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“Overrated place to stay” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Antiguo Hotel Europa
Ranked #43 of 79 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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177 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Overrated place to stay”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Stayed in Europa Hotel in Feb 2012. The hotel is located in the north part of the Zona Colonial. A good location, but did not enjoy my stay that much. A bit overpriced for the room and service value you get in return.

The hotel looks great on the outside. The lobby is also very spacious and bright. However the check-in was not that smooth. The process took almost an hour. They seem to be completely disorganized. Everything went well, but not smoothly. At first, they easily found my reservation, made a copy of my passport and gave me the key to my room. This first part went quick and I was in my room in 15 minutes or so.

Once in my room, I wanted to put my valuables in the safe, but couldn't get it to open. Went back downstairs, and ahhh ... yes, the safe sir: Well, you need to have a key. That's good to know. Sorry about that. However, you have to give us a $10 USD deposit to have one. Back to the room, got $10, made all the paperwork (15 min) to get that small key, back to the room. The safe doesn't open. Back downstairs. We will send you someone sir. Back up and waited a short while. A guy shows up, and explains the whole process. Quite complicated.

Took my shoes off and started unpacking. After a while I noticed that the white socks I was wearing turned black (not dirty, but black) after 10 minutes. Looked at the floor, it was really filthy. Hair all over, and still the stinky socks of the previous customer. I wondered when they have cleaned that room the last time. Went to out and kindly asked the cleaning lady present in the corridor to clean my room. She didn't seem to understand what I was talking about. But that was ok. Dressed up to got out for a quick bite, Back to the lobby, explained the situation. The room got cleaned by the time I was back.

After a short stay in the room, I have noticed that the toilet is constantly refilling due to a continuous leakage of water. Reported the problem. They sent a plumber to fix it. I have explained to him the problem in details. He listen attentively and started working. I though he was fixing it. Well, 15 minutes later, he called and told me what was wrong with the toilet. That it was leaking. Man, it was a hopeless case. Well, it didn't bother me. I just closed the door. A day later, they didn't manage to fix it. The hotel proposed to change my room.

But anyway, I was more roaming the streets that staying in my room. But all and all, I didn't enjoy my stay that much. Let's not talk about breakfast. The menu is simple: As drinks you have 3 kind of drinks: orange juice, pineapple juice and milk. Coffee and tea of course. As food you have 3 kinds of fruits: pineapple, water melon and papaya. Eggs, bread and Plantain. That's it.

Hope this helps.

Dr. MAK

Room Tip: The rooms are all too small and really outdated.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank The_Dr_MAK
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Switzerland
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186 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Super staff. Friendly, helpful. Played with kid, answered questions, just good. Excellent terrace for breakfast. Choice of bf a bit narrow. Room was tiny, no window, noisy aircon. Bathroom a bit spartanic, not even a shelf to put toothbrush or so. Overall, a bit overpriced for what you get. Cant compare to other SD hotels, though.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank oxygen11
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Fort Lauderdale
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

This was a great find. Friendly and helpful staff. Room was very clean adequate size. Location was very close to the Condor. Breakfast included was a bonus. Would stay there again.

Room Tip: maybe stay in the interior room to deter the noisy streets.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bulldog0459
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Santa Clara, California
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56 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

The location was good, within walking distance of museums, restaurants, and the Catedral. The front-desk staff were very friendly and helpful. The included breakfast on the roof was good.

The room was noisy, due to street noise. The door to the balcony left small gaps even when it was closed, so it failed to block out the street noise. On our first night, there was a free outdoor concert two blocks from the hotel. We were able to enjoy the music from our room, but we couldn't even think of going to sleep until the concert was over.

The wi-fi in the room did not work, since the router on our floor was broken, but the free wi-fi in the lobby worked well.

Room Tip: The rooms with balconies have nice views, but are noisy, due to street noise. An interior room might...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TravelingMark
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Perfect place for a short stay, quaint, balconies overlook the colonial streets, good value. Breakfast quite good on the rooftop!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Horacio18
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

The Europa has become our favorite hotel in Santo Domingo for many many reasons. The location is excellent. You are a few steps away from all the colonial zone and all it has to offer for you history buffs and shopping for you who love to shop. The restaurants are many to choose from and the location is very safe.
On Sunday nights they have a 14 piece band that plays outside of the one of the old ruins all lite up, awesome and free to the public.
The hotel itself is older but in excellent shape. The rooms are small but clean very clean, with a large TV/cable. WiFi is free and can be picked up in some rooms but all thru out the hotel.
The breakfast is good. fresh fruit, toast eggs and pancakes.
The best part of this hotel are the staff members. Starting with the warm welcome when you arrive at the front desk/ Eduviges, she always has a smile. Priscilla who is part of the managment team will do all she can do if you are ever in need. The guys who work all areas of the hotel are very helpful, from waving down a taxi, serving you coffee when requested and always willing to help you with information.
Great bar if you like to sitand enjoy some music and a cold beer. Most comfortable beds.
Would recommend to any of my family or friends and will be going back again in a couple of weeks. Enjoy your time there! We always do...

Room Tip: When we have stayed there our favorite rooms are 315, 215 large and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St Andrews, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

In the middle of El Conde in the Capital it is very noisy with traffic and people, but walking into the hotel you are met with a beautiful peaceful lobby, cool and nicely decorated... amazing personal service and we were given a choice of 2 rooms; one with windows onto street but warned about noise, and the interior room was quieter but without windows. Only staying one night as lay over and having lived here we opted for the one with windows but noise just typical of the country. Very clean well kept rooms, staff couldn't do enough for us and cable tv, wifi and very central.
No transport needed to get to the historical buildings, conde shopping and malecon... but taxi to bus station was very cheap.
Would definitely recommend for people wanting to see a bit of the capital for a short or even longer stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Antiguo Hotel Europa
Address: Arzobispo Merino 109 esq. Emillano Tejera | Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo Province > Santo Domingo > Zona Colonial
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 79 Hotels in Santo Domingo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Antiguo Hotel Europa 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Antiguo Hotel Europa is a romantic hotel located in the heart of the Colonial City, in Arzobispo Merino Street, just 200 meters from the Cathedral of Santo Domingo American Primacy and the famous Calle El Conde , and 250 meters from the Alcazar Colon and a few minutes of major shopping malls. On the top floor of the building is our Terraza ideally setting for social events or just for individuals who want to suntan day time in the modern part of Santo Domingo. ... more   less 
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