Royal Decameron Salinitas

Paseo general Escalon No. 4711, Sonsonate, El Salvador | 3 star resort
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This 3 star resort, located on Paseo general Escalon No. 4711, Sonsonate, is near Dado Beach, Underground Ammunition Factory (Machon Ayalon), Banias Waterfall, and Tazumal.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Decameron Salinitas Sonsonate

    Loved Decameron Salinitas

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    My wife and I were at Decameron Salinitas last march for two weeks.

    Weather was wonderful and we enjoyed our stay there very much.

    We stayed on the first floor of building #1 , so we were near everything.

    Food is quite good , very nice rooms with efficient AC et excellent service from people working there.

    We've made four tours: San Salvador, Antigua (Guatemala), Coffee plantation and Route des Fleurs. Each tour very interesting.

    The only negative point for us : no place to dance except at the disco.

    We higly recommend that place but if you plan to stay for two weeks, take

    at least three tours to see Salvador .

    Globetrotters from Quebec, Canada

    Great Resort

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    Royal Decameron Salinitas is a great resort. We spent two weeks there (from May 18 to May 31) and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly. We did the two a-la-carte restaurants and the buffet, and all three of us preferred the buffet for wider selection. We never went for afternoon snacks because we weren't hungry between meals but we had a few soups after the discotheque since one of the restaurants opens for late night snacks.

    The drinks are quite good compared to other resorts and despite the size of the place waiting time at the bars was very reasonable. Bartenders will try to prepare any drink combination you order.

    Our room was spacious and clean. The tap water might scare you at first with its slightly yellow color, but we were told it is safe...not to drink though. I used it to brush my teeth and never got sick but they do provide you with bottled water every day. The air-conditioning worked like a charm without being noisy. We kept our room at 18 degrees and every time we went outside our sunglasses became foggy with condensation. Yes, it was hot and humid most of the time.

    The nightly entertainment was superb! They appear to alternate shows with audience participation with shows made entirely of dance numbers from their animation team. I loved the latter ones, no so much the ones with audience interaction. Those mostly-Colombian guys can really dance and the choreographies and overall production are the best I've seen in all-inclusive resorts. Make time for some of these shows; they are worth it and the discotheque starts right after the show and it's literally next door. The discotheque is quite good and it has open bar unlike some other all-inclusive resorts where drinking at the disco is not included. The music is a bit repetitive. Those Salvadorians are crazy about reggaeton, you'd think you are in Puerto Rico; and reggaeton it is most of the night every night, but they also play hip-hop, merengue, salsa, etc.

    I am a beach person and enjoy almost every beach. Do not expect Caribbean turquoise waters here. There is Costa Azul, a beach 30 min away where the resort has a property and guests can go to play with very strong waves and fine grey volcanic sand. This beach is good for boogie boarding and surfing and trips from the hotel leave at 9:00 am and 11:00 am and return at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm respectively. The beach right in front of the hotel is full of rocks that help tame the waves with some sandy gaps (the space circled by buoys is mostly sandy). There is an interesting phenomenon happening with the tides (at least this time of the year). We were told by one of the lifeguards that there is a precise cycle of low and high tides. Six hours and thirteen minutes, if I recall correctly. The thing is that sometimes the tide is low and the water is very still and shallow. Many people like to lie quietly in the water during this time. It is very relaxing. During high tide, waves are strong but not as strong as in Costa Azul.

    The pools are big and many activities take place there: aquaerobics, volleyball, water polo, and some other games led by the animation team. The salt-water pool is a lot of fun when it gets over flooded by high tides but be careful those waves are tricky. We saw a couple of people bleeding after being thrown against the rocks by the waves.

