WHAT A DELIGHT!! It was the perfect way to finish our two week vacation in El Salvador. Casa ILB, our third and final stop. They were able to accomodate us last minute. From the moment we drove into the large circular courtyard we knew we were in for a pleasant experience.
As we walked into the lobby we were directed to double doors that lead to the boutique hotel living room area which is separated from the restaurant. We arrived a couple of hours before check in and were feeling alittle bit hungry and needed to relax. Roberto, the owner warmly welcomed us and invited us to have some lunch in his restaurant Buongustaio while they finished preparing our room. While having lunch, Roberto thoughtfully gave us our room keys and said, "this is so that you have the idea that your room is ready" It sounded better in spanish! What a charming man! Immediately, thereafter his staff advised us that our room was ready.
The restaurant sits in the inner space of the open air area overlooking a lush green garden. Desiring a light lunch we ordered a refreshing italian bocconcini salad, tiramisu and Americano coffee as we enjoyed the breezy view of the well maintained tropical garden. We observed that the restaurant was always filled with well to do local Salvadoreans.
We regret not being able to enjoy a full course meal at Buongustaio, However, when our family and friends came to visit us one evening they were warmly welcomed by the staff and we entertained them with drinks at the restaurant bar. If you enjoy gin and tonic be prepared for a variety of flavoured gins and garnishes. A delight for me since it is one of my all time favourite drinks. Thank you Roberto and Rodolfo! In the mornings, in the separate hotel living room area, a small buffett of breakfast was laid out which consisted of croissants, cold cuts, muffins, toast, marmalade, as well, they prepared fresh ommelletes or eggs any style. Coffee, tea, Espresso, cappuccino's. My husband was at home! We ate our breakfast in the outdoor patio in the hotel area overlooking a peaceful garden. Too they had a perfect playlist every day. Excellent ambiance!!
Our room Suite 5: Sophistication! A vision of minimalism, colour and design! Ample room , walk-in organized closet, separate enclosed shower with rain shower head and privy. Wonderfully soft frette bed linens conveyed the feeling of home. We got a sneak view of some of the rooms and quite frankly, travellers will be quite content in any room. For Canadians and Americans who are used to paying $140.00 pn. for a standard room hotel stay, their rate is quite acceptable! You will not be disappointed. Keep in mind prices could be subject to change.
We would like to thank Rodolfo, hotel manager. Also, a charming, kind man. Most of all we would like to thank Roberto for an absolute wonderfull gift (Gran Regalazo) of " San Salvador, El esplendor de una gran ciudad ." We look forward to having dinner at Buongustaio during our next visit to this marvelous country. This property is close to all major shopping centres, restaurants, sights. The hotel will arrange for reliable, safe, taxi service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa ILB il Bongustaio, located in the most vivid area of San Salvador, has a very modern and minimalistic, yet cozy, look. We offer our visitors a personalized and unique service, that makes them live an exclusive experience full of exquisite food, and comfortable suites. Relax is our favorite word, and we want you to enjoy it, by staying in our place, your place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa ILB Il Bongustaio El Salvador/San Salvador