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“Great hotel and wonderful staff”
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Eco del Mar
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Tel Aviv
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50 reviews
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“Great hotel and wonderful staff”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

We made the reservation online which was simple and fast, the owner was lovely and very attentive to our needs (we asked or the top room and got it). Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely staff member that helped us sort some things out (internet, food etc). The room had a comfortable double bed, and great A/C. The location is great, very central, 100 meters from the beach and town center. Good choice!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Perfect hotel in the heart of the coolest surf town!! Lots of places to shop & dine just footsteps away.. My boyfriend and I stayed here with a few friends & we absolutely loved it! I felt like I was in a huge tree house in the jungle. The rooms are very spacious & private and come with a mini fridge, AC unit that cranks!, and a safe (it was hard to find a hotel that came with all three) .. This was my first time in a third world country so I was a little nervous about my safety but not there!! I felt so safe! It's gated in with two guards outside 24 hours a day.The staff is super friendly & very accommodating. We had set up airport transfer for when we arrived but due to bad weather our flight was cancelled & we were worried we had lost our ride for the following day so we emailed them & within minutes he responded and had it worked out! (Request Alex for transfer, he's so awesome! Can't speak a lick of English but he's super cool). They also arranged a volcano tour, a trip to see the Mayan ruins, & a hike to the most beautiful waterfalls where we got to jump off them and swim in the crystal clear water. We liked it so much when our friends flew in we told them to come stay with us and the 3 of them got a room right across from us instantly with no reservation. The food is wonderful (I recommend the fruit & yogurt bowl!!) Overall this place rocks we left for a few days to travel to Las Flores and stayed at a nice resort but I missed the laid back vibe @ Eco del mar the whole time. When we got back to eco del mar after 3 days at the resort i felt like I was home!! Perfect for couples or surfers passing through.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Yaounde, Cameroon
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

We stayed here for 3 days and it was a great place!! We really enjoyed.
Nice people and a wonderful ambiance. The breakfast was delicious. REally nice swimmingpool for kids and adults. Near to the beach.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

Went with my boyfriend for new years eve. Very clean and great service. The breakfast was delicious. Definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for something a little bit nicer at el tunco... it's not at the beach but its 1 minute away walking

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

My best friend and I stayed here during Christmas time. We were very excited to stay here because the reviews on Trip Advisor were so great. But we were very disappointed. First, the driver that we had reserved through Eco del Mar never showed up at the airport. He was suppose to be waiting there for us with a sign but we waited there for an hour looking for him. We ended up taking a taxi. Eco del Mar charges $50 for the airport transfer which is a total rip off. You are better off just getting a taxi at the airport for $35. Second, our room was on the ground floor and infested with ants and they were even crawling in our bed. Third, the 2 of us stayed in a 4 person room and even though we were willing to pay the extra $10 fee for an extra person, we were not allowed to bring a friend back to the room. Fourth, we had friends who we told to stop by and get us for dinner, however the hotel staff would not allow them to knock on our door. We happen to be napping, and I was suddenly woken up to a woman opening our window and peeking her head into our room. She told our friends we were sleeping. That wasn't her call to make. She should have knocked on our door to let us know we had visitors. Our cell phones didn't work down there and that was the only way for us to stay in touch with our friends is telling them to stop by. Instead she told our guest to leave. Fifth, we never played music or had the TV on, yet we got in trouble for talking in our room. So apparently after a certain hour, you are not even allowed to communicate with your friend in our own room. Maybe we should have learned sign language before we stayed there. Sixth, the toilet would not flush properly even though we did not dispose toilet paper in it. We couldn't take the ants in our bed and the poor service anymore and decided to relocate to Roca Sunzal. Which I give a 5 star rating. They even provided us with a car to gather our things and took us to the airport in a private car for $35. If you are looking for lack of freedom and big brother watching your every move, then this is the perfect hotel for you. For $10 more a night you can stay at Roca Sunzal and get the royal treatment, be right on the beach, and sleep without ants in your bed.