    The only negative criticism that I have to make is regarding the tours. Booking a tour was a complete mess. We were told that we had to wait for a certain number of guests to sign up for the same tour and agree on a date. People at the Decameron Explorer office (they were responsible for the tours) kept saying wait and we eventually had to find the other guests ourselves. Once there were 5 of us we managed to go on the Lake Coatepeque and San Salvador Volcano tour. The places were beautiful but we returned to the office to cancel plans for other tours. To our surprise we were told that we weren't on any waiting list. Who knows, maybe they operate better in high season otherwise I truly hope that they get their act together. All that said, I recommend that you sign up for one tour first, see how that goes and then if you are satisfied sign up for the next.

    Rather than taking those tours I recommend you to walk along the beach towards the fishing town of Los Cobanos (it's not too far, about 20 min walk, although people from the hotel will try to discourage you from leaving their property). The town is very small, ask for Oscar, one of the few fishermen that owns a boat with a roof, and arrange with him to take you out to sea. The sun is very bright down there, if you are not used to it having a roof is a must! You can go fishing or simply load some beers from a local store and go for a ride. We went about 5 kms from shore and navigated for 2 hours for only $40 for all of us. That was a fraction of what any tour booked through the hotel would cost you and it was quite an adventure going through the waves and diving in the open sea.

    Overall this is a great resort and if you are looking to take a break from your routine and relax on the beach Royal Decameron Salinitas is worth it.

    Regards

    Ernesto Ramirez

    Toronto, Canada

    Very bad resort and very bad service terrible employees not a good place to stay

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    Beautiful place, but terrible service. I can not explain to you how bad the service was, I don't think that it should be rated a one!!! The employees are so rude, the manager is never on site, no one to give comments to or suggestions. An embaressment to El Salvador.

    Will Be hard to beat

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    First of all, this was oour first south vacation. We decided to go last minute, so we could find a cheap deal.

    I would have never guessed that cheap deal meant first class Trip.

    We booked through Nolitours and flew with Air Transat. The 4 1/2 flight went quickly, service was good and the seating and food was above average.

    Once to El Salvador, we had to take a 2 hour bus ride to the Decameron Salinitas. which in my mind was wonderful, we got to see all of the scenery that El Salvador could offer. We saw the Volcano's, the coffee plantations, the housing (poor as well as rich), and we got to see an areal view of San Salvador.

    Once there,at check in, we were greated with drinks and soon after our packages (including keys and tourist information), Of to the rooms, where our suitcases arrived, at our doorstep mind you, shortly after.

    The Resort:

    The POOL:

    There was two pools that were devided into two sections each (kids and entertainment section and the deeper pool). The main pool was infront of the hotel, the bars and the restaurant (Snack bar and Buffet). The other was a 2 min walk away from the hotel and was also devided into a kiddy pool area and a deeper pool(included: snack and drink bar) this one was always the less crwoded of the two, where we mostly spent out time.

    Positive: Huge pools, good entertainment for both kids and adults, very clean and all close to the bars.

    Negative: Closed at seven, no night time swiming.

    THE ROOMS:

    Positive: Very big, very clean and best of all they were all ocean view.

    Negative: No Fridge in the room (no prob, the bars were almost always open).

    THE Food:

    After reading plenty of reviews of other places (including Cuba) i was not very optomistic about the food. Boy was i wrong:

    Positive: Everything that I ate was very good, the buffet had different meals everyday for breakfast, dinner and supper. The Snak bar had the usual: hamberger, hotdogs, fries(the best i ever had), bbq ribs and bbq chicken.Tried both restaurants, grill and seafood, and they were both excellent.

    Negative: None

    THE BEACH:

    Very Beautiful beach, more of a larger grain of sand than the atlantic beaches. Yes it is a little hard to walk on at first but then you get used to it. The funnest part was the waves comming in at high tide.

    Positive: all good

    Negative: not much of a beach person did not see any

    The Tours:

    They had a list of about 30 tours that one could take to visit all aroud El salvador. We took two and were very pleased and fortunate to see the beauty and not so beautiful place in EL Slavador.

    i could go on and on about this resort, in a positive way of course, but i do not have the time.

