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El Balsamo Reviews

El Sunzal, Km 44, Calle a la playa, Tamanique, El Sunzal, El Salvador

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22 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 72%Facilities

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Gijs and Veronica are great hosts, there is a really nice atmosphere here. About 200 meters from the beach, the hostel is in a great location. It's nice to be in Sunzal, so a bit quieter than Tunco, and much closer to the main surf break, and Tunco is just a 3-4 minute walk down the beach if you want to party. The bathroom setup is not perfect, but a new kitchen and bathroom are being built, should be ready in the coming days. Overall: Clean rooms, great location, great value, nice hosts.


I stayed in a basic budget single room for over two weeks and found it to be fantastic value for money with 1st class hosts and very good facilities for the money I paid. The room was basic but very comfortable for both myself and my bank balance and it was only minutes from the surf in one direction and transport in the other. I am returning again shortly and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone travelling on a budget who needs the services of very friendly knowledgeable and helpful hosts

  • 13th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


I felt very welcome and safe. The staff was helpful. Cozy up in the bar with free wifi. The room was clean and comfortable. A few minutes walk from a beautiful beach. Close to dining. I had been here before. I like to come back next time.


There is a cockerel waking you up from 3.00 in the morning for 4 hours. I slept with earplugs and still heard it. Plus the owner is not accomodating

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