How often does one have a chance to sleep in a mansion in a foreign country without spending a small fortune? Guests have that opportunity with an overnight stay at Los Almendros de San Lorenzo. The hotel, located in the charming town of Suchitoto, El Salvador, offers unique rooms for the art lover, as well as the well traveled.
This small, 200 year old boutique hotel, offers 12 one-of-a-kind rooms in a former private mansion in this colonial town. Owners Joaquin Rodezno and Pascal Lebailly have merged El Salvador together with the best of France. Pascal and Joaquin have tastefully decorated this once abandoned grand dame and brought her back to live in joie de vivre fashion – as only the French can do!
You’ll notice the carefully curated art collection upon entrance to the building, tucked away on a quiet street in Suchitoto. Only blocks from the town square, the hotel is self contained, offering a full-service restaurant – with a French-influenced menu, as well as El Chucho Aguacatero Bar – Lounge. Although miles from the bustling energy of San Salvador, Los Almendros de San Lorenzo offers the sophistication of a capital city hotel experience, but with quaint country elegance only 50 minutes from the city.
Rooms range from single bedrooms with high, soaring ceilings, to garden apartments that sleep up to four people, offering views of nearby Lake Suchitlan. Rooms open up to the lush garden courtyard with a fountain in the center. Wander into the library with its antique piano, more unique artwork and plenty of books, of course.
If you are like me, and prefer to stay connected while on vacation, the hotel offers complimentary internet. Not all rooms are wifi-friendly – you may need to lounge in the corridor by the front of the building to pick up a signal, or head to the bar and restaurant.
After taking a boat ride around Lake Suchitan or wandering the streets of Suchitoto, head back to the hotel and lounge by the pool with it’s blue tiled surfaces and lush tropical gardens.
Room rates range from $93 to $168, with choice of a very generous American or El Salvadoran breakfast. Check the hotel website for current rates. You can also check rates and book through Travelocity, Expedia or Hotels.com.
Review, Lake Suchitlan and suite photos courtesy of Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of El Salvador Tourism during my visit to Suchitoto, however, all opinions are my own.