This review is based on my stay at the Dominican Fiesta hotel, July 6 -10th, 2005:
The Dominican Fiesta opened in 1976. It is owned by the Fiesta chain of hotels, based out of Spain.
The hotel basically has two wings, one wing which I saw no activity and understood that the rooms were in need of renovation, but the other poolside wing being open. The Fiesta has large convention floor space, which draws it fair share of association meetings over the year. Also, there are private rooms and I saw two weddings take place on one night in different rooms.
The lobby is probably one of the largest that you will find in the city. It is very long with a large canary cage in the middle with lots of canaries flittering and chattering. Also, the lobby has a large rectangular shaped bar with lots of seating. Live bachata music is played almost nightly by a keyboardist. A couple times a week to alter variety, beautiful German singer, Elke Mai comes in with a violinist, guitar player, and keyboard player to liven things up. Elke sings jazz and her sultry voice matches her striking looks.
The Fiesta has recently redone it's upstair areas around the lobby with a new gift shop, sports bar and piano bar. The downstairs area has seen a new spa installed with a large mirrored weight room and aerobics workout area. Also, the business center has been redone with all new HP high speed computers, a faster Internet connection, and new furniture. Rates are a little stiff though, with 100 pesos for about 15 minutes and peaks at 200 pesos for an hour.
The Fiesta's rooms on floors 3 -6 are basic with double or kingsize beds. Nothing fancy, but not rundown either. My room came with a frig, as I think most do, plus cable color TV, and writing desk. I did have a problem with a leaky faucet, but the A/C worked fine and the beds were clean and everything else functioned properly. On the piscina (poolside) you really can't beat the view of the ocean and the city. It's quite panoramic. Floor number 7 has been newly renovated for well heeled executives and is quite posh.
Full buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, which I got at $78 a night, which included the dreaded ITBIS and Service tax. Try getting that rate at the Courtyard or Jaragua. The Fiesta's main dining room is quite large and can probably accomodate 100 people easily. In the evening they have a buffet for the first hour or so, then it switches to menu ordering, though I did not find many entrees under 350 pesos, except for thick crust pizza. [My ideosyncracy: I'm thin-crust!]
The Fiesta is located at the western end of the city, across from Mirador Park, off Avenida Anacaona. Although, it's a bit away from the bustling traffic of downtown, (about 15 minutes from the Acropolis), the neighborhood is more upscale. To Colonial City allow 20 minutes and for Las Americas airport, allow 40 minutes travel time.
The Fiesta also has a very large pool, perhaps the largest in the entire city and a pool separate just for kids. In addition, the hotel also has several tennis courts, basketball court, and football court. Lots of people come to play tennis at the Fiesta.
I think the best part of the Fiesta is it's friendly staff. Christina the manager works very hard to keep the lobby looking at it's best. Lilliana and Carmen behind the front desk are quite accomodating and will do their best to resolve any issues.
The hotel may be 3 -4 miles from the downtown action of Maximo Gomez or the other golden mile of casinos along the malecon, but if you are planning to spend 5 or 6 days in the city, the savings should put a few extra hundred in your pocket over staying at the higher priced hotels. Because the Fiesta property is so large and centered in a higher-class residencial area, it presents a quieter setting, that you may find as a more calming effect.
For the money and ambience, the Fiesta is hard to beat.