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Santo Domingo opens first hotel-museum, Hotel Beaterio

A new first-of-its-kind hotel-museum has opened open in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The Hotel Beaterio is located in the Colonial Zone of the historic city and underwent a large refurbishment project to convert the 16th-century convent into an 11-room hotel for tourists. The former convent once hosted famous guests including poets, Sor Leonor de Ovando and Doña Elvira de Mendoza.

Santo Domingo opens first hotel-museum, Hotel Beaterio

Holidaymakers visiting Santo Domingo can now stay in a former convent that has been transformed into a small hotel. The Hotel Beaterio is a hotel-museum located in the historic capital of the Dominican Republic, which recently opened following an extensive refurbishment project.

Situated in the city’s Colonial Zone and UNESCO World Heritage site, the hotel was a former 16th Century convent that was once home to the renowned New World poets, Sor Leonor de Ovando and Doña Elvira de Mendoza. The 11-room hotel has been carefully restored and modernised, and guests can enjoy air-conditioned rooms and access to internet during their stay. Original features include stone walls, tile floors, and antique musical instruments that decorate the property’s walls.

Located just steps from El Conde Street, Cathedral of Santo Domingo, and Plaza de Espana, tourists can enjoy the area’s ancient cobble alleyways and historic surrounding architecture.

The El Beaterio convent was built in 1530 by order of Diego Columbus and his court to the Spanish kings. According to the hotel’s website:

"El Beaterio hosted the first Dominican women order of America. Thought in a paternalistic mind set to collect girls of all ages, Spanish and mixed race, lost on Earth, it allowed nonetheless, the blooming of a genuine feminist and independent mind set and the emergence of eminent intellectual women."

The hotel’s facilities include a small bar/lounge where breakfast is also served, and a rooftop terrace bar, where guests can soak up the views of Colonial Zone and Parque Duarte.

Santo Domingo is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean but it has successfully managed to blend the old with the new and is considered by some people one of the region’s most cosmopolitan cities. Divided by the Ozama River, the city boasts Victorian houses, tree-lined streets, upscale hotels, and casinos, as well as historic monuments and attractions such as Columbus's Lighthouse, where the famous explorer's remains are buried, and the open caves of the Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos.

In the Colonial Zone, tourists will find several examples of 15th and 16th century architecture, including the Iglesia Regina Angelorum and the Convento de los Dominicos. Holidaymakers can visit the Alcázar de Colón museum, Museum of Duarte and the Museo del Ron Dominicano which becomes a rum bar after hours, and there are plenty of cafes and bars that offer a vibrant nightlife. It's a buzzing nation attracting an increasingly large number of holidaymakers.

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