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Jury says Muslim hotel owner discriminated

A Muslim hotel owner discriminated against a Jewish group during a Southern California poolside charity event by ordering removal of banners and ousting them from the pool and spa, a jury decided in awarding $1.2 million statutory damages.

Punitive damages will be determined later.

The suit was filed by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, whose members had gathered two years ago at Santa Monica’s ocean-view Hotel Shangri-LA, which is owned by Tehmina Adaya. The owner is a Muslim of Pakistani descent.

The event was organized by Platinum Events, a marketing firm that had organized other gatherings at the Shangri-La after a $30-million renovation three years ago.

Workers and security guards at the Art Deco hotel were acting on Adaya’s orders when they told members of the group to get out of the pool and spa and remove banners and literature, according to trial testimony.

In her testimony, Adaya denied ordering a halt to the event for fear that her family would cut off her financing. Adaya inherited control of the hotel from her father, Ahmad Adaya, a real estate tycoon and philanthropist who died in 2006.

Former Shangri-La employee Nathan Codrey testified in a deposition read during trial that Adaya used profanity as she ordered a halt to the event.

“If my (family finds) out there’s a Jewish event here, they’re going to pull money from me immediately,” Codrey quoted her as saying.

The jury decided on Wednesday that the hotel and Adaya violated California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which bars hotels and other business from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, color or religion, the Los Angeles Times ( reported.

“I’m very proud to be part of a group who stood up for what is right and what is just,” said Ari Ryan, one of the plaintiffs.

The jury also found Adaya and the hotel inflicted emotional distress.

“This is a home run for the plaintiffs,” their attorney said.

Adaya lawyer John Levitt refused to comment.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,


Santiago de Chile

Table of Contents

Visitor Information
Get in
By plane
By car
By bus
Get around
Stay safe
Get out
Santiago de Chile is the capital and economic centre of Chile. With its many museums, events, theaters, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities, it is also the political and cultural center of the country. Its central location in the country makes it a great base for visiting other areas, and it is possible to ski in the nearby Andes and later be on the beach, all in the same day.


Santiago is a fast growing city located in the central valley of Chile between the Andes mountain range to the east and the Cordillera of the Coast to the west. The metropolitan area has about seven million inhabitants.

The climate is cold and rainy in the winter. It only snows up in the Andes, which are an hour and a half from the city. Temperatures at night fall to around 0ºC. It gets progressively hotter towards the summer. Summers are fairly dry although you may experience some humidity at times. The temperature can reach as high as 35ºC.
Visitor Information

Sernatur (State Tourism Agency) Av Providencia 1550, ☎ +56 2 7318336 and +56 2 7318337, (
Get in

NOTE: travellers from Australia, Canada, the USA and a few other countries have to pay a reciprocity tax/visa fee upon entry, but only by air. This is in response to those same countries’ visa fees for Chilean citizens. The one-time charge is valid for 90 days for multiple entries and can be paid in cash (USD) or credit card. The fee for Australians is US$61, Canadians for US$132 and US$140 for US citizens. There is no fee to enter by land.
By plane

Santiago Airport () () is the main Chilean gateway for international flights. The travel time to the city centre has been drastically reduced recently, with the construction of a new tollway, the Costanera Norte. First and foremost, there is no local transport from Santiago airport, so that is not an option. There are however airport buses running on two slightly different routes operated by CentroPuerto (Ch$1400 one-way, Ch$2500 return) and TurBus (Ch$1700 one-way, Ch$2900 return) (see ) which both go to the city centre, with Centropuerto running every 10 minutes and TurBus every 30 minutes. However, both buses also stop at the Pajaritos Metro station en route, and due to the heavy traffic east of Pajaritos it is a good idea to alight here and take the Metro line 1 towards Los Dominicos to the city centre (10-15 min). Transvip runs a shared-ride shuttle service and have a counter immediately after customs, before you exit into the main terminal. A ride to the city center (as of June 2011) runs US$12. Private taxis will charge about Ch$15000 for a trip to downtown or Providencia.
From Canada – Air Canada operates a flight from Toronto six days per week.
From Europe, Air France operates to Paris, Iberia to Madrid, and LAN to Madrid, the latter also running onwards to Frankfurt. Flight time is 14h from Paris (Air France), 13h from Madrid and 18 hours from Frankfurt Air France uses Boeing 777-200ER aircraft and Iberia and LAN Airbus A340 aircraft.
From Oceania, Qantas and LAN operate a daily code-sharing flight from Sydney to Santiago via Auckland. It’s at least 12 hours each way. LAN also operates a Tahiti-Easter Island-Santiago route.
From the US, American Airlines and LAN operate flights from Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Some flights have layovers in Guayaquil or Lima. Delta Air Lines operates direct flights from Atlanta. Continental Airlines operates flights from Houston, Texas. Many of these flights are overnight, and most use widebody aircraft such as the Boeing 767.
By car

Entering Santiago by car, you’ll probably find yourself on the Autopista Central. To use this freeway you need a device called “TAG”, or a day pass which you can buy from service stations. One day passes are Ch$4400. You can also buy it after accidentally passing through it without one.
By bus

There are bus connections to all major destinations on the continent. The bus ride between Santiago and Mendoza in Argentina has beautiful views and takes about eight hours, depending on the time spent at the Cristo Redentor checkpoint. The border crossing is at about 2800 m in the Andes. Note that fruit, vegetables or animal products are not allowed in either direction; all luggage will get checked at the border. One way fares are listed at around Ch$17,000, but are often cheaper if booked in advance. There are also buses to and from San Juan, Argentina, with one way fares listed at around Ch$19,500. One way fares to and from Lima are listed at around Ch$85,000. The Principals Bus Terminals are located at:
Terminal Alameda: Avda. B. O’Higgins 3750 (U. Santiago subway station, Line 1). Private station for Turbus and Pullman buses. National and international departures. Phone: 7762424
Terminal Santiago: Av. B. O’Higgins 3848 (San Alberto Hurtado subway station, Line 1). Phone: 3761755
Terminal Los Héroes: Tucapel Jiménez 21 (Los Heroes subway station, Line 1). Phone: 4200099
Bus travel times to/from Santiago de Chile:
54 hours: Sao Paulo (Bus company: Pluma)
Get around

If you are staying in town more than a few days get a bip!-card at any subway station (Ch$1200, minimum recharge Ch$800). This card is good for both subway and bus, and allows you free transfers between the two (you still have to swipe your card, but there is no deduction) in a 2 hour period.
Metro Santiago has a metro system with five lines and 94 stations, with many holding rotating art exhibitions. Trains run between roughly 6.00am and 11.00pm, with each station posting the exact hours for the first and last trains. Buses run parallel to subway lines after hours. As of 19 Sep 2011, tickets cost Ch$630 for peak periods (7.00am to 9.00am, 6.00 to 8.00pm), Ch$570 for shoulder periods (6.30am to 7.00am, 9.00am to 6.00pm, 8.00pm to 8.45pm) and Ch$520 for low periods (before 6.30am and after 8.45pm). Tickets are good for a single ride with unlimited transfers, and there is no time limit.
Bus Buses are mostly modern and run around the clock on the main lines. The only way to pay your fare is by bip!-card. You can buy this card and charge it in any metro station or in some stores. The card also allows for travel by metro.
Turistik (Tel. (56-2) 220-1000) is a local tour company that offers a special bus line of double decker buses that do a big circle around the central part of Santiago. For Ch$18,000 per person allow you to get on and off all day (9-6) at any of a dozen stops. It hits the central downtown area, Mercado Central, shopping areas, restaurants and the giant Arauco Shopping Center where you will find a branch of the Vinos del Mundo a one-stop shop for excellent Chilean wines.

