This motel is behind a wall off a dirt road in El Cuco. Once you've entered the gates, you are in another world. Thatched roofed cabanas are often rented by local families for the day (hammocks are outside each one). There are also suite type accomodations with a/c and small lounge areas. They are far from luxurious but very comfortable and well kept.
There's a good, simple restaurant and bar along with a lovely pool. The grounds are well landscaped with a green lawn stretching to the gateway to the beach. We especially enjoyed watching the staff chase cows that had wandered from the beach onto the lawn. They threw coconuts at their haunches to chase them back on the beach.
San Salvador offers all kinds of lodging depending on your budget. Check the www for these. They are all excellent, in very good locations and offer a variety of services. The most outstanding are: Princess, Intercontinental, Marriott, Radisson. For a complete list of hotels check this web site: www.elsalhoteles.com & www.hotels-elsalvador.com
There are several good hotels in the beach most of them on the Costa del Sol and La Libertad.
Make sure to visit the mountains in the north of the country, breathtaking scenery, nature, villages etc. There is a beautiful mountain hotel called Perkin Lenca. Check the website it's very good: www.perkinlenca.com. There is also another one in Chalatenango and one in La Palma (www.entrepinos.com)
For coffee plantations Apaneca offers good lodging options Las Cabañas is good and not far from there there is the Santa Lucia Farm and Inn (www.coffee.com.sv) it's very nice plus there is a small archeolgical dig. In the same area the town of Juayua has small inns and B&B's.
The colonial town of Suchitoto has also a few lodging facilities ranging from mid to low prices. Once again the web sites above contain good options depending on your budget.
San Salvador has many good hotels at very reasonable prices. The El Salvador Radisson Plaza...excellent service, good location, great swiming pool, balconies with views on the city or the volcano. However any other hotel will be just as good, there's a complete listing at www.elsalhoteles.com
I stayed at the Radisson. Good service there, they treat you like king. Friendly staff and very helpful. Excellent dining. Good view of the city day or night since it's situated at the San Salvador Volcano.
pool, internet, great views.
The Hotel Princess is without a doubt one of the nicest and most well-staffed hotels in all of Central America. While I was there in february, the Queen of Spain was staying a few floors above me...I think I was treated as well as she, but I needed less security!
The decor, the service and the food was all first-class, and the personnel all went out of their way to inform me of which direction to go and what attractions would please the most. I am impressed!****
Depending on your status(single, double,etc.) and needs, the rooms/suites can go from $90-250 a night and up
The hotel is located in one of the more well-kept and ritzy areas of San Salvador, and has a diningroom that can cater to any taste. They also have a world-class bar called Churchill's and on weekend nights a lounge act plays Jazz in the rotunda outside the bar, but in the center-lobby area of the hotel.
Very nice hotel right in the middle of all of the restaurants and pubs. Great rooms, gym, massages, restaurants, cozy bar.
South of San Salvador on the Pacific coast is an area called the Costa del Sol. We arrived on a Sunday night and stayed for two days at the Pacific Paradise Hotel. The rooms of the 100 room hotel are clean and airconditioned. Although it was June and the rainy season it was still 85F and sunny. The room charge was $40/person/night (off season) and included breakfast, lunch and dinner and a drink at each meal. We had Steak and Lobster both nights, fresh grilled Corvina at lunch served poolside and great breakfasts. The grounds are covered with coconut palms and the beach is awesome. We got up at 5am and swim in the surf both mornings.
We have usually stayed with relatives, or rented a house. The house we rented in San Salvador in Aug 1998 was $250/week. It was in a very good neighborhood (Escalon), and was furnished including dishes and linens. All of the resort type hotels let you use their facilities for the day, without staying there. We have done this often. Usually this is free, as long as you eat and drink a little. Sometimes (especially on weekends) there is a small charge per person. Places we have done this are the Hotel Torremolino at Lago de Coatepeque (a great pier to hang out on all day), Club Atami at Atami Beach ($6.00 per day per person including swimming pools), Hotel de las Montanas in Cerro Verde National Park. There are many great small guest houses in San Salvador. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information, or check out my web page: http://www.geocities.com/malcolm6/
Hotel Intercontinental -- Camino Real (hands down the best place to stay). Great service, cheap massage, decent rooms, excellent food, easy to deal with front desk, good safe.
We stayed in August; booked 15 rooms for our group and payed only $75/night for 10 days. A great deal.
Pool was excellent; massage was great; open areas well done
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