A little house in the middle of the colonial zone, with all the charming of the past, but the comfort of the present. Near all the historic landmarks, art centers, bars and restaurant at walking distance. Dominican Boheme.
Is a small house but it has everything, and is inside the historic town.
Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for "Colonial City") is the historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo and the oldest permanent European settlement of the New World. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is colloquially known as "Zona Colonial" (Colonial Zone). The Ciudad Colonial is located on the west bank of the Ozama River, which bisects the city. It covers less than 5 square kilometers. (wikipidea)
By foot or bike
Natalia and Ricardo are great hosts. Communication with them was prompt and easy at all times. La Casita is optimally located in a very quiet, residential part of the historic district (Zona Colonial). It is just far enough from the most touristy areas where it can get crowded and noisy, but all the sightseeing can be done easily simply by walking out the door. All the historic sites can be reached by foot within a few minutes. The house is nicely furnished and has a back-up generator in case of power outages, and a warm wather pump as a safeguard against outages, which are common in this city. The house was perfectly tidy upon arrival and really well equipped. The location of the house is really perfect. I felt safe as a visitor, but part of a neighborhood setting with shops and bars where local residents go.
We had a wonderful time at La Casita! Natalia and Ricardo met us when we arrived and give us insider tips as to the neighborhood. They treated us more like friends than paying guests. They told us where to buy groceries, and to take advantage of the peddlers who passed daily selling fruits, vegetables, etc. We did, and enjoyed the experience! The neighborhood was vibrant, but thanks to the fact that it is a dead end street there was a limit to the traffic. We could walked easily and safely throughout the zona colonial and enjoyed the friendliness of the people we met along the way. Staying in such a lovely apartment surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers captured the spirit of traditional neighborhoods at their best! On departing, Natalia went out of our way to help us secure transportation that was delayed and stayed with us until the driver arrived. Something a friend would do! Thanks Natalia and Ricardo for a wonderful week! We look forward to returning!
Meeting Natalia for the first time felt like reuniting with a long-time friend. Friendly and down-to-earth, we felt at home right away. What was more was her adorable home, which is well-represented in the pictures. If I were to go back to the DR, this would be my choice again, right in the heart of the colonial zone in a quaint part of the neighborhood. I particularly appreciated her decor, much like the art you would find in Brooklyn, NY. Gatica, the visiting housecat, was a nice addition. There were some days on our trip where all I wanted to do was to relax at "home" and cuddle with the cat! Highly recommended compared to your other options in town. It's affordable and feels like home.
Very nice experience. Natalia and Ricardo are very nice and relaxed. The "check in" was really quick and to the point. They obviously left us they contact details and Natalia replies to emails straight away. Very smooth, perfect experience!
La casita is really lovely place with its character. I wouldn't call it two bedroom though. It has three beds - 1 sofa bed, but only one of them is a separate bedroom! The house is located close to everything, neighbours are lovely, even people wokring in near by shops will make you feel very welcome if you try to speak to them! Very good experience. And also Natalia is very punctual...which is not very common with Dominican people.
We had a wonderful time in Natalia and Ricardo's place. Just as pictured, if not lovelier!! It's a beautiful historical colonial home, airy and so comfortable. Some great art peppers the place either chosen or created by Natalia. Little Gatica, the cat was a much welcomed companion, relishing in the attention. The location was perfect! Totally safe in a great location. A block from the sea and malecon and a few minutes walk to El Conde- the main colonial zone's thoroughfare. Great restaurants and night life abound. Natalia and Ricardo were wonderfully warm hosts who really went the extra mile even after we left- helping us with bus schedules and making calls when we got stuck on our way out. Will definitely be back!
(email hidden) is perfectly located in the zone and is as described....the host was kind and recommended some spots to dine at....walking distance to all spots and restaurants.
The owner is very nice and you can see she likes the house and hosting people. The house is very aired, which for the locations is of PARAMOUNT importance. They have aircon in the room and it is full of fans. The house is located in a very good place of the old town. It is safe and near the fancier part of the colonial town. The street is quiet and beautiful. It is a great experience.
There are some things though that the owner must, in my opinion, consider:
1- She leaves a cat for you to take care. The cat keeps moaning at night at the front door. We went for a two day trip to the north and what can we do with the cat? We left food but we came home to a place pissed and shit all over the place. My suggestion is that one does not leave a cat for people going there for a shot period.
2- She must put curtains in the shower. Every time someone took a shower the bathroom became a swimming pool.
3- She must provide sheets and and bed clothing for the other sofa-bed. We had to purchase ours.
We are from dominican republic. An young couple of an artist/designer and a musician/actor that bought this charming house down in the colonial zone. Love to have people from all parts of the world, and exchange experiences.