After landing in the bustling city of San Salvidor and seeing the sites of El Rosario Church, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Barrios Plaza and El Boqueron park, I checked into Hotel Mirador Plaza. Coming from California, it takes a few days to get used to the presence of armed guards in front of the shops and hotels, but in the capital city, it is a way of life.
Hotel Mirador Plaza is a safe, clean and reasonably priced hotel in the city of Sal Salvador, the capital city in this Central American country. There are 40 rooms at the hotel, ranging from standard to Junior Suites. The two story hotel does not offer an elevator, so request a ground floor room if stairs are a problem.
The hotel offers a heated swimming pool, small gym and complimentary business center if you need computer access or should you wish to print out your airport board pass.
Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and is included in the price of the room. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During my stay, the breakfast buffet featured fresh fruits and juices, coffee, yogurt, cereals, hot chafing dishes of scrambled eggs, fried chicken bits coated in sesame seeds, beans, breads for toasting, along with meats and cheeses.The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
My room, #117, came with two twin beds and rented for $97 – $115. plus taxes, depending on the day of the week. As always, check the website for current pricing.
Insider Tips: Make sure to step inside El Rosario Church in the city center. The outside of the church is nothing special, but inside is a beautiful rainbow of stained glass and unique architecture designed by Ruben Martinez. You will also note a plaque honoring the 21 people killed in the area on October 29, 1979 during the Civil War. On a lighter note, El Salvador is known for its Pupusas. Have dinner at Tipicos Margoth Escalon for authentic, El Salvadorean cuisine. For additional insider tips follow @Nancydbrown on Twitter and @ElSalvadorFresh.
Need to know: Check in is at 2:00 p.m. and check out is at 1:00 p.m. Rooms offer air conditioning, cable television, shampoo, shower and bottled water. No pets are accepted at this three star hotel.
If You Go:
Hotel Mirador Plaza (503) 2,244-6,000
Street and 95 Avenue El Mirador Norte # 4908, Colonia
Escalon, San Salvador, El Salvador
Article, photography and video by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Hotel Mirador Plaza and El Salvador Ministry of Tourism, however all opinions are my own.