Island Life Hostel

We are an award winning hostel - The best in Dominican Republic 2017 and 2018. We are based right in the center of the Colonial Zone just blocks away from all the famous monuments and museums.
There is amazing nightlife all around so if you are looking to immerse yourself in the Dominican culture then look no further.

I restored a beautiful 400 year old Colonial building over a two year period and created Island Life Hostel. We have been running over 9 years now and and hosted hundreds of volunteers. Our team is what make our hostel what it is - we are a laid back team that want to make all our guests feel welcome.


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Mi experiencia en Island life fue muy buena! El hostal tiene una ubicación perfecta, cercana a supermercados y atractivos turísticos. Siempre estás conociendo a personas nuevas y eso es lo mejor.
El staff del hostel me recibió muy bien y me hicieron sentir en casa. Espero volver muy pronto y obvio se los recomiendo a todos🤍

about 2 months ago

United States


Island life was by far my favorite experience working in a hostel. I was able to immerse myself in the culture and practice spanish due to its location, which just so happens to be a very safe area. Being that it is located in the city, you will never run out of things to do, and Chris, the host, will help and direct you on different things to try. Make sure to ask about Taco Tuesday

3 months ago



This was my 4th time here (first ones through another app). I’ve always felt like home. Amazing vibe always! Thank you Chris and the Island Life team for always making me feel at home and taking care of me as a solo traveler.
There’s some details that can be improved on the property but overall amazing experience I would recommend 100%.
(Santo Domingo is not a city close to the beach so I would recommend you go around the island on your days off)

5 months ago



I had a wonderful stay at the hostel. The tasks were easy and fun. The 6h-shifts can seem quite long, but because it was no hard work it was totally fine. The owner Chris is a super chill, kind and patient person and moreover a great listener ;)On the days off I could easily explore other parts of the island.
What I liked most about the volunteering were all the beautiful people I met.
Guests. The cleaning/kitchen stuff, with whom I could practice my spanish. Other volunteers. But especially Chris and Maite.
They made this into a second home and I’ll miss them. Thank you guys for everything

6 months ago



Tuve una buena experiencia en general. Practiqué el idioma inglés y me ayudaron cuando me faltó vocabulario y modos de expresión. Las chicas voluntarias y encargadas Excelentes! buenas compañeras, comunicativas y divertidas! La habitación es en literas con ventilador y se comparte con huéspedes. Conocí un montón de Santo Domingo y su cultura. La gente que trabaja en la cocina son buenos anfitriones en ese sentido.
Las tareas de recepción y bar son llevaderas, te enseñan y explican claramente, siempre hay alguien para eso y el sistema que utilizan está muy bueno.

7 months ago

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