Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

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."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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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 9.2

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Aug 2021
    This is the type of place that makes backpacking worth while. They’re easy going and are there to help with incredible staff. If you need a little extra time, they’ll make it happen for you. They have all the information you need to enjoy your experience in not only Santo Domingo but in the Dominican Republic in general. Loved everyday spent here.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    10 Aug 2021
    They really help you navigate DR rooms are good loved my private room.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    09 Aug 2021
    Island Life is a beautiful, spacious, and well-equipped hostel with a nice pool, complimentary breakfast, and a full in-house bar. The owner is present, kind, and a great conversationalist! When Tropical Storm Fred paralyzed the city with rain, the owner and the hostel staff kept the power on with their on-site generator and kept everyone hydrated and entertained at the bar. Overall I enjoyed my stay, and definitely recommend Island Life to any and all travelers to Santo Domingo!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    02 Sep 2021
    One of the few hostels in the DR and they do it very well. Everything you could ask for in a backpacker hostel.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    01 Jul 2021
    I enjoyed my stay. Great location! This was my first trip abroad since Covid! These guys reminded me why I love travelling so much. I have missed the hostal vibe!
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    13 Oct 2021
    -Great atmosphere, cool common area (fully stocked bar and a small pool), wish they planned activities though! -Common area can be kind of loud since a lot of the rooms' doors face it directly, we were next to the picnic tables so breakfast woke us up -Semi-early breakfast 7:30-9:30 (if you stay out late lol), but it's free! -Awesome walkable location -AC in the room works great -Private room has plenty of space, ensuite was ok, shared bathrooms looked super nice -Kitchen is pretty dirty
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    10 Oct 2021
    The place was and looked great overall with the exception of a couple little things. The key I was provided did not work, and I had to constantly knock on the door for someone to let me into the room, and the room (mixed) had small fans that I don't think was enough for the hot nights of Santo Domingo.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    09 Jul 2021
    I absolutely love, loved staying here and would recommend it for anyone coming from anywhere in the world
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    17 Sep 2021
    Great place! Staff was incredibly nice and accommodating during my stay here. The airport pick up also went very smoothly and was easy to coordinate. Issues that came up were resolved quickly during the stay. I thought it was pricey compared to other places but has a nice outside area snd breakfast was super good. Room itself wasn’t anything amazing but was all I needed during my stay.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    08 Sep 2021
    Pros: breakfast - food was constantly made. Very secure entry. Pool table. Nice staff. Good atmosphere for meeting people. Outlets. Cons: private room was really underwhelming. For the price, it was not worth it. It looked way worse than the pictures. Very small, only one night stand, not two. Walls have cracks and door and window also had some cracks. In 3 nights, I found 2 roaches in the bathroom, a gecko, 2 spiders, and 2 millipede (I think) in the room. Bathroom was also not clean enough.
    USA, Couple, 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
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • 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


  • 2020

    1st, Country Winners Dominican Republic

  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners Dominican Republic

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Dominican Republic

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners Dominican Republic

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