Accommodations in the Dominican Republic

Find the best accommodations to fit your vacation style

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With a recent addition of more than 10,000 hotel rooms to the already large hotel and resort inventory, travelers visiting the Dominican Republic will find that the island has more than enough room to accommodate most vacationers needs.

Location

Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata has a lot to offer tourists. Here, vacationers will find a wealth of attractions that will enhance their time on the island, from horseback riding and tours of historic architecture to golf and even an exciting nightlife. Most hotels are situated in the Puerto Plata area, with  and all inclusives dominating.

Santiago De Los Caballeros

Not far from Puerto Plata is the historic city of Santiago De Los Caballeros. You'll learn more about the Dominican Republic's culture here than anywhere else on the island, from the number of museums, ruins, and antique churches that call Santiago their home, not to mention the nightlife, theaters, and shopping. The hotels that make up this area are typical hotels, and some have the added bonus of housing a  on site.

Punta Cana

The city of Punta Cana offers many upscale attractions, such a golf courses, spas, and gorgeous beach front hotels. There are a number of all inclusive properties in this area, many of which including watersports as part of their total price.

Santo Domingo

If colonial history fascinates you, then a stay in Santo Domingo is for you. This area of the island contains much of its Spanish colonial charm through architecture. Still modern pastimes such as shopping and dancing in night clubs are popular here as well. Most of the lodgings can be found right inside the Colonial Zone, possibly giving you the opportunity to sleep in a location that is nearly as old as the island itself.

More information on the island's layout can be found at the Map of the Dominican Republic page. Not only is there a digital image of the country, but a discussion of the area's top attractions, accommodation locations, and transportation options.

Personal Considerations

Finding the perfect accommodations for you during your Dominican Republic vacation means taking many different factors into consideration. Making a list of the things that are important to your group will help to narrow it down.

Group Size

Depending upon the number of people you are traveling with, you may be looking for a property that can accommodate a large group. Your typical hotel will require to you reserve several rooms to fit everyone comfortably, but if you locate a hotel that specializes in suites, or a rental villa with several rooms like Costa Del Sol I, you may be able to save money.

Smaller families may not need a lot of space, but they will want to find a space known for treating kids like royalty. Some locations have babysitting services, kids clubs, and daily activities for families to participate in together. The best hotels for family vacations in the Dominican Republic can be found by clicking here.

Meanwhile, adults traveling without children, and who are looking to get wild during their trip, may feel more comfortable limiting their interactions with the younger generation and experience hotels on the island featuring entertainment and nightlife.

Interests

Many travelers visit the Dominican Republic for a specific reason – like for a golf retreat, or to spend their days snorkeling and diving. Luckily, there are a number of resorts that specialize in specific activities.

Length of Stay

If you're staying in the Dominican Republic for only a few days, a hotel or all-inclusive resort may be the best choice. But if you are planning an extended stay, you may feel more comfortable at a rental property. This way, you'll have separate living and sleeping spaces, plus a kitchen, and sometimes even a laundry room.

Hotels

Agualina Kite Resort

The Dominican Republic has hotel possibilities that will be appealing to just about any kind of visitor. Choose from budget hotels, luxury resorts, and lots more in between. Visitors looking to enjoy a lively late-night scene will find precisely that at many hotels around the Dominican Republic. Click on their names to read additional info.

A popular vacation destination with on-site recreation is Breathless Punta Cana Resort and Spa. An adults-only property in Punta Cana, Breathless is a chic, modern spot where those looking to meet new people, spend their days relaxing, their nights partying, and their mealtimes dining on gourmet fare will find everything they've been dreaming about all in one gorgeous location. You can reach them at (855) 652-7328.

Memories Splash is one of these properties eastern the Dominican Republic. Set in Punta Cana is a stretch of property upon which two resorts are set: Royalton Resort and this one, Memories Splash. Of the two, Memories it the more family friendly spot, featuring a water park and a huge array of daily activities that adults as well as kids will enjoy. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (855) 744-8372.

Vacationers who are in search of good on-location dining options may want to check out Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino. With an elegance and style like no other hotel in the country, this iconic structure is also the most historic one around. The hotel offers all the luxuries that both the typical vacationer and the business traveler could ask for. Guests can find them at 367 George Washington Avenue.

The Dominican Republic has quite a few other choices too. Anyone who needs to find more details concerning hotels within the area by clicking here.

Condos and Villa Complexes

Las Canas

Guests will also find non-standard hotel lodging options available, including lots of condominiums and a large variety of villa complexes. Beach-goers will generally have convenient access to the beach, as many villas and other accommodations are situated right on the coast.

If you are wanting to find a place to stay with top-notch swimming facilities and pool-side amenities, one spot to think about is Las Canas. Located in the rolling mountains of Cordillera, close to Puerto Plata and the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete, Las Canas Vacation Club sits fully renovated with apartments available for rent. A huge assortment of activities, both on and off the property, await travelers to the area, and the amenities at the Hotel will make every guest want to stay forever. For customers who want to call before making reservations, do so at (779) 890-0111.

A destination located on the ocean worth mentioning is Sea Lane Condos. A collection of two to four bedroom condos on the beach give guests the chance to get away and relax in an area surrounded by well-manicured landscaping, seven crystalline pools, and more all within protected gates. For customers who want to call in advance, do so at (305) 600-0849.

