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Barceló Santo Domingo

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Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, is a bustling metropolitan city encompassing spectacular beaches, a thriving culture, and majestic architectural structures that over 2.2 million citizens call home.

In the center of the Cuidad Colonial—The Colonial City—you’ll find the Barceló Santo Domingo Hotel & Resort, a member of the Barceló Hotel Group with hotels and resorts located worldwide.

Offering urban luxury for business or leisure travel in the heart of the city, there is much more here than meets the eye.

The 216 rooms are comfortable and well-appointed; the bathrooms fashioned with attractive multicolor granite countertops, eye-catching floor tile and glass-enclosed showers with rain shower heads.

In an interesting twist, upon entering the hotel guests encounter a spacious, and at first seemingly odd retro, olive and taupe-hued lobby with décor and furniture you’d expect to find in what would have been a posh hotel in the early 1970s. Yet it all works, set against a backdrop of modern accoutrement both here and throughout the property.

Walking past the first floor rooms, one-floor above the lobby, leads you to a glass door marking the portal to the long outdoor covered walkway adorned some 6-feet up on both sides with flower pots brimming with vibrant petunias, pansies, and verdant shrubbery – the final floral displays signaling the end of this sheltered area which opens to the top of a one-story granite stairway overlooking the pool, jacuzzi, dining and private cabana areas and bar.  A children’s playground sits next to the fitness center, where one entire glass wall provides fitness buffs with views of the outdoor areas while working out. There is also pool lounge bar for any kind of liquid refreshment and poolside food you desire.

The pool, an expansive, rectangular, 360° zero-entry aquatic playground is laid with cobalt-hued tiles, with a quartet of partially submerged stone loungers and tables affixed to the shallow end.  For an extra treat, stand under one of the three forceful curved fountains cascading down midway.

Looking skyward, you’ll note a glass partitioned rooftop lounge on the 9th floor. A tour with a member of the Guest Services team reveals an exclusive Premier Level amenity encompassing a dedicated concierge desk, spacious lounge, dining tables and buffet breakfast area, snacks, coffee, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, and a small business center.

Just beyond through a glass door is a breathtaking al fresco lounge where guests can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding city. Oversized living room furniture nestled under a pergola, a 10-person jacuzzi, and reclining loungers shaded under umbrellas make this area perfect for an exclusive, quiet getaway in which to work or relax under the Caribbean sun or evening stars.

Unlike other hotels where this level of service commands a steep membership rate, the Barceló has made this a more affordable add-on to your stay, appealing to a wider traveler demographic. Free internet and parking are other added bonuses of a stay here.

Another distinctive aspect about the Barceló Santo Domingo Hotel & Resort is that it is not only a guest accommodation, rather an entertainment destination for many of the locals. Among the draws here are the adjacent Casino Cirsa, a lively smoke-free hub with enough gaming variety to satisfy both occasional and ardent gamblers.  Another twist – tableside gaming service is not just limited to cocktails. A full dinner accompanies your experience at no charge, with only a minimum $20—yes, only $20—of gaming expenditures. With this, you’ve already won!

The Cigar Room and Piano Bar are hotel hotspots as well, the latter featuring excellent live music and dancing 7-nights a week. But don’t expect to find the typical bar-like ambiance here, rather the place to relax with a date, co-workers or friends in a comfortable yet sophisticated, and again, smoke-free, ambiance where everything from nice jeans and tailored shirts or a blouse, to suits and elegant cocktail dresses are the norm. It is here that you really get a sense of the neighborhood feel enhanced by the Barceló’s amenities, making a stay here, whether for business or pleasure, more comfortable and inviting.


Culinary options while staying here are plentiful. The main dining room—the B Delicious Restaurant—offers daily award-winning, international, buffet and a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner service, including a wide array of specialty dishes at very reasonable prices, especially given that it is located within an upscale hotel property.

For an upscale dining experience, opt for their Kyoto Japanese Restaurant. The creative Japanese cuisine with a Hispanic gastronomic flair encompasses menu items like the Lomito de cerdo empanizado (Breaded pork tenderloin) and Tártaro de Salmón (Salmon Tartar) appetizers. Try a delicious soup like the Sopa de miso con tofu y algas de mar (Miso soup with tofu and seaweed), or one of their amazing salads like the Ensalada de Pulpo (Octopus salad) or my favorite, the Ensalada Sunomono (Seaweed and cucumber).

In addition to a wide variety of sushi and sushi roll options, main entrees include Lobata Filet de Res (Angus beef tenderloin lobata), and Lobata Langosta (Lobster Lobata), just to name a few. The ambiance is inviting, the food is spectacular, and the overall service is impeccable.

For a light breakfast or quick nosh anytime of the day, go next door to the hotel’s Patisserie Le Café, where delicious, handmade breads, cakes, cookies and pastries are served daily.

The combined Urban Hair Salon and Spa Relaxation offers everything from hair and makeup services to facials, body art, body and moisturizing massages, waxing and exclusive treatments. The hotel’s upper level salons play host to a range of activities from private events to ticketed concerts by well-known Dominican entertainers.

For an inviting, affordable, urban luxury accommodation experience in the vibrant center of Santa Domingo, book a stay at the wonderfully unexpected Barceló Santo Domingo Hotel & Resort.

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