We stayed at JoAn's for a few days--what a lovely place. It's super clean and quiet, located in what seemed to be a safe part of the city. I didn't feel unsafe walking around alone, even around dark. It's close to plenty of restaurants, within walking distance of the museum area and a big mall. There are two indoor sitting areas plus an outdoor living room and patio with a tv/garden/dining table area. All really nice. We didn't use the kitchen, but it seemed adequate. There's a fridge with drinks in it and a notebook to record the price, which is nice when you don't want to leave. The wifi is fast and reliable and there is a second router upstairs, so there's no worry about the signal not reaching.
The thing that sets JoAn's apart, though, is Ana, the owner. She was super friendly and helpful--let us borrow a map, showed us where things were and how to walk there, and told us about places that would be interesting for nightlife. (Plus, she speaks fluent English, which is helpful.) She also gave us information about day trips and told us exactly what buses to get and where to catch them, which was really helpful--San Sal has SO many buses. And, she gave us a local cell phone to use for free in case we needed to call her and ask anything. When we left, she called us a taxi.
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