In every country I look out for the most beautiful and unique place to stay. So, where to stay in El Salvador? El Salvador is a country that is not yet visited by large groups of tourists. Amazing! Nevertheless, El Salvador has a large amount of beautiful boutique hotels. Interior design, a nice atmosphere, a lovely setting and good service are important topics for me, when choosing a hotel. In addition, I like to support the locals and love a sustainable approach around a hotel. In this article I will tell you more about my favorite places to stay: The best boutique hotels, sorted by city and region in El Salvador.
- Casa 1800 Cerro Verde – top boutique hotels in El Salvador
- Casa Degraciela – Ataco
- Casa 1800 – Los Naranjos
- Equinoccio Hotel – Lago Coatepeque
- Casa 1800 – top boutique hotels in Suchitoto in El Salvador
- Los Almendros de San Lorenzo – Suchitoto
- Barceló – San Salvador
- Hyatt Centric San Salvador
- Nico Urban Hotel – San Salvador
- Puerto Barillas – Bahia de Jiquilisco
Best boutique hotels in El Salvador – Discover unique places to stay!
Casa 1800 Cerro Verde – top boutique hotels in El Salvador
Looking for a luxurious place to stay with a view of an active volcano? Then you want to spend the night at Casa 1800 Cerro Verde, one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in El Salvador. Casa 1800 is located on the Cerro Verde, an inactive volcano of 2030 meters high. From here you look straight over the top of the 2300-meter high Ilamantepec, an active volcano, also known as the Santa Ana. Incredibly special and beautiful!
Casa 1800 Cerro Verde is a complex with several modern rooms. The rooms are spacious and consist of a living room and bedroom with a king-size bed. And all rooms have a mega terrace, with volcano views. You can sit here for hours and look out over the volcano.
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In the restaurant you order simple but tasty dishes. And the restaurant has a large terrace, offering amazing volcano views as well. From the chair, for which Casa 1800 is known for, you can go for some great photo shooting.
Less than a 5-minute walk from Casa 1800 Cerro Verde you will come across a mirador, a viewpoint. This is the place to observe the most magical sunsets on a platform, above the clouds. And when it is clear, you can even look out over Guatemala with volcanoes such as Fuego, Acatenango and Pacaya.
Casa 1800 Cerro Verde is also a good starting point for a hike to the Santa Ana volcano. In the next article you can read everything you want to know about hiking the Santa Ana volcano. Cerro Verde can be reached from Santa Ana city. Continue reading more in my Santa Ana city guide.
Casa Degraciela – Ataco
Casa Degraciela is one of the nicest boutique hotels in Ataco, located along La Ruta de las Flores in El Salvador. The former hacienda has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel and is located right next to the plaza of Ataco. From your room you are within 1 minute on the main square with the nice stalls and shops
Casa Degraciela consists of several rooms, located around a courtyard with a fountain. The rooms on the first floor are the most beautiful, with a master bedroom, including king-size bed and bathroom with jacuzzi. A second room opens onto a spacious balcony overlooking the patio. In the evening everything is beautifully lit.
Looking for more boutique hotels along the flower route in Ataco in El Salvador? Here you will find an overview.
The hotel has retained its colonial style. There are objects such as tools, furniture, covered wagons and paintings from the former hacienda time used as decoration. There is a restaurant and a bar and in the evening everything is beautifully lit. The breakfast is super nice. Everywhere in the garden there are pergolas and tables where you can take a seat and enjoy delicious breakfasts.
Ataco is a village that is part of La Ruta de las Flores, a beautiful route along coffee fields, waterfalls and small villages with flowers, street art, markets and nice shops. Do you want to read more about the flower route? In this article I will tell you everything you want to know about La Ruta de Las Flores in El Salvador.
Casa 1800 – Los Naranjos
Looking for a nice place to stay surrounded by greenery and countless birds in El Salvador? Casa 1800 Los Naranjos is located on a mountain near the village Los Naranjos. What started as a restaurant, grew into a true hotspot, where many visitors come to take a picture on the platform with the famous chair, overlooking the Izalco volcano.
Nowadays there are also rooms to book. And not just any rooms: Three beautifully decorated cottages, including a large terrace. With a clear sky you look straight at the Izalco and Santa Ana volcano and even the Pacific coast.
Check out the latest prices and availability for Casa 1800 Los Naranjos here.