Room Tip: The rooms on the 2nd floor are probably better. I would think they aren't infested with ants.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Eco_del_Mar_Hotel, Owner at Eco del Mar, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Please accept my most sincere apologies for the inconveniences presented during your stay at Eco del Mar. Our staff and myself are focused on customer service and we have implemented the following actions to improve our hotel and services. Thank your for your feedback

- Regarding Airport transfers, we are now including the local cel phone of our driver to our customers in case they miss the sign at the airport exit. Our driver waited two hours at the airport. We have also included the local taxi price range on our website so future customers can decide between taxi or our private transfer service. We always recommend private transfers for security reasons.

- Regarding the ants in the room, this is a seasonal problem usually at the beginning of the dry season and we are taking measures to eliminate them.

- For safety reasons, our night guard only allows hotel guests to enter the hotel late at night. With prior notice, we can change any reservation or amount of guests in the rooms and after 10pm, we usually ask our guests to keep the noise level low out of respect to other guests,

We have also reminded our staff to knock on the door in case our guests have outside visitors.

Once again I'm very sorry for your bad experience at Eco del Mar and would like to offer you a 100% refund for your 2 night stay with us. Please contact me through our website and thank your your feedback.

Best regards,

Roberto
Eco del Mar
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Washington State
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed here for 7 nights and it was great! We were originally in one of the downstairs rooms but were able to switch to one of the upper rooms with a balcony, chairs and hammock (only rooms 3 & 5). Rooms were spacious, clean, well lit and have glass windows (not as common as you would think!) A/C and fans kept the room comfortable. Having a mini-fridge and a toaster is a fantastic option to have as it allows you to have snacks and cold beers in your room after a day of surfing. This was a feature we didn't fully appreciate until after we left for another hotel with out them.

Location was great, very easy walk (4 min) down the street to the restaurants and shops. Just far enough from all the action to be pretty quite at night. We felt very safe both here and throughout town, as there is a security guy at the driveway in to the hotel, local town security men, as well as the police station right in town. We had no problems at all in the 9 days we were in town.

Access to the beach was an easy 2 minute walk down the gravel alley to the beach gate (which gets locked not long after dark) I think this is mostly to keep drunk tourists from stumbling in from the beach and creating a ruckus in the quiet alley.

The only minor drawback to this hotel (as well as many others at the beach) is that they do not have hot water in the sinks or the showers. Not a major deal, but could be a bit of a suprise to unwary new travelers.


If you are coming to El Tunco to learn to surf, be sure to ask around town for "Bamba" He has a little rental operation set up just across the street from Restaurante Erika in town. He is the local surf hero and he and some friends offer $10 rentals and $10 lessons. Super cool dude who speaks good english, is very patient, and an excellent instructor!

Room Tip: Go for room 3 or 5 on the 2nd floor. They have good natural light and also the semi-private balcony...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed in Eco del Mar for a few nights on our honeymoon. The place was very nice and grounded. There was a small pool and a restaurant. Staff and owners were very nice and helpfull.

We would recommend it 100%

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Eco del Mar
Address: Playa El Tunco, La Libertad, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > La Libertad Department > La Libertad
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 28 Specialty Lodging in La Libertad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eco del Mar is located in the heart of El Tunco sorrounded by tropical forest, just walking distance from La Bocana and Sunzal breaks. Our hotel offers completely equipped rooms with 3 beds, a/c, cable tv, dvd, refrigerator, small oven and private bathroom.Located next to some of the finest surfing beaches in the world, only mere meters from the beach providing “out the front door” surfing. The hotel itself is a unique experience, it is sorrounded by trees so you can sit and relax on the deck to appreciate nature.In this enchanting small apartment hotel you will enjoy relaxation, adventure and surfing.Eco del Mar is a hotel made by surfers for surfers with a deep love for our oceans and the environmentEco del Mar is your best accomodation option in El Tunco. ... more   less 
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