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“Modest, sparse but clean and inviting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Marela

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Hotel Marela
Calle Juan Jose Canas y 83 Avenida Sur No. 5, San Salvador, El Salvador   |  
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Ranked #33 of 50 hotels in San Salvador
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“Modest, sparse but clean and inviting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Hotel Marela is a modest, sparse but perfectly clean and acceptable place to stay, and quite a bargain. My room had an electronic lock, tile floors, a queen-size bed, a small nightstand, dresser, desk, refrigerator (empty) and a large closet. The bathroom was quite spartan -- just a few towels, nothing fancy, the shower drain was slow, and the hot water wasn't completely reliable. There was a flat screen TV but no safe, coffee maker, hair dryer, tissues, or other amenities. The air conditioner worked well. My window had an obstructed view, but there was a lovely pool and garden area to meet, relax, and eat breakfast in, as well as a gym. The breakfast buffet was quite good, and the items changed daily. They do serve lunch and dinner, but it wasn't something I'd recommend going back to (although food is not one of El Salvador's strong points, no matter where you eat.) One warning -- there is no elevator, so you may need to carry your suitcases up a staircase. The staff was very warm and welcoming, and there was a 24-hour armed guard who also functioned as a bellhop and maintenance man. This is not a place you'd want to spend a vacation in, but it was perfectly acceptable as a "home base" for doing business in the city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

This is a solid, three-star, well-kept hotel about the same distance from Hospital Benjamin Bloom and the University as the hotels in the Zona Rosa. We were there for 7 nights, (rarely in the day...so cannot comment on noise), and never had a complaint. The breakfasts were made to order from a small menu and serving started at 6:30 am. They would fix something in the evening if the guests ordered in advance. Rooms were basic with a small private bathroom (w shower); a refrigerator could be brought in. There was a business area; but we had laptops and the connection to their secure wifi was good. The staff was always pleasant, available, and accommodating; security was 24 hours. There was a small work out room and unheated pool. An ATM and pharmacy were within a block; chain restaurants were within walking distance -- about 3 blocks away -- we (4 adults) walked at night twice. Also within about 3 blocks was a small park which we were told was good for a small run in daylight (no dogs allowed), but we were back too late to try it out. We used the hotel driver to and from the airport, and sometimes to and from the hospital; he was very reliable.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: Calle Juan Jose Canas y 83 Avenida Sur No. 5, San Salvador, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > San Salvador Department > San Salvador
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Ranked #33 of 50 hotels in San Salvador
Also Known As:
Hotel Marela El Salvador/San Salvador

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