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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Stayed 3 weeks. Totally safe, secure, chilled and pleasant. The owner runs a great place. Rooms are clean and comfy. There are hammocks on all verandas. Lots of space and a clean pool. I would definitely recommend this place to everybody.
Oh and there's no babies \ children running around in nappies!

Room tip: 20$ per night is with ensuite bathroom. V good room.
Date of stay: February 2014
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank darren k
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Gilles O, Owner at Hotel Mopelia, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

It was a pleasure having you Dal....

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Mopelia is not a bad hotel and Giles is very personable. The staff tend to be friendly and the general atmosphere is familiar. I have never seen babies running around in diapers at Mopelia and I believe that someone exaggerated while writing their review. All of that said, it is nice that Giles has broken ground on another small building to accommodate travelers, they have been asking for such a place for a long time. The person who paid $45 for a room and found that the price wasn't justified, well no one made them take the room. Frankly, I have witnessed a number of people turn away at the price, but that is also often the only room left when the place is all booked up. Nonetheless, there are other accommodations in El Tunco and hotel and hostel owners are in a race to build more rooms to accommodate tourist.

Date of stay: December 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Run by a friendly Belgian this spread out hostel is just fine. The back gate is a 45 second walk to the beach with a shower to rinse of the black sand. The rooms are simple, basic and clean though as in many places in this price range, do not expect daily cleanings. If you stay a while and ask, they will come and clean for you. I liked especially that this property is spread out and you are not on top of all your neighbors like the other hostels i looked at in town. Very hard beds and very relaxed. Also has a good bar and restaurant with daily specials for dinner for$7 and a good selection of interesting beers. If you want a slightly more grown up place from the other backpackers spots, this is for you.

Date of stay: January 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

It's hard to decide between a two and three-star rating for this place in part because the owner seems like a really nice guy.

Decided to stay here during our two-night stay at El Tunco beach because it was given a starred rating by Lonely Planet. We took a double (with a/c) which cost us $45 a night. Honestly, it was hard to justify this price. After a month of traveling through Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua during which we'd been paying $17 - 22 USD for a similar room, this place seemed ridiculously overpriced.

Yes, you're a 30-second walk from the Pacific, but the concrete room was drab, dingy and smelled like mold. For $45 a night, it seemed super overpriced, particularly for a coastline that isn't exactly economically hopping.

Apart from the room, the grounds seemed unkempt and in disrepair. The place has a lot of potential, but it's squandered.

Probably the most disconcerting and unappealing aspect of this hotel/hostel was the common area/restaurant where the owner's family is camped out during the day with diapered kids running around. The workers were very unfriendly and barely communicative, which we found off-putting. The last thing you want when you're paying $45/night for a room in Central America is to be glared at by the staff and the owner's wife.

In the evening, this same space opens up and dubs as a bar serving an extraordinary array of beers including a craft El Salvadoran beer, certainly a perk. Even still, couldn't help thinking that this place seems a bit mis-managed and under-resourced.

Room tip: Maybe the newer building/rooms closer to the water are more pleasant ...
Date of stay: January 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gilles O, Owner at Hotel Mopelia, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Thank you for your review. It's always helpfull, certainly to try to get better. If we are ready to accept good reviews, we have to accept bad ones, even when they are very hard like yours...
I would just, if I may, balance it a little bit, so peolple don't get such a terrible idea of our place.

- I totally agree that our land is not the best kept ground. It's the deffect of it's quality, wich is that it's big and spacious. It could certainly be better maintained, but it's really not easy to have a perfect garden that big in a country with 6months of dry season... Space, quiteness would be the quality, and we will work on the deffect, trying to keep the grounds better maintained.
- We are a family business. We are living there. It's not some unknowm owner with just employees running the place. I'm attending the guest, my wife is cooking for them at night... I think most of the people appreciate that familly atmosphere. But, that means there is kids. During the day, the bar/restaurant (wich is basicly in our house) is closed, and it becomes our family area... True. I'm not gonna hide them, that will probably not change...

For the rest of your critics, there is not much I would say. It's your experience. Only that I'm sorry you didn't have a good time, and that we will work on getting things better.
Get the room better to justify the price,
Get the personal to be nicer,
Etc...
Have safe trips...
Gil

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Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

Not sure how the hotel stacks up, though we heard positive reviews from the bar. Best beer selection on the Salvadorian coast! Careful of saying something drunk and stupid though as the owner makes a funny habit out tweeting the absurdities he hears!

Date of stay: November 2013
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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