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“Not the best option for the DR” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Duque De Wellington

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Hotel Duque De Wellington
Ranked #70 of 79 Hotels in Santo Domingo
washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not the best option for the DR”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2008

Ok, just got back from this spot and will NEVER stay there again. I found the service 50/50. Sometimes you got a real cool concierge, othertimes they were really 'bothered' by your presence. The security overnight harassed visitors for tips and threatened them. I had roaches as well. I paid $65 a night, and was charged for my guests which was not advertised. I felt the room was worth 35-40. This can be done at other hotels actually in the colonial zone. They also advertised a pool which wasn't there. Their exchange rate was suspect. And although the neighborhood was only a 10-15 minute walk to the Conde in the Colonial Zone, at night you'd have to be crazy to not take a taxi for $150 pesos (US$4.50) to get there because the streets were too dark. That became annoying and added up. However, I must add that the housekeeping was incredible as was the taxi service to and from the airport. I also loved the Cuban restauraunt on the corner.

  • Liked — the housekeeping
  • Disliked — the shady security guard, the hidden costs for guests, the neighborhood at night
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank roachy28
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
45 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2007

Not a terrible place, but there are definitely better options in Santo Domingo for a similar price.

The first room that I was given had a strong (strong) mildew/mold smell and one tiny window. The second room didn't smell, but the peeling wallpaper and rundown furnishings made it less-than-cheerful.

The front desk staff were civil but definitely not friendly or overly helpful. Always left me with the feeling that I was an interruption to their routine.

Location is good, just a block from the malecon and a 15-minute walk from the Zona Colonial. But even if you're in Santo Domingo on business, stay in the Zona Colonial itself. Equally convenient to other parts of the city by car/taxi, and much more pleasant in atmosphere.

Stayed March 2007
Helpful?
5 Thank stmalone
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london uk
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2007

I have stayed at the Duke 6 times, yes the hotel is dated, its not a prefabricated super hotel, it has been built with sweat by the owners and staff, so reviews should reflect that family hotels are not going to be hilton style. the rooms are comfortable but best to take a suite, only a few dollars extra but worth it. they have balconys overlooking the steet. the TV could be updated but why travel to watch TV when you have a rich culture of people and country to explore. bringing back a guest is no problem, ID is taken and a small nominal charge, the security call your room when they leave to check all is in order before giving the ID back.
there are a few local restaurants very close by serving hot or cold tasty local or international dishes. the clubs and bars are in walking distance. once in the bars you are targeted by the rent boys/girls. most are straight trying to earn money for their family,s so they willpromise more than they are willing to provide. just be respectfull if not intersted and they will leave you alone. the hotel has a tourist shop, good trips to explore, i love Boca Chica beach, so beautifull and relaxing. i last went in november 06 and am returning in febuary for carnival this year (07). the hotel staff remember you and welcome you, a taxi will collect you from the airport and the airport is all refurbished.
this is a great country , just go with an open mind, relax and enjoy.

  • Liked — the great big double bed
  • Disliked — a little dated
  • Tips/Secrets — the taxi driver freddy ask for him he can get you what you want
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
10 Thank cpfc2
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pacific grove, ca
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2006

Good points:
Excellent location, many restaurants close by, convenience stores, bank, street flower seller around the corner can make nice bouquets at reasonable price - splurge on personalizing your room, get your hair done close by - prices are great.
Front desk staff is polite, helpful.
Gay friendly, not exclusively gay. English spoken well.
Miguel cabdriver across the street or in front of the hotel
was honest, kind, helpful. Speaks Italian too, as he lived in Italy.
Security is good - visitors are allowed, but must show ID and sign in. No hassles as in 5 star hotels closeby where guests are not allowed.
Rooms are clean, nothing fancy. Hot water ample.
Price is reasonable and emails are responded to promptly - reservation was in order upon arrival.
There's a lot more to do in Santo Domingo than one reads about.
Male escorts I saw were clean, friendly, honest, and reasonable; sometimes the poverty might tempt them to take a belonging, so keep valuables locked or hidden.

Room for improvement:
Some rooms air conditioners are weak.

  • Liked — Friendliness, efficiency of staff and that visitors were allowed. Fridge in room nice extra.
  • Disliked — No view in least expensive rooms, sometimes a/c was weak.
  • Tips/Secrets — Big hotels are very strict about vistors and Duque allows them. But it's not a brothel.
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
9 Thank SeasonedTraveler2
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2006

stayed there for a few nights.... lets just say that if i ever have to visit the terrible country again, id find somewhere else to stay... the neighborhood is really crappy and the nice streets are 10 minute taxi ride away.. .the casinos are close indeed but are crappy.. wouldnt waste any time goin there if youre used to vegas/atlnatic city like casinos.. or indian reservations for that matter....

the room was decent.. had a/c working properly but loud.. the bed was ok comfy.... thats about it... wireless internet DID NOT WORK until the late hours of about 2 a.m.. until 7... then it was super slow the rest of the day.

staff doesnt speak english that well.. except for that one pretty black girl with the green eyes... a cutie.

theres a trave agency in the tiny hotel.. so that helps for those who need to book a flight fast... cant think of anything else positive about the hotel.

i paid 45 per night.. not again though!
id stay again for about 30.. thats all its worth if you ask me.

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Atlanta
Level Contributor
37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2006

All three trips to SD I stayed here and couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. They offer personal taxi service with a trusted driver who also makes an excellent tour guide, pointing out the sights along the way and making recommendations as to places to go. The hotel is very convenient to everywhere you would want to be. The security is excellent and the staff is very helpful. This isn't a new hotel, and can appear a bit rustic, but the staff goes out of their way to assure that every guest is satisfied. I'll be back.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank Traveling Marco
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Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2006

My best friend and I stayed here on our last trip to Sto. Domingo and it was terrible. The air conditioner didn't work in the first room my friend was assigned to and he had to change rooms. No big deal except the A/C went out in my room the second day we were there. The toilets didn't work properly in either of our rooms and we had to remove the lid off the tank and manually fill it with water from the sink to get it to flush (in both rooms). The rooms had mildew visible on the walls and cielings and the blankets smelled of mildew as well. Also, the TV didn't work in his room. The staff was pretty nice, but I would never stay there again because the rooms were almost unlivable.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank kevi747
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Property: Hotel Duque De Wellington
Address: Av. Independencia 304 | Gascue, Santo Domingo 10205, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #70 of 79 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Duque De Wellington 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small Hotel with the best location to the colonial zone. Just a five minute walk to the historic buildings, clubs, cafes, and restaurants. ... more   less 
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