Parque Metropolitano – This vast park is home to Cerro San Cristóbal. From the top there is a beautiful view over the city and, on a clear day, the Andes. The summit can be reached by funicular ($900 one way, $1600 return), cable car, or a long hike. In the park there is also a botanical garden, zoo and two swimming pools. Pope John Paul II visited its summit in 1987.
Plaza De Armas – The capital’s main plaza, also the site of the national cathedral and main post office. It’s few blocks from the traditional Central Market and has it’s own Metro Station. During the last years, Plaza de Armas has been used as a meeting and recreation place for the community of Peruvian immigrants. This has lead to a lots of cheap international calling centers, traditional Peruvian restaurants and Peruvian spice and food stores, being an interesting place to walk during day hours.
Santiago Centro – The Centro (Downtown) area is a nice place for a stroll down some of its major Paseos (streets turned pedestrian walkways), but be aware of pickpockets.
La Chascona – One of three homes of the famous poet Pablo Neruda, La Chascona (meaning tangle-haired woman, after his third wife) is in the artistic Bellavista neighborhood. The house is filled with lots of quirky artifacts collected by Neruda throughout his life, as well as artwork by some of his famous friends. Tours are given in English, French ($3500) and Spanish ($2500).
La Moneda Palace – Presidential Palace, guided one-hour tours are free, unfortunately with a reservation of at least 7 days in advance. (Spanish only)
Parque Forestal – A long park that runs parallel to the Mapocho River, also site of the National Museum of Fine Arts and Modern Art Museum.
Theatre & Dance – Santiago offers much in the performing arts, most takes place Friday & Saturday, check listings in El Mercurio. $500-5000 CLP, most offer discounts with student ID, even to foreigners, just ask.
Centro Cultural Matucana 100 – Inaugurated in 2002, Matucana 100 is an excellent exhibition venue for a variety of arts. From Metro Quinta Normal, walk south on Matucana (towards Alameda), M100 is on the left hand side.
Teatro Municipal – Historical performance venue, including international dance and opera, worth a visit even if just from its outside.
Jazz Clubs – Santiago is home to an impressive jazz scene, with several intimate clubs scattered throughout the city. The Club de Jazz de Santiago is arguably the best. Located in the northern part of the Nunoa neighborhood, this small club routinely brings in some of the best local, national, and international artists specializing in everything from latin jazz to blues to bossa nova. Check music listings in El Mercurio.
Festival de Jazz de Providencia – A very good jazz Festival takes place during summer (typically each February) in Providencia. The Festival de Jazz de Providencia takes place each year in Mapocho’s riverside and showcasts the best local bands and some international guests. Tickets are cheap (from about 3 USD in the 2007 edition), so it’s a good alternative for summer nights.
Cerro Santa Lucia Junction of Santa Lucia and Bernando O (Santa Lucia metro station) Price: Free; registration at entrance required
Iglesia y museo de San Francisco Av. Lib. Bernardo O, ☎ 6398737, Price: Museo: $1000. No pictures inside
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art) Bandera 361, at junction with Españia (Plaza de Armas metro station) ☎ 56 2 9281522, ( Price: Ch$3000; Ch$1000 for ISIC (International Student Identity Card) holders and children
Palacio Cousino 438 calle dieciocho, ( Price: $2100. Guided tour only. No pictures inside
Parque Bicentenario Bicentenario Avenue, vitacura,

Mountain climbs
City Tours
* Spicy Chile – Free Walking Tour , a great way to start your visit to the city is with this 4 hours free walking tour (works on tips, average: $5.000), that starts everyday at 10:30 or 14:00 from La Moneda (Alameda between Morande and Teatinos in front of the big Chilean flag). Really entretaining and fun.
* City Trekking Santiago , +56984984648, CLP$25000, A city tour of typical places and have typical food & drinks. German language tour available. Can pick you up and bring you back to your hotel
* Free Tour Santiago , a 4 hours free walking tour (works on tips w/ a minimum tip of $5.000), starts everyday at 10:00 or 15:00 from Plaza de Armas (in front of the cathedral)
Wineries, at the end of line 4 (Las Mercedes and Puente Alto station)

In order to work in Chile, a working permit needs to be obtained, which can be accomplished with the sponsorship of an employer. However, numerous people work illegaly, but it is obviously best to obtain a permit.

Santiago has a lot of shopping centres or “Malls”, as known by the locals. The main ones are:
Mall Plaza Vespucio
Mall Plaza Oeste
Mall Portal La Dehesa
Mall Parque Arauco
Mall Alto Las Condes
Mall Florida Center
Mall Plaza Norte
In the malls you can find a variety of retail stores and Falabella, París and Ripley, the most famous department stores in Chile. The biggest ones are Parque Arauco and Alto Las Condes, they both have good restaurants and the former has a good agenda of free music and shows. You can get to the former from Escuela Militar metro station and to the latter from Los Domínicos; ask locals for directions if you’re unsure of how to take buses. Alonso de Córdova Street and Nueva Costanera Avenue are very exclusive areas where you can find high fashion and luxury stores like Louis Vuitton, Hermés or local designers. In this area you find great restaurants and art galleries. If you prefer buying handcrafts, the ones in the Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia are good and relatively cheap compared with other handcrafts stores. Other handcrafts centres are in Bellavista (though a bit more expensive). Close to Los Domínicos metro station is Pueblito Los Domínicos steps from Los Domínicos metro station; it is more expensive but has a wide variety of local handcrafts and antiques, as well as a small exhibition room and a bonsai exhibition behind it. It is very pretty with an artificial stream in a colonial-looking atmosphere. Half of the people there are usually tourists during the summer, so you won’t be alone! Plaza Nuñoa has some small shops in the plaza where you can buy books from Latin America (Neruda, Allende, Cortazar) and also handcrafts. If you’re already kinda familiar with Santiago, you can also go to Patronato which is located near to the downtown area and it’s easy to reach by metro (Patronato metro Station). There you’ll find cheap clothes, food and products of all kinds, as well as some foreign stores (mainly Chinese, Koreans, Peruvians and from the Middle East), thus allowing you to save quite a bit of money. It would be better to go alongside a local, though, since it’s easy to get lost due to the very short and slim streets and the very high quotient of visitors. Beware of pickpocketers. Similarly, those who want more surprises and know the basics about Santiago can go to the famous Persa Bio Bio located in the Franklin area, also not too far from downtown and near to the metro (Franklin station). It can be described as a giant flea market that opens every weekend and offers antiques, tools, handmade furniture, many food stores, etc. Again, it’s not a place for novices: a local’s presence would be desired.

