After much care in reseach I chose this hotel sight unseen, based on the reviews and picures found on the internet. In the end, I walk away a happy customer.
The hotel is a charmer with most of the 80 rooms facing the pool and exquisitely cared for garden courtyard. This area is maintained by a committed staff all day long, literally. The hotel staff fell over themselves smiling and serving my every need. One gal, Stephanie, arranged for a guide to take me around the city. I'm grateful for their attentiveness, hospitality and professionalism.
My room was clean and comfortable with a TV and air-conditioning. But most memorable was the breakfast at the La Veranda restaurant located outdoors, in the garden, protected by a roof covering that shielded the hot sun but let the breeze in. Men in uniform bounced around making sure everything was perfect for the guests. They succeeded in every way.
I highly recommend the Hotel Terraza. Located in the safe upper-class colonia of Escalon, near two major malls. Within walking distance are several good restaurants and eateries.
The location and price makes this a hard place to beat. For US $12 for two people, the rooms have a comfy bed, fan, cable tv and lots of toilet paper. Although it is a cold water shower. It is located right next to the main cathedral (seen in picture no. 2) in Santa Ana. There is a large area to hang laundry if you choose to. Staff seems friendly even though I didn't really talk to them. The place is a bit aged as you can see on the stairs but still it gets my recommendation.
When we orginally arrived in San Salvador we wanted to stay at the International Guest's House. Our idiot cab driver (I hope his wheels fall off his cab) ripped us off and took us here. I didn't mind it so much but only stayed here one night. It is within walking distance of the main bus terminal. It is on the edge of the city center area of town and close to a lot of university buildings. It is run by a friendly old couple and the place feels like visiting your grandparents old cluttered house. My room was a good size although you can tell that it is a bit aged. Nobody with any association with the wall paper (designing it, buying it, putting it up) could possibly still be around. The toilet seat's colour was rubbing off due to age and use. In the front they have a patio with a restaurant that I never used but still looked nice. For me it was a decent place but I wouldn't recommend it as a first choice but as a third or fourth choice.
Although it was a bit more pricey than what we wanted to spend, we really enjoyed the room. It was in a great location in San Salvador located close to Metrocentro mall and Blvd de Los Heroes. Our room was in the upstairs of a building in the backyard. It had a little balcony, a large room and 3 comfy beds. Stayed here a little longer because of getting slighty sick. For the price it should really have had a television as I believed some of the other rooms had one. The price includes breakfast which was your standard breakfast food. The maid was really nice even though we had language difficulties. The shower was mostly cold with the occasional warmish water. The main house was very clean and the yard was well kept. They had a couple of turtles wandering around in the backyard.
As it is not included in the 2004 version of the "Central America on a Shoestring" Guidebook, it is a hardly known accommodation. The hostel is the owner's home and you really feel like being at home there. It's equipped with a lot of personal things and souvenirs. Xavier (he is the owner) told me, that he wanted to do something and heard that there are only a few backpacker's in El Salvador. Therefore he visited some existing ones to get an impression about what a backpacker looks like and decided to open his home for us!
From the outside, it does not look like a backpackers at all, which is not a surprise as it is the owner's private home, too. It has only a few rooms (I just remember two of them), one with two beds and a bigger one. It's not at all equipped like a backpackers but really more like your own home. Don't miss it - it's one of the best places to stay ever!
This is a resort built for the local wealthy people . They buy memmberships but as a person out of country you can book a night here . It´s fabulous , right on the beach with a couple of wonderful huge pools , bar . restaurant and top service . It´s a place to unwind . We were the only people there for 2 out of 4 days!
What a deal at $65.oo a night!
These were my digs the second time I hiked from my home in La Laguna to the El Manzano Ecological Reserve (which is located in the Department of Chalatenango, alongside the road that leads from Dulce Nombre de María to San Fernando). Four walls, a roof, a bed, and an outhouse nearby – what else do you really need? The woman who coordinates the El Manzano project – which includes hiking trails, swimming holes, an athletic field, a coffee cooperative, a cafeteria, a small FMLN museum, and a tiny crafts cooperative – told my wife and I that some if not all of the cabins would soon be upgraded. Until those upgrades are realized, a night at El Manzano will set you back a reasonably $5 per person.
