We just returned from a 8-night stay at the Alicante while visiting my daughter who is studying at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). I'm giving it a 5 ranking for the combination of price/value, comfort, and the food.
As Deepland said, the rooms are clean and comfortable -- better in fact than some large US chains I've patronized recently -- and more spacious. My companion's room was at the back of the hotel overlooking the pool and patio, and was very quiet. My room faced the street on the first floor, and was somewhat less quiet, especially during commute hours. The AC was excellent on the several 90+ degree days we had. The hotel also has free wireless, which was both speedy and reliable (again, better service than some big US chains).
The complimentary breakfast was either table service (one day) or buffet (during the Family Week). The breakfast buffet was quite good with "plato tipico" -- with your choice of toast, an egg dish (scrambled or fried) frijoles (soupy puréed black beans, not the Mexican kind of mashed-with-lard), fried plantains, cheese, fruit, and fruit juice. We also had several lunches and dinners during the week. Salvadoran cooking is rather...plain but all the dishes were excellent of their kind. In particular, the tossed green salads were both safe for the naive stomach to consume and quite tasty. I am not much of a fish-eater, but the grilled fish on the lunch menu was moist and a nice combination of crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. The service can be a little leisurely -- but I can't tell if that's a feature of restaurant service in El Salvador or unique to the Alacante, as we only ate at one other restaurant.
The pool was sparkling clean, but quite chilly. It's not really large enough for laps but in-water workouts were refreshing. There's a gym about 3 blocks down the street which we didn't end up patronizing -- too busy. There's also a supermarket (La Dispensa? We called it The Rabbit Store for its logo) about 3 blocks away.
The staff is small and most speak some English. Several are fully fluent. I want to commend the staff on their helpfulness in terms of finding us reliable taxi drivers, suggesting places to sight-see, and in general making us feel at home.
I didn't quite get the hang of San Salvador -- there seems to be no particular central area, then neighborhoods sprinkled around. Various destinations seem to be spread around too. We paid a taxi driver $20.00 to drive us to the National Cathedral / Palace National and to wait for us for 90 minutes, then drive us back to the hotel.
I mentioned the price: the total cost for our stay (per person) was $330, including several meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 19 rooms all fully equipped with air conditioner, private bathroom, cable TV, telephone, we have swimming pool, bar, restaurant, laundry service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alicante Hotel El Salvador/San Salvador