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With a recent addition of more than 10,000 hotel rooms to the already large hotel and resort inventory, travelers visiting the Dominican Republic will find that the island has more than enough room to accommodate most vacationers needs.
Choosing the right place to stay while on vacation is important for the enjoyment of your trip, and the Dominican Republic has a variety of accommodation options so tourists can find the perfect lodgings.
In order to learn as much as possible about the hotels and resorts you'll find in the Dominican Republic, spend some time in our Star Ratings pages or search for your favorite amenity in our Best Hotels For pages. Feel free to flip through the alphabetical listing of lodgings as well. After all, being informed is the first step towards making a good decision.
Together, Puerto Plata and Playa Dorado have a lot to offer tourists. Here, vacationers will find a wealth of attractions that will enhance their time on the island, from horseback riding and tours of historic architecture to golf and even an exciting nightlife. Most hotels are situated in the Playa Dorada area, with rental properties and all-inclusives dominating. The Bungalows All-Inclusive Resort and Lifestyle the Residence Suites are two such options.
Not far from Puerto Plata is the historic city of Santiago. You'll learn more about the Dominican Republic's culture here than anywhere else on the island, from the number of museums, ruins, and antique churches that call Santiago their home, not to mention the nightlife, theaters, and shopping. The hotels that make up this area are typical hotels, and some have the added bonus of housing a casino on site. Matum Hotel and Casino and Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel and Casino both have casinos for guests to enjoy.
The cities of Punta Cana and La Romana offer many upscale attractions, such a gold courses, spas, and gorgeous beach front hotels. There are a number of all-inclusive properties in this area, many of which including watersports as part of their total price. The Punta Cana Resort & Club is just one of the locales with non-motorized watersports available to guests.
If colonial history fascinates you, then a stay in Santo Domingo is for you. This area of the island contains much of its Spanish colonial charm through architecture. Still modern pastimes such as shopping and dancing in night clubs are popular here as well. Most of the lodgings can be found right inside the Colonial Zone, possibly giving you the opportunity to sleep in a location that is nearly as old as the island itself. Holdepa Caribe Colonial, Dominican Fiesta Hotel, and Courtyard Santo Domingo Downtown are all options in the area.
More information on the island's layout can be found at the Map of the Dominican Republic page. Not only is there a digital image of the country, but a discussion of the area's top attractions, accommodation locations, and transportation options.
The Republic has several all-inclusive resorts, which gives vacationers the ability to book almost every aspect of their stay in one place and pay for it on one easy to understand bill. This option is popular among many tourists. Most all-inclusive lodgings cover meals and beverages, the actual room, and some activities, which appeals to many people's budgets.
All-inclusive accommodations aren't the only resort choices. The Dominican Republic also has a multitude of hotels and resorts that differ in style and price range. Vacationers can choose from lavish, more expensive hotels, some of which have golf courses and spas, and smaller, more charming hotels and inns. Whatever kind of atmosphere you prefer, there are hotels and resorts to suit your fancy.
For those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of resorts, rental properties give vacationers the feel of a home away from home. These rental villas and apartments are ideal for vacationers traveling with a large group or family, and for those who just want a little peace and privacy during their island getaway. Fully equipped kitchens and appliances give tourists additional autonomy and opportunities to prepare meals with local foods.
Nature lovers will find that the island has accommodations built especially to fit their needs. Cottages and cabins cater to eco-tourists and those wanting to see the wild side of the Republic. These campground lodgings give vacationers access to the island's natural adventures. Click here to read more about camping and eco-tourism in the Dominican Republic.
Finding the perfect accommodations for you during your Dominican Republic vacation means taking many different factors into consideration. Making a list of the things that are important to your group will help to narrow it down.
Depending upon the number of people you are traveling with, you may be looking for a property that can accommodate a large group. Your typical hotel will require to you reserve several rooms to fit everyone comfortably, but if you locate a hotel that specializes in suites, or a rental villa with several rooms like Costa Del Sol I, you may be able to save money.
