Santo Domingo, bordered by Caribbean Sea and other bodies of water, is the capital of Dominican Republic. It is a port city which came to existence in 1496. It is a popular destination for the tourists for the many beaches. The collection of hotels on the beachfront or close to the hotel offers various activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming. The hotels are also in close proximity of the major tourist attractions including baseball fields, palaces, cathedrals, local or national parks, caves, historic buildings, lagoons or animal sanctuaries. If you happen to visit the capital of Dominican Republic before Christmas, you will have a memorable time with your family worth framing in a life sized assortment of photographs – the one that will adorn your living room for years to come.
There are various hotels that offer common family friendly activities while other offer unique activities for families. The popular family friendly hotels include:
The Hilton Santo Domingo
The Hilton Santo Domingo with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea is a hotel that offers something for everyone in the family. The major tourist attractions of Santo Domingo such as the Church of America, the Royal House Museum and the Columbus Alcazar are in close proximity of the hotel. Cribs and high chairs for toddlers are available on request. The on-site mini mart caters to the daily routine amenities for the mothers while a business center and 17,000 feet of meeting facilities are perfect for fathers in case of an urgent business meeting. Other facilities include an exercise room, a solarium and a swimming pool. Foreign currency exchange service is also available in the hotel.
Clarion Hotel Santo Domingo
The Clarion Hotel Santo Domingo in the heart of the city is within walking distance of major tourist sites such as the Columbus Lighthouse, the National Aquarium and El Alcazar de Colon. The hotel offers child care services and a playground for children.
Coral Costa Caribe Resort, Spa & Casino
The hotel offers special facilities for children. The children between 4 to 12 years of age can join the club known as the Coral Kidz Paradise. The club offers foosball, beach games, indoor games, ceramic and paper painting, arts and crafts, kids’ pool parties, kid’s lunch at Ambar Restaurant, mini disco, weekly boat ride and a lot more. Babysitting services are also available.
There are various other family-friendly activities, recreational activities that the families can enjoy with or without kids.
Family Friendly Activities
The amenities include ice cream parlors, game rooms with video games and various others kids activities. The Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa offers sand castle building contests, story time hours, movie nights and craft-making sessions. The hotel features an arcade, a water trampoline, a children’s playground and an indoor climbing wall. Teenagers love the group bonfires and dance parties organized in the hotel.
With majority of the hotels located on or near the beach, there are several water activities including windsurfing and swimming in outdoor pools etc. The Hotel Dominican Bay is located near Boca Chica Beach, which is famous for windsurfing, swimming and snorkeling. This hotel property has two swimming pools, wherein one of the pools has a special section for kids. Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa is located on the Caribbean Sea shore where activities like scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, snorkeling or jet skiing happen all the time.
Few hotels in Santo Domingo offer sports facilities for all age groups. The hotels have golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts or volleyball courts. The Coral Costa Caribe Resort offers a miniature golf course, three tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, basketball or badminton courts. The residents can also take dancing and windsurfing lessons. The Clarion Hotel Santo Domingo has a pool table, volleyball and racquetball courts, a ping pong table and a jogging track for people who enjoy being active.
Guest Rooms and Suites
Besides standard amenities for the visitors, some hotels also offer facilities for the whole family including Jacuzzi tubs, sleeper sofas, video games, pay-per-view movies, mini bars or refrigerators. The Hilton Santo Domingo offers access to private lounge with daily breakfast, rooms and suites equipped with hot tubs, mini bars, two bathrooms and living rooms areas with sofas.
Various hotels in the city offer unique amenities and services including concierge, planned activities or trips, business centers, fine dining restaurants and spas. Families can enjoy facilities like beauty salon, casino, tennis court, sauna, concierge service, live music lounge, restaurant with international cuisine and a merged indoor and outdoor swimming pool at the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel and Casino. Crowne Plaza formerly known as the InterContinental V. Centenario Santo Domingo hotel has a health spa with hot tub and sauna, a beauty salon, a convenience store, a casino, fitness center with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and a fine-dining restaurant.