Golf, gambling, glamor: Hotels in El Malecon

Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do — By Zanni Davis on June 30, 2010 at 2:30 am

El Malecon has some of the most spectacular views and accommodation in Santo Domingo. The Intercontinental V Centenario offers resplendent living (all at a price, of course). Located on the George Washington Avenue, this hotel offers 196 rooms with gorgeous sea views. These also include 29 suites and the magnificent Presidential Suite.

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The on-site Health and Fitness Center offer a gym that is open 24 hours for the gym buffs, a spa with top of the line facial treatments, a relaxation area and a sauna. Next to all of this is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, which have been recently renovated to the highest standards. There is yet another spa upstairs, for those looking for extra-special pampering, that offers therapeutic massages and other treatments.

On the first level, two restaurants offer sumptuous dining. La Brasserie is the breakfast and lunch restaurant, offering European and Dominican fare. Try their plantains and eggs for breakfast or the ‘Dominican Flag’ dish made of red beans, rice and a choice of meats for lunch. For a more formal dining experience, try Window at the Brasserie. This features a fusion of cuisines blended with Dominican flavors to bring you an authentic, high-end dining experience. After dinner, one can head to Bambu Bar, located on the hotel’s pool deck, for a relaxing drink by the water. Otherwise, one can also stop at La Piazza Bar in the lobby area for a drink after a hard day of swimming and sunning.

Further along George Washington Avenue is the Marriott Renaissance Jaragua Hotel. This has much more accommodation than the Intercontinental, boasting 300 rooms and suites, most of which have great sea views. There is never a reason to get bored here, as the hotel offers nearby golf courses, and very own casino, pools and spa.  Las Lagunas Golf Club is 15 miles away, and has a driving range and putting green for those looking to get in some practice in great weather. The hotel’s spa offers treatments that range from simple massages to deluxe facials, and other therapies.

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The main breakfast and lunch restaurant is Quisqueya Restaurant. There is a buffet during breakfast and both buffet and a la carte menu offered during lunch. The Champions Sports Bar and Restaurants is considered one of the best sports bars in Santo Domingo and offers pool tables, sports memorabilia and great dining. The Merengue Bar and Lounge offers live entertainment and rhythmic beats every night – where you can have the time of your life and dance until the wee hours of the morning!