Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and prides itself on being the first European city in the New World. It remains today as one of the most populous cities in the Caribbean and is home to expansive hotels, a bustling downtown, both ocean and mountain views, and a vibrant cultural atmosphere, making it a perfect destination for meetings and events.
For groups looking to travel to Santo Domingo, two Marriott properties wait to fill all your event needs. Whether you’re looking for a more business-focused hotel or colorful property to host a large group, Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino and JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo have you covered.
Located in the Piantini District, the JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo sits on top of the city’s BlueMall and is perfectly suited for the luxury or business traveler. Walk into the lobby, and you’re greeted by a glass-floored terrace, sweeping views of downtown Santo Domingo and a rooftop infinity pool. Seven meeting and event spaces total up to 7,309 total square feet with room capacities ranging from 15 to 360 guests.
The real treat of the JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo is the ability to experience a variety of gastronomic and entertainment experiences without ever leaving the property. The hotel’s Winston Grill & Patio offers an inventive menu filled with international flavors and an on-site catering team takes care of all your event’s culinary needs. The attached BlueMall allows guests to venture out of the hotel and just be steps away from an array of restaurants, shops and cultural attractions.
For a more colorful and relaxed Caribbean experience, head to the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino, where the ocean can be seen from almost every corner of the property.
Dubbed “the icon of the city,” the Renaissance Santo Domingo was one of the first hotels in the city and is one of the only hotels in the area that can hold large groups. The hotel offers over 45,000 square feet of flexible indoor space, scenic outdoor venues and La Fiesta Theatre, the Dominican Republic’s largest and most versatile venue with room for 1,100 individuals.
After going through a major renovation in 2015 that included all guest rooms and event spaces, the property has transformed into a colorful, warm oasis filled with any amenity a traveler or group might need.
On-site eateries include Luan Bar & Restaurant where dishes are crafted with local products and focus on traditional Dominican flavors, Sol Pool Lounge & Restaurant, the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a light lunch, and Bohio Coffee House where groups can fuel up in the morning accompanied by homemade snacks and pastries.
Located in the heart of the capital city, Renaissance Santo Domingo is just a short drive away from the historical epicenter of Santo Domingo. The Colonial Zone is the most important tourist destination of the city and is home to many ancient landmarks. Set up a tour for your group through a Renaissance Navigator and explore sites such as the Alcázar de Colón and Los Tres Ojos. After a tour through town, sit down at a local restaurant like Pat’e Palo European Brasserie to truly get a taste of the Dominican Republic.
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