Casa Frolaz, Santa Ana, El Salvador

Worldīs apart from the chaotic downtown market area, the mellow Casa Frolaz is a sleepy oasis in the city of Santa Ana. Despite the many things to do in and around Santa Ana, a handful of services in the hostel will keep the professional chiller more than happy for a few days. The hostel is extensively decorated with tasteful paintings and ornaments and the tropical garden outside is a favorite hangout spot for visitors. The hostel as such is a beautiful melting pot of cultures and styles and a visit here will make you want to rush back home and redecorate your own place.

The hostel is run by the cheery owner Javier, who maintains a relaxed atmosphere in the hostel. Visitors to Casa Frolez, as a consequence, hardly spend any time in their rooms and enjoy music and conversation in the garden or large common area. The location of the hostel is ideal - halfway between the downtown market and the big Metrocentro shopping mall. ATMīs, a big supermarket and the cinema can all be found in the Metrocentro shopping mall, while an internet cafe is just around the corner from the hostel.
The hostel is well priced for backpackers on every budget with dorm bed costing $7. A double room with big private bathroom costs $18 per room. The prices include hot showers, a fully equipped kitchen with dining table and free use of the hostelīs movie collection as well as cable TV.

The hostel has a beautiful tropical garden, where guests can take it easy - perhaps while waiting for their laundry - the hostel offering a this service for $2 per load.

The hostel is a short walk from the bus terminal, here you can get a bus to nearby attractions, San Salvador or Guatemala/Mexico.
How to get there...
Forget about taking a cab in Santa Ana, unless haggling for half an hour is something you really like doing. You can walk to the hostel easily or accept to pay the initial
$4 cab fee.

From San Salvador take bus 201 ($ 1) from Terminal Occidente and ask to be dropped of at the I.N.S.A in Santa Ana or from Ahuachapan take the 202 ($0.80) and ask to get dropped off at I.N.S.A. The I.N.S.A. is on the corner of Av. Santa Ana California and Calle San Marcelino Champagnat).

From there walk one block down the street with the Timeout Internet Cafe sign (Avenida Santa Ana California) and take a right (Calle 29a Poniente).

If you arrive at the bus terminal walk up Avenida 10 sur/Av. Santa Ana California and turn left when you reach Calle 29a Poniente.

The hostel is on your left after 15 metres. The hostel does not have a sign so look for the C. Frolaz text above the door.
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Report & Photos by: Kim Schregardus & Mark Hommerson
Contact Info...
29a Calle Poniente # 42-B
(Entre 8 y 10 Avenidas Sur)
Santa Ana
(503) 2440 5302
(503) 2440 1693
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