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I really deliberated about staying here because, while the hotel looked nice, everything i read talked about the location being dangerous. I chose this hotel because it had charm and it is walking distance to the Centro Historico. I am glad i did. I was able to walk to see the churches and squares I was interested in. Plus, the neighbourhood gives a nice view of local life. It is on a number of bus routes, it is easy to get taxis and walk to markets. I even want walking at night (which I was advised against), and it was fine. The hotel was great. My room was comfortable. AC was unnecessary. No hot water - but I knew that going in. The wifi worked well. There were lots of common areas to sit and hang out in. The little restaurant next door has decent food for super cheap, and there are lots of similar options in the surrounding area. No one at the hotel spoke any English, but i relief on my super basic Spanish and phrase book and it was fine. I would definitely recommend this place.
There is so much to like about this lovely little hotel. I stayed here twice during a recent trip to Central America - I used it as a transit hotel, it is about 30 minutes from the airport and 10 - 15 minutes from the international bus depot. As other reviews have stated the hotel is in the university neighbourhood which is a little safer than some other central neighbourhood's but what really makes this a great experience is the hard-working, friendly and hospitable staff. They seem to genuinely care about their guests comfort and well being, ensuring you are able to get around safely and making transfer and transport arrangements was no problem at all. My first stay was in one of the smaller, upper level rooms - it was fan cooled, had a TV and free wifi. It was perfectly comfortable for the short stay. My second stay was in one of the larger, lower floor rooms that in addition to the above was large and had a table and chairs in the room, it was a very nicely appointed room. The showers are cold but to be honest quite refreshing, even in the slightly cooler months San Salvador can be sticky. The hotel is walking distance to the city centre however please take the advise of staff - if they ask you to take a taxi it is for your own safety. Whilst I didn't feel threatened at all during my stay I was on higher alert when walking around the city and in the central market. I would also highly recommend the small restaurant next door - the food is fantastic, especially the arroz and gris (rice and beans) and grilled chicken - possibly one of the best meals I had in Central America. Great stay at an affordable and comfortable hotel.
I landed at 1 AM, had to get to this hotel 30 mins away, and check-in. All was smooth and I felt bad because the same guy was working the next morning. Nice staff and I couldn't stay long because I had a hike to Santa Ana booked for 8 AM so this was a good little quiet crash pad. Comfortable bed and free coffee in the morning.
Villa Florencia was a lovely hotel.The taxi drivers and tour guides found it easily. The room we had was spacious and clean & the room was attended to daily. I would recommend knowing some basic Spanish, but in reality I would recommend that to anyone travelling to El Salvador. Despite our lack of Spanish the staff at the hotel were excellent, friendly & patient. We didn’t walk the streets at night,so I cannot speak to the safety of the area. But a tour guide did tell us that it wasn’t safe. We stayed for 5 nights and filled our days with tours so by the time we got back to the hotel we didn’t even want to go out! If you exit the hotel and turn left the first street you come to seemed to have a lot of food stalls most days we were there. There is a taco stall that is called ‘taco bexi’ (I think) his burritos were delicious! I definitely recommend the stroll to grab one. The hotel has snacks and drinks available. These were all very well priced. The hotel is a bargain! Definitely value for money. Overall I recommend the hotel, we felt safe in the hotel and it was quiet at night.
It is centrally located in San Salvador but still not too central. It is about 15min walk from the cathedral and in somewhat safer university neighbourhood. Not too difficult to find using google maps. At 13usd a night it is a good place to spend a night if you are on tight budget. The bed was comfortable, room of decent size and clean with satellite TV and fan. I don’t like the heat but fan was just fine. No AC is necessary. It would be nice to have hot water in the bathroom though but I guess you get used to cold water when travelling around Central America. Overall just fine for the price paid.
We stayed here for one night as it is right beside the King Quality bus to Honduras. The room was clean and had a comfy bed. No hot water but this is fairly typical in El Salvador. The internet didn't work in our room as were right at the back of the hotel but it was good in the reception area (this meant our room was quieter as the rooms at the front are right beside the main road). Overall we got exactly what we paid for. Absolutely nothing to complain about.
The address given on this website is wrong. My friends and I wondered around San Salvador for about TWO HOURS trying to find the hotel. When we thought we had arrived(really nice version of Hotel Villa Florencia Centro) we found out it was Hotel Villa Florencia Zona Rosa; the receptionist told us we were in the wrong branch and gave us the address to the bad version of this chain. We got to the right one and we were amused by the big difference between the hotels (receptionist at the nice one warned us it was a little different). As some might know, San Salvador is hot so you would think AC is is a must at a hotel. For my surprise, only one of the rooms had such privilege. We had no WIFI or AC (hotel specifies they have). I wouldn't be complaining if I had paid for rooms without WIFI or AC. I asked the hotel receptionist for a refund and he failed to do it. He kept saying I had to get in contact with Hotels.com and talk to them about the issue, but the hotel itself would not be able to give me my money back. After spending several minutes arguing with him, I agreed to stay. The next morning one of my friends (we were a group of ten people) heard a visitor complaining about the same issue. I came to the conclusion that this hotel lies about its amenities just to get foreigners, like me and my friends, to reserve their rooms. If you plan to visit San Salvador, do not by any chance, reserve in this hotel! Instead, just pay a couple more bucks and have some peace of mind.
This a nice and clean hotel, but the big problem is that it is located in a scary and dangerous area. If you are looking for a safe and still centrally located area, then prefer san benito, escalon or zona rosa hotels
Though the facilities were not horrible, the pictures are A LOT nicer than the real thing. AC took a bit to get going and there was not hot water. Wifi was not fast enough for me to do any work. But what was really disconcerting is that the neighborhood is extremely unsafe and we were recommended to take private car service if we wanted to leave hotel.
We had reserved a queen bed. They took us up 3 flights of narrow stairs in an open courtyard(partly finished). This room had a bed that only 1 person could sleep on, only a ceiling fan, tiny tiny bathroom, window only had shutters that would have to be open with no bars or screen on window. Someone could have stepped right in through the window. No English or very very little spoken, we managed to get it across we were not happy and wanted a room like we requested. Then and only then did he finally say they had a room with Air Conditioning. This room did have the queen bed a little larger bathroom but only cold cold water for showering( the room was approximately 12ft x 12ft).However we had to pay $10 extra per night for use of the AC. Since we had no choice we took this room.Would not venture out in the area looked unsafe even in the day. The staff was friendly enough since language was an issue. We found an American that had family ties to the area and had been there for 20 yrs that had a tour company Gringo Tours he was the saving grace for our trip.He knew all the history and land landmarks. He was well worth the money. Would not recommend this hotel to normal travelers. Only for the adventurers.
Hotel Villa Florencia Centro places you within a mile (2 km) of popular attractions like National Theater and Metrocentro. This 25-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a terrace.
All 25 rooms feature safes. TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected.
Hotel Villa Florencia Centro features free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and laundry facilities. There's free parking and an airport shuttle for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with securing valuables, luggage storage, and tours or tickets.