Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 2 – Hotel Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo

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Emily:  One of my best friends lives in Arlington, Virginia, so I don’t see her very often.  We met in college and have been friends ever since.  The first (and last) time we took a vacation together was to Barcelona, Spain in 2007.

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Emily’s Best Friend Kristen In Front Of The Sofitel Santo Domingo


Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic Index:

  1. Trip to the Dominican Republic – Introduction and Planning
  2. Santo Domingo Hotel – Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando
  3. Activities in Santo Domingo – Zona Colonial and Latin Dancing
  4. Activities in Santo Domingo – Casa de Orientación y Desarrollo Real (CODR)
  5. Eating in Santo Domingo
  6. Bayahibe – Isla Saona and Hotel Bayahibe
  7. Bavaro Hotel – Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  8. Activities in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  9. Eating in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  10. Delta Flight back from Punta Cana
  11. Conclusion and Blog Giveaway

I thought it would be super fun to celebrate my 30th birthday with her in the Dominican Republic.  So we planed a trip to 3 locations, including Santo Domingo, Bayahibe, and Bavaro (near Punta Cana) over the course of one week.

Arriving In Santo Domingo  

Kristen and I got our tourist cards very quickly once we arrived to the Santo Domingo Airport.  We paid for them using automated machines, and then the attendant stamped our passport.

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We Bought Our Tourist Cards From ATM-like Machines!

The tourist card cost $10.

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It Costs $10 For A Dominican Republic Tourist Card

Outside the airport, we used the ATMs to get some cash.  It was very easy and there were 4 to 5 ATM machines.

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We Got Cash From The ATMs Outside The Airport

I booked a cab online (less than 24 hours before our arrival) through a website called Dominican Airport Transfers.  It was a flat rate of $40.  The guidebook said to pay between $24 to $40 for a ride to the city from the airport, but this was my first time to Santo Domingo and I wanted to avoid the long lines (but there were none!) and the possibility of getting ripped off.

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I decided to splurge a bit since it was my birthday and booked a room at one of the nicer hotels in the city – the Hotel Nicolas de Ovando (a Sofitel hotel).  I paid ~$130 a night including tax for a Contemporary Room and booked it via Hotels.com to get it for the lowest price.

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We Splurged On A Room At The Hotel Nicolas de Ovando (A Sofitel Hotel)

The hotel was gorgeous!  It was also centrally located in the “tourist” part of town called Zona Colonial.  This is where the majority of the historical sites are located.

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Emily Loved The Gorgeous Exterior Of The Hotel Nicolas de Ovando

The hotel is a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and the original home of the town’s founder, Governor Nicolas de Ovando.

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The Hotel Nicolas de Ovando Is An Unesco World Heritage Site

The architecture was so pretty.

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The Architecture Of The Hotel Was So Pretty

The hotel was once the governor’s mansion and dates back to the 1500s.  During our walk around the hotel, we saw some kids practicing skateboarding and le parkour.

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Kristen Behind the Hotel

The hotel staff were very nice when we arrived and served us cold towels and fresh mixed fruit juice.  I booked a Colonial room and emailed them about my allergy and a possible upgrade for my birthday, but never heard a response.

I made sure to tell the employee that it was my birthday and how excited we were for our first time in Dominican Republic, but we remained in our basic room.

But it was a nice room with a canopy bed!

Kristen: Original walls were stuccoed over while arches reminiscent of castles greet you with an old world charm.

The Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando is a gorgeous relic of the old city and it is nicely updated for comfort whilst being inside a piece of history.

I truly appreciate the lush accommodations, first class staff, and such details as the wrought iron bed frame with chiffon half canopy.

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Kristen Loved The Wrought Iron Bed Frame And Canopy

Emily:  The room was very warm and inviting.

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The Room Was So Warm And Inviting

It was tastefully decorated in natural tones that went very well with the old world architecture.

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The Room Complimented The Hotel’s Architecture

It was a tad small but well designed.

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Our Room Was A Little Small

There was a small table and chair with lots of easily accessible outlets.

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The Outlets By The Table Were Easy To Reach

…as well as a stocked minibar.  We used it to stock our own (much cheaper) drinks and feed that we got at the supermarket down the street!

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The Minibar Had Lots Of Snacks!

The view outside the windows faces the Calle de Las Damas, the first paved street in the new world.

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Our Room Overlooked Calle de Las Damas

Up the stairs was a small bathroom.

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The Bathroom Was Up A Flight Of Stairs

There was a sink with lots of counter space.

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The Bathroom Had One Sink But Lots Of Counter Space

and a fresh flower to accent the space.

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The Fresh Flower In The Bathroom Was A Nice Touch

We also received a selection of amenities each day.

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New Amenities Were Delivered Daily

And complimentary bottled water every day of our stay.

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Free Bottled Water Each Day

There was a separate room with the toilet and walk in shower.

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A Walk-In Shower Was In A Separate Room

Across from the sink, there was lots of storage.

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Storage Space

There was a safe and two sets of slippers.

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The Closet Included An In-Room Safe And 2 Pairs Of Slippers

Here’s a short video highlighting the room.

The rest of the hotel was gorgeous!  I loved the old world style.

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Emily Loved The Hotel’s Old World Style

Some of the doors were so cute!

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Kristen By One Of The Munchkin Doors

The décor fit in perfectly with the hotel.

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Kristen Relaxing in the Hotel

It was nice to walk through the green pathways!

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Kristen Enjoying The Vegetation In The Courtyard

It was so beautiful and green!

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Landscaping Inside The Hotel

There was also a small swimming pool.

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The Hotel Even Had A Pool!

Kristen and I loved the hotel because of its historical appeal, excellent location, and nice decor.  Stay tuned for more posts were we review the many things to do in Santo Domingo!

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14 Responses to Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 2 – Hotel Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo

  1. I love the old world feel of many Caribbean islands. This series is going to make me really regret not spending time in Santo Domingo when I was in DR.

  2. I’m surprised you didn’t sign up for free instant Platinum status with Le Club AccorHotels (the Sofitel’s loyalty program) before you went. There are frequent posts about this on BoardingArea and FlyerTalk. It would have gotten you a room upgrade among other benefits.

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  4. @Donnie Law- The city was beautiful. Hopefully you can visit Santo Domingo on another trip! I want to go back and explore the rest of the country.

    @Sammy Young- I did some online research for the free status but the offer had expired. I tried many different links (including some I found on other travel blogs and FlyerTalk), but they were all dead. We still had a wonderful time there, though!

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  13. Hi

    Its wonderfull you could spent time at Nicolas de Ovando Hotel. My father was director of the hotel fron 1975 to 1984, when it was part of spanish company Interhotel. We lived at the hotel for 9 years. It was a great place to live, with all the historical monuments surrounding.

    I loved to go up in the tower, and to pass time around the pool and the little fortress down the stairs in the back of the pool.

    Watching your photos I think I’ll visist the hotel the next time I travel to Dominican Republic

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