Casa Frolaz

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The Hostelz.com Review

Casa Frolaz is a gem of a hostel that offer the services of a boutique hotel with extremely friendly and passionate owners.

The Location

Casa Frolaz is located upstairs of Quattro Estaciones Restaurant, one block from INSA (ask the hostel for directions if you are coming by bus from San Salvador) and about ten from the bus station. The central square is ten blocks further down, so that means it is at least 20 minutes walking from the hostel. All services, including the biggest mall in town, are within a couple of blocks from the house.

Santa Ana is not the most beautiful city outside its central square, but its surroundings are well worth visiting for.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Casa Frolaz offer only one four-bed dorm (with four single beds, no bunk!) and another room with one double and one single bed. When we were there, the dorm could have used a curtain to cover the light coming from the doorway to the terrace, and they needed to fix the other window that did not close fully. Otherwise, everything else was comfortable and functional.

Every room has its own big bathroom with hot water. Towels and soap are provided for free. Guests can also use the restaurant’s bathroom, if there isn’t a free toilet in the hostel.

Common Spaces

While they have their own posh restaurant (Quatro Estaciones, offering Mediterranean food. A place that is more busy at lunch time during the week, as it mainly caters to business people coming from San Salvador), it was never a problem using their big kitchen for guests during our stay, at any time of the day.

The common spaces are decorated with paintings and pieces of art. The garden is also very relaxing, although it more belongs to the restaurant and not the hostel; that means no hammocks, just tables and chairs. And lots of plants. For travellers staying in the dorm, there is also a small terrace accessible from your room.

The Wi-Fi connection is very good. There is a satellite TV with a big screen in the restaurant.

Casa Frolaz is a beautiful place, but the best value are the two brothers who run it. Francisco is a good chef and more quiet. Bruno, who is very knowledgeable and connected for all things El Salvador, is always happy to share information and tips, or enthusiastically inviting you for a coffee tasting. Their English is good enough for every kind of conversation.

Summary

The only things that remind you Casa Frolaz is a hostel are the dorm beds and their price. Otherwise, it offer the services of a boutique hotel and the personal attention of a homestay.
by i viaggi di clach
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2017-05-12

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Casa Frolaz" at 29 Calle Poniente entre 8 y 10 Avenida Sur #42-B.)

Location/Contact

Address
29 Calle Poniente entre 8 y 10 Avenida Sur #42-B, Santa Ana, El Salvador
Coordinates
13.981692, -89.563830 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Telephone
+503 2440 1564
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  Casa Frolaz is a family-run hostel and restaurant. Upon arrival, you might frown upon the view of the building, but don't be mistaken -- what's inside is quite a different thing. The Location The location isn't that bad, although a look at the map might say otherwise. All right, it's not in the historical center of Santa Ana as are some other hostels, but we are talking about a small, one-hundred-thousand-inhabitant town. So even if the location doesn't look brilliant, in fact it's usually not a problem. The walk to the center is about one-and-a-half kilometers. The streets are as safe as streets can be, although wandering after dark might feel a bit risky. But during the day, the distance actually offers a pleasant walk, starting by the crossing of the wonderful street market of Santa Ana. There are lots of cheap eateries around, as well as assorted shops. If you are coming from San Salvador, pick a bus with a stop at INSA (Instituto Nacional de Santa Ana), the high school -- from there, it's no more than two hundred meters to the hostel. Rooms and Bathrooms There is one dorm upstairs with four single beds -- although a fifth one is usually added in the high season. Linen and towels, as well as a small bar of soap, are provided. The bathroom is accessible from the dorm and features a good hot shower with plenty of pressure. However, we get the impression that the amount of hot water is limited. There are four power plugs in the dorm. No air conditioning, no fans, no lockers. The good news -- Wi-Fi is stable and delivers enough power for more demanding duties. There is a small neglected terrace with direct access from the dorm. There is one problem that can be huge -- the windows don't close. And on some days, it's windy and cold and it's hard to sleep while your feet are freezing. The provided blankets are not enough. Oh, another potential nuisance is the smell from the kitchen of the restaurant -- once they are working, the smell swiftly invades the dorm. Finally, the lighting of the dorm is totally inadequate. There is a single ceiling bulb and it's so weak that you will have trouble reading anything, like the supermarket's bill. It's definitely not a good idea to pack after dark. Common Spaces The common spaces are a shady situation. The thing is, downstairs the owners run an upper-scale restaurant. Theoretically, guests are allowed to use the tables of the restaurant as usually guests use the common spaces of a hostel. But it's a bit awkward to walk around in shorts and flipflops when there are customers having a meal in the restaurant. There is also a pleasant garden with a couple of tables and many flowers, but the space is equally attached to the restaurant. The same goes for the kitchen -- guests can use it, but it's the kitchen of a restaurant. We must say, though, that we never had a problem using it -- but on busy evenings things might be different. Summary This is an acceptable hostel, suitable for a couple of nights while the traveler enjoys the wonderful and overlooked Santa Ana. Perhaps the best value of the hostel is the owner, Francisco, a man of culture and arts and a source of knowledge and information about the town and the region.
The building Dorm Restaurant and Common Space A nice garden with some tables Terrace Stairs to the dorm Bathroom
Cruzamundos
2016-02-10
 
The place is great and the owner is awesome!
the owner opened his house to travels and is a very special and cool guy. the place has wireless included, all the movies you can watch for free. and the house is a place to chill out. I recommend the jamrock bar to connect to local from santa ana, and a day trip to Coatepéque Lake.
edu del corral
(mexican)
2008-04-27

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