In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Palacio, Santo Domingo
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Santo Domingo has a compact historic neighborhood with many buildings dating
back to the 15th century. Travelers can immerse themselves in the days of
yesteryear by choosing to stay overnight in one of the city's historic Colonial
what we did.
Cozy Lobby Bar with chandelier
At one point, the building which is now
Boutique Hotel Palacio belonged to Buenaventura Baez, who served five terms as
the president of the Dominican Republic between 1849 and 1878. Buenaventura
apparently never lived in the palace, but his son Dr. Ramon Baez did. Dr. Baez
also served as president of the country for a short time in 1914.
Open air patio and gardens
This 19th century four-story palace was
restored and made into a welcoming hotel right in the heart of the Colonial
Center. Lush green plants were everywhere, and the open air views of the floors
below were eye catching.
Sitting room with dining table
The rooms are decorated in Colonial style,
reflecting the grandeur of Spanish castles. All rooms have wifi, telephone, air
conditioning and hair dryer and our suite had a kitchenette as well as a small
King sized bed with
Spanish chandelier from the ceiling
Paintings on the wall were
of Spanish maps, historical figures, and battles fought. The atmosphere was as
though we were Spanish Royalty during the Colonial era.
Relax in the Jacuzzi
The hotel had a leisurely attitude along with
an imperial feel. Although the pull of seeing the Colonial Zone was distinctly
there, it was also appealing just to hang out in the room.
The bedroom from the other side
Here you see both the Jacuzzi and entrance to
the shower, along with a separate room for the toilet. Flat screen TV in the
center of the wall and a chandelier, copied from the originals, is hanging from
the ceiling. The property is peaceful and private with no sense of urgency.
Perfect for relaxing.
Roof top pool
There was a small but clean roof top pool
with several lounge chairs, some in the shade. One just takes an elevator from
the lobby up to the top floor, grab a chair and enjoy the pool and the view.
Taberna, Don Quijote
A small restaurant on the ground floor offers
a tropical buffet breakfast each morning. Notice the old floor tiles for the
If you are interested in an oasis of calm in
the bustling city of
try out this charming hotel.
Boutique Hotel Palacio
Calle Duarte 106
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