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 options that will appeal to just about every type of traveler. Select from budget hotels, luxury resorts, and plenty more in between. Those wanting to enjoy a spirited nightlife scene will encounter just that at many hotels around the Dominican Republic. Click on the links to read additional information.

A popular 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. If you want to be sure they're open , call them at (855) 652-7328.

Visitors wanting to stay in the Dominican Republic will have choices like Memories Splash. The rooms at Memories Splash come in several different sizes, including Junior Rooms, Deluxe Suites, and Deluxe Family Jacuzzi Suites. All of the rooms are spacious, appointed in modern furnishings, and most importantly, comfortable. For customers who want to call ahead of time, you can do so at (855) 744-8372.

Visitors in search of good on-site dining opportunities may want to consider 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. Visitors will find them at 367 George Washington Avenue.

The Dominican Republic has a wider range of choices too. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, see this article concerning all hotel options.

Condos and Villa Complexes

Las Canas

There are also non-standard hotel booking possibilities available, which include tons 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 on the coast.

If you're interested in a place to stay with top-notch swimming facilities and pool-side amenities, one spot to think about is Las Canas. Eleven different styles of apartments are available for guests of the Las Canas Vacation Club. The different offerings allow guests to choose the comforts, accommodations, and prices that suit them best. Each unit is fully furnished. For customers who want to call before making reservations, do so at (779) 890-0111.

One place along the water's edge you should consider 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. You can call them at (305) 600-0849.

Anybody looking to find a place to stay with top-notch swimming facilities and pool-side amenities, one vacation destination to consider is Sea Horse Ranch. There are over 120 vacation homes built on the property, each with its own unique architecture and decor. The overall theme is Colonial Caribbean and villa sizes range from three to five rooms. They can be found on Scenic Coastal Highway.

These examples are just a few of the available options. Anyone needing to obtain more information concerning villa complexes within the area by visiting this page.

Camping and Eco-Tourism

Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa

Those hoping to get close to nature should think about the selection of eco-tourist options offered to them in the Dominican Republic.

Vacationers looking to book their stay in the Dominican Republic will enjoy choices like Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa. Each of the 11 bungalows available to guests at Natura Cabana is uniquely built and decorated. Amenities vary between cabanas, but some include up to three bedrooms and others include kitchenettes. They're at 5 Paseo Del Sol.

An excellent option for travelers searching for a place to stay in the Dominican Republic is Hotel Gran Jimenoa. Set at the foot of a majestic mountain range, this hotel is simple but welcomes nature to provide the welcoming and tranquil atmosphere. The property is situated on Avenida la Confluencia.

Altocerro is another noteworthy option. 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. You can find them at 461 Calle Guarocuya.

Of course, you'll be able to find other eco-tourism choices. Click to visit our discussion of these types of properties.

Individual Villas

Some favor the independence offered by one of the individual villa rentals. To read about other rental properties in the Dominican Republic, go to this article.

All-Inclusive Accommodations

Melia Caribe Tropical

Some travelers love the comfort of an all-inclusive price. There are several reasons why these packages are so popular. For instance, they make it easy to live within a budget.

Tennis enthusiasts will enjoy staying at Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, as they offer 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. To reach them, call (809) 686-5797.

One place located on the coast with excellent views of the water is Melia Caribe Tropical. At Meliá Caribe Tropical All Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort, there is a wide variety of options in terms of accommodations. The ‘Romance Suite’ was designed to provide couples with a romantic setting and luxurious extras, such as an in-suite hydromassage built for two, and guaranteed views of either the garden or pool areas. For customers who want to call in advance, you can do so at (809) 221-1290.

If you need to find out about more concerning properties with inclusive pricing, see this page.

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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