    One Couple, that have been doing the resort thing for about ten years now, said that this was one of the best resort they have been to and will be very hard to beat.

    I recomment this resort to one and all

    any questions please feel free to ask

    Thank you

    Marcel

    Very Nice Surprise

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    very nice resort,we would go back anytime i have been to resorts all over the world and this one goes head to head with the best of them,if only the ocean had the same color as cancuns it would be the perfect resort,but hey this is the pacific ocean after all;It has everything you need for a nice vacation and more,believe me you will not regret it,as far as safety in el salvador i was there for 15 days,one week at the resort an the rest in san salvador going out every single day with my family{wife and two girls 7 and 8}and never felt unsafe i guess it all depends on where tou go just like everywhere else in the world

    Manager is terrible

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    This hotel is beautiful, the beach, the pools and the restaruants, it is supposed to be a fist class hotel, but the management has still much to learn.

    Take note that the pool is closed from 7:00PM and this is a great disadvantage, since it is the best hour to swim, some people cannot take a lot of sun during the day.

    The problem arised when we spoke with the manager about this restrictive schedule and he literally shouted at us and said that this were the rules, he changed the subject and accused my dad of not respecting the staff, and we did not even exchanged words with anyone form the staff.

    He mistreated my dad, who is a gentleman and when we told him that we would report it, he just told us to do as we pleased that he did not care at all.

    It is a shame that the manager has not the skills to treat people, otherwise the food is great and the place is really nice, just dont interact with the manager.

    Our first trip to El Salvador

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    My wife, two boys (ages 14 and 12) and I just returned from a week's stay at the Royal Decameron in Salinitas, El Salvador. We arrived Monday, March 20 and departed on Monday, March 27, 2006. I believe the resort opened in December 2005. We are from the United States and planned the trip ourselves. During our stay the temperature was in excess of 90F or 33C each day. All sun, no rain. If you have any questions about the resort, feel free to email me at douglasrscott@cox.net. Enjoy! We did. We would definitely return. Last year we stayed at the Decameron in Panama so if you are contemplating either, I have been to both.

    Here are some of our observations and a few tips I hope you find helpful:

    1. Arrival in Comalapa Airport, San Salvador. The airport is fairly small and looks new. After arriving, you take an escalator down to the immigration hall where you queue up. When it's your turn you present your passport and pay $10 USD per person for a 90 day tourist visa which they stick in your passport. After clearing immigration, you gather your luggage around the corner and proceed to the customs queue. Each person has to push a button on a red-green stop light. Red, you and your bags get further inspection. They run your bags through an x-ray machine - pretty low stress. Green light, and you are good to go. Once you clear customs you basically walk to an open air court where people are waiting for those who have just arrived. In this area there is a Pizza Hut, Subway and vending machines. The vending machines sell really cheap bottles of pop and water, and essential for the trip to Decameron. El Salvador uses the US Dollar as its currency. Suggest you bring some small bills with you for tips or purchasing inexpensive items. Sometimes change for large bills can be difficult, even at the resort.

    One our return flight the check in process was pretty easy at the airport. They did hand search bags before you checked in. Security was the typical x-ray and metal detector. We did some duty free shopping in the airport. Pretty limited in what you can buy, not a large selection, but the prices are reasonable. There were limited food options in the airport. I think our airline tickets included the 'departure tax' because no one collected any from us on the way out.

    2. Ground transportation. It is a two hour drive from the airport to the Decameron. We contacted the Decameron and arranged for a roundtrip transfer. It cost $37 per person roundtrip and it was worth every penny. Email at [--] and the resort will email you a form to complete. You need to email or fax the form back to the resort, along with a photocopy of your credit card and passport identification. Once we cleared customs, someone with a Decameron sign with our name on it was waiting for us. A few minutes later we were on our way in a small minibus. Our return trip was in a large pickup truck that had two rows of seats. I was a little skeptical at first, but it was great since the truck could maintain speed up the hills - our trip back to the airport took just shy of 1.5 hours.