For $18 USD I and two cousins stayed in this hostel which had great views, 2 pools, showers, waterslides, a private beach and parking. The room was a single and had a small bathroom. It was great.
Hotel Ver-Mar is not only the best lodging option around; it’s also the only option around. Run by a friendly family, the Ver-Mar offers five simple, clean dorm-type rooms (some with bunk beds, others with the traditional kind) with fans and a single shared bathroom for $5 per person. There’s also a TV lounge, and outside you’ll find a small wading pool, a few gazebos equipped with hammocks, and plenty of shade from the tall mango and coconut trees that fill in the tropical setting. The only thing that could possibly bother you would be the vocal local frog population.
$5 per person, just a couple hundred yards from the Pacific, and it’s neither a grungy surfer dorm nor a sleazy no-tell motel.
Las Flores de Eloisa, located on the highway at km. 92.5, three kilometers west of Apaneca, offers five charming cabins nestled into a nursery, as well as a small gift shop and a little outdoor cafe that serves breakfast, sandwiches, and desserts. Each cabin has a private bath with hot water and a patio with table and chairs. If they could just do something about the noise from the buses and trucks that pass by on the highway all day long, this place would be nearly perfect. As it is, its beautiful setting, along with extra little touches like fresh-cut flowers placed in each room daily, make Las Flores de Eloisa one of the best hotels in El Salvador in its price range ($19.50 - $30).
If you plan on taking a few days to explore some of the various hiking destinations that surround the town of Juayúa – destinations include the Río Monterrey, Los Chorros de la Calera, the Route of the Seven Waterfalls, the Laguna Verde, and Los Naranjos – one pleasant, reasonably economical lodging option is El Mirador. Clean, basic rooms with private bath and a fan start at $10. The third-floor dining area, which serves as a nice indoor observation deck, has a large TV available for the use of hotel guests, and an attached “comedor” serves all meals. Call 2452-2432 to make your reservation.
A destination unto itself, La Escondida Bed & Breakfast is located 7.5 km northwest of Juayúa in the hamlet of El Portezuelo. The place to stay for adventure-seeking travelers who aren’t pinching every last penny, La Escondida offers guided hikes (to a nearby geyser, the Laguna Verde crater lake, and a small mountain-top cloud forest), mountain bike downhill tours (on good-quality bikes), horseback tours (on Peruvian pacers – a far cry from the typical Salvadoran nag), and even motorcycle tours. Located at the entrance of a private park that includes more than 1,035 acres of coffee plantations and cloud forest, it offers an attractive, comfortable four-room lodge with three bathrooms, fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, stereo, TV, and DVD. The full lodge, with room for as many as twelve people, is available for $150 per night, while a single room, with space for three guests, costs $60. All lodging prices include breakfast. Camping is also an option during the summer months (November – April), for $8 per person (tents, sleeping bags, and other accessories are all available for rent). Owner Julio Vega, who speaks fluent English, can be reached at his cell phone, 7888-4552.
For only 10 USD i found a nice room, with shower and TV. well located beacuse i want to use the bus terminal early in the morning without care of walking at night.
Little garden and very quiet.
for 15 USD another with air conditioned.
Very convinience location, near the main Bus Terminal of Puerto Bus (to travel to guatemala or honduras)
This place is nothing special but its the best place to stay if your leaving San Salvador with Tica buses since they leave from the hotel early ( 5 a.m.) every morning. The rooms are clean but simple with there own bathroom but not very soundproof. You can buy drinks and watch TV in the reception. There are two nearby restaurants but you should be carefull walking around the neighbourhood after dark.
Close to the Tica busstation (the same building).
This place was a hotel with an attached casino. It was very nice, the rooms were clean and the food in the restaraunt was great. I would say it was one of the nicest places in San Miguel. Price per room was about $34 USD.
Attached casino (for those so inclined), pool, bar/restaurant.
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