Boulevard Lavaud Compañía de Jesús 2789 (Cumming underground station) ☎ +56 2 6825243, ( Price: In Barrio Yungay, Boulevard Lavaud is more than a coffee and restaurant, is part of Santiago history. Better known as La Peluqueria Francesa, is part restaurant, part antique store and part hair salon Ch$1000-7000
Amadeus Av. General Bustamante 50 (Between Buquedano and Parque Bustamante metro stations) ( Price: Tasty wood fired pizzas that start at Ch$3500-4000
Anakena Av. Kennedy 4601 (in the Hyatt Regency Hotel) ☎ +56 2 3633177,
Aquí Está Coco La Concepción 236 (Providencia) ☎ +56 2 2358649, (
Bar Nacional (Matias Cousiño 54) Paseo Huérfanos 1151, ☎ +56 2 6965986,
Café Dante Jorge Washington 10 (Ñuñoa)
Plaza Café Av. Brasil 221 (Barrio Brasil)
Ocean Pacific Ricardo Cumming 221 (Barrio Brasil) ☎ +56 2 6972413,
Santa Isabel Ricardo Cumming and Compañia (Barrio Brasil)
Los Buenos Muchachos Avda. Ricardo Cumming 1031, ☎ +56 2 698 0112, (
Ciudad Vieja Constitución 92, Providencia, ☎ +56 2 2489412, (

Nightlife choices vary widely across the city and their location usually reflects their price and style.
Barrio Bellavista and Barrio Brasil are popular spots close to the city center. Bellavista can be reached by Metro to Baquedano, or by bus to Plaza Italia. Cross the bridge will bring you to Pio Nono, which probably has highest density of bars in Chile. Bellavista has a wide range of choices from popular places to upscale, such as a jazz bar. In addition, there are discos with all kinds of music, from contemporary eletro-pop to salsa and merengue. This is probably the only barrio where you can find a disco that has a predominately gay audience. It is a fun atmosphere and features drag-queen shows during Saturday nights. Moreover, Bellavista is the area that lasts the longest during Friday and Saturday nights, with most places closing at 4-5 AM, and a few places (so called “after hours”) run till 6-7AM.
Plaza San Enrique is a park located in Lo Barnechea (at the far north-east of the city) which is surrounded by nightclubs. The most popular one is Sala Murano (it can get very crowded!). People who attend are mostly 18-25 and it is one of the safest places to party. Most people there are from upper-middle to high class, so it is more expensive than other neighbourhoods. Typically, females get in for free, while males pay around 3k-5k CLP. You can get there by micro, but though buses do pass later on, you might have to wait up to an hour for it.
Boomerang General Holley 2285 (Providencia)
La Casa Club Santa Filomena 11 (Providencia) ☎ +56 2 7350503,
Barrio Manuel Montt has a small and unique atmosphere with mid-range prices. It can be reached at Metro Manuel Montt (line 1).
Isidora Goyenechea is a very nice and safe neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants, albeit expensive ones. Take the Metro to El Golf.
Plaza Ñuñoa is a district east of the central area and is another popular spot nightlife spot.
The Santiago Pub Crawl ( Price: 10,000 pesos
Batuta Jorge Washington 52 (Plaza Ñuñoa) ☎ +56 2 2747096, (
Suecia is roughly located at Providencia and Suecia, in between Metro Tobalaba and Los Leones (line 1). It is a boulevard of bars and discos about 3 blocks long. It used to cater to a foreign and upscale audience, but it seems now that the most entertaining bars moved to Manuel Montt.
Vitacura is located pretty far east (towards the Andes). It is composed of bars and some places where you can dance. The places are nice and although they certainly lack cohesiveness as nightlife (since bars only recently started opening there) it can be fun to go. It is more expensive that other areas of Santiago and frequented by people that live in the eastern (wealthier) side of the city. Although you can get there by bus, it will be hard to leave on anything but a taxi since buses don’t run late.
Bar Catedral Merced 395, (
El Candil Providencia 1421 (metro Manuel Montt)
Pio Nono,
Bar Liguria Av Providencia 1373 (metro Manuel Montt)
La Leyenda Alameda con Santa Rosa (metro Santa Lucia) Price: CLP3000/litre Heineken

Andes Hostel & Apartments Monjitas 506 (In front of the Bellas Artes metro station) ☎ +5626329990, (
Hostal Romandia Román Díaz 1403, ☎ +5628913188 Located in a quiet residential district, the Hostal Romandia is a central Santiago de Chile bed and breakfast style accommodation perfect for business travelers, students, or guests who want to get a good night’s sleep in order to discover the fascinating city of Santiago’s attractions during their stay.
Footsteps Backpackers Almirante Simpson 50, Santiago, Chile, Price: C$6,000, 8 dorm mixed
Atacama Hostel Roman Diaz 130, , ☎ +562264201. Hostel is close to bars, restaurants, clubs and both the bus and subway station. Newly remodeled rooms are cozy and colorful, large common room with lots of places to hang out and TV and DVDs, the terrace is a great place for a BBQ and views of the city. The water temperature in the showers here can be a bit temperamental.
Hostal Santa Lucia 168, Santa Lucia 168, . Looks toward the Santa Lucia hill and just blocks away from the centre. Great personal staff and good breakfast with fresh fruits.
Hostal del Barrio General Ekdhal 159, Barrio Bellavista. Hostel in a quiet area but nonetheless quite near to the hotspots of Barrio Bellavista. The rooms are not huge but very clean, including the bathroom. The German owner cares very well about his clients. C$15,000 for a single with own bathroom. Breakfast is included and is rather big for Chilean hostels.
Hostal de la Barra, José Miguel de la Barra 451 (near to Museum Bellas Artes and Parque Forestal) , ☎ +56 2 6392384 This hostel is run directly in a old building in the middle of Neighborhood Bellas Artes, it has high quality infrastructure and also has a very nice coffee shop next door where the breakfast is served: The drawback is the 6 lane road outside which is rarely quiet and the early morning revellers returning home. Sleep is at a premium here. Good points are the staff, the location and the nearby park areas.
casAltura Hostel San Antonio 811 (near Parque Forestal, Santiago Centro) ☎ +56 2 6335076, ( Price: Dorms from Ch$10,800
Dominica Hostel Dominica 24, Bellavista +5627327196 This newly restored old house was especially design to receive travelers. Full of common spaces and with a practical design of the dorms rooms. Located close to Cerro San Cristobal.
Hostel Bellavista Dardignac 0184, Barrio Bellavista, ☎ +56 2 7328737, (
Hostal Providencia Vicuña Mackenna 92-A, Providencia +562 6352536 Rooms with private & shared bathrooms a house with an antique Chilean style with a modern twist. Staff is very helpful. Breakfast, BBQ, common areas with free internet and wifi, cableTV, books and DVD library. Located only 3 min walking from Metro Baquedano, Plaza Italia and walking distance to Bellavista neighborhood.
Hotel Angamos Angamos 367, ☎ +56 2 2222849, Price: C$10,000 per double room, includes breakfast
La Chimba Hostel Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue 262, Barrio Bellavista, ☎ 735.8978, ( Price: C$70
La Casa Roja Av Agustinas 2113, ☎ +56 2 6964241, ( Price: Dorm rooms Ch$7,000. One night free every six nights if paid beforehand
Plaza de Armas Hostel Compania 960, dpt 607 (South side of the Plaza de Armas, Santiago Centro) ☎ +56 2 6714436, ( Price: US$12-16 dormitory, US$34-38 double with shared bathroom, US$48-50 double with private bathroom
Residencia Tabita Príncipe de gales 81 (off Moneda between San Martin and Amunategui) ☎ +56 2 6715700, Price: Singles from 8000 pesos, 15000 for doubles
Ventana Sur Hostel Claudio Arrau 0340, Providencia (Close to Santa Isabel Metro station) ☎ +56 2 8950768, ( Price: US$11-12 Dorms, US$21 Single with shared bathroom, US$36-44 Double with private bathroom
Pure Lounge Ernesto Pino Lagarrigue 160, ☎ +56 2 732 22 73, ( Price: US$16 for a bed in a 8 bed dorm

