Santo Domingo Journals

Debauchery in Santo Domingo

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A November 2005 trip to Santo Domingo by ext212

Melia Santo Domingo Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: We left our partners back in New York City and celebrated one girl's last days of bachelorette-hood.

Melia Santo Domingo

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Hotel

Melia Santo Domingo Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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We booked two hotel rooms online at the rate of US$89 per night. Four girls were to share one room with two double beds. I suppose we missed the fine print when we paid for them, because when we checked in, the rate only applied to a maximum of two people per room. The clerk told us that in order to check in four people in a room, we have to pay the $89, plus the fee for the two extra persons. It ended up doubling the original rate because the fee is not an Internet promotion. We would have fared better if we booked two people in a room with the Internet rate.It was our fault for not reading the fine print, but the staff could have been a bit more forgiving. There were eight girls in the l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2005

Melia Santo Domingo
365 George Washington Avenue
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
809/221-6666

Aqua Sushi Bar

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Restaurant

Aqua Sushi Bar Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Outside Japan, sushi has taken to mean raw fish when it is actually the Japanese short-grained sticky rice mixed with rice vinegar, sugar, salt, konbu (or edible kelp) and sake. Aqua’s menu only consisted of makizushi (rolled and cut into smaller pieces) and temaki (cone-shaped hand rolls). When we dined, they didn’t provide any raw fish, nor did they provide a selection besides tuna or salmon. None of the makizushi we ordered had any nori (seaweed), so they all ended up looking like California rolls you buy from a Korean deli in New York City. The rice itself was a bit on the dry side because it wasn’t sticky enough. I wondered if they should have named their establishment a sushi restaurant at all....Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 1, 2005

Aqua Sushi Bar
Abraham Lincoln / G.M. Ricart, Plaza Andalucía
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
809/227-1276

Pat´e Palo European Brasserie

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Restaurant | "Pat'e Palo"

Pat´e Palo European Brasserie Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Other reviews for this restaurant have an acute accent over the e in "pate" but their table napkins simply use an apostrophe. Perhaps the Dutch owners just wanted to be playful when they opened the restaurant in the 1990s. The bistro has a nice location, right in Plaza Colon, where a stage was set with a band playing live music the night we visited because of the approaching holidays. We made a reservation for eight women right outside, where other diners stood up in the middle of their dinner to dance to the music whenever they were compelled. A staff of at least three men made sure we had everything we needed throughout our meals. Our martini glasses were filled in a jiffy. My only compl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2005

Pat´e Palo European Brasserie
Calle La Atarazana No. 25
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
809/687-8089

Boca Chica

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Attraction

Boca Chica Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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For a fee of US$45, you can use the Hamaca Coral’s Hilton facilities and sit on their beach all day. The fee includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and an open bar. The price was a little too steep, and it keeps the locals who can’t afford it away, but such is life in a country like Dominican Republic, where the rich and poor are obviously divided.The beach is located on Boca Chica Bay which boasts Santo Domingo’s "white sand and warm azure waters." Small huts made of dried palm trees pepper the sand for extra shade. Lounge chairs are also available for all visitors if compelled to sunbathe closer to the water. I was mostly directly under the sun the entire time bec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2005

Boca Chica
Poblado Andrés de Boca Chica
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Loft Lounge & Dance Club

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Attraction | "Loft Lounge & Dance Club"

Loft Lounge & Dance Club Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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The entire weekend was to celebrate with girlfriends, but the main festivities for our bachelorette took place at Loft, a happening night club in Santo Domingo. It’s a huge lounge with a bar in the middle for early visitors and it turns into a night club complete with a smoke and confetti machine after hours. We walked in at 1am on a Saturday night, past the bouncers and the velvet rope outside. The place was already packed and smoky when we arrived. It was also very difficult to get a table where all nine of us could park ourselves for the rest of the early morning. Everyone trendy—and with money—in Santo Domingo must have been in this club, judging by the way they were all dressed....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2005

Loft Lounge & Dance Club
Tiradentes #44
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic