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Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo Casa del XVI

Make yourself at home within two stunning colonial style mansions and step into a part of Dominican history.

Located in the centre of Santo Domingo’s colonial city, a place pulsating with a culture of museums, theatres, charming cafes and restaurants, enticing nightlife and romantic architecture, Casas del XVI is the perfect place to stay to fully absorb it all. The two mansions that make up this property were originally built in the 16th Century, the owner has strived to preserve and maintain the original colonial architecture, carrying this through to the interior design with complimenting features and decorations adorning the rooms. casa celebrate Dominican culture, incorporating ancient artefacts with contemporary local artworks to create a charming and vibrant interior for your to stay.  more...

What is special about this property is the place itself. You will be immersed in an environment steeped in history and culture in every aspect, a feast for the eyes and imagination where you can experience the real Santo Domingo. As well as this the immaculate service you will receive from your own butler, and features including private pool, garden and individually assigned guest iPhones, your stay is guaranteed to be comfortable. After exploring the city, what better place to come back to.

With its location in the heart of Santo Domingo, the best way to explore the area once you step out of your casa is to just walk. Engage in the lifestyle and community of the city; discover the architecture and historical buildings such as the Dominican Convent, Duarte Park and Colon Park as well as the first cathedral in the Americas, Cathedral Santa Maria La Menor. Your butler can arrange walking tours and various other trips for you, to gain more of an insight into the city’s rich history.

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In the heart of the Zona Colonial
district, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site since 1990. 28 km from
Santo Domingo Las Américas
International Airport.


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  • Best local fine dining restaurant – Pate Palo, experience the exquisite food of this European Brasserie while being serenaded by guitarists  sitting on the candlelit terrace which overlooks Christopher Columbus’s house, come for the ambience as well as for the food.
  • Best casual restaurant – For excellent tapas and wine go to Lulu’s bar, try the shrimp satay with red curry sauce and your waiter will recommend a wine to compliment any dish from their extensive selection. As the night goes on, the music gets louder and the atmosphere is fantastic.
  • Best restaurant for lunch – For a true taste of Dominican food head to Meson de Bari for lunch to sit in a beautifully decorated restaurant covered in art and eat local dishes such as empanadas, filete encebollado (steak cooked with onions) washed down with an ice cold Presidente! View on Facebook
  • Best place for a sundowner – The Spanish Patio of the Casa de Arbol, relax in the comfort of your own private courtyard and welcome in the night with a drink brought to you by your butler.
  • Best place for a picnic – Escape the city and retreat to the botanic gardens full of native plants and birds
  • Notable local cultural events , festivals or celebrations – Happening in November every year, the Santo Domingo Colonial Fest is a celebration of the cultural heritage with an emphasis on the artistic and musical elements that formed in Santo Domingo.  Expect performances, bands and events going on all over the city for 3 days, not to be missed if you want a true insight in to what Santo Domingo can deliver.
  • Must see – Alcazar de Colon or Columbus’ Palace is the oldest vice regal building in America and also houses the Caribbean’s most important pieces of European late medieval and Renaissance art. During the Spanish colonial period this was where many expeditions of conquest and exploration were planned!
  • Must do – Take a stroll through the central square where you will no doubt see locals playing dominoes and drinking beer, a favourite Dominican past time and one that you will be encouraged join in.
  • Must try – You cannot come to the Domincan Republic and not try some rum, home to one the most prestigious brand of rum in the world Ron Barcelo. Take the tour organised by the hotel to the The Ron Barceló Historical Center for a special rum and cigar tasting which you will not forget….or maybe you will.
  • Hidden secret – Visit the San Francisco ruins at sunset, the former monastery was built in the 16th Century and ruined by earthquakes and hurricanes.  What is left is a beautiful skeleton of an enchanting structure which at sunset with the light and colours is beautiful. Visit on a Sunday between 8pm-11pm where you can hear live Caribbean music!


All rooms have spacious bathroom and shower, small desk, air conditioning, safe, reading lamps, complimentary WiFi internet acccess, iPod and iPhone dock, flat screen television, telephone, iPhone, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, bathrobes and slippers.

Please note Casa de los Mapas and Casa de Arbol are actually a little distance apart, so if you are intending to use both you need to be aware of this.  Of the two, only Casa de los Mapas has a private pool.

Casa de los Mapas – is comprised of three guest rooms looking out onto a central courtyard of tropical gardens and exclusive private swimming pool, rain shower and outdoor Spanish Patio. The kitchen, dining room and living room are adorned with vintage maps, hence the name of the mansion and evokes a sense of history, taking the guest back in time. Each room size: 30 square metres.

Casa de Arbol – is the larger of the two mansions, with four rooms in total, three of them being Deluxe Rooms with King-size beds, facing out to the courtyard and with an entertainment system in each room. The other, is the superior room fitted with two Queen beds and located around the Spanish style patio. The ‘Pineapple’ is a symbol of hospitality to the indigenous people, which is a theme of the decoration and design throughout the casa. Modern local artwork and carved furniture contrasting with ancient tropical pieces embellish the property. Deluxe Room size: 37 square metres, Superior Room size: 29 square metres.

Services & Facilities



  • Butler service
  • Chauffer transfers
  • Concierge
  • Pets welcome
  • Private chef
  • Security – 24 hour
  • Turndown service



  • Entertainment system
  • Honour bar served by butler
  • In-room massage
  • Private garden
  • Private pool - Casa de los Mapas only