Furchi E.I.R.L -Furnished Apartments-/ Bilbao3561 Av Francisco Bilbao & San Juan de Luz (in Providencia, one block from Bilbao metro station) ( Price: $70/night + $30 cleaning fee (USD)
Casa Bonita Bed&Breakfast, Pasaje Republica 5 (in Santiago Centro, 100 mts. from the Republica metro station), , Established in a national monument in a protected historical neigbourhood, opened at the beginning of 2009. It offers single and double rooms with or without private bathroom and also has rooms for three or four persons. All rooms have central heating, cable TV and WIFI signal. Rates start from US$58 for a single and US$67 for a double. A varied breakfast, internet access and cable TV are included. This B&B is personally run by its owners, a Dutch-Chilean marriage.
Inmoba Apartments & Suites Dr Ramon Corvalan 8 (corner Av Libertador, metro Baquedano or Universidad Catolica) ☎ 56-2-4195233, ( Price: USD60/night single
NH Ciudad de Santiago Avda. Condell, 40, (
Meridiano Sur, Petit Hotel Santa Beatriz 256 Providencia, ☎ +56 2 2353659, ( Price: Rooms $72-135, Loft $260 (rates cheaper May-Aug)
MG Apartments Pedro de Valdivia 263 (near Av 11 de Septiembre, metro Pedro de Valdivia) ☎ 56-2-83927177, ( Price: USD65/night double

Grand Hyatt Santiago Av Presidente Kennedy 4601, ☎ +56 2 950 1234, (
Meridiano Sur, Petit Hotel Santa Beatriz 256 Providencia, ☎ +56 2 2353659, ( Price: $72-135, loft $260 (rates cheaper May-Aug)
Hotel Fundador Paseo Serrano 34, ☎ +56 2 3871200, ( Price: Rooms $145-$185 and Suites $205-$260 (Apr, Oct – Nov); $30-$50 cheaper at other times
The Ritz-Carlton Calle El Alcalde No. 15 (Las Condes district, near the El Golf metro station) ☎ +56 2 4708500, (
Santiago Marriott Hotel Av Presidente Kennedy 5741, ☎ +56 2 2462000, (
Stay safe

Santiago is notoriously infamous for the smog and it’s worse during the winter (May-September). The locals welcome the rain which falls during winters as it cleans the air. Be sure to carry bottled water with you during the summer and avoid food or drink from street-vendors. Be prepared for sauna-heat on the metro during summer. By South American standards Santiago is a safe city, but visitors should be aware of pickpocketing and other petty crimes. If you compare Santiago to other cities in South America, it is still one of the safest. Avoid parks at night and don’t wear expensive looking jewelry or watches even during the day, unless you are in Las Condes or Vitacura. If you’re alone, avoid large crowds of people, especially downtown. If you happen to have bad luck and get robbed, do as you’re told by the criminal and if you don’t understand Spanish, give away the wallet. Not doing so can provoke an attack until you give away your wallet. Don’t try to stand up to them and once again: do as you’re told. Don’t flash your camera, take a photo and hide it while not using it. If you’re getting robbed and the criminal has spotted the camera expect to give it away too if you want to stay out of trouble. If someone approaches you on the streets and promises to get you better chances at changing your dollars/euros into Chilean pesos, NEVER accept their deals. They’re con-people who take advantage of foreigners not knowing the details about currency and confuse them with big words to take their cash away. Only change your money in legal currency exchange centers, which may take more time but are much more trustworthy. There’s one in the Airport, but they are also easy to find in the downtown and financial areas, or in the malls. If you are going to see a football match, be careful with the “barras bravas” who are the most fanatic but also dangerous fans. They are often involved in troubles with the police both inside the stadium and outside. Avoid buying tickets in the sections where the bravas dominate which is often does behind the goals. The middle section is the safest but if you have a friend who wants to support Colo-Colo and another Universidad de Chile for example, avoid showing it. Even if the middle section is safe, showing different shirts can cause you trouble. Either go with the same shirts or dress neutral. Other football matches not being the “Superclásico” between Universidad de Chile against Colo-Colo should be pretty safe. Walking to the stadium you will find people begging for some pesos so they can see the match. Avoid giving them if you want to stay out of trouble. The barrio where the Estadio Nacional is located is a place which is normally peaceful, but you have to walk with precaution and keep your eyes on other people when it’s crowded. It’s better to take a taxi to the arena, or a rental car if you can find a place to park it. There are some neighbourhoods/barrios that should be avoided. Even if few carabineros and locals speak English, they are the ones who know which areas are to be avoided since some of them can actually be accessed by metro. Some people at local Starbucks are more likely to speak english. If you see fewer tall buildings and more houses with locked windows and entrances, then turn back. The changes happen very slowly, unlike some other Latin American cities, so you’d have to travel quite a lot from a wealthy safe neighbourhood to a dangerous ghetto. Avoid especially La Legüa (not to be confused with La Ligua in the V Región) which is famed in Chile for its high crime rates and single police cars won’t even enter the area. Try staying away from the following comunas: Lo Espejo, La Pintana, Puente Alto (especially the Plaza de Armas), La Cisterna, San Joaquín, San Bernardo, El Bosque (not to be confused with a neighbourhood located around metro El Golf, which is in Las Condes), San Ramón and La Granja unless you know exactly where you’re going. Though these places are not completely unsafe for the most part, they can have a few unsafe spots and don’t have much touristic significance. The safest comunas are Providencia, Vitacura and Las Condes. All of them have lots of local security guards, besides Carabineros, and locals are more likely to speak english, especially young people. They are not completely safe, though: petty theft still takes place, so keep your eyes open in the streets. Lo Barnechea can be tricky as it is the only comuna that has both extremely wealthy and extremely poor neighbourhoods ever since Pinochet’s dictatorship; “La Dehesa” is wealthy and safe, “Cerro Dieciocho” is as dangerous as La Legua. Overall, Santiago is very safe if you travel by car. The metro is regarded as safer for travelling amongst the locals, even though security has increased in the buses after the introduction of TranSantiago. But some locals still prefer using the metro especially when it gets darker, since almost all the stations have guards. Don’t expect the staff to speak much English.

If you wish to mail a letter or postcard, the biggest one is Correo Central on the North Side of Plaza de Armas, a neoclassical building with French influences. There are several smaller post offices spread in the city, often close to the bigger avenues.

