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We stayed here for 4 days and it was great. Good location, 2min walk to the beach and point break. The owner is really friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely stay here again.
I was not pleased with my stay at the Balsamo. The beds were thin and uncomfortable, the mosquito nets (very necesary as they were swarming here) were a bit too small for the beds and would tangle easily. The "kitchen" was a coleman camp stove with no sink. Water is not provided and the only power plug is outside of internet range. The only real upside is that it's close to the beach, and the dorms are only $5, so the value isn't terrible.
El Balsamo was a great finding. My objective was to surf Sunzal most of the time, and this hotel is just a 5-10 min walk from the main break. El Balsamo is far from the noisy El Tunco village, and very close to nature. Veronica, the host, is very friendly and is always there to help you. I stayed in the private room for 13 nights, paying US$ 20, which in my view, was worth the price. El Balsamo is also near the main road (1-2 minute walk) where you can hop on buses and head to nearby beaches.
When we arrived, the hostel was hosting a skate contest and heavy metal concert - not for the hostel guests, but for 100 Salvadoran skateboarders. All this was taking place next to the dorm, which has no lock for the door and no lockers inside. We felt quite insecure leaving our possessions, so could not go out for the night. The only toilet/shower is across the yard in a filthy tin shack, which we had to share with the skateboarders. The so-called kitchen was a dirty stove outside the dorm.