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“Beach bums, surf bums and lazy bums”
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Esencia Nativa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Zonte
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Beach bums, surf bums and lazy bums”
Reviewed May 26, 2012

If you're into your big waves for ridding or photographing then go to El Zonte.
The hostel is very basic and the rooms have seen better days but you're not there for the rooms. Location is great, staff are lovely and the sound of the sea at night intoxicating.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Panajachel, Guatemala
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We drove from Guatemala to Panama, hoping to find affordable places to stay with our 2 children (5 & 7). Esencia Nativa was our first stop and our favorite place to stay on our trip. On our way back to Guatemala, we chose to stay at Esencia Nativa again, instead of exploring Honduras.

Most of the rooms are private with a private bath. The rooms were very economical. There was a very relaxing and intimate atmosphere with lots of hammacks, a swimming pool, a great restaurant, and drinks. The 2nd floor to the restaurant allowed us to enjoy beautiful sunsets and sunrises looking over the ocean.

Playa Zonte is a long stretch of beautiful beach with great waves and safe swimming. We took long walks, explored interesting caves, and watched surfers all day. There were plenty of restaurants to choose from without all the crowds and noise of more popular tourist beaches, such as Sunzal and Tunco.

Esencia Nativa had an assortment of movies available in the living room with a large screen T.V. Between the swimming pool and the T.V., my kids were happy and my husband and I could relax. The place seems to attract folks with great energy. It was fun to meet other travelers and share stories.

We will definitely return to Esencia Nativa!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Martinez, California
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

The place was great - stayed in a larger, private room with AC which was lovely. Alex, the owner, was amazingly friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and cheap, and the chill vibe was exactly what I was looking for. The dogs are friendly and since I love dogs didn't find them to be a problem. Normal noise level for Central America beach town, in my opinion! I didn't surf but my companions did and loved their instructors and the time they spent learning.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2012

We understood that this is a small funky hostel-style hotel, and that was fine with us. The rooms were small but decent, the local ladies who work there were very nice, but the big dogs turn the place into more of a kennel than a hostel. They smell, they're wet, they stay on the furniture in the common areas, they bark all night....... you get the picture. We like dogs, but didn't want to stay with big wet hairy ones.

The ladies who run the kitchen do a great job and apparently are locally know for producing the best food around. The meals were truly great.

Alex was no help to our group at all. He stood us up at the airport and we had to take a taxi. It never seemed to occur to him that he cost us money and inconvenienced us, and it sure didn't seem to bother him. There were a couple of beginner surfers with us, and he never managed to show up for a promised surf lesson for them. We asked for but never received basic info on surf shops in La Libertad. The only thing we ever saw Alex doing was eating and watching movies when he was there. He was gone a lot. Seemed like having a moody teenager in charge of the place.
We agreed we're not going back. Too bad, too, because it could be a nice place.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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4 Thank radical d
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texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2011

The four big dogs have the run of the place, including the interior areas, and they bark a lot at night. Smelly in the rainy season, too.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2011

The problem with reviewing places like Esencia is that it is tops in its class. Clean, neat, superb food, great pool area ... everything is 5-star. Except that its overall facilities are only 2 or 3 star, mainly because of some dormitory accommodations and shared bathrooms. So, for what it is, it necessitates the top rating with the caveat that it is certainly not a Hyatt or Marriott.

Back to the food. Probably the best aspect of this little place. It's amazing what can be prepared from that open kitchen. Not fast, but perfectly prepared. Again, for what it is, it is tops in its class.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Washington, DC
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34 reviews
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

We went to E.N. on a little surf getaway from Antigua for 2 nights. El Zonte is a great place to surf if you already know how but maybe not the best place for learning. This place is awesome, it isn't as spectacular as it looks from the website pictures but it is definitely cozy and charming. The pool is nice because the beach is really not good for laying on and the ocean there is not the best for swimming. My fiance surfed and I laid in the hammocks and read all day and drank blended fresh fruit smoothies.

Alex, the owner, is super friendly and knowledgeable and extremely good-looking. Dorms are $8 and doubles start at $20 w/o bathroom. The food is very reasonable priced and super delicious, especially the pizza and fish burgers. The only thing that we didn't like is that the women who worked in the kitchen seemed really angry all the time.

I would definitely go back if my fiance wanted to surf there - it's only 45 mins from San Salvador.

Room Tip: Number 5 is the best one with a bathroom.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Esencia Nativa
Address: Playa el Zonte | Zonte Beach Km 53, Litoral Road. La Libertad, El Zonte, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > La Libertad Department > El Zonte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Zonte
Number of rooms: 10

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