9 reasons (in photos) why Island Life Backpackers is the best hostel in Santo Domingo

We’ve run Island Life Backpackers for a number of years and we have to say; it’s the best hostel in Santo Domingo. Ok, we might be biased but we’ve stayed in over 2000 hostels ourselves and have worked out what backpackers really want out of their hostel experience.

In fact we’ve worked hard to create something very special for all the guests who visit us from every corner of the globe; and we’ve had guests from all over.

Don’t believe that our hostel really is the best in Santo Domingo?  Here’s 7 reasons (in photos) that you should come stay with us in the Dominican Republic’s vibrant capital.


1. Our dog is cuter than your dog…

This one is Schui (short for Schumacher)!

2. …Make that dogs, actually.

And our second hostel dog is a street dog called Hamilton we adopted. (He comes and goes because he’s wild at heart and he knows just about every other dog in Santo Domingo).

3. We’ve got a pool and sun terrace.


The perfect place to cool off when it gets hot (and it does get hot in Santo Domingo!)

4. We also have the friendliest, most helpful staff on the island and attract the best guests!

What can we say; greatness breeds greatness! 😉


5. We’ve got hammocks aplenty…

For when you feel like swinging and chillaxing.

6. We’ve got rooms to suit all budgets

Contact us today for a private or dorm experience at the best hostel in Santo Domingo.

7. We’re perfectly located to book breathtaking beach day trips…

backpacking tips for Santo Domingo
Cayo Arena, off the coast of Puerto Plata in Punta Rusia.

Anyone fancy heading to the crystaline waters Cayo Arena for the day? We can help with that, of course.

8. We’ve put *a lot* of love into this hostel…

We didn’t always look this good you know! But restoring this colonial building and turning into a hostel ourselves has been a rewarding project. Check the rest of our blog for a run-down of the process.

9. We were awarded best Hostel in the Dominican Republic 2017, btw

Hence why we think running the best hostel in Santo Domingo is the best job in the world! When will you come and visit us?

Images; IslandLife 

Looking for a super-fun hostel experience in Santo Domingo? Island Life Backpackers was voted best hostel in the DR! Be sure to contact us today for room rates and offers on trips and excursions.