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“A Home away from Home”
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Joan's Hostel
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35 reviews
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“A Home away from Home”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

I stayed here for three days with 2 other travellers. Although the sleeping quarters were tight, the friendliness and convenient location more than made up for it. The hostel is very homey and clean, I could have spent most of my time there, listening to stories from the other guest and enjoying the patio but, JoAn’s is within walking distance of a few great bakeries, a variety of restaurants, a grocery store and a short (cheap) cab ride to the mall. It was nice to get out an experience the local cultural life.

As I did not know what to expect from this hostel we took the room assigned to me because it was so affordable. Next time I will ‘splurge’ and take advantage of one of the other larger rooms, just because I like my personal space. The shared kitchen and bathroom were kept clean by the staff. The beds and linens were clean, soft and comfortable. I felt safe and secure at the hostel and while I was exploring the neighbourhood. The only real issue I had during my stay was trying to cross a busy intersection!

Anna the hostel owner was incredibly helpful and delightful (and fluent in English). She took our safety and need to have fun in to her own hands. She was a great asset to our trip, she did everything from arrange cab rides to recommended amazing locations for us to visit. Her knowledge of the country, the community and tourist site was extensive. All of her recommendations proved to be as great as or greater than we expected.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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JoAnshostel, Owner at Joan's Hostel, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
We thank you very much for all the good vibe and great review you are giving us!!!
that makes us work harder and keep the good work!!
Thank you so much!!!
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

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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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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JoAnshostel, Owner at Joan's Hostel, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
We thank you very much!
We are doing all we can to help the backpacker in all possible ways!!
It is really a pleasure to take care of our clients....we treat them as good close friends!!
Hope you come back soon!!
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

First place I stayed on my trip. Anna is very nice and helpful; full of advice and just all around nice and sweet. The Hostel is newer and very nice; located in a University district not a far walk from a major bus stop, the mall, stores, etc. Anna has all kinds of suggestions on where to go and what to do.

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JoAnshostel, Owner at Joan's Hostel, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
We are very happy to hear that you feel comfotable and taken care of! that is our goal and we are happy to know that we are getting it!
We will continue improving and fixing what needs to be fixed!
Thanks alot!!!
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Property: Joan's Hostel
Address: Calle del Mediterraneo 12 | Colonia Jardines de Guadalupe, San Salvador, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > San Salvador Department > San Salvador
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Ranked #3 of 16 Specialty Lodging in San Salvador
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Number of rooms: 6
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