Australia Isidora Goyenechea 3621, 12F, Las Condes, ☎ +56 2 550 3500, fax: +56 2 331 5960, (
Canada Nueva Tajamar 481 – Piso 12, Torre Norte, Edificio World Trade Center, ☎ +56 2 652-3800, fax: +56 2 652-3912, (
China Pedro de Valdivia 550, Providencia, ☎ +56 2-2339880, fax: +56 2-2341129, (
Greece Jorge Sexto 306, Las Condes, ☎ +56 2-212-7900, fax: +56 2-212-8048, (
Japan Av. Ricardo Lyon 520, Providencia, ☎ +56 2 232-1807, fax: +56 2 232-1812, (
United States Avenida Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes, ☎ +56 2 330-3000, fax: +56 2 330-3005, (
Get out

Beaches are 90 minutes to the west in Vina del Mar
Isla Negra, a village in the coast, south of Valparaíso. The main and most beloved house of Pablo Neruda is there. This is probably the most interesting of his three houses to visit and the best conserved as it is the only one that the military didn’t sack during the coup of 1973. To get there, you can take the Pullman bus ($3700, 2h) from Santiago Alameda station (metro Universidad de Santiago). You can also take the Turbus bus to San Antonio ($1000 – $2000, 1h30) from Alameda as well, and then take a local bus in front of “laPolar” ($450, 30min) that goes along the beautiful coast. Tours in the house cost $3000 and last 30min. Then you can go to the beach.
The ski resort of Portillo is 2-3 hours away on the road to Mendoza
Rancagua is 85 km to the south and has some thermal springs and hiking opportunities nearby


San Salvador

Table of Contents

Get in
Get around
Local Crafts
Department stores
Supermarkets and Other Retail Stores
Mid range
Bars and Clubs
Mid range
Stay safe
Health services
Get out
San Salvador is the capital city of El Salvador, approximately in the center of the country in a valley near the base of the San Salvador volcano. The city has a long history, with origins dating back to the Spanish conquest of the Pipil tribes.


San Salvador lies in the “Valle de las Hamacas” (literally “Valley of the hammocks”, as it was called by the Pipil, due to its intense earthquake activity) at the foot of the San Salvador volcano. It covers an area of 600 square km and is home to nearly 2 million people. It is home to one-third of El Salvador’s population and one-half of the country’s wealth. The downtown area is filled with shops and modern buildings, but unfortunately earthquakes have damaged or destroyed many of the city’s historic buildings.
The people of San Salvador are generally friendly, though as in any large city, less inclined to engage in conversations with strangers on the street as opposed to other parts of the country. The wealthy live in exclusive suburbs behind tall security walls or luxury condominium buildings. Wealthier areas such as San Benito, Colonia Escalon, Colonia San Francisco, Colonia Maquilishuat, Santa Elena (where the US embassy is located) and Ciudad Merliot have tree-lined avenues, the biggest malls in Central America, bars, clubs, gyms, restaurants, luxury hotels, modern high-rise buildings, plazas, boutiques, cafes, luxury salons, jewelry stores, etc. Some of these neighborhoods are located in the hills surrounding the city and have breathtaking views. A number of new gated housing communities complete with parks, swimming pools, fitness facilities and tight security are popular with middle class families. Most of the city’s hotels can be found in these suburbs. There are middle class neighborhoods and residential areas close to the wealthy neighborhoods. Poorer areas are located in the northern and eastern districts, along with an abundance of shanty towns sprawling along the city’s fringes. San Salvador’s climate is tropical, although the weather can vary; the nights may be cool (especially in December), however, most of the time it is sunny and warm. Wearing t-shirts, jeans, and possibly a light rain jacket is usually sufficient. Whilst not on most tourists’ “to do” list in El Salvador, the capital provides a good base for exploring the rest of the country as it’s a transportation hub, with most major roads running through it due to its central location. Spending a few days exporing this cosmopolitan and internationally-conscious city can be a rewarding experience. Whilst parts can seem like a maze of confusion, rich vs poor, modern vs dilapitaded, cars vs pedestrians, the city has played a major role in defining and shaping the rest of this small yet intruiging country, once at the forefront of the Cold War. To understand this polarized country, it is essential to understand its political, cultural and social headquarters.

Get in

Travelers arriving by air will fly into ANSEL Comalapa Airport, the biggest airport in Central America, which is located 45 minutes by highway from the city. For budget travelers the local bus can take you from the airport into downtown San Salvador for $0.70 US. It is slower than the shuttles and can take up to an hour to get into town. To reach the local buses; cross the big parking lot. Then go through an open building to reach the road. There is a bus-stop.
If you drive to the city from Comalapa, please exercise extreme caution. There are many residents who walk this highway as well as cross it. There are many accidents with vehicles speeding as well as people who are hit.

Get around

If driving, rental car agencies include Budget , Alamo , and Hertz . Buses and taxis also provide good ways of getting around. Negotiating the cost of your taxi as soon as you step in is common practice and expected. Carry small denominations of money and have exact change for your taxi fare. If you do not have exact change, taxi drivers will try to convince you to make the change a tip instead. Distances between sights make walking an unpopular option, as does the street layout in the city; San Salvador is not a square city but has long avenues that are straight and streets that are not. That said, in some areas walking is a great option, such as from Zona Rosa to Las Terrazas (Sheraton hotel) which are close together and within sight of one another. The Micro Buses have the reputation to drive fast and sometimes very dangerously. Take caution in using the Micro Buses as they are places where tourists are most likely to be robbed.


San Salvador has wide avenues and boulevards, including the two widest boulevards in Central America: Boulevard de los Proceres and Boulevard de los Heroes. Other important boulevards include Alameda Roosevelt, Paseo General Escalon, Av. Jerusalem, Boulevard Constitucion and Av. Juan Pablo Segundo.


San Salvador has many beautiful monuments, some of them dating back to the early 20th century, while others are more modern. Some of the most important monuments include the National Palace, Plaza Gerardo Barrios, Plaza Morazan, Water Clock, Monument to the Sea, Atlacatl Monument and the Proceres Monuments (it has 10 monuments). One of the most recognizable monuments in El Salvador is the Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo, or “Monument to the Saviour of The World”.

Feria Internacional de El Salvador is the largest convention center in Central America. El Salvador is rated the third best place for investment in Latin America by Moody’s. Some of the very wealthy business families in San Salvador and throughout El Salvador are Siman (owners of the largest department store chain in Central America), Poma (owners of Grupo Roble and Grupo Poma), Quiros (owners of Grupo Q in Central America), Kriete (owners of TACA Airlines), Dueñas (owners of La Gran Via), the family that owns Biggest, Pops, Nash and Mister Donut, and a lot of other important families. In addition, San Salvador is one of the only two cities in Central America that have a World Trade Center.

San Salvador has the large urban park, the “Parque de los Pericos”. There is another park called Parque Cuscatlan (close to downtown), which is very elegant, with lights, trees and paths. Popular with locals, the beautiful botanical gardens of La Laguna (close to the the U.S. embassy) showcase much native fauna. Zoologico Nacional (The National Zoo), and Parque Saburo Hirao (with a collection of native plants) are in the SE part of the city by the old Presidential House.
If you don’t get a chance to visit smaller towns and villages outside the capital, a must see destination is Los Planes De Renderos. 1000 Metres above sea level, the mountain offers a spectacular view of San Salvador, and is a popular oasis for locals from the hectic city. Check out the restaurants, walking tracks and parks ideal for picnics. Visit the nearby colonial town of Panchimalco , one of the few towns in the country with a large indigenous population.


