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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

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent 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 9.4

  • Security 9.8

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    27 Jul 2019
    I’ve stayed here twice now and it keeps getting better everytime. Beautiful Hostel in a gorgeous part of the city. Its about a 5-10 min walk from anything in Zona Colonial. The facilities are very clean and the breakfast is really good!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    03 Jul 2019
    Stayed there for 5 days it was great experience for me being my first time out of the country. It friendly environment and you can meet lots of amazing people and the staff is great meeting your needs and there social.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    29 Jun 2019
    Island Life Hostel is in a perfect location in the heart of the colonial zone in the Dominican Republic. The staff is extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. Also, the breakfast served in the morning is the best breakfast I’ve ever had in a hostel! You definitely get the most for your money here and is certainly a place you should stay at if you’re considering traveling to Santo Domingo!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    29 Jun 2019
    Had a superb stay! The team there are very welcoming, the location superb and the advice priceless. It’s a very safe city and country so don’t listen to the press, get on a plane and enjoy an amazing holiday to a fantastic culture! Thanks all and see you soon! - Joe
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    27 Jun 2019
    Great staff, cool people, central location, and tasty free breakfast! Would 10/10 recommend
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    07 Jun 2019
    How awesome is this hostel? I didn't get an e-mail from hostel world to review so I came here to do it myself ;) Good vibes, awesome pets and solid breakfast. I didn't realize how central this place was until the day I was leaving haha I'll be back.. like.. next month or so The staff works well together and gets stuff done and the atmosphere is uniquely "great hostel".. those who know.. know. I'll be back.
    Jamaica, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    10 Jun 2019
    Only time I really felt safe in the DR. Hostel is in a great location with chill staff who helped arrange to get me to the airport at 3am. Food was also pretty tasty, dinner offered nightly for 300 pesos. Just be aware WiFi doesn’t really connect upstairs in the dorms and the AC isn’t turned on until 9pm
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    09 Jul 2019
    I love this hostel. It’s super comfortable, the owner and people who work there are very nice, and it has by far the nicest showers I’ve ever seen in a hostel. My one minor complaint is that the internet doesn’t work in the rooms (at least not in either of the rooms I’ve stayed in).
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    14 Jun 2019
    Island Life hostel is a great place to stay in Santo Domingo. The location is right within the colonial zone, with security so there were 0 feelings of being unsafe. The owner, Chris, is usually around and was incredibly welcoming, as were all of the other staff! They have two dogs that were also very friendly and basically just laze around all day but don't mind being pet. I was fortunate enough to be shown around the zone by one of the staff members Emma and her tour is highly recommended.Thx!
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    07 Jul 2019
    Nice hostel, good price and breakfast, it's a old house so for that reason is a little bit dirty
    Colombia, Male, 31-40
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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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