Wrong. The Malecon is beautiful for a morning or evening stroll and the Colonial Zone is a short 10 minute walk.Those hotels on the Malecon are fine for business travellers and people who want to stay in the hotel all the time and need a room which looks like every other hotel room in the US. But, you have to get a taxi to go anywhere, it's a good 30 mins walk into the Colonial Zone. The Colonial Zone is a much better bet if you want to see a bit of the real Dom Rep and mooch around bars and restaurants, shops, museums, galleries. All very safe.