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Courtyard by Marriott San Salvador
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Esquina Calle 2 y Calle 3 | Centro de Estilo de Vida La Gran Via, San Salvador, El Salvador   |  
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Ranked #9 of 51 hotels in San Salvador
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“Great Stay!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

**Friendly word/warning, in addition to this being a review of the hotel I do address my visit to the nation of El Salvador as well.**

My family loves to travel; I found a super deal and so took my Mom to El Salvador for her birthday. (January 2012) We had never traveled anywhere in Central America and this was to be a great adventure for both of us.

First, a quick word about El Salvador. I must say, some of what I read about the country (gang violence, the country's history with people of African descent, etc.) made me a bit skittish initially but I am adventurous and was glad for the opportunity to explore a new country and region. I also kept in mind that often what you read about a country and what you experience can be very different! Grand kudos to the nation of El Salvador! All in all, we were very impressed with the country and with the people that we met and interacted with. They were very kind. We even made friends who helped us celebrate my Mom's birthday. Moreover, we did not see or experience any violence of any kind (perhaps due to the locations and attractions we visited); and, we completely enjoyed our stay.

Specifically regarding the hotel, it is in a prime location for those looking for the comforts of home. Conversely, if you are looking to "get away from it all" this might not be the location for you. There is a mall & food court, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Wal-Mart, Starbucks and shopping center all within a 5-7 minute walk from the hotel. For those who are curious, my mother walked to and around the mall (although given the heat it would probably be good to have a hat particularly for any elderly, children or otherwise sensitive visitors) and she is in her seventies. For those needing to know, the sidewalks were well made and level and so there probably aren't insurmountable difficulties for someone who is elderly, in a wheelchair (although I can't recall whether there were ramps for the sidewalks -- I believe there were but I'm not certain), on crutches or with a stroller, etc. So, if you want to travel and want/need access to stores/restaurants found in the US (or that are similar) this is the location for you. I did not choose the location for those amenities as I typically like to get away from anything that smells of home when I travel abroad. That said, it was very convenient; and, I believe, made the trip very easy for my Mom, it was HER birthday celebration after all; and, it was very easy on our stomachs (no TD while there, etc.).

The hotel employees made the stay! Everyone was always eager to help, to answer any questions and to make suggestions. Our room was in very good condition, very nicely decorated and it was kept very clean during our entire stay! We are sticklers for a clean room and we really appreciated this and tried to make sure that we tipped our room attendants accordingly. Kudos to them, however, as they took good care of our room before the first tip was ever left! I have previously been a platinum member of Marriott's elite program and I've stayed in some of the best that Marriott has to offer. Although Courtyard is not Marriott's luxury brand, this location was super; and, all of the hotel's staff behaved as if the hotel was top of the line. Many of the employees tried to learn and use my name. They prepared a special desert for my Mom's birthday and made her feel very special. I was very impressed; and, even now (Dec 2012) I compare every other Courtyard Hotel to this location. Also, for those wondering, there was an in room safe. Moreover, I did take a little work with me and so the hotel's solid in room wireless internet connection was very helpful (although I can't recall whether this was included in the price of the room -- perhaps someone else can comment on this). Additionally, the hotel maintains a very nice business center for those who prefer to travel without a laptop. A possible downside, however, the business center was located on a wall in the bar/restaurant area and so it probably isn't a good location for any serious work. However, it was convenient for flight check-in, printing itineraries and checking emails and/or Facebook, etc.

Also, our flight arrived in the middle of the night and so I made arrangements with an assistant manager at the hotel for transportation from the airport. The taxi driver he sent was waiting for us with a name placard when we came out of customs. He put the luggage in the car and we were immediately on our way. If I recall correctly, the driver even tipped one of the airport attendants who had helped us (and we reimbursed him) so that we would not have to dig deep for cash.
Additionally, regarding transportation, there are taxis at the hotel's entrance and so it was very convenient to obtain a driver. The hotel staff introduced us to Oscar (who also introduced us to his partner, Jorge) and we utilized their services for the rest of the trip. Like the hotel staff, they were very kind and conscientious. Moreover, they were very prompt. Their cars had a/c and were comfortable; and, their prices seemed competitive. Additionally, and again this might be important for those traveling with the elderly, kids, etc., when we traveled out and my Mom needed to rest in the car (while I shopped or whatever) this was not a problem for either of the drivers. In fact, they were both good company for her during the wait. Moreover, they made any trip pleasant, were informative and seemed to know where to go. All in all, they were very good drivers. Oscar seemed a bit shy because he didn't know very much English (and we don’t know very much Spanish) but it was fun to practice our language skills with him on trips out. We had Jorge take us on a day trip to Guatemala and he helped make the trip for us. He escorted us through the stops at the border (coming and going); and, made things quite easy. Also, Oscar invited us to his church and we went. It turned out to be great decision. The people were very friendly and welcoming. The name of the church is Tabernáculo de Avivamiento Internacional (Pastor Carlos Rivas). As I said, I love to travel and have moved around quite a bit and have at times found it difficult to find a church to visit but this is definitely somewhere I'd return; and, I'd recommend it as well! Also, regarding the drivers, they were able to find locations that were easy for my Mom to visit given her age. This is always potentially a concern with older travelers but they were able to accomodate her.

