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“Clean accomodation on a stunningly beautiful beach”
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Hotel Tekuani Kal
Ranked #7 of 21 La Libertad B&B and Inns
Salem, Oregon
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“Clean accomodation on a stunningly beautiful beach”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at TeKuani Kal after a week in San Salvador. This was a wonderful way to end our trip to El Salvador. Like any developing country, you can't expect modern functionality. However, the rooms were clean and pretty large. The beds were firm and comfortable, and the bathroom was large. Yes, all the water comes from one faucet, and it is all cold. But it is so hot here that a cold shower actually feels OK. Don't drink the water in El Salvador. Always buy bottled water for everything, including brushing your teeth. The room had a window type air conditioner which was noisy, but worked well.

The staff understand little English. We had several Spanish speakers in our group, so that was not a problem, but I knew enough phrases to get the basics. It is always worth dragging a phrase book with you.

The grounds are beautiful, with many small areas of different vegetation and ponds. It is a small property, but the landscaping of separate areas makes it seem bigger.

Supposedly there is free wireless access, but I could rarely get to most web sites. I connected only a couple of times for a brief period. Others in my group seemed to have better luck.

The pool is very small. The water runs down into it from a short waterfall, then runs over the edge of the pool (like an infinity pool) to a course that feeds the top of a lower waterfall near the beach side rooms. Looking over the edge of the pool is quite awesome. You are floating about 100 feet above the ocean. You look out over a wide expanse of surfer's paradise. This is apparently a well known surfing beach. There are plenty out their, and the waves are breaking good for some long rides.

Go down the steps to the ocean level. There are more rooms ocean level, with small areas in front for sun bathing. There is an outdoor shower, then a gate to the beach. There is a row of hammocks under a canopy of vines where we spent the better part of one whole day - sleeping, reading, watching the waves. The beach is pretty stony, with a few patches of black sand where you can actually swim. Mostly it is a surfing beach, so be careful not to get in their way. The water is bath water warm. At high tide, the water rolling back out to sea over the rocks makes a sound like hundreds of firecrackers, as the rocks roll on each other in this natural tumbler.

The sunset is amazing. I took several dozen pictures of it. None do justice.

The food here is good, and the prices not bad. We enjoyed breakfast (which comes with the room) and also bought lunch and dinner. We stayed away from the seafood because of a bad experience with amoebas back in San Salvador. They also have exotic dishes like Iguana.

Walk up the beach a little way and you run into all the surfer bars and hotels in the noisier section of Playa El Tunco. We were too tired to head up there at night, but the bars looked inviting. Open air, and ads for bands.

This was a very pleasant 2 1/2 days!

Room Tip: Try to get one of the rooms down near the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

The hotel is situated in the laid back surfing village of Playa El Tunco which is just off the main coast road and around 40 minutes drive from San Salvador international airport. You enter the grounds of the hotel up a dirt track and then up a small incline to where the hotel buildings are situated on a small hill overlooking the sea. You enter the open plan hotel by crossing a fishpond on a wooden bridge and there are various quirky artefacts around the restaurant which overlooks the sea. There are 8 rooms - 4 on the upper floor have sea views, the ones below have a garden view but are just steps from the beach through the garden.

The rooms are made of wood- we had room 1 which was at the end of the block so had the best sea view. The room was simply decorated but clean. The bathroom had a shower with pebble base and the water came from a bamboo poll - it was cold water only but not a problem in the heat.

The hotel has a couple of small plunge pools, one is a an infinity style pool overlooking the sea, the other a more natural effect with water pouring in from above.

The staff were friendly and helpful but spoke little English. Breakfast was included in the price and was tasty and good quality.

The hotel is situated 10 minutes walk from the main ‘action’ of Playa El Tunco so is away from the noise that you would get from the hotels further down the road.

In summary, we liked Playa El Tunco and enjoyed ours stay at Tekuani Kal, though at $86 the price is quite expensive for El Salvador

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

After a 4-week organised tour of 5 countries in Central America, we felt that we wanted to relax a bit before returning home. Booked 4 nights at Tekuani Kal and although it looked nice on the website it turned out to be even better in reality!