Smaller families may not need a lot of space, but they will want to find a space known for treating kids like royalty. Some locations have babysitting services, kids clubs, and daily activities for families to participate in together. Casa de Campo is one such property. The best hotels for family vacations in the Dominican Republic can be found by clicking here.
Meanwhile, adults traveling without children, and who are looking to get wild during their trip, may feel more comfortable limiting their interactions with the younger generation and experience hotels on the island featuring entertainment and nightlife. This is why an adults-only hotel like Eden Bay may be the best choice. Be aware that this specific vacation welcomes nudists. Couples headed to the island for a romantic getaway will want to choose an intimate location, like an inn or bed and breakfast. Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana is a couples-only option.
Many travelers visit the Dominican Republic for a specific reason – like for a golf retreat, or to spend their days snorkeling and diving. Luckily, there are a number of resorts that specialize in specific activities like Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort and Lodge Cap Cana, a fishing lodge.
If you're staying in the Dominican Republic for only a few days, a hotel or all-inclusive resort may be the best choice. But if you are planning an extended stay, you may feel more comfortable at a rental property. This way, you'll have separate living and sleeping spaces, plus a kitchen, and sometimes even a laundry room. Some extended stay options are La Residencia del Paseo and La Dolce Vida Residence.
When you search for accommodations in the Dominican Republic, you can use our Star Rating system to help you to quickly assess the type of facility you are looking at. Keep in mind that the star ratings are determined independently of price, and that the prices of each type of property are so varied that once you set your budget, you'll be able to find a room in nearly every rating.
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At a 1 Star property, the hotel will be a small location, likely owned and operated by the same person or family. This may mean more personalized care and fewer amenities. The rooms won't necessarily be large, but they will do the job for vacationers who plans to spend a lot of time out exploring the island. The Dominican Republic's 1 Star properties include Rancho Wendy, Club Villas Jazmin, and Hotel Acaya, and will range from $5(USD) to $100 (USD).
Two Star properties are medium in size, but still contain smaller rooms. The hotel might be locally owned, or it might be a part of a small national chain. The amenities will still be your typical hotel offerings, but rarely with extras, and the service will be a little better than what the 1 Stars have to offer. The Dominican Republic's 2 Star properties include Victoria Golf & Beach Resort, Tropical Orquidea Club All-Inclusive, Stanza Mare Coral Comfort, and Hotel Palacio, and will range from $20 to $150(USD).
The hotels in the Dominican Republic with 3 Stars are more spacious, and feature a wider array of amenities. The rooms typically are not too fancy, but still much nicer than the lower rated properties. These locations will have room service, and maybe even a restaurant or two on site. The Dominican Republic's 3 Star properties include Hotel Riu Taino, Windsurf Resort, and Tropical Sueno Resort and Spa Club All-Inclusive, and will range from $45 to $200(USD).
Four Star properties are above average, with large rooms, excellent amenities, and even better service. The rooms will be well-appointed, clean, and decked out with extras like flat screen televisions. The Dominican Republic's 4 Star properties include Vik Hotel Arena All-Inclusive and Melia Caribe Tropical, and will range from $75 to $300(USD).
The 5 Star accommodations in the Dominican Republic are the best of the best. These hotels have very spacious rooms, linens that make you want to sink right into bed, carefully selected decorations, luxury amenities, and the best service on the island. The Dominican Republic's 1 Star properties include Grand Oasis Marian All-Inclusive Resort, Casa Colonial Beach and Spa, Barcelo Bavaro Palace, and Barcelo Bavaro Beach, and will range from $100 to $500(USD).
On top of all of the help provided to you here, Dominican Republic Guide also has an advanced hotel search tool. You can use this tool to find a hotel that matches your specific criteria, check the availability of certain hotels, and even book your stay.
Researching different kinds of lodgings will give you a better understanding of what to expect during your stay. Choose accommodations that are best suited to your particular style of travel to get the most out of your trip to the Dominican Republic.
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