The hotel Casa Dona Elvira is a tastefully renovated grand house dating back to the 16th century (ca. 1550) beckons guests to explore the first city of the Americas.A large lobby and spacious dining rooms await visitors, crowned by 20 feet high ceilings featuring original mahogany beans encased in massive ... More
Casa Dona Elvira
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The hotel Casa Dona Elvira is a tastefully renovated grand house dating back to the 16th century (ca. 1550) beckons guests to explore the first city of the Americas.A large lobby and spacious dining rooms await visitors, crowned by 20 feet high ceilings featuring original mahogany beans encased in massive colonial walls. Cool off from shopping and museum jaunts with a relaxing dip in the pool and moorish bath. Drink a cocktail in the private garden patio under a century old mango tree. Fifteen rooms and suites equipped with the latest amenities welcome the modern traveler, on business or leisure.The Hotel Doa Elvira is the latest addition to a collection of the most exquisite hotels in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Witness the old Spanish colonial heritage, museums and monuments all within a block or two away from the hotel, Alcazar de Colon, Cathedral de Las Americas, Parque Duarte, Casa Reales, Calle de las Damas.The hotel is owned and managed by a Belgian-American couple, Marc and his wife Elvira. Marc is a former Belgian diplomat who was posted for 14 years in the United States where he met his wife, an American citizen of Spanish-Philippine ancestry, who graduated from Columbia University. On September 11 2001, they moved from California to the Dominican Republic with their two children to pursue this dream. Their guarantee: relaxed new world comfort set in old world styleOur 15 + rooms and suites feature Cable TV, Air-Conditioning, fan, king size or queen size Serta-Pedic beds, and stylish private Andalusia bathrooms. Telephone, high speed Internet access and safe boxes are also available. Swimming pool - - La Terraza Sun Deck - - Room Service - - Personalized Concierge Service - - Library with historical books - - Private concerts and shows - - Laundry Service - - Internet access in the rooms - - Taxi and Airport Pick Up - - Tour guide - - Spanish Lessons Onsite - The hotel pays homage to artists, past and present. Doa Elvira de Mendoza is known as the first poet of the new world along with Leonor Ovando. Doa Elvira funded the construction of the neighboring church 'Regina Angelorum' where the remains of Father Billini rest. The Hotel is also named after the woman behind its recent renovation, the owner, whose family roots mirror Dona Elvira de Mendozas own odyssey into the new world, having emigrated from Cordoba, Spain to Cuba and the Philippines several centuries ago. From the Old World to the New World, Hotel Doa Elvira will make your stay in Santo Domingo a wonderful experience.
Let me start with the good: location, breakfast, and the cool colonial building that houses the hotel. Unfortunately, that is a short list.
The BAD: the photos are from a time when the hotel's renovation was brand new, circa maybe 2005. Since then, it has bee poorly maintained and many things are broken. (I,e -- the tv, the airconditioning, the jacuzzi). The pool under the mango tree, mentioned by another reviewer, is cool except that it dumps sticks, leaves and dirt into the pool continually.
On the night my airconditioning failed, the loft style room was unbearably hot -- I headed out to the sofa in the lobby to find it occupied by a worker or a worker's friend. I slept on a wooden lounge chair by the pool -- no one asked why in the morning, I had to again remind them to repair the AC.
They made no offer to discount my price for the night I spent outdoors and since they jacked my quote up by a few dollars, I went ahead and asked for a break. No, Oscar at the desk told me. He was civil, and chatted on messenger and facebook while working on my bill.
The staff was friendly, but there were too many of them. In the evenings it was a bit awkward since it seemed like people wandered in and out off the street.
They told me that I couldn't find a better price in "El Conde" but, of course, that wasn't true. I found one 15 dollars cheaper a night my first day there ... but I liked the colonial building, so I stayed.
I would never go back nor reccommend it. It is not a good deal and once the "encargado" had a grudge against me for lodging my complaint, he wouldn't even bother to say hello.
Unprofessional, Disinterested -- the only thing good was the building and the breakfast. There are PLENTY of beautiful colonial buildings to see in Santo Domingo. Stay somewhere else.
this old mansion was totally renovated with great taste and comfort, the rooms are super nice and clean , Sertapedic matresses, fine linens, andalusian tiles bathrooms. Plus it is only one of two hotels(the other is Nicolas de Ovando triple the price) which has a swimming pool under a mango tree. Staff was extremely pleasant , and always security at the door (the owner is a diplomat from belgium, so always safe)
Good breakfast, nice restaurant 1 block from the cathedarl and Hard Rock cafe.
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