The Dominican Republic does not only offer thousands of hotel rooms in some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It also offers top-quality lodgings in colonial buildings built in the 16th century by the Spanish “conquistadors”. An excellent example is the “Hostal Nicolas de Ovando,” operated by the Accord hotel chain, and located in an historic colonial building. The structure is being proposed to be recognized as a treasure of the country’s cultural heritage.
The “Hostal” is operated by the MGallery collection, known for establishing luxury hotels in historic buildings. Managed by the Accor chain of hotels, the “Hostal” features 104 rooms and is situated in Santo Domingo’s colonial zone, the oldest in the Americas and declared by UNESCO as “Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” It is named after Nicolas de Ovando, a Spanish officer in charge of the city’s initial layout and the colony’s first governor.
The 19-room “Hotel Frances” is also part of the MGallery collection. The building is a beautiful and elegant representation of 16th century Spanish architecture in the New World.
The hotel offers rooms with one or two beds, a bar, and the “El Patio” restaurant, specializing in French cuisine.
Another important hotel situated in Santo Domingo’s colonial section is the 43-room Palace Hotel. The hotel occupies a residence built in 1800. It is walking distance from most major colonial section monuments.