If you leave you're overly Rosy expectations in the United States this is an awesome hotel. If you want to nitpick things go spend $200 a night somewhere. This is in a good area with a really cool cafe 40 meters away and it is a 15 minute walk from Conde Street which is very popular and full of shops. I also highly recommend Mandela Pub. It is an expat place and plays really good jazz and classic rock and is run/owned I think by a Spanish lady. The staff at the hotel was super friendly and generally worked hard to meet expectations. I only know 17 1/2 words in Spanish but fortunately can smile fluently in Spanish. There were a couple people who spoke English. The worst thing I could say it about it is that it took me three tries to get some towels when the cleaning lady didn't put any in the room after removing the ones in there. There is a good, very polite cook at breakfast making omelets to order and the breakfast is a good deal.
With a stay at La Casona Dorada in Santo Domingo (Gascue), you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Parque Colon and Sambil Santo Domingo. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk.