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Royal Decameron Salinitas
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sonsonate
San Salvador, El Salvador
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6 reviews
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“Over rated”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

There are so many reasons why this was awful:
1) check in we waited for 1 hour between the line of traffic stopped by armed police to sitting and waiting for our name to be called
2) our room smelled like a public restroom
3) the buffet style cafeteria food doesn't meet any human standards
4) pools were big but closed at 7pm so when you have kids excited to swim they were heart broken when we said no they are closed
5) we got bikes to rent but you couldn't ride on any of the many paths to different buildings you could only stay on the main street what was the point to help kids avoiding to have to walk so much when we couldn't get to different places around resort
6) the unlimited drinks for adults were a 4oz cup with cheap alcohol and watered down and had to wait in long lines for worthless beverages
7) the staff was rude and very unfriendly
8) 1 towel per person for pool/beach and you better return it and get your ticket back prior to checkout or take wet towels to desk to nasty checkout staff
9) beach there is sand with barely any water to swim in
10) THIS PLACE IS LIKE JAIL! WE WILL NEVER WASTE OUR MONEY OR TIME AGAIN!!!!!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We went to celebrate our anniversary and had a great time! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The second property beach-house is also great. The choice of a la carte restaurants was great so you could get have some variety each day. We are hopeful to return again soon.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We went to Decameron for a weekend and what a surprise. Our kids are 12 years old and 8 years old. First, the hotel is really spread out so to walk anywhere, it seems like you must walk miles to get anywhere. Second, it looked like the many of the guests were out of a prison break movie (I´m not kidding). We did not feel safe at all. Third, we noticed there were lineups for most meals and the food was basic cafeteria food with watered down drinks. Fourth, at our arrival the main gate tried to block our entry and charge us $80 U.S. extra for being there 90 minutes early. Fifth, starting early every morning, a large majority of the guests were heavily intoxicated and somewhat bothersome with aggressive stares. (back to Prison Break again). Finally, if you have a decent and honorable family and want a relaxing safe vacation, Decameron is not for you. If you just got out of jail, or are an inspiring low level gang member, I´ve got just the spot for you, Decameron Salinitas El Salvador!!!

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Beamsville, ON
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This resort was beautiful in terms of the grounds, beach, and pool areas. The pools were the best feature, with many places to sit and relax, different pools to choose from, and close to all restaurants. Many activities for children and adults, as well as quiet locations away from the activities. Make sure you visit each pool area. Restaurants were excellent, but food needs to be improved. Hard to find basic staples on a daily basis (e.g., pasta only served on certain days of the week). Much of the food is spanish and cultural, which is hard to feed picky eaters. More variety would be good. Booked restaurants were excellent. Fun activities in the evenings for kids (e.g., casino night) and the staff was all very friendly, although very few spoke ANY English. This turned out to be quite fun for our children though as they had to learn some spanish. Rooms were neat and clean and quite big. Book a room in buildings 1 or 2 if you want wi-fi though, its not available in other buildings. Weather was absolutely spectacular in March - make sure you apply lots of sunscreen repeatedly, even for those who do not usually burn. Day trip to the natural cascades and zip lining is highly recommended. Zip lining excellent for first timers or young children because the lines start very easy. The only draw back to this resort is the long bus ride from the airport, although it was great scenary. Would highly recommend this place and El Salvador felt very safe and comfortable.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2012

I went to this resort July 2012 and had a very disappointing experience, they lost my luggage. At only 30 of arrival my whole stay there was terminated! I go there wanting to get my room key the guys is asking everybody to leave their luggage with them and they gave out tickets. Apparently giving out tickets was useless! Bc after 30 min I went back to where I had left my luggage and gave them my ticket, I didn't see my bag I was hoping them to have an explanation of where it was at but no! It was lost! Everything was in there! So they tells me we will look for it go and enjoy ur evening and we'll find it soon! Umm hello!! I had just lost everything and I was in regular clothes how was I gonna enjoy the beach w/o a bathing suit!!! To make the story short they never found it, only got $250 out of them and there was definitely more then $250 worth in the bag. So my husband and I left the resort unsatisfied :/

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Hotel rooms are big, we had a view to the ocean and were on the second floor away from the noise. beds are OK...they do the job i guess. FOOD!!! man this wast the worst!!!! i think HomeTown Buffet is better!!! enough said...Pools are beautiful big! beach....not so good...i expected more!!! i guess once you go to cancun you will always expect more...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is not your usual 5 star carribean resort; would be more like a 3+ resort. Check-in and check-out went smoothly. Food was OK, although it gets to taste all the same after 5 days. Room was on ground floor and well cleaned every day. Free bikes but they are very old. The pools at extreme end of site are just as big and with lots less people. Drinks were watered down. I personally loved the inside sea water pool (had never seen one like that before). It is very big and very few people go. I walked approximately 10-15 minutes farther on the beach as the waves were better there. Felt good to hear less english and more spanish. Definately do the volcano tour, well worth it. Also did doom buggy and waterfall tour. Worth it but you can throw away your clothes afterwards 'cause you will be dirty believe you me. The tour guides definately go out of their way to make your trip memorable. Ours even purchased stamps for us during the week on his time off work and did a special trip to bring them to us before we took the bus to the airport. All in all this trip was worry-free and well-worth the inexpensive price for a great getaway from work whirlwind.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Royal Decameron Salinitas
Address: Carretera al Litoral Km. 84 Acajutla, Sonsonate, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > Sonsonate Department > Sonsonate
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sonsonate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Decameron Salinitas 3*
Number of rooms: 552
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Also Known As:
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