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“Too old to feel welcomed” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Ximena's Guest House
Ranked #34 of 46 San Salvador B&B and Inns
Uppsala, Sweden
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Too old to feel welcomed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Our room was very old and definitely needed a renovation. Especially the bathroom was kind of dangerous. I overlooked the warning signal not to touch the shower with wet hands and so I got electric shocks as I touched the shower with my head... The shower was fixed on a high that I couldn`t even avoid to touch it with my size of 173cm. Staff member Lena was very friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Tina H
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Amphoe Langu, Satun, Thailand
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a great little hotel. Its simple and may seem run-down to those expecting first world standards but its great value for money. The rooms are clean, the staff are helpful and friendly and the manager is full of great information and is willing to sit down with guests and help with travel advice. While the rooms are basic, the staff is very concerned that you are content with your stay. Our first night at the hotel there was a city-wide water problem, meaning we did not have water for maybe 4 hours (which was no big deal). The staff supplied water in buckets until the water was restored and the next morning we were given a complimentary breakfast and coffee for the inconvenience. Everyone here is always smiling. The location is great too, its an easy walk to the big shopping centers, bus stops and excellent eateries! I will be staying here again!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anika W
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Friendly hostel with very helpful staff, especially Lena who was often on hand with tips covering San Salvador and the whole country (and no doubt beyond if needed). The location is in a safe area with good transport links.
Food avaiable at a reasonable price if you want it

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Andy R
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London, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Good points:
Friendly staff, the manager (Lena) is very helpful with travel advice and is available on the phone even when she´s not in the building. they can book bus tickets too. interesting selection of other guests, lots of latin americans and a socialable atmosphere.

Bad points;
The property has seen better days. i´ve travelled across the region for the last two months staying in budget places, and this is certainly at the lower end of the scale.
the dorm room was extremely hot but the fan made an awful noise so we couldn´t use it. no replacement was available.
there are LOADS of mosquitoes and no nets so i was bitten a lot.
the shower curtain was too short so the bathroom flooded everytime someone used the shower.
you aren´t allowed to use the kitchen.
the beds in the dorm room are really wobbly, squeaky and the bases are broken so have been replaced by pieces of wood which kept slipping off. the matress was a 1 inch piece of foam.

overall, a nice enough place to stay but in need of a refurb!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Melanie R
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ximenas_guesthouse, Owner at Ximena's Guest House, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thanks for review and comments we are always striving to imprive our place and the guests feedback help us do that. As I have mentioned before in these responses we are undergoing renovations throughout the hotel so there are several things still to be improved. The room this guests stayed in had been taken out of service as we have not yet done renovations here but as the dorms that are renovated have a slight higher price ($2 more) we offered this room as the guest insisted on a cheaper one, but it does by no means represent the hotel. The other dorms available have brand new windows where no mosquito come in (sliding windows) and comfortable beds and a decent hot shower to use. The shortcomings of the other room comes with the still faulting repairs that are to be made in the future. We are still of the most economic places in the area despite being in a better (safe) location than many economic hostels. However we are taking these comments in mind for when this dorm is renewed. Meanwhile we welcome our guest to take use of our other new and nice rooms and dorms.
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Kelowna, Canada
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Ximena's guest house is perfectly located with a mix of shopping and local fare in a safe neighborhood all within walking distance. Many great local eateries surround the area. Lena, the manager, speaks English and can recommend an itinerary for any age or budget. They can arrange onward bus tickets on site. We left San Salvador with the feeling we will return shortly.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KanadianOnTheRoad
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
75 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Property is slightly run down, but they are completing reconstruction work at the moment. I don't know how much this will changes things though. Showers are heated from electric head.

Despite the great service, the hotel is slightly over priced for what it is. However I understand from other travellers that other San Salvador alternatives really aren't great.

Do print off the pdf map to show taxi drivers as it is hard to find.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are better
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Roger W
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ximenas_guesthouse, Owner at Ximena's Guest House, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Yes we doing overall renovations so soon the place with gone through a face-lift after serving travelers for almost 30 years. Unless you are staying at a five star hotel where they have hot water pipes the most common way to heat up your shower in El Salvador is with electric shower head.
As for the price of the rooms, we have the lowest rates of the hotels located in this central and safe location. You might find cheaper but won't recommend it for safety and access to mobilize.
We are glad you enjoyed our service, hopefully we will be able to serve you again in the future.
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Mission, Texas
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223 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

If you compare prices you will see that this is good value for your money. We stayed in one of the private rooms with A/C. It was very clean. My husband was sick when we arrived and in spite of having limited supplies (due to their remodeling) they cooked us a supper for us. The next day they made us breakfast as well. Kept us supplied with fresh squeezed orange juice for a really great price. Their coffee is great too! The staff were fantastic. Lena had set up a tour for us but the tour guide had an emergency. Rather than disappoint us she had her husband take us on the Rutas de Flores. She was an amazing tour guide and we learned so much. She has a real love for El Salvador and it shows.
The location makes it an easy walk to the buses and to the Metro Center and lots of restaurants. We felt very safe on the streets.
If you are looking for clean, basic accomodations with excellent staff and access to Lena on the phone for help with planning trips, tours, dentist, general questions this is the place to go. Lena stopped by most evenings to see if anyone had any questions she could answer. We loved America and Flo - they were terrific and took very good care of us. WiFi worked well and they would also call a taxi if we needed one.
Don't overlook the postcards that Lena has made from Photos she took - at 5 for $1.00 they are a great bargain.
They are doing some remodeling and I think this place will be even better in the future.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CathyDArizona
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Property: Ximena's Guest House
Address: Calle San Salvador # 202A | Colonia Centro America, San Salvador, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > San Salvador Department > San Salvador
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in San Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ximena's Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ximena's Guest House is a cozy property in a residential neighborhood just two blocks off the main drive; Blvd. de Los Heroes. The combination of peace and tranquility and easy access to bus departures to all corners of the country makes Ximena's a great choice for lodging. This is a safe area and everything you need as a traveler such as banks, pharmacies, malls, restaurants, bars, cinemas etc. are all within walking distance.There are both basic dorm rooms with shared bath and hot shower as well as private rooms with private bath, hot shower, cable TV, ceiling fan and A/CIn the common rooms, roof terrace and patios, travelers from all corners of the world meet up and enjoy each other’s company while sharing information and making travel plans. Our helpful staff provides tourist information and first hand information on subjects from bus routes to embassy addresses as well as tourist destinations all over the country. Founded in 1983, Ximena's Guest House is one of the oldest hostels in town and we have throughout the years specialized in foreign travelers and NGOs. Our services include internet service, phone calls via Skype, cable TV in common room, safe deposit lockers, book exchange, laundry service, restaurant, tours and transport services etc.Another advantage by staying here is the personalized and up to date tourist and travel info we provide our guests.Ximena's is a place travellers feel at home and love to come back to. ... more   less 
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