In the afternoon you can eat in the restaurant or make your own lunch in the picnic area. In the evening, there is a campfire and you enjoy perfect starry skies. The restaurant’s menu consists of many chicken and meat dishes, but they are willing to prepare vegetarian dishes as well.
Casa 1800 Los Naranjos is located near the village Juayua, where you can try local dishes at the weekly food market and go on a spectacular hike along 7 different waterfalls. A highlight is the waterfall climb, where you ascend a 55-meter high waterfall.
Juayua is part of La Ruta de las Flores, a beautiful route along coffee fields, waterfalls and small villages with flowers, street art, markets and nice shops. Do you want to read more about the flower route? In this article, I will tell you everything you want to know about La Ruta de Las Flores in El Salvador.
Equinoccio Hotel – Lago Coatepeque
The Equinoccio hotel is located directly on Lake Coatepeque in El Salvador. The most beautiful rooms have their own balcony with a view, looking out over the sparkling lake.
All rooms are simply furnished but spacious and fully equipped. A number of rooms are located at the back with a view of the garden. But I would definitely recommend to go for a room with a view.
Check out the latest prices and availability at Equinoccio Hotel here. Looking for more boutique hotels in and around Lake Coatepeque El Salvador? Here you will find a comprehensive overview.
The property includes a swimming pool and a large wooden terrace, built on a jetty in the lake. From here you can go on a kayak trip or enjoy the views while enjoying a drink. The restaurant serves seafood dishes including tilapia and mojarra. Don’t forget to to walk around the lake and look for different angles to take pictures.
The Coatepeque lake can be reached from Santa Ana in El Salvador.
Casa 1800 – top boutique hotels in Suchitoto in El Salvador
If you are in Suchitoto, a visit to Casa 1800 El Salvador should not be missed. This restaurant has been one of Suchitoto’s most visited places for years because of its setting at the Lago de Suchitlán. You can take photos from the platform at the famous Casa 1800 chair. But it is also one of the best boutique hotels to stay in El Salvador.
The rooms are spacious and stylishly furnished with soft beds. All located in the main building, which consists of two floors. There are rooms with twin images and king size beds. But especially the location makes this hotel in El Salvador so unique. Both the rooms and the restaurant are located in a large tropical garden with flowers, squirrels and butterflies. The highlight is the panoramic view of the lake where the birds are flying around. If you are lucky you will even spot the national bird, the Mot Mot – Torogoz.
Casa 1800 Suchitoto is a boutique hotel with a small-scale character and good service. Check out the latest prices and availability at Casa 1800 Suchitoto here. Looking for more boutique hotels in Suchitoto El Salvador? Here you will find a comprehensive overview.
The restaurant offers different dishes, but highly recommended is the fish of the day, often the mojarra from Lake Suchitlán, served with grilled vegetables, rice and tortillas. Do you want to try something special? They also serve a pupizza here. A pupusa, the local dish of El Salvador, in the shape of a pizza. You choose the ingredients yourself. Just keep in mind that on weekends the restaurant is busy with national tourists, taking pictures on the famous chair. Have a look on instagram.
Suchitoto is one of the most beautiful destinations in El Salvador. You can stroll around the streets for hours, past colored houses and flowers, have a chat with the locals and enjoy the lovely atmosphere. Curious about Suchitoto? In the next article you will find the best things to do in Suchitoto in El Salvador.
Los Almendros de San Lorenzo – Suchitoto
Another nice place to stay in Suchitoto in El Salvador is Los Almendros de San Lorenzo, which consists of a number of colonial buildings and two large courtyards. This colonial hotel is centrally located – just behind the central plaza of Suchitoto.
All rooms are spacious with high ceilings, comfortable beds and a large bathroom, all located around the inner gardens with lots of greenery, flowers and lizards running around.
In the swimming pool you can cool off from warm Suchitoto. There is also a bar and a restaurant, but one of the best things to do in this hotel in Suchitoto El Salvador is to find a spot in the garden and have a drink. In the evening everything is idyllically lit.
Check out the current prices and availability at Los Almendros de San Lorenzo here. Looking for more boutique hotels in Suchitoto El Salvador? This is a comprehensive overview.
Barceló – San Salvador
Looking for a hotel in San Salvador? A hotel where I have been coming for years (mainly for work) is hotel Barceló. An icon in the city! Hotel Barceló is huge and consists of countless floors with hundreds of rooms. A bit old-fashioned but maybe that is what makes it nice.
All rooms are spacious and comfortable, with views of the city and mountains. There is a great breakfast buffet, bar, coffee shop, swimming pool and small fitness center.
