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What We Love

  • Located in charming Old Town Santo Domingo
  • Pool and fitness center
  • Cigar bar with local cigars and cocktails

What To Know

  • Near the National Pantheon, National Palace, and U.S. Embassy
  • Internet access is available
  • Gourmet French fare at on-site La Residence


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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16th-century estate transformed into a luxe boutique sleep, with a topnotch cigar bar

The Lowdown

Set in the heart of Old Town Santo Domingo where hip bars and restaurants are sent in historic buildings, Hostal Nicolas de Ovando offers 104 rooms and suites in a colonial or contemporary style. Colonial rooms have canopied queen-size beds, high ceilings, and original stone window benches for looking out at the city. If you’re looking for a more modern sleep, book the sunny (smaller) rooms in the contemporary annex. On-site restaurant La Residence combines French tastes and preparations with an international flair, and the Ciabo Bar directs you to the finest Dominican cigars, the perfect accompaniment to a Caribbean rum.

In the Area

History buffs love Old Town Santo Domingo, as it’s truly the New World’s first town. It is home to one of the new world’s first streets (Calle Las Damas), its first fortress (Ozama fortress), the stunning Catedral Primada de América, El Alcázar de Colón (Diego Columbus’ house) and El Museo de las Casas Reales (Museum of the Royal Houses). At the latter, find a museum in an original Spanish Palace with tons of exhibits outlining the area’s colonial heritage.

How to Get There

Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo – MGallery Collection
Calle Las Damas Cuidad Colonia
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


4.5 Very Good 1004 Reviews
Loved the property but BEWARE of billing practices
Reviewed 3 hours ago

We stayed at this hotel for three nights in April, 2019 and loved the hotel but when I got home found two substantial charges on my VISA bill. We did not incur any expenses while there---never used the mini-bar, our breakfasts were included in our package. One of the charges was removed in a few days--the other remains. I have sent numerous emails and tried to call, but there has been no response from anyone at the Hodelpa chain. Very disappointing.

The best hotel of Santo Domingo, placed on the heart of the Old City.
Reviewed 1 day ago

This hotel has an amazing architecture, you are placed on a historic building near the first cathedral built in America, the rooms are beautiful, nice pool, gym, delicious breakfast but, the best part of this hotel is their personnel, I felt so welcome when I first arrived, Mr Manuel Florentino gave me such a treatment that this will be my place everytime I come to Santo Domingo, thank you for the wonderful days!! :)

100% worth it!
Reviewed 2 days ago

This historic hotel is beautiful! It's perfectly maintained and it's like sleeping in a piece of well decorated history. It's truly such a great place. I wish we could have stayed longer! They greeted us at the car, took our bags swiftly and provided champagne! Such a good touch. Check in was easy and the hotel staff was beyond nice. I appreciate their professionalism!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have stayed at Nicolas de Ovando several times while in Santo Domingo and will return! The property is well managed, staff is very friendly and helpful. Rooms are well appointed and comfortable. Location is excellent and convenient. Parking is included if needed.

Nice location, subpar service
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is conveniently located right near the main attractions of the colonial zone. The room was nice enough, but surprisingly dark with semi-hazardous steps that one could easily fall down in the dark. The building itself is beautiful, though, with lots of colonial charm. The service here was somewhat disappointing. Our room was not ready when we arrived, understandable because we arrived in the morning. However, the desk clerk was unable to tell us what time check in was. When we did check in, we weren't given the type of room we reserved and paid for, and it was a bit of an ordeal to get the staff to agree to move us to the better room that we had reserved. It was really nice that the rooms had Nespresso machines in them. However, it was a bit of a hassle to get fresh coffee mugs and Nespresso capsule refills each day. At checkout, they claimed that we had consumed something from the mini-bar, which we had not. They did not want to issue me a receipt until they could verify that we hadn't consumed it, which required waiting for some employee to arrive at work to check the room. I found it frustrating that they did not believe me, considering that I did approve several other charges from the restaurant and bar. The one saving grace in terms of service was Manuel, one of the front desk employees, who went out of his way to accommodate our requests and make sure we were comfortable.