    3. Check in at Decameron. Check-in was fairly painless, but requires a little patience. We booked the hotel portion of our trip on Expedia. Make sure you have a paper copy of your reservation. They will want a copy even if they have your reservation on file. After you get your room assignment you are given the option to rent a lock for the safe in your room's closet and put a deposit down on a second key for your room. If interested, you are directed to another desk on the opposite side of the lobby. For the safe lock, it's $2 a day. You can also put a $15 deposit for a second room key which you will get back at the end of your stay when you return the key. They are real keys, not plastic cards. When done, follow the person who has collected your bags and you are on the way to your room. You can get change for larger bills at the lobby desk - but sometimes they are out and you need to wait for the next day when someone goes to the bank. I only saw them dealing in US currency. I never noticed them convert currency (from Canadian to US for example). If you are bringing currency other than the USD, I am not sure you can convert it at the resort, you may need to do this at the airport. I did not notice an ATM on the property.

    4. The rooms. There are two large units on the property and your room will have four digits in its number. The first is the building you are in. The second digit, the floor you are on. For example, if you are in 1306, you are in building one, third floor. In my opinion, unit one is the best since it runs the length of where all the resort's activities take place - the pools, restaurants, etc. Unit two, is off to the side. While it has a nice view of the ocean, you have to walk the length of it to get to where the action is - albeit not very far. If you have difficulty with stairs, request a room on the first floor. There are no elevators. The property itself is flat so getting around is fairly easy. I assume all the rooms are similar. Our room had a bathroom with sink, toilet and shower stall. The main living area had a large closet, drawers, TV, nightstand, work table and chairs, and two queen beds. We were on the third floor and had a small balcony. Too small for a chair, but large enough to stand on and look at the ocean. The first floor units had a small deck with plastic chairs to sit on.

    5. The water. Bottled water is stocked in your room daily. If you run out or need more, I found they had more to give you in the lobby. Use it! Even when you brush your teeth. The faucet in your restroom indicated the water is not potable and I believe it. Do not drink the water from the faucet in your room - or shower. The restaurants and bars all serve purified water from a pitcher, so you do not need to be concerned with what they pour for you.

    6. The restaurants. There are three restaurants on property. A buffet that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are two ala carte restaurants open only for dinner - a Steakhouse and a Mediterranean. You must make reservations. Most people queued up just before 7 AM by the gift shop where you could reserve your place for either an 1830 or 2030 seating. During the day, the two ala carte restaurants serve buffet style snacks like hotdogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken or pork, and a salad bar. We never went hungry and the food was average to above average - although by the end of the week it was getting repetiative.

    The breakfast buffet had a waffle/pancake station and an egg station where they made to order waffles, French toast, pancakes, omelets or fried eggs. They had a buffet line that normally had other meat, potatoes and egg dishes. The fresh fruit was wonderful. They had a bread station and toaster and about six different kinds of fruit juices.

    The buffet lunch normally had a variety of meat, potato, rice and vegetable dishes. It also had a panini sandwich bar and pasta station where you could have your meal made to order. Lunch had a nice salad and desert bar.

    The buffet dinner normally had some theme to it. One night was Italian, another was local foods. Again, the basics. Several different types of meat, potato, rice, and vegetable dishes. They also have two areas where they prepare something special normally in accordance with the theme. It could be carved meat or paella or some other special dish. There is also a bread, salad, an desert bar.

    We ate at each of the ala carte restaurant once. The steakhouse obviously features beef, although it was not as tender as what we are used to in the US. The Mediterranean restaurant had about a dozen items on the menu that were mostly seafood and/or pasta based. Both were good, but not great.

    7. The drinks. Numerous bars on property that serve a variety of soft drinks, beer, and harder liquor including frozen drinks. Like all all-inclusives, the plastic cups are tiny, so bring your own, large plastic cups. Many guests brought insulated large cups. The local beer is fantastic. The wine was very plain. The red was Fetzer from a box that they transferred to Carafe. If you want a special wine for dinner, you might need to pack your own in with you. They do sell bottles of wine in the gift shop.