You can also dine at the poolside restaurant. Recommended if a lot of restaurants are closed on a Sunday evening. Hotel Barceló, is centrally located on the outskirts of Colonia San Benito, within walking distance of all restaurants and bars. Highly recommended for a first night in San Salvador, for example.
Check the latest prices and availability at Barceló San Salvador here. Looking for more hotels in San Salvador? Here you will find a comprehensive overview.
Hyatt Centric San Salvador
One of the best hotels in El Salvador is the Hyatt Centric San Salvador. A type of hotel that I do not often recommend because of its size and business vibe. But for this Hyatt I like to make an exception, because everything is just right.
There are different types of rooms with comfortable beds and walk-in showers. And the art on the walls is really nice for a hotel chain.
The Hyatt Centric has a restaurant, bar, fitness center and spa. Something that can be both a disadvantage and an advantage is the location. The Hyatt is located in a shopping center, located on the highway, surrounded by other shopping centers. Great if you are passing through and use San Salvador as a stopover. Less convenient if you want to see something of the area by foot.
Check current prices and availability at Hyatt Centric in San Salvador here. Looking for more hotels in San Salvador? Here you will find a comprehensive overview.
Nico Urban Hotel – San Salvador
Do you have more time in San Salvador and are you looking for a small-scale boutique hotel? Then I recommend staying at Nico Urban Hotel. My personal favorite place. This hotel is located in Colonia San Benito, one of the nicest areas of the city with numerous restaurants and bars.
This boutique hotel has 6 spacious rooms, half of which have a private terrace and garden. The decoration is modern and the service; As you are used to from a boutique hotel – nice and personal! There is also a bar for guests where coffee, tea and snacks are available.
Check out current prices and availability at Nico Urban Hotel here. Looking for more hotels in San Salvador? Here you will find a comprehensive overview.
Nico Urban Hotel can call itself owner of one of the best Italian restaurants in San Salvador: Il Bongustaio, located in a large tropical garden. Don’t forget to make a reservation for breakfast. These are really delicious! Keep in mind that the San Benito district is a popular place for for party people. You will hear some music from your neighbors in the weekend for sure. The advantage is that you have all the nice places within walking distance.
San Salvador is not only the capital of El Salvador, but also the economic, cultural and political heart of the country. In this article I’ll tell you more about best things to do in San Salvador.
Puerto Barillas – Bahia de Jiquilisco
Are you planning to visit the Bahia de Jiquilisco Nature Reserve? Then one of the best places to stay is Puerto Barrillas El Salvador. You sleep here in comfortable houses right on the water. From your cottage you can immediately board the boat for a trip through the canals, along the mangrove, where you observe different birds. And if you are lucky you will occasionally see a turtle sticking its head out of the water.
Puerto Barillas consists of several cottages, surrounded by tropical gardens and cocoa trees. It is a short 10-minute walk from the reception and restaurant, making it a wonderfully quiet environment to stay. The houses consist of two floors, including a living room with kitchen and terrace, and a bedroom with a large balcony. You can sit outside on the terrace and even organize your own barbecue.
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In addition to the houses, the Puerto Barillas complex consists of a restaurant, a swimming pool and a marina. Keep in mind that you are quite far from a village. You are therefore dependent on the restaurant on site. Something that is not bad at all, because they serve delicious fresh fish dishes here. You can buy some groceries in the shop, but it is recommended to buy some things before your visit as well.
Bahia de Jiquilisco is the largest mangrove area in Central America. You will find small islands, bays, canals, sandy beaches, forests and a freshwater lagoon. There are numerous national and migratory birds, many of which are endangered species. It is also an important breeding ground for turtles, including the hawksbill turtle, an endangered sea turtle species that emerge here annually between August and January and nest along the banks. The best way to explore the area is by boat. You can book a tour to Bahia de Jiquilisco here.
More about El Salvador
Did you enjoy reading this article with the best boutique hotels in El Salvador? El Salvador is a small country in Central America with so much to offer. Let me take you on a journey along the most beautiful destinations and things to do in El Salvador. In the next article you will find more inspiration and tips.
- Best things to do in El Salvador
- El Salvador itinerary
- Suchitoto El Salvador – a travel guide with tips and things to do
- Things to do in San Salvador – a comprehensive travel guide
- Santa Ana city guide
- Conchagua volcano – everything you want to know
- Ruta de las Flores – everything you want to know