I stayed here for three nights but only really used it to sleep in, leaving early and returning late so didn’t get the to try most of the facilities. The hotel is situated in the city centre and the surrounding area didn’t appear too bad although local colleagues told me not to walk alone, particularly at night. It’s typical of an upper market hotel chain that you would see in most countries where everything is clean, modern and high quality. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms were large, fresh and pleasant. I had a view of the mountain as I had heard noise from the other side can keep you awake.
The buffet breakfast was good, there is a small pool outside the breakfast room and there looked to be drink and food available when it’s open. There is a fitness room though I didn’t get to see it. One thing I did notice was no mini bar (bottled water was provided at a cost) or room service – or maybe I just missed it ?
The city / hotel is situated quite a way from the airport and I took the hotel shuttle for a 45 minute drive for $18. The airport is modern and efficient though check in early Saturday morning was a bit of a bun-fight as the queue snaked out of the check in area and descended into chaos out in the street.
There are lots of shops and restaurants around with most of them being in shopping centres which have lots of guards I had expected San Salvador to be a bit like dodge city after reading about it on the web though everything seemed OK. Sure there were armed police riding about in pickups, armed guards everywhere (some look like locals guarding their stores with a shot gun) and barbed-wire everywhere but everyone seems to go about their business with little worry kids walking to school, people selling their wares by the side of the road and people walking the streets.
We took a drive down to the coast one evening and the further you get away from the city the more ‘Central America’ it become – chickens, cows, donkeys and stray dogs wandering around the road, lots of shacks by the side of the road, old pickups carrying about 10 people in the back (including old ladies and children), temporary bridges as the original was washed away by floods and buses that seemed more functional then comfy and adorned with all kinds of ornaments anda crazy colour scheme. As my colleagues would keep on saying ‘In El Salvador anything is possible’.
Overall, it’s a good place to stay, although I’m glad my work was paying as $171 per night seems expensive in a country where the cost of living is a lot less than the UK. A cheaper option is the Quality Inn near the airport which despite looking un-inviting as you pass it was actually quite nice – we had dinner there one evening. However, being close to the airport it’s a long way from the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a High-rise Hotel situated in the heart of business district with spectacular views to the volcano and the city. Surrounded by the best restaurants in a secure and calm area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Princess San Salvador Hotel San Salvador
- Hilton Hotel San Salvador
- Hilton San Salvador
- San Salvador Hilton
- Barcelo San Salvador El Salvador