Anybody wanting to find a place to stay with good swimming pool facilities, one location to think about is Sea Horse Ranch. An exclusive luxury villa resort set on the island's north coast, this 250 acre property is an elegant display of design and architecture that has been gated to provide privacy to those who truly need to get away. You'll find them on Scenic Coastal Highway.

These examples are only a few of the choices you'll find. Click this link to read our article concerning these types of accommodations within the area.

Camping and Eco-Tourism

Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa

Nature lovers and their families will want to consider the availability of eco-tourist options made possible in the area.

Travelers looking to book their stay in the Dominican Republic will enjoy opportunities like Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa. Located in Caberete in the Dominican Republic, Natura Cabana is an ecologically sensitive resort with a focus on bringing guests into the natural tropical experience. Gardens mix with the palm-covered roofs of the cabanas. You'll find them at 5 Paseo Del Sol.

Hotel Gran Jimenoa is a nice property in the Dominican Republic. Set at the foot of a majestic mountain range, this hotel is simple but welcomes nature to provide the welcoming and tranquil atmosphere. They're located on Avenida la Confluencia.

Altocerro: Altocerro is Composed of 34 independent villas of one, two and three bedrooms, and building housing 12 rooms, for a total of 68 rooms. All of the villas are equipped with living room, balcony with valley view; while the rooms are equipped with cable TV, telephone, wireless internet, linens, bathrooms with hot water,and a full kitchen. They also have a camping area with all the services you may need as a camper such as electricity, room service, and bathrooms with hot showers. Guests can find them at 461 Calle Guarocuya.

Those planning to visit the Dominican Republic will be able to find other eco-tourism accommodations. To navigate to our guide to eco-accommodations use this link.

Individual Villas

Some vacationers prefer the seclusion offered by one of the many rental homes. To visit our detailed guide to rental properties in the Dominican Republic, go to this page.

All-Inclusive Accommodations

Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro

Some visitors like the advantages of an all-inclusive package. There are many reasons why these plans are successful. Among other factors, they let you dodge the need to budget your vacation in detail.

Avid tennis players will like the idea of staying at Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, as they have some good tennis facilities. The “B-Rooms” of Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe are new, luxurious, and welcoming. Each of these modern rooms features of one of the finest beds available, 32-inch LCD television with USB port and on-demand video, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, radio alarm clock with MP3 dock, rain showers, minibar, ceiling fan, iron, and ironing board. You can call them at (809) 686-5797.

One destination located on the water's edge worth mentioning is Hotel Catalonia Bávaro Resort. Guests can choose from Junior Suites or Suites in a variety of styles when visiting the Hotel Catalonia Bavaro. Aside from the size difference, the main difference in the room types and style is the view from the room and its proximity to the hotel's amenities. To reach them, call (809) 412-0000.

Readers can get more information on all-inclusive properties by clicking on this link.

Quality

When you search for accommodations in the Dominican Republic, you can use our Star Rating system to help you to quickly assess the type of facility you are looking at. Keep in mind that the star ratings are determined independently of price, and that the prices of each type of property are so varied that once you set your budget, you'll be able to find a room in nearly every rating.

One and Two Stars

At a 1 Star property, the hotel will be a small location, likely owned and operated by the same person or family. This may mean more personalized care and fewer amenities. The rooms won't necessarily be large, but they will do the job for vacationers who plans to spend a lot of time out exploring the island. The Dominican Republic's 1 Star properties include Rancho Wendy, Club Villas Jazmin, and Hotel Acaya, and will range from $5(USD) to $100 (USD).

2 stars properties are medium in size, but still contain smaller rooms. The hotel might be locally owned, or it might be a part of a small national chain. The amenities will still be your typical hotel offerings, but rarely with extras, and the service will be a little better than what the 1 Stars have to offer. The Dominican Republic's 2 Star properties include Victoria Golf & Beach Resort, Tropical Orquidea Club All-Inclusive, Stanza Mare Coral Comfort, and Hotel Palacio, and will range from $20 to $150(USD).

Three Stars

The hotels in the Dominican Republic with 3 stars are more spacious, and feature a wider array of amenities. The rooms typically are not too fancy, but still much nicer than the lower rated properties. These locations will have room service, and maybe even a restaurant or two on site. The Dominican Republic's 3 Star properties include Hotel Riu Taino, Windsurf Resort, and Tropical Sueno Resort and Spa Club All-Inclusive, and will range from $45 to $200(USD).

Four Stars

4 stars properties are above average, with large rooms, excellent amenities, and even better service. The rooms will be well-appointed, clean, and decked out with extras like flat screen televisions. The Dominican Republic's 4 Star properties include Vik Hotel Arena All-Inclusive and Melia Caribe Tropical, and will range from $75 to $300(USD).

Five Stars

The 5 stars accommodations in the Dominican Republic are the best of the best. These hotels have very spacious rooms, linens that make you want to sink right into bed, carefully selected decorations, luxury amenities, and the best service on the island. The Dominican Republic's 1 Star properties include Grand Oasis Marian All-Inclusive Resort, Casa Colonial Beach and Spa, Barcelo Bavaro Palace, and Barcelo Bavaro Beach, and will range from $100 to $500(USD).

Researching different kinds of lodgings will give you a better understanding of what to expect during your stay. Choose accommodations that are best suited to your particular style of travel to get the most out of your trip to the Dominican Republic.

 

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