    8. The beach. Not the best. There are several large rock formations natural and man made. Being the Pacific there is a pretty good tidal difference between low and high. The water is clean, but not like the Caribbean. The sand is brown and course. The property maintains a small property that has beach access about a twenty minute drive from the main resort. I recommend you try it at least once during your stay. You sign up for the bus (it's a school bus) at the same location you sign up for the ala carte restaurant. It left at 9 AM and 11 AM daily while we were there and returned from the other beach around 1430 and 1630. No extra cost for this bus ride. At the other beach, the sand is very fine and cocoa in color and best of all no rocks. There are big waves for boogey boarding. This other property looks like it was someone's home at one time with several small buildings, a covered area to each, a snack bar with buffet lunch and drinks. They have boogey boards and kayaks for you to use. The beach is wide (over 100M). They have rows and rows of thatched huts for shade. My tip to you, is be on the front of the bus in the ride over. First off = first pick of the beach chairs.

    9. The guests. I am guessing the hotel was between 60 - 75% full during our stay, but it never seemed crowded. There were always beach chairs to be found, even ones that had umbrellas for shade. Most the guests were part of a very large tour group from Montreal and Quebec. Most stayed for one week. On Thursday AM, the large group would leave on several buses and later in the afternoon a new batch would take their place. I estimate nearly 70% of the guests were from Montreal or Quebec and 30% were from El Salvador or one of the bordering Central American countries. We were four of perhaps ten guests from the US. On the weekend, the Decameron offers day passes for the property so it got slightly more congested on Saturday and Sunday with local San Salvadorians enjoying a day at the beach. I was told a day pass that includes all the services (less a hotel room) costs $59. Everyone seemed to have a great time together.

    10. Entertainment. There are daily poolside games and activities to keep you busy if you want. Water aerobics, volleyball, ping-pong, billiards, etc. The pools run the whole length of the property and are great to float and relax in. The water in the pool is very warm. Each evening they have a children's program (at 2100) and adult program (at 2200) in their open air theater. They really crank up the volume for the shows, so if you want to go to bed early, ask for a room away from theater. After the end of the adult show they open the discotheque which is next to the theater. It is open from 2300 to 0200. It has a large dance floor, bar, and high top table and chairs. A good crowd always went in after the end of the evening show.

    11. Phone and internet. Did not use the phone, but it looked expensive. They have about a half dozen computers you can use in a room under the main dining hall. There are a number of computer equipped internet kiosks to use. You have to buy an internet card in the front lobby. I am not sure of the cost, but believe it is reasonable (like $5 and hour). If you bring your own wi-fi capable computer, you can get online for free in the lobby or the lounge area under the main buffet restaurant. I suspect you can connect from some of the rooms as well depending on how close you are to the lobby.

    12. The staff. The staff was great. Most of the staff in a management, front desk, or gift shop position spoke Spanish, and fairly good English, and French. Most the servers, maids, etc., only spoke Spanish and perhaps a few words of English or French. If you can speak or learn a few words of Spanish it goes along way. While everything is included in an all-inclusive, I found leaving a few single dollar bills here and there each day were welcomed with a big smile and great service.

    13. Tours. There is a tour desk near the gift shop. There are a variety of tours from local countryside trips to more distant and longer to Guatemala and Honduras. You can climb a volcano, or go deep sea fishing. We took only one tour and enjoyed it. It lasted from 0800 till 1400 and was a bus tour of five cities in the mountainous areas near the resort. The tour itself was called the route of flowers (or rout de fleurs). It really let you see local life and I would recommend it. You were able to shop and spend time walking through local markets. The cost was about $30 per person and was led by a guide who spoke French and English. It addition to a tour guide a tourist police officer travels with the group to ensure safety.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Royal Decameron Salinitas Sonsonate

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