Large rooms, great beds, good restaurant and bar. The hotel is air conditioned, and has a pool and gym. The staff was pleasant and helpful.
Even numbered rooms have a view of the volcano.
Hotel Happy House is situated in a calm street near the big shopping mall Metrocentro. I had made a reservation for a room some weeks before going to San Salvador and arrived late in the evening with a taxi from the airport.
I got a big room which I found to be very convenient. There was a double bed and a single bed. On the bedside table next to the bed where I slept there was a good lamp for reading. There was a TV in the room and A/C, but I didn't use either of them. There was also a lot of hangers to put clothes on and in the bathroom there was a lot of space in the shower.
For one person occupying the room it was 20 dollars (June 2009).
The breakfast was 3 dollars. It includes bread, eggs, beans, platains, cheese, a fruit drink and coffee or tea.
Downstairs there is a computer to use for free.
In El Salvador 100- and 50-dollar bills are not accepted at most places and that includes Happy House. The can be changed at a bank though.
i recomend this motel to any traveler, business man, back packer, or even couples who are looking for a Overnight stay.
facilities include BasicS: Private bathroom (shower)+toilet , sitting area, comfy bed , and individual garage , small garden.
rooms are equipped with AC, telefon ( long distance call upon request), and local tv.
Great Low Cost : 12 hour stay only for $ 10.00 - $ 12.60 and included 2 sodas or local beer.
security, privacy , accessible overnight stay for travelers , low cost
OPEN 24 HRS , armed security (guardian dogs),
PRIVACY - no frontdesk check inn, u drive up directly into garage , LOW COST , and Menu available 24hrs , with economic prices.
breakfast starting from $ 2.85 -$ 3.20 , meat/chicken plate $ 4.00 , sandwich $ 3.20-$4.00
sodas $ 0.70 , beer $ 1.00 - $ 1.80 , cigars $ 1.50-$ 1.75 , toothpaste +brush $ 1.20
FRIENDLY SERVICE !
The conveniently-located neighborhoods that flank MetroCentro are home to a number of hotels, ranging from the cheapest of the cheap (see my previous tip) to some more comfortable, even luxurious options. Right across Blvd. de los Héroes is the elegant, pricy Real InterContinental (also known by some as the Camino Real). I’ve never stayed there, but I have taken advantage of the happy hours in their bars a few times and can report that I would be happy to stay there if I could find a way to do so on someone else’s dime.
Tucked in behind the row of restaurants that run along the backside of the Camino Real is the very clean and professional Hotel Miramonte. Rooms start around $40 a night. This is a good option if you’re traveling with a lot of valuables (because they are obviously quite attentive to their guests’ security) or if you need to make an early morning trip to the airport (because reliable taxicabs are always on call in the parking lot of the nearby Camino Real.
Tucked behind the soccer stadium in the Colonia Flor Blanca, the attractive, charming Villa Serena (4 Calle Pte. #2323; tel. 2260-7544) was always the hotel of choice for a group of teachers associated with the University of Alaska who come to San Salvador for three weeks each year in order to run a training program for Salvadoran English teachers. Rooms rent for $30 per night single, $40 double.
Living in El Salvador for nearly five years, the most important adjective that I applied to the hotels that I normally chose to stay in during my visits to the capital was “cheap.” The cheapest of the cheap in the conveniently-located area surrounding MetroCentro is La Estancia (located in Colonia Centroamérica at Avenida Reynaldo Cortez #216, just a couple of blocks from the intersection on Boulevard de los Héroes that is flanked by a Texaco and an Esso; phone 2275-3381). Run by Niña Ana, La Estancia caters to Peace Corps volunteers, but also welcomes backpackers. Space on a bunk bed will set you back $6/night – a great deal for single travelers, but far from ideal for couples.
The best value of the many hotels found along Calle los Sisimiles is the Hotel Happy House (pictured above), located at #2951 (phone 2260-1568). Private rooms with TV start at $25 a night. Be sure to check out your room (and particularly its fixtures) before you agree to stay, though, because there is a significant disparity in the quality of the various rooms.
Even though it is located right next to a “night club” (brothel), the Hotel Kent eventually emerged as my pick of the cheap hotels in this area. Decent-sized, fairly clean private rooms start at $20 a night. To find the Kent, head out from the end of MetroCentro the houses the Pollo Campero in the direction of the Estadio Flor Blanca; the Kent is located on the second floor of the building that is across the street from the Office Depot. Extremely convenient to the useful 29-A, 30-B, and 52 bus routes.
After our arrival from Guatemala City, some locals told us that there were two moderate hotels located nearby. We checked this one first and decided to stay here.
Well it is 5 minute walk from the bus station, 6 blocks away from historical center, and very secure. Staff was ok, it was our first experience with Salvadorians and their version of Spanish language and both were quite different comparing to what I was used before in Guatemala and Mexico. When I finally started believing that my Spanish is getting better, I lost all the confidence after trying to speak with the receptionists here. Also staff was helpful but not as friendly as one would expect.
Our room (2 beds) was decent and clean with bath and TV - US$17.
The Novo is a small hotel at the end of a nondescript street. I was there for 3 weeks 2 years ago. I kind of wish I had searched for something else, but it was recommended, so I took it. The rooms are a bit too moldy smelling for me and I had to have the bugs sprayed in my room.
The pool area is in a tropical garden. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the outdoor, thatch roof, poolside building.
I found this website to be pretty helpful for comparing different hotels in San Salvador at a glance.
Also, here's another list of hotels categorized by deluxe, first class, and down the line
San Salvador provides a wide range of accomodation facilites from luxury to modest, depending on your budget. On my El Salvador page I detail a few web sites that feature a wide selection.
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