Location right on the beach perfect for surfing or just having fun in the waves. There are also some hammocks in the shade if you would like to relax with a good book. Very tasty Salvadorian breakfast was included in the room rate and really good food was available from the restaurant, a good choice from a very varied menu. Restaurant / bar was in great location overlooking the sea. We were here two weeks before Chrsitmas and some days we seemed to be the only guests! Staff was very friendly and very good service was provided. I liked the room and the bathroom with the funny shower with stones on the floor. Only one negative: please replace the carpet in the rooms with wood or stone floor - you will always bring in some sand from the beach.....not easy to keep clean.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

Chose this hotel from other reviews and speaking with the owner. My stay there had it's ups and downs. The highs were- room # 4- oceanfront room and the meals. Breakfast was included wih the room. Had the typical Salvadorean breakfast; plaintains, beans, eggs and sweet cheese. Delicious. Dinners also excellent- menu had a great selection of food.
The low- the room. The beds leave something to be desired along with the lighting. Definitely need better matresses.
Could also use a table with chairs in the room for writing purposes. Generally went to the restaurant to write postcards, letters, etc.

Room Tip: Take an oceanfront room. You won't regret it. You pay a little more but the view is spectacular.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Guatape, Colombia
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

The hotel is one of the better in town. The hotel is beautiful but our room was a little not as good. Firstly, the room is very dark at night because it only has 3 small lamps on top of the bed. Our bathroom smelled weird and we had to get someone to clean it. There is no hot water in the shower. Even though El Tunco was hot, a warm shower is always what we prefer.

However, this hotel also offers very good services. Staff were extremely helpful and restaurant food was amazing. The decoration of the hotel is neat.

The pool is nice but during our 3 days stay, it'd been filled with people (I think some not even staying in the hotel, friends of guests) and we just can't even use the pool at all. Oh well.

Overall, great service but need improvement. A little more expensive than the quality.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Wilbur by the Sea, Florida
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

We were referred to the hotel by a Salvadoran who currently lives in the US. The staff accommodating and friendly. They don't speak English but understand Spanglish and are very patient. My Spanish improved greatly by the end of the week.
The food at the restaurant was good, particularly the seafood. The seafood skewers and the calamari ceviche were two of my favorite dishes. Suprema was my beer of choice;light, refreshing and smooth. Very enjoyable while lying in the beach hammocks.
We stayed in two different rooms during our week there. The rooms were quality rooms by third world standards; not all of them had hot water, the towels and linens are clean, they did provide soap and shampoo and like most hotels located on the beach (including Florida) there is a damp smell to the rooms. That being said, the tranquility of the place makes you not have a care in the world. The hammocks on the beach, the small infinity pool, the waterfall area, and the amazing view from the restaurants and if you are lucky enough to book in advance, your hotel room/balcony. My husband surfed world class waves everyday. I took surfing photos and drank coconut water "aqua di coco" almost every day. Vendors sell their necklaces, bracelets, and wind chimes up and down the beach. The "town" area is a brief walk down the road. There are several shops, restaurants and bars along the way to the beach where you will see amazing sunsets. You can also catch a sunrise on the beach in front of Tekuani Kal. It's great! You look left to watch it rise and right to watch it set. Pay the money, get a balcony room on the beach.
We hired a driver so my husband could go to different surf breaks, we could see the volcanoes, see the lake area and go to and from the airport. Our driver's name was Mateo and the hotel took care of the travel arrangements for us. He charges VERY fair prices and is very accommodating. Make sure you know some Spanish! It was suggested by our friend we do this for convenience, cost, and safety reasons ( I was never alone on the beach while my husband surfed).
All in all we had a memorable vacation.

Room Tip: Ocean View rooms, top floor. The room smelled a bit better, the balcony was nice to have when the ho...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

This Hotel has everything!! Great staff, amazing pool, breath taking views & delicious FREE breakfast!!! The location is perfect!! Near food, bars & on the beach. What it lacks is in it's rooms. The rooms have carpet that smells like mildew. It made sleeping a bit difficult. Most beachside hotels have tile floors. Unfortunately they went with carpet and it stinks. Also, El Salvador had just had a heavy storm and may have also contributed to the smell. It wasn't just our room. The shower was a bit uncomfortable and may not have been very sanitary. It is a small concrete slab with ocean rocks.

The view from the room balcony & the hammocks on the beach were amazing. We always felt very secure. They have 24 Hr security. Truly a great place. I just hope they get rid of the stinky carpet soon!!

Room Tip: Beach front rooms are your best choice!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Tekuani Kal
Address: Playa El Tunco | Tamanique, La Libertad, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > La Libertad Department > La Libertad
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in La Libertad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tekuani Kal 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Tekuain Kal is a small beachfront hotel located on Playa El Tunco, one one the best beaches in the world for surfing! We count with 12 rooms: 6 beachfront room, 2 suites and 4 other rooms. We have an ocean front restaurant, 2 pools (one infinity and one cascade), 1 bar, 1 temazcal (indian sweat lodge) and 1 massage room. ... more   less 
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