Most hotels in the city (unlike some of the beach resorts) accept only bookings on the European Plan (no meals) or offer only breakfast and, also unlike the resorts, charge the same rates year-round. If you want nightclubs, action, and lots of restaurant choices, do what most visitors do, and stay in a hotel on or near the Malecón, opening onto the Caribbean. If you're a history buff interested mainly in sightseeing, stay in one of the historic old buildings in the Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone), a good area for sightseeing.
Because Santo Domingo can be dangerous at night, some security-conscious guests prefer to stay at one of the larger hotels that combines casino action, nightclubs, a choice of restaurants, and bars all under one roof. After a night of gambling, dining, drinking, or clubbing, all you have to do is take the elevator upstairs.
Note: Nearly all hotels in the Dominican Republic deal in U.S. dollars. Accordingly, our hotel listings reflect the U.S. price rates.
Since Santo Domingo is not a beach resort, it charges the same hotel rates year round.