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The 10 Best Hotels in the Dominican Republic

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, the Dominican Republic occupies two-thirds of Hispaniola—an island that was explored (and renamed) by Christopher Columbus on his famous 1492 voyage. While beautiful beaches and wallet-friendly resorts may be the DR’s main calling cards, there are plenty of other riches to be found, too, from tropical rainforests and quaint mountain towns to a vibrant arts and culture scene in the capital of Santo Domingo, whose cobblestoned city center has sites dating almost as far back as Columbus’ time. Here, the 10 best hotels in the Dominican Republic from which to enjoy it all.

1.- Casas del XVI

Get to the heart of the DR’s history and culture with a stay in its vibrant capital, Santo Domingo. Brimming with historic sites, restaurants and galleries, the city’s charming colonial district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also home to Casas del XVI, a collection of mini-hotels each set within a restored, 16th-century Spanish Colonial-style house. For now, there are four homes available, with plans to increase to 20; each features a different layout and design—one might have a pool, another a garden—and all come with their own butler, concierge, and chef. The most recent home, Casa del Diseño, features a beautiful Royal Suite that can sleep up to four guests.

By Sandra Ramani for


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