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“Pleasant, comfortable, convenient and an excellent value.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alicante Hotel
Ranked #31 of 53 Hotels in San Salvador
Redwood City, California
Level Contributor
27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pleasant, comfortable, convenient and an excellent value.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

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.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank LizDitz
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

We stayed in San Salvador for two nights merely to break up our chain of long bus trips. I wanted to pick a hotel with internet near the Ticabus terminal but didn't want to spend $100+ a night at hotels like the Sheraton or Hilton.

This hotel was nice enough for what we needed but nothing special to write home about. It has a restaurant but don't expect great food. We weren't really hungry the evening we ate there (due to a large lunch while out and about) so the small meals we ordered were fine for what we needed - and the small prices helped too.

Breakfast was OK, but we only got the continental breakfast, which was toast and jam, so nothing exciting to expect either.

Pro:
- A quick cab ride from Ticabus
- Is within walking distance from a shopping (if you can actually remember how to get there)
- Good enough for the price

Cons:
- Room a little small
- Decor in room and bathroom a bit dated (kinda 80s hotel)
- Pool a bit dirty, but we didn't use it so I guess that doesn't matter
- Outside courtyard, though quaint, could do with a tidy up or pruning
- Not really near other eateries (that I know of anyway)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lizsterine
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Chestertown, Maryland
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2010

I have stayed any number of times at the Alicante. The rooms are clean and comfortable with AC. There is an indoor restaurant, but they have tables outside in a private courtyard with a small swimming pool. Go there for the complimentary breakfast. There is very comfortable lobby and a lounge upstairs. Both with comfortable couches and chairs. The owner speaks English. No one else does.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank deepland
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Additional Information about Alicante Hotel

Property: Alicante Hotel
Address: Col. La Sultana | Calle las Rosas ·1, San Salvador C.A, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > San Salvador Department > San Salvador
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 53 Hotels in San Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Alicante Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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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