San – Salvador has many museums, the two most important are “Museo David J Guzman” and “Museo de Arte MARTE”. David J Guzman National Museum of Anthropology contains a variety of Mayan and Pipil artifacts, while Museo de Arte MARTE displays an extensive collection of international art. Both are located in the Zona Rosa district. There is also a children’s museum, the Tin-Marin museum, where kids can experience the world in a fun way. The old national palace is being restored to house the “National Archives,” and the “National Museum.” Also a new display of early mammal fossils, including a giant sloth, mastodon and more than twenty other species is being set up in the “Museo de Historia Natural,” or “Natural History Museum” situated in the SE section of Saburo Hirao park by the National Zoo. Close to the zoo is the “Museo Militar,” or Military Museum which is housed in the old castle-like “El Zapote” barracks built in 1895. In the military museum you can find weapons and army uniforms from the 17th, 18th, and early 20th centuries, which were historically used by the Salvadoran army. Other highlights of this museum include the original copies of the 1992 peace accords and the Pope Mobile used when Pope John Paul II visited the country. Entrance is free and a guide service is provided at no charge.


San Salvador has numerous theatres, including the beautiful Teatro Presidente (located near Zona Rosa), where the symphony regularly performs expensive and inexpensive concerts, and the Teatro Nacional (downtown), which was recently restored to its full splendor. Here you can step back and experience the grandeur once reserved for the city’s elite in the early 1900s.


There are plans for an aquarium to be built in El Salvador. This Aquarium will be built in El Parque de los Pericos, next to the Multiplaza mall.

San Salvador has several entertainment venues. You can go to restaurants, bars, clubs, casinos, or if you are traveling with kids you can go to the cinemas, bowling, bingo, arcades etc. Cinemas in San Salvador include
Cinemark Various locations throughout El Salvador, Ph:503 22294315, Merliot,.
Multicinema Various locations throughout El Salvador, Ph:503 22439269, Multiplaza .
Cinepolis, Galerías Escalón, .
You can also play video games at World Games and El Mundo Feliz. Families may also want to visit Central America’s largest toy store:
Jugueton San Salvador. boulevard de los proceres #2000. Ph:503 22481253 this a toy store similar to toys r´ us you will find all types of variety of toys and other fun crafts.
Also, you can go via cable car to an amusement park on top of Cerro San Jacinto mountain (no longer in use).
The trendiest night spot to visit is called Zona Rosa. Some of the best hotels are located there, including the Sheraton Presidente as well as one of the most luxurious hotels in Central America, the Hilton Princess. Although Zona Rosa doesn’t cover a large area (around 1sq mi), it’s home to many exclusive, upscale bars and nightclubs (Los Alambiques, Code), and the best restaurants in town (Paradise, 503, A lo Nuestro). If you want to visit a nightclub without the probable inconvenience of not being let in, you should visit Las Terrazas (Stanza, Envy) at Multiplaza Mall.

There are many private schools and universities, including numerous language schools. Some of the best private schools are
Colegio Externado San Jose (Externado San Jose), 33 Av. Norte, Final Pasaje San José, Residencial Decapolis. Ph:503 2261-4000, .
Liceo Salvadoreño Col. Flor Blanca, ph:503 2260 9888- 503 2260 7459.
The American School (Escuela Americana), San Benito, ph:503 2257-8336,
Colegio Champagnat Santa Tecla, ph: (503)2228-1160
The British Academy (Academia Britanica Cuscatleca) in front of CA1, Santa Tecla. Ph:(503) 2241 4400, .
The Panamerican School (Escuela Panamericana), Colonia Escalón, ph:503 2209-6000, .
The German School (Deutsche Schule) Jardines de Guadalupe. Ph: 503 22438120, .
The French School (Lycée Français St Exupéry) Next to the British Academy, Santa Tecla , .
The International School of San Salvador Calle La Reforma. Ph: (503) 224-1330,
Colegio Fatima Santa Tecla. Ph: (503) 2228-1070
Instituto Bethania Santa Tecla. Ph: (503) 2228-0075
Colegio La Floresta Ph: (503) 2249-3600
A list of El Salvador’s Universities and their websites can be found here: .

La Casita. Locations in both Centro comercial multiplaza, San Benito and Centro comercial Plaza San Benito.
Bookmarks , Centro Comercial Basilea , Zona Rosa (Next to the Hilton).
La Ceiba, Galerias, Col.Escalon Av. Paseo Gral.Escalon. There are Many other la ceiba stores in the city.


Some of the shopping malls include: Loma Linda, Multiplaza , Las Fuentes, Galerias (elegant), Metrocentro (said to be the largest in Central America), El Paseo (expensive), Plazamundo , Plaza Merliot , La Gran Via (a lifestyle center / “city walk”), Las Cascadas, Basilea (unique), Plaza San Benito, Villas Españolas and many more. These malls have luxury boutiques, the latest in international fashion, specialty stores, large foodcourts (some even have 3 food courts) and many other amenities.

Local Crafts

For local arts and crafts, visit the Ilopango markets east of the city. Test your bargaining skills and take home some unique, handmade goods. For cheap souvenirs such as hammocks and other local crafts try the Mercado Cuartel. A good hammock can be yours for under $15 US, depending on bargaining skills.

There are many gas stations, including Texaco, Shell, Puma, Petrotec, Esso and others all over the city. Many offer full-service.
Department stores

San Salvador and some Mexican cities are the only cities in Latin America with Sanborns (restaurant and store chain) and Dorians (or Sears). Other department stores include Siman , Carrion and Almacenes Europa.
Supermarkets and Other Retail Stores

Super Selectos. Everywhere in the city.
Hiperpaiz, Blvd. Los heroes and Las cascadas hipermall Antiguo cuscatlan. A Wal-Mart company.
DeTodo. Everywhere in the city.
La despensa de Don Juan. Everywhere in the city.
Pricesmart (Costco in the U.S.A.), Blvd. De los Heroes and Santa Elena.

The restaurant scene in San Salvador is influenced by many different cultures. Food options include Italian , Korean, Japanese, Thai, French, Chilean, American, Peruvian, Mexican, Spanish, Middle Eastern, German, Chinese, Argentinian and others. Local food options include Tipicos Margot where one can purchase the famous Salvadoran Pupusas. Perhaps the biggest indictment against the quality of the San Salvador restaurant scene however is the sheer number of chain restaurants referenced in this article.

Mr. Donut
Burger King
Pollo Campero
Pollo Campestre
Pollo Tip-Top
Pollo Tropical
Pizza Hut
Little Caesar’s
Típicos Margoth
When you are in El Salvador you won’t have to worry about finding a place to eat there is food everywhere you go.
Mid range