Overall the country was great and my visit to the hotel was impeccable. I plan to return when I can and probably would have been back by now but I've relocated outside the US and am too far from the region at the moment. My one recommendation to avoid any pitfalls is to be certain not to come to the hotel breakfast on the late side. I only went one day during our stay and it was late. Consequently, most items were a bit picked over. My Mom went on more than one occasion and seemed to enjoy it so I may have chosen a bad day/time to go. Additionally, I ate at the hotel’s restaurant on other occasions and enjoyed the service and food.

Last but not least, I used program points to pay for this hotel visit; and, in using points there can be the concern that since you are not actually forking over cash for a visit/service, employees might not have the incentive to serve you as well as someone actually spending cash. I can say without hesitation that there was no reason to be concerned here. In every interaction with hotel staff I was treated as courteously and professionally as possible. All in all, the hotel is a solid choice, the staff is great and I'd definitely recommend a visit to the hotel (and nation)!

(My review is long overdue but as accurate as possible.)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I have got to mirror what the most recent reviewers have said. The staff is super friendly, but not cloying. Geraldo came up the first night I was there and sat and talked awhile, Sissi made a point of learning my name, and the rest of the staff was excellent as well. As said before the location is perfect, Next to a mall with a host of good shops and places to eat that were comfortable. San Salvador has a bad reputation for for crime, but I felt perfectly safe in this area. They do take guest security seriously. The rooms were very clean and comfortable and though the bed was a bit hard for my liking it was very easy to overlook.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I LOVED this hotel!!!!! It was so modern. It's only about 5 years old.

Pros:
- Location! This place is close to everything and is super, super safe.
- It is literally next door to a mall that is nicer than any mall I have been to in the world
-EXCELLENT staff, while my husband ran errands and met up with family, I had to work in their business center to finish up some grad work. My husband kept calling the front desk to check in (as I didn't have a cell phone) and they found me every time.
-Modern
-Clean
-State-of-the art fitness center -- I have never seen such hi-tech workout equipment, best treadmills ever!
-Huge rooms
- Huge bathroom
-Awesome TV
-They honored our room request of top floor with good views
-Beautiful pool
- FREE WIFI!!!! (Love it!)
- Awesome business center with several modern computers that have really fast internet
- Refrigerator in room
- We had a ton of trash one night and tried to dispose of it ourselves because we felt badly - the staff would not let us take care of it. They really put the guest first.

Cons:
- Breakfast is pricey ($15/person) NO WORRIES, HERE'S A TIP - go outside and head to the mall. The food court/restaurant entrances are open early and you can have breakfast at any of them. They have Mr. Donut Paris if you're looking for something we don't have in the US or Starbucks if you want your daily fix
- I can't think of any more and I'm a really picky person

Room Tip: Ask for 6th floor with a good view (Una habitación en el sexto piso con buenas vistas)
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is one of the nicest Courtyard properties that I have seen. The rooms were spacious and clean, the common areas were very well kept, and security is great. What really makes it special is the staff. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

I was in San Salvador on business for the first time, and my primary concern was safety. No need to worry with the Courtyard. Security is top notch. WiFi worked well in the room, and there are several computers in the lobby which you can use for free as well.

The service was amazing. The front desk staff was friendly and efficient at both check in and check out. They helped locate some packages that I had shipped to the hotel. When only one of two packages had arrived, they were very apologetic, even though it was not their fault (it was the mistake of the shipping company). The bar and restaurant staff were also very friendly. One gentleman, Gerardo, was so sweet, and kept wishing me a good stay (I think he liked practicing his English). It is very nice to have such friendly, kind people when you are so far from home.

Also, if you need to hire a taxi from the hotel, there are plenty, and they are safe and secure. If you want a great driver, ask if Obed is available. He knows the city very well, is very kind, and a great (safe) driver.

I will definitely return to this hotel next time I visit San Salvador.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We went to this hotel not expecting much, but were wowed at the value, quality, and experience this hotel provided.

The wifi was free and fast. The breakfast buffet was very good. There is an upscale mall right next door with plenty of restaurants. The exercise room was very clean and well equipped. The staff was extremely friendly. The property was very well kept. All of this for only ~$80 USD per night.

We were extremely satisfied and would definitely go back

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The hotel is well guarded, rooms are clean and comfortable, great customer service, not once did I feel unsafe. The gran via is just across the street. I felt right at home. Will stay there again in the future. wi-fi a little slow but they have a few computers in the lobby.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

Marriott la gran via was the best choice we could made on our trip to el Salvador; the service was amazing, good food, clean and comfortable. The location is amazing, 10 meters from an outdoor mall call la gran via, and near the downtown. If you don't want to eat in the hotel, you have plenty of choices in the mall. Overall i have to recommend this hotel for the service they provide, always willing to help with a smile and hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Esquina Calle 2 y Calle 3 | Centro de Estilo de Vida La Gran Via, San Salvador, El Salvador
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Location: El Salvador > San Salvador Department > San Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Salvador
#5 Business Hotel in San Salvador
#8 Family Hotel in San Salvador
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Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott San Salvador 3*
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