best For
Couples

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  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice

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In the remnants of Columbus's former domain lies the Nicolas de Ovando, Santo Domingo’s first small-scale, big-service hotel. The property is named after one of the city’s earliest Spanish governors, and its ... rooms are divided among his sixteenth-century home and a pair of more recent additions.

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The hotel incorporates three houses and patios built in 1502 for Santo Domingo's founder and governor, Nicolas de Ovando. The 5-star property is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its numerous colonial courtyards, fountains and gardens are the perfect place to snack on organic Dominican chocolate or to smoke an authentic cigar.

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Dating back to 1502, original architectural features have been cleverly integrated into stunning public areas. Rooms range from contemporary to Colonial styles and vary in the level of sophistication.

Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 974 have reviewed the Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 974 reviews 4.5 (based on 974 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando's guest rooms and suites combine old-world elements with modern amenities. Historical details include ochre tile floors and dark wood shutters. Each space is equipped with modern conveniences like satellite TVs, minibars and complimentary Wi-Fi access. For additional colonial touches and a view of Calle Las Darmas, travelers can upgrade to a Colonial Room. Imperial Club accommodations boast additional perks, such as feather pillows, 380-thread-count linens, bathrobes and slippers, neck and foot massagers, Nespresso coffee machines and free weights.
  • Standard rooms offer separate showers and bathtubs
  • Accommodations feature harbor or Zona Colonial street views

Standard room sizeNone square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando is located in the heart of the Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo's historic downtown area. Originally built in 1502, the hotel sits within walking distance of restaurants, bars and historic attractions like the Fortaleza Ozama, the Alcázar de Colón and the Catedral Primada de America. Don Diego Ferry Terminal can be reached by foot as well.
  • Less than 18 miles northwest of Las Americas International Airport
  • No airport transfers
  • Complimentary self-parking in outdoor lot
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

The Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando is home to two dining venues. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Restaurante 1502 serves an array of culturally significant dishes. Lighter fare is also available at Taberna del Mojito, the lobby bar by the pool.
  • Room service available daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool. On the pool deck, travelers will find lounge chairs and tables, as well as a variety of tropical plants.
  • Pool is unheated
  • Lobby bar's patio sits adjacent to the pool
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Kids

Kids amenities are limited at this hotel. However, families have access to cribs, babysitting services, a billiards table and an outdoor swimming pool.
    • Kids club
    • Cribs
    • High chairs

    Fitness

    The Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando has a fitness center with cardio and strength-training machines, plus free weights. Upgraded Imperial Club rooms also come equipped with fitness-focused amenities like scales and free weights.
      • Weight equipment
      • Cardio equipment
      • Yoga mats
      • Free fitness classes
      • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
      • Bicycles
      • Tennis
      • Guided runs
      • Paddle boats
      • Motor boats

      Business

      Seven meeting rooms are available at the Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando. The smallest space is the Pedro Mir room, which can seat 10 people for meetings or 15 attendees for theater-style events. The AMBAR and LARIMAR rooms can be used for business functions with up to 50 guests. Two salons and two patios are also available for banquets.
      • Guest computers in on-site business center
      • Largest banquet space can accommodate up to 250 people
      • Audiovisual equipment available for a fee

      Number of meeting rooms7

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available

      Wedding

      Most wedding ceremonies and receptions take place in the hotel's courtyard. The property's largest venue is the PATIO BARTOLOMÉ DE LAS CASAS, which can accommodate up to 400 guests.
      • No wedding packages
      • On-site catering by request

      Maximum wedding guest capacity400

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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