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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Island Life Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Island Life Hostel is located in the 'Zona Colonial” the oldest European settlement in the New World. Located just steps away from historical sites, lively bars, great shopping, and amazing food. Our hostel is in a newly renovated historic colonial building with a variety of dormitory and private rooms to suit every travellers needs. Together with a full bar, and freshly prepared daily menu options this helps provide a great backpackers’ experience.
Our knowledgeable staff can provide a wealth of information about local and national attractions and transport links, so you can get the best out of this beautiful island.
Best hostel in Dominican Republic 2017, 2018 and 2019 – Hostelworld
Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor
Number 1 rated Specialty Accommodation in Santo Domingo – Trip Advisor

Our current accommodation options:
*12 Bed Dormitory
*8 Bed Dormitory
*4 Bed Dormitories with air conditioning
*Private 2 Bed Dormitory Ensuite (Bunk Bed)
*Private Double Bed Ensuite with air conditioning
*Private Double Bed Ensuite with fan
*Private Triple Room Ensuite with air conditioning
*Private Twin Ensuite with air conditioning
*Private Twin Bed Shared Bathroom
*Private Double Bed Shared Bathroom

To make sure you EXPERIENCE the ISLAND LIFE we offer:
*Free Wifi
*Free all you can eat buffet Breakfast
*Fully Equipped Guest Kitchen
*Netflix on big TV
*Free Local Calls
*Meal Options prepared by in House Chef
*Full Bar
*Solar Hot Water
*Tour Desk
*Outdoor Jacuzzi
*Book Exchange
*Laundry Service
*Pool Table
*24 Hour Staff onsite
*Night Security Guard
*Our prices include all taxes

- PASSPORT required for each guest at check in. No copies or other forms of identification are accepted.
-Full payment is required in Dominican Pesos, USD or Credit card (4% fee) upon check in for your entire stay.
- No refunds will be given for early departures.
-Check in 1pm
- Check out 11am
-If you are arriving after midnight it is essential that you inform our reception before your arrival date so that we do not cancel your booking.
-No Shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation.
- In the event you need to cancel, you must let us know no later than 72 hours in advance of arrival. If you cancel less than 72 hours before your stay we will charge the full amount of the reservation.
- No guests from outside the hostel are allowed entry.
- The management reserves the right to cancel the remainder of any booking with no refund if guests are found to be breaking house rules.
- We have two friendly dogs on site.
- No under 18s permitted. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.8

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    28 Dec 2019
    I stayed in a dorm just for 1 night. Great vibe, friendly people and staff. Dorms have keys and security guard at night. I would love to come back!
    France, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    24 Dec 2019
    I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Santo Domingo. It's located perfectly and walking distance everywhere. They have guided excursions to different parts of the island. They also have an in-house bar. This hostel is a one-stop-shop.
    India, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    23 Dec 2019
    Great place, location, staff, hostel, atmosphere, you name it!
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    20 Dec 2019
    Very well-managed hostel. It's clear the owner and staff put in a lot of effort in designing the little details that help optimize user experience. Volunteers that work here are friendly and always up for a chat or a pool game. Great vibes all around.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    30 Nov 2019
    One of the best hostels, I’ve stayed at.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    01 Dec 2019
    This place is owned by a British family who work in the establishment thus they speak perfect english. If you don't speak spanish, this place is a great option. This place has great location. It' s in walking distance of everything of interest. The breakfast is really good. The showers are warm. Overall this was the best hostel that I stayed at in Santo Domingo. Cons: It can be a little noisy here, this is definitely a party hostel with lots of traffic.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    13 Dec 2019
    Pretty good hostel. Awesome bar with fair prices. Well located inside colonial zone. Natalia was really helpful with tips inside and outside the city.
    Colombia, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    28 Nov 2019
    Wonderful customer service from the moment we were greeted at the door until the following day we said our goodbyes. Chris, the owner, truly puts in 110% effort. Before my boyfriend and I arrived, Chris and I had been in contact, via email, as I was asking for advice on transportation around the island. Shortly after we arrived we joined in on the daily 7 pm welcome shot of the island's traditional drink of Mamajuana. Overall very happy! Looking forward to staying here again! Thank you Chris!
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.4


    26 Nov 2019
    Great location in the Colonial Zone! The staff were helpful, facilities clean, and breakfast delicious! The back yard is beautiful and nice to chill out in. Entrance is secured; there are lockers in the dorm. Rain showers in the bathroom were a great touch! Solid wifi. Ask at the bar to fill your water bottle for free!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9


    14 Jan 2020
    Island life hostel is located in the heart of the colonial zone or zona coloniale as it is well known. The port is a 5 minute walking distance and so are all the touristic sights in the old town. Three hours is enough to see all the highlights on foot. Excellent internet speed in common areas. A very hearty eat as much as you like breakfast is served daily (same menu everyday) and a lovely friendly staff! The only disappointing thing was the cold showers- explanation given is its solar heating.
    South Africa, Female, 41+
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Hot Tub
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Currency Exchange
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • PlayStation
  • Pool Table


  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners Dominican Republic

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Dominican Republic

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners Dominican Republic

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