Tony Romas, Blvd. el Hipódromo, Col. San Benito, Zona Rosa Ph: (503) 2-298-5050, Fax:(503)2-298-5964, . American casual. There are 3 more Tony roma’s in the city.
La Panetière, San Benito, Zona Rosa Ph: (503) 2-263-8792, Fax: (503) 2-264-1759. There are many other La Panetière in all San Salvador.
Punto Literario. In El Museo de Arte Marte col. San Benito. Zona Rosa.
Sal y pimienta, Tercera calle poniente #3877 entre 73 y 75 av. Norte Col. Escalon, Ph: (503) 2-298-1766, Fax: (503) 2-245-0998.
Restaurante Chileno Hey, 97 av Nte. calle Pte. #4509, Col. Escalon. Ph/Fax: 503-22637281
Restaurante Basilea, Blvd. El Hipódromo 2-502, col. San Benito, Zona Rosa Ph: 503-22236818 Fax:503-22790056
Pasquale, Paseo Gral. Escalón, Col. Escalón frente a Galerías shopping center. Ph:503-2263-1693 Fax: 503-22635445. Italian food.
Tre fratelli, Blvd. El Hipódromo #307, Zona Rosa Ph/fax: 503-2224-2951 Italian Food.
Al Pomodoro, Paseo Gral. Escalón #3952 Ph: (503) 2514-4455 or 2257-2545 Italian food.
Diva, Blv. El Hipódromo, centro comercial San Benito, Zona Rosa PH:503-22790814 Fax:503-2223-6026
Dynasty, Frente a Blv. el Hipódromo y Av. Las mangolias Col. San Benito, Zona Rosa Ph: 503-22639955 Fax:503-22638615. Chinese food.
Sushi-Itto. Zona Rosa Ph:503-22241900 Fax:503-22982676
Chili’s, Paseo Gral. Escalón #4220 col. escalon Ph: 503-2637556 Fax:503-22638352
Café Café, calle el tanque #13099 av. Norte y 7a calle poniente Bi. Col. Escalon, Ph: (503) 226-32413, Fax: (503) 226-34024, . Peruan food.
Pueblo Viejo, Blvd. Los Heroes, MetroSur 2 nivel. Ph/Fax:503-22611256
Tequila y Botanas Hotel Real Intercontinental , Blvd. de Los heroes Ph:503-22113333 fax:22114444 Mexican food.
Los Balcones, km 40.5 autopista al aeropuerto Ph:503-23660000 fax:…01
Tanoshii sushi bar, Centro Comercial El Paseo, Col. Escalón, Paseo Gral. Escalon. and Tanoshii Hotel Real Intercontinental Blvd. de los Heroes Ph: (503) 221-13333, Fax: 221-14444, . Japanese food.
Royal, Col. Escalón in front of Pops escalón. Chinese Food.
Sanborns rastaurant and store, Multiplaza, mexican food.
Rj, multiplaza. Peruan food
Inka Grill, Blvd. El Hipódromo, Col. San Benito, Zona Rosa Peruan food.
Voi-la, Av. Masferrer infront of Texaco. French food.
Restaurante Club Campestre, Av. masferrer , Col Escalón 550 mts arriba de Redondel Masferrer. Buffet and à la carte. Ph:503-22633555.
Diva Bistro Multiplaza.
San Martín Multiplaza and El Paseo. Bakery.
El Rincon de mi Tía Multiplaza. Café and restaurant.
Olivos Multiplaza and Hilton princess Hotel at Zona Rosa. Salads and Sandwiches.
Benihana La Gran Via – International Japanese Steak House
Bennigans La Gran Via – International – Irish
Señor Tenedor, Av.Olimpica #3544 plaza Jardin, Ph: 2-298-1766, Fax: (503) 2-245-0998.
La Media Cancha, Steakhouse Restaurant and Sports Bar with TV’s for watching sport – 79 Avenida Sur #48, Zona Rosa
Basilea, Centro Comercial Basilea, Col. San Benito, Zona Rosa, Ph: (503) 2223-6818 . International food.
168ChineseRestaurant, 89Av. Nte y 9a calle poniente #4612 Col. Escalon, Ph: (503) 2264-1168, 2264-6168, . Chinese food.
Cuatro Restaurante Bistró, Calle Padres Aguilar No. 4, Colonia Escalón, Ph: (503) 2263-4593 . Spanish Fusion and Tapas.

503, Blvd. del Hipódromo, Zona Rosa. Upscale, international cuisine and sushi lounge. Ph: (503) 2223-4770.
A lo Nuestro, Calle la Reforma #225-A Col. San Benito, Zona Rosa Ph:503-22235116 Fax:503-22791920
La Pampa Argentina, In Zona Rosa, in Col. Escalon 1000mts arriba del redondel masferrer, in Santa Elena Boulevard Orden de Malta, and Boulevard. Constitución Col. Escalón Ph: 2-2786057.
Los Ranchos, Calle La Mascota #232 Interseccion Pje. A y Pje #3 Col.La Mascota, Zona Rosa.
Angus, La Gran Vía
Hacienda de los Miranda, Jardines de Guadalupe frente a CA1, La Libertad Ph:503-22431108, Fax: 503-22434841. Buffet and à la carte.
Finisterre, Col. La Mascota Pje. A#30 Ph/Fax: 503-22637691
Escorial, Hotel Real intercontinental Blvd. de los Heroes Ph:503-22113333 Fax:503-21144444, or
Las Orquideas, Hotel Terraza 85Av. Sur y calle Padres Aguilar Ph:503-22630044 Fax: 503-22632828
El Mirador, Hotel Radisson Col. Escalón. Buffet and à la carte.
Hunan, Upmarket Chinese Restaurant specialising in Szechuan and Shanghai in elegant surroundings – Paseo General Escalón y 99 Avenida Norte. Plaza Villavicencio
Paradise, Blvd. El Hipódromo, Zona Rosa. Ph: 503-2223-4832 fax: 503-22244201
Faisca Do Brasil, Authentic Brazilian ‘Rodizio’ style dining in luxurious surroundings. Hotel Real intercontinental Blvd. de los Heroes Ph:503-22113333.
Fire Of Brazil, Brazilian Steakhouse – Churrascaria. Modern Restaurant and Bar with indoor and outdoor dining. Plaza Futura, San Salvador
Jeques, Middle Eastern Cuisine. Plaza Futura. Calle el Mirador, Colonia Escalón, San Salvador
If you need to buy something, there are a lot of supermarkets in this city. Some are international, which come from Guatemala, the USA and other countries that are interested in bringing supermarkets to San Salvador. The supermarkets contain products such as food, clothing, candies, tools, shampoos, toys, cosmetics, soaps, etc. Some of the supermarkets are:

San Salvador is well-known for its nightlife. Clubs and bars can be found in the Zona Rosa, Basilea Mall, La Terraza (Sheraton Hotel), Las Terrazas (Multiplaza Mall), Boulevard de Los Heroes, Temptation Plaza, and the bars and restaurants area in La Gran Via (Mall and night lifestyle center). These places have many bars, discos, restaurants, DJ centers and boutiques. Visit the laid back bohemian bars (university crowd) around Calle San Antonio Abad to meet interesting locals or head to the Zona Rosa/Multiplaza Mall area to dance the night away with the city’s style-conscious upper class youth.
wine-o (the wine outlet) Blvd. del Hipodromo #575, San Benito, San Salvador, ☎ +503 2263-5576, ( Price: $9
Bars and Clubs

La Luna Casa Y Arte’ – Art Gallery/Restaurant/Bar, popular with artists, art exhibitions, poetry, live acts, reggae nights, jazz nights etc, check out their website for extensive list of events.
Los Rinconcitos, Zona Rosa.
Code(Mario’s), Zona Rosa.
Zanzibar , Zona Rosa. Great live party music on Saturday afternoons and Acoustic Thursdays quality faves. Centro Comercial Basilea.
La Taberna, Beer House 79 Av. Norte. Col. Escalon
Tabú, Zona Rosa. Next to Code
Stanza, Las terrazas (multiplaza).
Bliss, Las terrazas (multiplaza).
MaiThai, Las Terrazas (multiplaza).
Envy, Las Terrazas (Multiplaza).
Dolce Fiero, Popular with younger Salvadorans
Malibu Santa Elena, Boulevard Orden de malta, Santa Elena.
El Arpa, San Salvador – Popular with expats, Avenida “A” 137, Col. San José
La Ventana, Colonia Escalon. This is not a club, more of a lounge/coffee spot with food available, and a full bar. Owned by a German who now resides in El Salvador.
Scape (Gay),Centro Comercial Juan Pablo Segundo, Local 311A, Prolongacion Juan Pablo Segundo, San Salvador.
Millenium (Gay), 50 meters south of Scape.
For the latest information on gigs, raves,dance parties, international acts and concerts in San Salvador check here: (Spanish). Larger events and conventions are generally held in the Feria Internacional .

