Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Embassy Suites

The next hotel to open in Santo Domingo, the Embassy Suites at Silver Sun Gallery located at Av. Tiradente and Gustavo Mejia Ricart will have 180 rooms looking out to the Naco shopping and business district. The hotel will add 180 rooms to the city inventory, but also has eight meeting rooms with capacity for up to 700 people and a business center. It is claimed to be the tallest building in Santo Domingo, at 30 stories. The hotel is taking bookings starting 1 July. It will fill the shortage of rooms in the city now that the hotels Santo Domingo, Hispaniola and Jaragua have temporarily closed. 
The hotel is managed by Hector Concari, former general manager of the Renaissance Jaragua. He pointed out that each of the rooms is a 50-60-square meter suite that means that it has a bedroom and a separate living room area that can also serve as a small office. Each room has a microwave and mini refrigerator. He said that the main hotel chef is Mexican, but the main restaurant will serve dishes with a Dominican touch. The lobby and meeting rooms are on the fourth floor. 
If you are interested in a job in the hospitality field the hotel is hiring at

Monday, May 26, 2014

Chicago Favors DR

The leading Chicago newspaper has picked up the Smarter Travel list that includes the Dominican Republic as one of 10 places to "get'em while they're cheap.” 
Smarter Travel's 10 places to go list is: Riga, Latvia; Greece; Bucharest, Romania; Portugal; Sofia, Bulgaria; Mexico City; India; Philippines; Nicaragua; and the Dominican Republic. 
Smarter Travel comments on the DR: 
"Can you afford azure waters and silky white-sand beaches? In the Dominican Republic, you can. While the Caribbean isn't known for its affordability (we recently wrote an entire story on the region's most expensive islands), the Dominican Republic remains—at least for now—a bastion of value in a sea of high prices. With service from low-cost carriers including AirTran, Frontier, and JetBlue, and air-and-hotel vacation packages from not only a slew of airlines but also discount providers like, the Dominican Republic seems to have an endless supply of affordable options.”,0,1093141.photogallery

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Show Filmed in D.R.

A new reality series is airing on E television. Escape Club is a one-hour, real-life soap opera where 12 men and women leave their old lives behind them, head for a resort getaway in Punta Cana on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic and look for a change in their destinies. 
The reality show will have them cut off from the outside world and they will soon learn that living on an island isn't all about suntans and champagne. They must now fight for their spot on the island and prove that they are worthy of the grand prize - an entire year with all expenses paid to extend the escape. 
The series starts on E! on Sunday, 8 June at 10pm EST.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Biggest Discovery Since 1492

DR1 and NY Times: The remains of the ship on which Christopher Columbus first came to the Americas, the Santa Maria, could have been found off the coast of Haiti after 500 years. If confirmed, this will be one of the world's most important underwater archaeological discoveries. The suspect ship is stuck on a reef only 10 to 15 feet beneath the water's surface. 

Columbus would go on to build the first settlement in the New World in La Isabela, on the northwestern coast of the Dominican Republic. 

A recent Barry Clifford expedition has experts 'confident' that the wreck found off the north coast of Haiti is the ship. The whereabouts of the 58-foot Santa Maria had never been known - until now. 

The wreck was found off the northeastern coast of Haiti during an expedition led by Barry Clifford. Clifford is best known for discovering the remains of the complete 18th century pirate ship Whydah in 1984. 

The Santa Maria was used as the flagship for the 1492 discovery expedition, along with the smaller ships remembered as La Nina and La Pinta. 

"All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous flagship, the Santa Maria," said Clifford.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014