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“Modern, comfortable, relaxing, peaceful” 4 of 5 stars
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“Modern, comfortable, relaxing, peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Eco del Mar is a great place to spend a week or more El Tunco as its not only a 30 second walk to the beach and two great surf breaks but also only a stones throw from the bars and restaraunts and the main street. All this and its still super peaceful and quiet even at night on the weekends which is great for getting some decent sleep before hitting the surf again in the mornings. The A/C room we stayed in was really spacious, modern and comfortable with a great queen bed, a double bunk, small but clean modern bathroom with big shower, A/C, pedestal fan, LCD TV with cable and DVD (perfect for chillin in the afternoons), a bar fridge, toaster oven and mini kitchenette which was great for brekky and lunch.

The staff were all really nice (if a little bored at times during the day) but Carlos (or Avion as hes known) who runs the place is really friendly and accomodating, speaks English and can help you with any request or question you might have. You have to catch him when you see him however as he's rarely there! This is mainly because he doubles as a surf instructor if you want to learn or as a surf guide for the more experienced and can take you for sessions at the bigger and better breaks if you're keen. They also have a decent quiver of boards for rent (long and short).

The pools fantastic and COLD which, trust me, is just what you want to cool down in the heat of the day. Theres also a bunch of shaded hammocks to laze around in and decent WiFi throughout the hotel to stay in touch (or check the surf report) if you're so inclined...

The only negative thing was the trail of ants in our room. We think they were after the water in the bathroom which is hard not to get on the floor after a shower...but we kinda figured they were part and parcel with the area and they werent a huge problem. Nothing a bit of ant spray couldnt fix! Also we only had 1 plate and 1 bowl, and no dish cloth, detergent or tea towel for cleaning up. If you're staying a while keep that in mind, jump on the Chicken bus on the highway and go to La Libertad (10 mins, 50c) visit the Super Selecto supermarket and stock up...

Overall a really comfortable and relaxing place to stay while chasing waves or even just chilling for a week or more in the La Libertad area of El Salvador.

Room Tip: Ask for the downstairs room by the pool!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Hotel Eco del Mar is a relaxing place to stay in El Tunco. It's far enough from the bars to be quieter than the hotels down the beach. A friend and I stayed in a room without air-conditioning for a few days. We aren't surfers, but were still welcomed by a friendly Carlos.

The room was spacious with comfortable beds, a small kitchen and plenty of space. The only drawback is that the bathroom was small and the water was salty. The toaster over and refrigerator were great for heating up pupusas for breakfast and keeping water cold.

There is a small swimming pool (hot tub sized) that was great to relax in to cool off. There were also plenty of community spaces with hammocks and seating area. Unfortunately our room did not have a hammock in front of it and the staff was not able to string one up for us. Also, the DVD collection disappeared! No one knew what we were talking about when I asked for DVDs.

Eco del Mar is a good value for El Tunco and for the amenities it provides.

Room Tip: For a room with a hammock, try those on the second floor.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

We stayed in the Eco del Mar Lodge for over two weeks. A great spot if you like spotless rooms, modern interior, cozy hammocks and a friendly owner :-)
You have even a range of dvds at your disposal, which you can watch on your brand new LCD screen. Couldn't find a better place for our stay in El Tunco. Check out the surflessons with Carlos!

Room Tip: first floor, on the very right - big room, nice balcony, no neighbours
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

If you want comfort and great experiences in La Libertad area, look no further. Playa El Tunco is a safe, friendly small town with just enough night life and relaxation. From here you can venture out in to La Libertad and the other smaller beach towns.

The rooms at the Eco del Mar have A/C, surf board rentals, swimming pool, outdoor shower, fans, comfortable beds, fantastic balcony with hammock which is great for relaxing and watching.

Carlos (AKA El Avion) is the consummate host, making you feel welcome and comfortable. He knows everyone, so if you have any questions about ANYTHING El Salvador, he is the man to ask.

The swimming pool is a must in this environment because of the weather and the beach can be too dramatic with currents. There is not sand on the beach in the rainy season here.

Great for couples or small groups. There really isn't much to do in the area besides eat, sleep and surf. So you better get a comfortable place to stay. Eco del Mar is the perfect place to do this.

Room Tip: For great hammock views, stay on the second floor.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utila, Honduras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

Wow what a little gem...

After being a little bit aprehensive about going to El Salvador, we were recommended Eco Del Mar by some friends we met in Nicaragua. After arriving with tica bus from Nicaragua, we were astonised to see how developed El Salvador was compared to other Central American countries.

We arranged to have a taxi pick us up from San Salvador & on arrival to Eco Del Mar, we were greeted by Carlos our main man and my girlfriends surfing instructor at the lodgings. Carlos runs the place and made us feel so welcome from day one. We both highly recommend staying at Eco Del Mar where they have everything that you could want including perculated coffee machine (thank you carlos). The rooms were spacious, modern, clean and 15 second walk from the beach in the town of El Tunco. El Tunco, where everyone is super friendly has everything you need including Belgium beers next door in the pizzeria and security on the street. We have never felt so safe and welcomed as we did here in any other part of Central America. We will definitely be back and will be staying here.

You can do your shopping at the big supermarket in La Libertad (a 15min bus ride away & 50 cents) if you want to take advantage of the mini kitchen within the room. Otherwise, all of the cafes & restaurants in town were delicious & good value.

Thank you Carlos, Wendy, Roberto and the team for making our month a great one.

Room Tip: get in early because the place fills up
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elgin, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Eco Del Mar presents very well, but we had several problems. The shower pressure was very poor, it would not remove sand off our bodies and did not rinse shampoo out of our hair. The sheets on the bed were very poor. We both had numerous mosquitoes bites on our arms and legs from the many bugs that were in the room. The hotel staff were very nice and apologetic, however, for the price we paid, we would not recommend this place to friends.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Eco_del_Mar_Hotel, Owner at Eco del Mar, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Please accept or most sincere apologies for the inconveniences presented during your stay. The hotel is currently connected to a new water source and has better shower pressure and we have improved the quality of our bed sheets. Thank you for your feedback.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

Carlos and Wendy were amazing. Carlos was always willing to help and spoke very good English. The rooms were very clean and cozy. There are four hammocks and 5 rooms so the ratio is pretty good. It's right down the street from the beach. I couldn't have picked a better place to stay in La Libertad.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Eco del Mar

Address: Playa El Tunco, La Libertad, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > La Libertad Department > La Libertad
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Specialty Lodging in La Libertad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eco del Mar is located in the heart of El Tunco sorrounded by tropical forest, just walking distance from La Bocana and Sunzal breaks. Our hotel offers completely equipped rooms with 3 beds, a/c, cable tv, dvd, refrigerator, small oven and private bathroom.Located next to some of the finest surfing beaches in the world, only mere meters from the beach providing “out the front door” surfing. The hotel itself is a unique experience, it is sorrounded by trees so you can sit and relax on the deck to appreciate nature.In this enchanting small apartment hotel you will enjoy relaxation, adventure and surfing.Eco del Mar is a hotel made by surfers for surfers with a deep love for our oceans and the environmentEco del Mar is your best accomodation option in El Tunco. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Eco Del Mar El Salvador/La Libertad

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