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There's plenty of variety when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in the Dominican Republic, and you may want to choose more than just one hotel, this is a country you might want to travel more broadly.

The Dominican Republic covers around two thirds of the large island of Hispaniola, sharing it with Creole-speaking Haiti to the west. Its capital, Santo Domingo, has some of the oldest colonial buildings in the Americas, and it was one of the first places settled. But, as well as the vibrant traditional cultures, the DR also has some spectacular beaches, and it's big enough to actually explore - from the beautiful colonial towns to the dense jungle.

The DR has a very Latin Caribbean feel, and the main language is Spanish, though you'll find plenty of English speakers in the more touristy areas. It is known for its great value package travel, and there are several regions famous for their enclaves of all-inclusive hotels - Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, for example.

But it also has some top of the range independent hotels, and some great off-beat, inexpensive and cool places to stay in the smaller resort towns like Sosua, Cabarete and Las Terrenas. Plus some boutique-y options in the capital.

You'll find a vast difference between the Dominican Republic's rural regions and its cities and towns and its really worth trying to taste a bit of both. Driving through the country you'll come across friendly hillside villages with amazing ocean vistas, or fantastic beachside restaurants. While strolling around its towns and cities you'll see history everywhere, in wonderfully preserved monasteries, monuments, mansions and squares.

Everywhere you'll feel the country's pulse in the merengue beat, and, like the locals, you might feel little excuse is needed to let your hair down and have a bit of a fiesta.

The Hotel Guru's pick of the best places to stay in the Dominican Republic range from charming and cheap boutique boltholes to beachside eco chic - there is definitely something for everybody!

Best Places to Stay in the Dominican Republic

For a beach escape

  • Natura Cabana is an eco hotel right in amongst the beach-side palms at Sosúa. They have just ten private, cabana style suites and family suites, with colourful, boutique style decor. There is also an excellent seafood restaurant and a yoga centre.
  • Casa Bonita occupies a lush tropical hillside on the island's south, offering beautiful views over the lagoon below. The 12 rooms are romantically styled, but it's the central infinity pool which steals the show.
  • The Peninsula House offers six boutique rooms in a beautiful colonial house on one of the Caribbean's most spectacular stretches of coastline. Rooms are romantically styled with lots of charming details and there's a fabulous seafood restaurant.

For great value

  • The Hotel La Catalina in Cabrera, is a stunning retreat in amongst beautiful tropical gardens. On the island's north shore you have beautiful views right out to sea, and you're close to an excellent surf beach. In amongst their amenities they also offer a large yoga and meditation studio.
  • For great value in the capital, try Hotel Dona Elvira, a charming, 12 room boutique hotel with rooms starting from just £60 per night. Set around a lovely inner courtyard with a large pool and hot tub, there are also two bedroom apartments available.
  • The Dominican Republic also has five star options for under £100 a night - like the Hostal Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo. This hundred room hotel is in a Heritage Listed building, built on the very first cobbled street in the New World. Romantic, with a well respected French restaurant.

For a special occasion

  • Designed by Oscar de la Renta, the Tortuga Bay Punta Cana is the ultimate chic Caribbean destination. Stretching along five miles of untouched coastline, this resort has 11 lagoons, an ecological park and a golf course. As well as all the luxury you can imagine when it comes to beach front villas and spas etc..
  • The Sivory Punta Cana is an extremely luxurious hotel on a remote stretch of coastline with sumptuous and sophisticated rooms and suites. There are just 55 rooms, but a choice of three award-winning restaurants, and the pool is just glorious.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Dominican Republic, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively check out all our Caribbean recommendations.

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  • Hotel La Catalina

    Cabrera, Dominican Republic

    A stunning retreat set in beautiful tropical gardens with views into the valley and out to sea. Charming interiors include spacious rooms and condos with private balconies and creamy furnishings. Lovely pool and tennis court, large yoga and meditation studio, and excellent organic food. Great value.

    12 rooms from $85
    Views  -  Stunning views over verdant gardens.
    Total relaxation  -  Ideal for yoga lovers.
    Surfing  -  Playa Grande Beach is a great spot for surfing.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Hotel Dona Elvira

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    A charming little boutique hotel with a variety of accommodation for all budgets. Rooms, suites, and a two-bed apartment (to be rented weekly) have stone walls, attractive throws, and DVD players. Beautiful inner courtyard with pool and hot tub. Ideal for families or those on a budget.

    12 rooms from $98
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  House of Tostado, Cathedral of Santo Domingo, and Parque Colon.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Hotel Frances

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    A beautiful boutique townhouse in the city centre close to the National Palace. Romantic bedrooms in ochres with wooden beams and elegant furnishings. A striking balustraded courtyard and gourmet French restaurant. Very chic with lots of character, good value too.

    19 rooms from $127
    Luxury  -  A beautiful four star hotel.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  The Cord House, Parque Colon, and Cathedral of Santo Domingo.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Hostal Nicolas de Ovando

    Santo Domingo,, Dominican Republic

    A stunning Five Star hotel on Las Damas, the First Cobbled Street of the New World. Boutique chic in every way with romantic bedrooms, a Spanish-style courtyard with balustrades, and an excellent French restaurant. Swimming pool, spa, and massages to top it all off.

    104 rooms from $149
    Foodies  -  La Residence serves fabulous French cuisine.
    Architectural  -  Listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
  • Billini Hotel

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    A luxury Five Star hotel with contemporary chic interiors and a spectacular roof terrace. Rooms, family suites, and suites decked out in creams and light wooden furniture, some with private balconies and hot tubs. Two excellent restaurants, two bars, and a pool on the roof top with stunning views.

