Ximena's Guest House is a budget hostel, in urgent need of renovations, in a safe and relatively central area of San Salvador.
Ximenas is situated just a block away from Boulevard de los Heroes, in Colonia Centroamerica. The neighbourhood is full of all the famous fast-food chains and doesnt have many typical Salvadoran options. It has, however, a very safe feeling to it, especially when compared to other parts of the capital, although caution at nighttime is advised there as well. The transportation links to other parts of the city are very good and within close walking distance you can get to a huge mall, a bank, a taxi stand, a small theme park, as well as an area with a bit of nightlife. More options regarding going out can be found in Zona Rosa, which is a fifteen-minute taxi ride away. The historic centre and the Oriente bus terminal can both be reached within twenty minutes by bus.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are budget dormitories and slightly more expensive ones on offer, as well as private rooms. Dormitories have an average of six beds per room, however, the mattresses are either paper thin or in a bad condition. The one fan provided per room is usually not enough to cope with the heat in San Salvador. There are private rooms to choose from as well -- either small and budget ones or more spacious ones.
The bathrooms are kept quite clean. No hot water is available, although this will likely not be an issue in San Salvador.
When you go past the reception, you come to a small garden/smoking area equipped with a table, chairs, and a bench. This area provides a good point for meeting fellow travelers. In addition, there is a restaurant-like area where you can have a meal and there is also a functional but worn-out common kitchen available. In general, several things within the hostel do not work and you get the feeling that nothing has been fixed up for ages. Lockers are provided but for an extra fee, and so is Wi-Fi. The laundry service available is rather expensive.
If you are looking for a budget option to stay for a night in a safe neighbourhood while moving between cities, this could well be it. In any other case, when you take into account all the extra fees and the poor quality of the facilities, you can do much better nearby.