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Royal Decameron Salinitas
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Carretera al Litoral Km. 84 Acajutla, Sonsonate, El Salvador   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sonsonate
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18 hotel reviews
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“Give it a try you will enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We went to Royal Decameron for 2 nights and found it delicious, comfortable, and good value. At the $70 price you cannot beat the buffet, lots of choices and well-prepared. Not 5 star, but 4 star. The room was roomy and clean. The only drawbacks: the check-in wait is long (I suggest paying for morning arrival, or come 1 hour late when the line is down). The staff is very friendly considering the unsatisfying jobs they have.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto Ontario
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Best all inclusive trip yet. El Salvador doesn't deserve it's rep of being dangerous. The country tries very hard to ensure tourism grows and flourishes. They have police escort all tourists (even when it's not necessary). The police even escorted us up the volanco. For seasoned travelers it is a bit stifling to be cut off but lots of people remarked about how safe they felt.

My partner and I had a fantastic trip. The excursions were fun, reasonably priced and varied. There is something for everyone. We climbed Santa Ana (the tallest volcano in the country) and one that is still active. We ziplined over coffee plantations; easily the most fun zip lining we've ever had (we've gone about half dozen times in several countries). Lastly we did the Mayan ruin tour and saw some interesting historical sites plus learnt about indigo dyeing. As someone into handicrafts that was a highlight.

The hotel is very well manicured and pretty. There are plentiful pools including a salt water pool. The more remote pools at the edges of the resort are quieter with nearly no wait times for drinks. The Bambu pool is huge, has buffet, and the beach right there. It's secluded, peaceful and has access to everything you need. Do if the crowds at the main pools get too much this light be the right area for you.

The beach is not your typical beach. The waves are pretty rough in high tide but calm, gentle and quite shallow in low tide. For those of you interested in a more traditional beach, take the shuttle to the cote azul beach. For $2 a person you get a secluded beautiful beach. The waves are perfect for bodyboarding (which the resort provides). We snuck off the property and walked 15 meters to a lovely little restaurant. For $8 we got two beers and a large fish platter each with homemade tortillas. The tortilla flour was milled on site. Easily best food of trip.

Speaking of food - fairly average. The ala cartes weren't anything to write home about and the Asian resto was pretty gross. However don't miss el salvadorian night (on Sundays). They have both breakfast and dinner pupusas. Mexican night on Thursdays were good too. Otherwise the food is fairly decent for an all inclusive. But I've yet to find an all inclusive with amazing food.

The rooms were comfortable and spacious. All look onto the ocean which is great.

Similar to other decamerons - the resort has many Latin Americans who frequent it. This provides much more of an inter generational experience which we like. We love hearing more Spanish than English.

Overall the place has some hiccups and isn't flawless but the country has great weather, interesting history, friendly people, varied topography, and lots to do. We look forward to coming back really soon.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I went to visit for a day, unexpectedly. So we arrived without any reservations and still managed to get a room. My experience there was perfect which is why I am giving it 5 stars.

You are in a third-world country basically, so I really think that the price was pretty fair. (I mean if you go into most of the cities and the markets you will literally only hear 3 prices, a quarter, two quarters and one dollar.)

We paid $138 for 2 people, one night stay, all drinks (INCLUDING ALL ALCOHOLIC DRINKS), food, and the night included.

The room was very clean, showers and toilets, floors clean. Complimentary (2) bottles of water.

My mom and I went to the buffet for dinner that is located near lobby 2 (towards one of the edges of the place) and the food was good. The bar was great too! We were even ordering two drinks each at a time. :) It was a good time.

We went into the ocean which is blocked off by huge rocks in order to calm the waves on the beach. and the water was amazing with currents of cool and warm water mixing. It was amazing. The water is also not very deep about 3.5 to 4.5 feet in the deepest areas. You can definitely walk in the water without worrying about animals, or sharp rocks or violent waves. The sunset was beautiful.

The pools were also very nice and really large.

We went to the buffet near lobby 1 in the afternoon for lunch the next day. What is awesome though is that even if we checked out (check out is at 1pm) they still allowed us to go have lunch there. The food in the buffet near lobby was SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD. OMG, with typical Salvadorean food, but also other kinds of cuisine.

We were only there for one day but we heard that they changed the theme of the food everyday. They even have hotdogs and hamburgers for those stubborn kids.

The night before we went to the discotheque, that was also a lot of fun, all drinks included there as well and it was on the premises. There is a lot of security and the entire area is blocked off from other properties and such. Most of the areas are very well lit, even when it gets dark. But we also did notice a few paths back to the rooms where the light was a little low.

For the most part the employees seemed polite, but we were not very much in contact with them, except for the bartender. LOL

There are also high-class restaurants which are also included in the package, but you have to make a reservation to eat there right when you check in.

They also have a few children shows and games. (We didn't have any kids with us so we didn't go.) As well as a few adult shows (different themes for both)

I really think this place is a great deal and worth trying out. I even found out recently that I have had uncles who have been going there every few years to relax.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Don't waste your precious time and money at this place, food horrible like dog food, rooms smell bad, bathroom smell like public bathroom, beach ugly, staff not friendly, we all got sick the first night with stomach infection and they didn't even gave us an aspirin, my son in law had to drove at 3am to the nearest town to a pharmacy. People around you look like they just got deported from USA. We will never visit this place again in our life, with the money that we paid we could have travel somewhere else.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The Royal Decameron resort in Salinitas, El Salvador is rated as a four star resort but I would say that it should be rated as 3 stars.

