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  • Writer's pictureCindy Van Dyck

Wedding Inspiration: Hodelpa Hotels as an Event Venue

Updated: May 28, 2023

Picture of a wedding setting in Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando
Picture Credits: ICC Dominicana

The Dominican Republic is not only known for its beautiful nature and all-in resorts where tourists can enjoy a wonderful vacation. The island is also hugely popular with those who are getting married soon. Indeed, it has the beautiful wedding and event venues! We share one of our favorites: Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando.

Staying in the colonial city

Hodelpa is one of the hotels that we mention at every opportunity to anyone who asks us. It is the hotel of choice in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Here you truly sleep in an elaborate piece of history.

The setting is reminiscent of Spanish haciendas from sweet novels or movies. It's a blend of comfort and traditional decor like you won't find another. Even if we don't sleep there ourselves, we often go back to enjoy a day of relaxation by the pool, to eat a nice typical paella or have a cocktail. We love Cuba Libre, Mojito and Piña Colada!

The perfect location for any event

Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando is part of the Hodelpa Hotels. This is a well known group of beautiful hotels in the country for their versatility and unique character. That's why many event organizers look to Hodelpa for a wedding proposal, wedding party or corporate event.

We even chose Hodelpa to organize a Birthday Brunch once at their fantastic venue last summer. Our preference was to host it on the outdoor patio near the fountain. The great thing about hosting an event at Hodelpa is that the venue is so big that you can have multiple events at the same time and not even realize that there are other people there. The area near the fountain is also in the farthest part and has a nice view of the river.

At hodelpa they have an in-house event team that can help you source everything you need for your event, such as furniture rental, decorations, music, food, etc. But you can also do everything yourself, according to their standards and in consultation. Are you not so into organizing or you want to hire a professional? Then you can look for an event planner. One of our favorietes is ICC Dominicana. You can even see one of their event setting in the picture below.

Next to hosting events they also have different halls and conference rooms that you can book upon request. We used one of their meeting rooms when we stayed over in the beginning of July. The was really nice, more than big enough and it had a great view.

A wedding in the Dominican Republic

More and more foreigners are coming to celebrate their wedding in the Dominican Republic. And we can't blame them. You really have everything here. Good food, very nice people and almost always good weather all year round.

The colonial city is a half-hour drive from the airport, which makes it very easy for visiting family or friends to arrive at the hotel. However, we recommend you to think about the travel time as the hottest and most humid months of the year are April through October. In December and January, the temperature is more pleasant and it is less humid. So if you are planning a Caribbean wedding, you can do it the whole year round. High season here is the same as high season back home. Which means that October and November or February and March are the cheapest months to come here.

Don't forget your photographer!

Are you planning on organizing an event? Then don't forget to book a photographer who will capture every special moment of that "once in a lifetime" day. While scrolling through the event pictures at Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando, we stumbled upon Eli Diaz, a wedding photographer who makes the most beautiful pictures! Therefor she definitely deserves a mention in this article. You can see and follow her work through @elidiazphotography.


Would you like to organize your own wedding or business event in the Dominican Republic? Send us a message, we will be happy to help you, together with some of the best event planners!

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