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Billini Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
In the center of Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial, history, modernity and luxury come together as one at Billini Hotel. The building was once a guesthouse for members of the Dominican monastery and Sisters of Mercy convent during the 16th century. Today it stands as a beautifully restored architectural gem bridging the city’s Spanish Colonial past and cosmopolitan present, transformed into a boutique hotel with state-of-the-art comfort, just steps from vibrant shops, restaurants, clubs and Playa Montesinos.
For a perfect day in Santo Domingo, wake up to a luscious buffet breakfast, relax near the fountain with a good book or sunbathe in the rooftop pool overlooking one of the oldest church of the Colonial City. For an extra treat, disconnect with a great massage in the spa and finally finish off the day with a cocktail in the rooftop restaurant.
Location of Billini Hotel
Nearest Airport: JBQ
Amenities for Billini Hotel
- Coffee Shop
- On-Site Amenities
- Fitness Center
- In-Room Amenities
- Turndown Service
- Air Conditioning
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Built-In Power Adapters
- Indoor/Outdoor Sound System
- Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access
- Business Center
Reviews for Billini Hotel
We were on the first floor by the waterfall. I liked hearing the water at night. Rooms where very clean. Front desk was accommodating as soon as we arrived. Breakfast was good with made to order food as well as a fruit and cheese and other finger foods spread on a daily. Over all a good stay.
Right off the bat we were disappointed due to the 'bait and switch' with our room with no effort for resolution. We booked our room almost 8 months ahead of time for our honeymoon, we reserved one of the terrace king suits with the architecture accents of stone and mortar. We emailed several times to request early check in and to confirm our specific room desire. However no response and soon to be lack of room. Although not the the room we thought we reserved it was clean and bright. The hotel was well kept and stunning. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The food and drinks were average and very over priced. But the location made it very easy to get out and explore and eat elsewhere. The rooftop pool had a wonderful view but was small and cramped. There was only 2 chairs directly adjacent to the pool edge so if you were not early you had no chance to 'lay' by the pool. However PLEASE NOTE that these said lounge chairs are directly below the exhaust fan for the restaurant and after laying there for a couple hours were realized we were covered in soot - which stained our personal towels and clothing. Also 2 of our 4 days they were scrapping and painting all the walls with out communication. We left with ruined clothes from both situations - Horrible. Had great potential and is a luxury hotel however our experience wasn't such.
Liz B - richfield, United States
We had a very enjoyable week's stay at the Billini Hotel and have no major criticisms. I would certainly recommend it as a base to explore the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. It is (mostly) quiet and only a few minutes walk from the historic heart of the city. It is nicely decorated and furnished with lots of little touches to help make the stay more pleasant, such as fresh chilled water and biscuits available to all in the reception area and a free minibar (soft drinks) in the room. The rooms are very comfortable with lovely bathrooms (ours at least was - room 215). My only gripe would be that the room can be noisy with sound traveling up through the internal courtyard. Luckily we were able to keep the air conditioning and fan on all the time, so the 'white noise' cancelled out the outside noise to an extent. There were a couple of weddings in the hotel, which were very noisy (no warning to the guests), but at least they finished in good time and didn't go on late. We didn't eat in the restaurant in the evenings, but the buffet breakfasts were very good indeed (once all the food had been put out). The staff were very friendly and helpful and so made our stay an enjoyable experience. I would have given a five star review if it wasn't for the noise issue. Maybe the Management could consider double glazing the windows to the rooms, particularly 215, to help cut down on the noise? If the Management read these reviews then a few other minor improvements they could consider to make the stay even better would be to put hooks in the rooms to hang dressings gowns. Nice dressing gowns are provided, but there is nowhere to hang them. Teas and coffee are provided in the rooms, but no milk (we British like milk in our tea and coffee). There are not enough sun shades provided on the lovely rooftop pool area. It gets very hot up there and the two shades are not enough, and they are also very heavy and so impossible to move. Breakfast is supposed to be served from 7am, We came down after 8am on several days and much of the food had not been put out. I also had to ask many times for the right cutlery. However, these constructive suggestions relate to very minor issues and I would still happily recommend the Billini to anyone visiting Santo Domingo.
Peter Mills - Guildford, United Kingdom
We stayed at the "Zono colonial" (sort of "old city") and there is a huge difference compared to an Resort-type location. Still, the experience was fantastic. The service and food was good. If I wanted to visit friends in the capital, I would stay here again.
WarrenRodz - San Juan
We loved our time and only wish we weren't so rushed. Staff was accommodating and bed was beyond comfy. It is extremely well-located and central in the historic district. We found it quite charming and more lux-feeling than other spots we've stayed nearby.