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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Atarazana Santo Domingo
Piece of Heaven
My partner and I recently spent three nights at Hotel Atarazana and it was one of the best hotel experience we have ever had. Susana and Bernie were the most gracious hosts; they helped us get taxi's, and even rearrange some of our travel plans. The space is so beautiful and elegant and the location is close to eveything in the colonial zone. Every morning there is a beautiful buffet of eggs, fruit, meats and cheses, and great coffee. They really create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. Do not stay anywhere else in Santo Domingo!
An elegant, affordable Oasis!
My partner and I traveled from an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana to Santo Domingo to taste a bit of the the culture in the Dominican Republic. Neither one of us spoke Spanish. After taking a long and expensive taxi ride (since it was election day and we didn't dare try the buses!) to arrive in Santo Domingo - arriving at the Hotel Atarazana was an incredible relief!
Susanne and Bernie not only offered us sweet tea and conversation, but it was in their fantasticaly designed patio of white marble, green foliage and shaded tables with the sound of a fountain in the background. We felt we had died and gone to heaven.
They both were so kind and helpful in their advice from where to go for dinner, how to arrange a taxi for~ $10 USD an hour to tour the town and called to arrange for our departure details - which saved us both much angst!
We were only there for 2 days - but had a wonderful time - thanks to both of them, their vision for this architectually incredible hotel, delicious breakfast (complete with eggs, cheeses, breads and fresh fruit !)and mostly their generous spirit of hospitality!
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A ne manquer sous aucun pretexte !!!
Avec une décoration de goût, un patio ravissant, avec sa fontaine, ses plantes et fleurs, son bar, une terrasse sur le toit, des chambres et salles de bain impeccables, un accueil chaleureux, un excellent petit-déjeuner, et à quelques mètres du coeur de la ville, l'hotel Atarazana fait un sans faute. Si vous avez prévu de passer une ou plusieurs nuits à Saint Domingue, que ce soit pour affaire ou en séjour touristique, vous ne pouvez pas être déçu... et si vous n'avez pas prévu de vous arrêter à Saint Domingue, et bien, changez d'avis, car ce petit hotel vaut à lui seul le détour !!!
One of the few lovely places left in the world to stay!
I only stayed 4 nights and it was definitely not enough. When I was there Susana (la directora) and Bernardo (the architect) were close to finishing the new roof garden, which they will now have finished. In addition to the beautiful patio downstairs one could imagine this being a marvellous place to look over Santo Domingo or simply to have a rest in one of the wooden deck chairs. The hotel is full of beautiful things made, designed or built by Bernardo himself, e.g. the beds, the lamps or my personal highlight: the stairway. This is a very special creation (amongst others) making the hotel quite unique. I would recommend this pretty hotel to anyone who likes a personal and quiet atmosphere, both for business trips as well as for holidays. Susana or Bernardo are always around if you need any information, a tip on where to go, a little time for conversation, or just a cup of coffee. - An oasis at the edge of the old city centre.
A beautiful charming Hotel in Santo Domingos old town
Hotel Atarazana was the perfect complement for beach-holiday in the Dominican Republic. After two weeks in Cabarete (surfer's paradise) we stayed a week in Santo Domingo in Hotel Atarazana. . The capital Santo Domingo has many interesting things to see and explore (culture like Spanish origins of the DR or relicts of the Truillo dictatorship, society from poverty to enormous wealth, etc.) and at Hotel Atarazana you are situated directly in the Centre of the City and can reach many things in a walking distance (anyway: a cheap but guarded parking lot is also just 50m from the hotel, so you can also come by car).
It is an old colonial-style building completely renovated in 2004 (see photo), peaceful, with own character and beautiful decorations situated in the "zona colonial" the charming old centre of Santo Domingo. All of the rooms with balcony, TV and high speed DSL-Internet connection (without any additional charge!). The only thing some people might miss is air condition. Instead of a/c every room has a (quiet and fast) ceiling-fan and if you need a real refreshment you can use the jacuzzy (with perfectly cold water, see photo) in the patio - I did that every day!
The Hotel is run by Susanne and Bernd, who make you feel comfortable - almost like being at home. An excellent breakfast buffet full of "delicatessen" is served in the patio in the morning (included in the price). For lunch or dinner you can go to various restaurants in "zona colonial - ask Susanne and Bernd for recommendations.
I can highly recommend this hotel to everybody who wants to explore Santo Domingo (or is on a business trip) and prefers the personal atmosphere of a unique small place (Hotel Atarazana has 6 or 7 double rooms) to the impersonality of a big skyscraper-like hotel. The prices for the rooms (from 55 to 65 U$ and the breakfast and all the taxes are included!) are fantastic compared to the value received
Ein super hotel mitten in santo domingo
mitten in der altstadt von santo domingo in der zona colonial liegt das wunderschöne hotel atarazana. die besitzer sind zwei deutsche(susanne und bernd). mit ihrem herzblut haben sie das haus sehr schön und modern eingerichtet. die zimmer sind gross, haben bad und balkon, manche sogar einen fernseher. das frühstück wird im romantischen patio eingenommen und schmeckt köstlich. man fühlt sich nicht wie in einem hotel, sondern wie bei guten freunden.
wir hatten wirklich eine gute zeit dort. im moment wird sogar die dachterrasse ausgebaut zu einer lounge. ich kann dieses hotel sehr empfehlen, der preis ist verhältnismäßig niedrig für santo domingo ( ca 50 dollar für ein doppelzimmer) und man ist mitten drin, die placa espana liegt um die ecke.
eine perle ! unbedingt ausprobieren!
Delightful Small Hotel!
I stayed one night at the Hotel Atarazana in November, while I was in Santo Domingo for a conference. I wish I had stayed there longer. The hotel is exquisitely decorated, with an attention to detail, and feels clean and comfortable. It's small, so Bernard and Susana, who run it, really went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I felt like a guest at someone's (lovely) house, rather than one more face at a huge tourist hotel.
The rooms are spacious and airy. When I was there, they did not have a/c, which might be a problem for some people, but the excellent ceiling fans kept things comfortable. The breakfast (included in the reasonable price) was delicious. I hope to be able to stay there again the next time I'm in Santo Domingo.
What a lovely stay !!
During our trip to Cabarete we stayed 5 nights in the Atarazana. It's a truly charming hotel right in the middle of the "Zona Colonial" of Santo Domingo. The owners, one of them an architect, who realised his own design plans in this historic building, will give you a very good time, starting with a delightful fresh and tasty breakfast, free internet access, books, a lovely courtyard with jaccusi and, if you like, some discussions while enjoying cuba libre at night. It's a perfect spot for exploring Santo Domingo or simply relax. Book ahead, they only have 5 rooms.
Santo Domingo's first design hotel...intimate and friendly service
I stayed here on a recent business trip in the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo.
This 6 room hotel has really only just opened a few months ago. The owner/manager Susan makes sure that every guest feels at home. She shares her insider tips with other guests, guests in turn share their experiences over breakfast or in the afternoon over a cocktail in the hotel's patio.
The Hotel Atarazana was designed by Susana's partner, Bernardo.
Bernardo has created a wonderful hotel that is both stylish with endless attention to detail; even the breakfast buffet is a celebration of creativity.
The rooms are comfortable with a ceiling fan, color cable tv and most rooms have a balcony. I was even able to use my laptop with very fast internet access. Whether you are coming on business or pleasure, either way you might want to consider the hotel Atarazana, Susana and Bernarndo can really help you on your way, becoming friends in the process.
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