    24 rooms from $171
    Foodies  -  Castil Restaurant serves excellent international cuisine and El Higuero Dining Terrace serves lighter fare.
    Views  -  Stunning views from the roof top out to sea and over the city.
    Roof terrace  -  A terrace with pool, views, and the wow factor.
    City Style
  • Natura Cabana

    Sosúa, Dominican Republic

    An eco hotel on the beach amongst the palms. Private cabana style suites and family suites with boutique furnishings and colourful fabrics. Excellent seafood restaurant, yoga centre, East Indian dance classes, and special vegetarian dinners. A zen spot ideal for yoga lovers.

    10 rooms from $180
    Families  -  Family sized bungalows.
    Value chic
    Romantic Break
    Surfing  -  3 miles from Cabarete
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Casas del XVI

    Santo Domingo

    Laid back Caribbean hospitality in an elegant old colonial home. Contemporary bedrooms and a number of relaxation areas with gorgeous Dominican artifacts and beautiful carved wooden furniture. Enjoy the tropical garden and courtyard, among sprawling ferns and palm trees. Great restaurants nearby.

    7 rooms from $220
    Local exploring  -  The perfect location for exploring the Old Colonial City
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Santo Domingo's Colonial Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    Local markets  -  Visit Santa Domingo's local markets
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
  • Casa Bonita

    Barahona, Dominican Republic

    A beautiful boutique hotel set on a lush tropical hillside with ocean views, stunning gardens, lagoons, and acres of nature reserve to explore. Romantic rooms in creams with four poster beds and verandahs. Superb infinity pool steals the show, delicious organic produce, and miles of white beach.

    12 rooms from $220
    Views  -  Stunning views from its hilltop perch out to sea and to the beach below.
    Spa breaks  -  Excellent couple's therapies and massages.
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning infinity pool.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Casa de Campo

    La Romana, Dominican Republic

    Legendary golf & beach resort in a league of its own. Set amid 7000 acres, boasting three golf courses, a tennis resort, and a collection of rooms and villas. Pool, eight restaurants, healing spa, kids club, and watersports. Ideal for sporting enthusiasts and luxury travellers.

    155 rooms from $255
    Active Holiday  -  A legendary golf destination set along miles of stunning coastline, as well as world-class sporting facilities.
    Golf  -  Three different courses by an award-winning designer.
    Foodies  -  Cuisine from eight different countries.
    Spa breaks  -  Cygalle Healing Spa.
  • Sivory Punta Cana

    Pantanal NONE, Dominican Republic

    An extremely luxurious hotel on a remote stretch of coastline. Sumptuous rooms and suites in contemporary classic style with all the mod cons, balconies, and sophisticated furnishings. Three award-winning restaurants, top of the range spa, and the pool is the piece de resistance. Perfection.

    55 rooms from $300
    Swimming Pool  -  It's all about the pool here, utterly dreamy under the palms and with views onto white sand.
    Foodies  -  Three restaurants serve award-winning cuisine of many types.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Kiwi Collection
  • Balcones del Atlantico

    Dominican Republic

    A lovely beach side hotel not far from El Limon's natural spring and waterfall. Contemporary chic interiors, an enormous pool, kids facilities, and an excellent seafood restaurant. Rooms, suites, and two/three-bedroom villas have kitchens, all the mod cons, and verandahs. Family friendly, beachy.

    35 rooms from $334
    Families  -  Two and three-bedroom villas are ideal.
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  5 km from quaint Las Terrenas, 11-km trip to El Limón for its stunning waterfall and natural swimming pool.
    On the beach  -  Situated on Las Terrenas Beach a kilometre of white sand.
  • Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    All inclusive hotel designed for total relaxation, beach bathing, and spa pampering. Contemporary chic coconut thatched suites in the height of luxury with all the mod cons, pools, verandahs, and sea views. Plenty of pools, top of the range spa, private beach and multiple cuisines to choose from.

    96 rooms from $534
    All inclusive  -  Includes branded spirits and fine wines.
    Total relaxation  -  The whole idea is total relaxation.
    Beach Life  -  Amazing pools and a private beach.
    Spa breaks  -  Top of the range spa facilities.
  • The Peninsula House

    Dominican Republic

    A glorious boutique house on one of the Caribbean's most beautiful coastlines. A colonial guest house filled with objets d'art, floor to ceiling windows, verandahs, and views through the palms to the seas. Romantic rooms have four poster beds, kilim rugs, and balconies. Fab seafood restaurant.

    6 rooms from $550
    Active Holiday  -  Snorkeling, diving, kite surfing, scuba diving, sailing and deep-sea fishing.
    Romantic Break
    Diving  -  Over twenty dive sites close by
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • Tortuga Bay Punta Cana

    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    The ultimate destination for the chicest Caribbean spot. Designed by Oscar de la Renta and occupying 5 miles of untouched coast, 11 lagoons, an ecological park, and golf course. Rooms, suites, and private beach front villas designed to perfection. Restaurants, spa, and pools to go with it.

    from $750
    Chic  -  Oh so chic interiors and facilities designed by Oscar de la Renta.
    Romantic  -  Bedrooms and suites are the ultimate in Caribbean romance.
    Luxury  -  The hotel has received the AAA's Five Diamond Award.
    Golf  -  The hotel has it's own 27 hole golf course.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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