First the good points. Checking in and checking out at the Decameron went smoothly. There were two buses full of travelers arriving from Canada and it took us less than 10 minutes to get the key and pay for the safe for our room. This was really appreciated since the trip from the airport is approx 2 hrs and we were tired after flying for over 7 hrs along with the long bus ride.

The rooms are quite large. We had a king size bed plus two single beds so if you have a family of 4, you would all be comfortable in this room. The rooms are kept clean and the staff are pleasant and helpful. Two water bottles are provided daily. I suggest that you use this to brush your teeth instead of using the tap water. I got sick on my second day of vacation.

Decameron resorts are known for their well kept grounds and this was no exception. The gardens are beautiful and I enjoyed walking around the resort. taking in the scenery. It would be perfect if they had benches along some of the paths.

You can get access to WiFi from Lobby 1 and 2 as well as all the restaurants but there is no WiFi in the rooms.

There are bicycles which are free for use around the resort only. You can also book the tennis court (rackets are provided), as well as the ping pong table. The gym is well equipped and there is always someone there to assist from 6:00 a.m. each day.

Now for the unfavorable points about this resort.

The resort is a long ways from everything and it's not that easy getting around on your own. In order to experience El Salvador, it is best to book one of the tours. We took the arts and crafts/coffee plantation tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Guatemala was very interesting, it took us 3 hrs by bus but it was worth the trip.

If you are looking for a good beach, this isn't the place to visit. The water is extremely rough and you are not allowed to swim in the ocean. There is a rock formation along the beach preventing people from going into the water but there is a trickle of sea water that comes in when the tide is in. It is about two feet deep but when the tide goes out, this little lagoon disappears. The resort provides a shuttle to a beach close by for a fee of $2.

The food was average. There were four a-la-carte restaurants and we ate at one of these each night since the buffet restaurant's food was more like cafeteria food - not very good. You should book the restaurants as early as possible to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Menus aren't provided ahead of time so you don't know what you're getting until you go to the restaurant for the first time.

Buildings 1 and 2 are closest to all the activities but they can be noisy at night. Building 5 is the farthest and quietest but is also a good walk. Transportation is provided but you may have to wait 15 min if you just missed it.

El Salvador is a beautiful country and we enjoyed touring the country. The weather was perfect the third week in November (this is the beginning of the dry season). Average temperature was 32 degrees. I felt safe on all the tours. With the exception of the trip to Guatemala, all the tour buses had the policia on board.

All in all, this was a great learning experience for my husband and I.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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Charlotte, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Pros:
- Nice staff
- Breakfast was the best meal of the day
- Lots of pools; unique but rock-lined beach, the waves are really, really rough in other parts of El Salvador so I was thankful for the rocks. To be clear, you can get away with going to
- Salt water pool; a little funky but unique
- You get your exercise by walking to a lot of different places, unless you want to wait for the "shultte" (aka a metal wagon towed by a Suzuki mini SUV)
-There are quiet places & loud places - it's a huge property
- Our room was clean, beautiful, and modern with an elevator
- Water bottles in room daily (2 per day - wish it were more)

Cons:
- No schedule of events
- No meal menus for the buffets, this would be helpful
- Lunch & Dinner buffets were so so
- Small drinks (4 oz, no joke!)
- My husband got food poisoning, not sure from what
- Pools close early
- Limited towel service (also closes early)
- No room wifi -- only in lobbies
- We were really far away from everything as we were in building 4
- Got suckered into a presentation for VIPs/expensive & a loss of time

TIPS:
- GO on the day trip to Costa Azul; the beach there is more typical, without rocks; you can get drinks quicker as there are fewer guests and the food was awesome there with lots to do: ping pong, board games, we met a lot of nice people there too
- Bring a bag of huge 16 oz disposable glasses; they will fill them for you at the bar if you bring your own, lots of people do this or they bring a reusable cup; personally I wouldn't be interested in doing the dishes
- Make your dinner reservations at 7am
- Take probiotics starting a month before. I did and did not get sick. My husband refused to take them and got sick

Room Tip: If you want an elevator a a good view with a modern balcony/room: Building 4 If you want to be cl...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Montreal, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Went in February 2011. Royal Decameron resort is safe, clean and huge. Many visitors from South America, we felt really in vacation. Food in buffet is mainly adapted to South and Central Americans and this is perfect!.

Be careful at the Royal Decameron private beach as waves are ideal for surfing!

We had our best and affordable excursions ever. Our first excursion was to visit 3 villages with a swim to the thermal/geyser resort. Another excursion was to visit for a full day a few volcanoes, coffee plantations and fabulous landscapes. Best sunsets I ever seen!

Room Tip: Ask a view on the Pacific.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera al Litoral Km. 84 Acajutla, Sonsonate, El Salvador
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Location: El Salvador > Sonsonate Department > Sonsonate
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sonsonate
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Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Decameron Salinitas 3*
Number of rooms: 552
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