Hostal Esencia Nativa ☎ (503) 2301-4322 or 7737-8879, ( Price: Doubles from $15
International Guest House 35 Avenida Norte 9, Price: $16-$26
La casa de Ivonne 2910, Calle Sisimiles, Colonia Miramonte (One block from Metrocentro) ☎ (503) 2262-7346, Price: Shared rooms from $6 per night, private rooms $12 per night including breakfast, private bathroom available
Laguna Verde Guest House The domo shaped house is located at the border of an ancient, deep, secondary crater with vertical walls, the “Cuajusto” extinct crater in Apaneca town (1 hour from San Salvador). From here you can catch some impressive panoramic views and do hikes to the nearby Laguna Verde, Black Forest and other natural beauties. Ph (503) 2262-0879,(503) 7859-2865,(503) 2260-2481. [www.apanecasguesthouse.netfirms. com], Dormitory rooms from $7 to $10 per night.
Mariscal Hotel & Suites, Paseo Escalón 3658 (comfortable), from $28
The , 35 Avenida Norte, Casa 3. Aircon, cable TV, free internet use. From $10 to $40.
Ximenas Guest House Calle San Salvador 202, ☎ (503)2260-2481, Cell: 7981-4517, ( Price: Dorms $7, $9 w/hot shower, privates $18-35, varying by AC, number of beds, hot water, TV
Mid range

The staff of all the hotels speak English and Spanish, but there are also others who speak other languages. All the hotels include room service.
Real Comfort inn, Calle el Carmen y Prolongacion Juan Pablo, (503) 2237-7000, Fax: (503) 2237-7001, . 4-Stars Located in the heart of the business district close to important residential areas. Special in-room amenities for long stay guests include mini fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker. Check in time:1:00 PM Check out time is 12:00 PM. Take Prolongacion Juan Pablo II north until you reach 75th Avenue where you will turn left. Advance on 75th Avenue and then turn left again onto Calle El Carmen.
Ramada Inn, 85 Ave. Sur y Calle Juan José Cañas, Col. Escalón San Salvador, Ph: (503) 2263-0033, Fax: (503) 2263-4099. The hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds, double bed rooms, restaurant, bar and many other amenities. 4-stars.
Quality Real Hotel Aeropuerto San Salvador, KM 40.5 Carretera Al Aeropuerto de El Salvador, (503) 2366-0000, Fax: (503) 2366-0001, . Just 3 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the sandy beaches of Costa del Sol. In house restaurant. Room service, business center, bar and pool. Check in time is 12:00 PM, check out time is 4:00 PM.
Hotel Happy House, Avenida Los Sisimiles, #2951, Colonia Miramontes, Phone and Fax (503) 22 60 15 68. Hotel includes air conditioning, double bed rooms and free wireless internet access. [], . 3-stars
Siesta Casino-Hotel, Hotel Siesta Final Boulevard Los Proceres, Ph: (503) 2-283-0100, Fax: (503) 2-283-0125, [], . The hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds,double bed rooms,restaurant, bar and many other amenities. 4-Stars.
Holiday Inn, Urbanización y Boulevard Santa Elena a 400 mts. de la Embajada Americana, Ph: (503) 2-241-4000, Fax: (503) 2-241-4070 or (503) 2-241-4067, . The hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds,double bed rooms,restaurant, bar and many other amenities. 4-Stars.
Terraza Hotel, 85 Ave. Sur y Calle Padres Aguilar Colonia Escalón, Ph: (503 )2263-0044, Fax: (503) 2263-3223, [], . The hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds, double bed rooms, restaurant, bar and many other amenities. 4 stars.
Hotel Alameda, 43 Ave. Sur y Alameda Roosevelt #2305, Ph: (503) 2267-0800 / 2267-0801, Fax: (503) 2260-3011, . The hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds, double bed rooms, restaurant, bar and many other amenities. 3-Stars.
Hotel Alicante, Col La Sultana, calle las rosas y ave los Laureles #1, Ph:(503) 2243-0889 / 2243-5838, []. The hotel includes air conditioned, king size beds,double bed rooms,restaurant, bar and many other amenities. 3-Stars.
Hotel Casa Berlin, Avenida El Espino Lote No 62-64, Santa Elena, Madreselva, Antiguo Cuscatlán, Ph: (503) 2243-8877, Fax: (503) 2243-8872, . The hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds,double bed rooms,restaurant, bar and many other amenities. The staff speaks Spanish, English and German. 3-Stars.
Hotel Capital, Autopista Sur, Boulevard La Sultana y Pasaje Monelca, Ph:(503) 2247-7100, Fax (503) 2243-8018, . The hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds, double bed rooms, restaurant, bar and many other amenities.
Hotel Good Luck, Avenida Los Sisimiles Pje. #5 casa 2943, Colonia Miramonte, Ph: (503)2260-1666 / (503) 2260-1655 / Fax: ext. 109, . We offer comfortable rooms with air conditioner, Chinese restaurant, private parking, free internet, excellent location, only two block from Metrocentro and many other amenities at very low price.
Hotel Grecia Inn, Avenida Sisimiles 2922, Colonia Miramonte, Ph: (503)2261-0555 / (503) 2261-0566 / (503) 2261-0577, . A 50 metros de Hotel Real Intercontinental, frente a Metrocentro, the hotel includes air conditioning, king size beds, double bed rooms, restaurant, bar and many other amenities. The staff speaks English, Spanish and Greek. 4-Stars.
Hotel Mediterraneo Plaza, 15 Calle Pte. No. 4319, Col. Escalón, Ph: (503) 2263-4592, Fax: (503) 2263-4612, . The hotel includes air conditioned, king size beds,double bed rooms,restaurant, bar and many other amenities.
Hotel Mirador Plaza, Calle El Mirador y 95 Ave. Norte Col. Escalón, Ph: (503) 2244-6000, Fax: (503) 2244-6099, . The hotel includes air conditioned, king size beds,double bed rooms,restaurant, bar and many other amenities.
Novo Aparthotel, Final 61 Ave. Nte. Col. Escalon, Ph (503) 2260-2288, Fax: (503) 2260-5053, . The hotel includes air conditioned, king size beds, double bed rooms, restaurant, bar and many other amenities. 4-Stars.
Hotel Merliot, Col. Jardines de cuscatlan, Polígono G, No. 24, Av. L-A, Ciudad Merliot. (503) 2278-4417, Our comfortable and elegant single, double and triple, with breakfast included (6AM-10AM) have cable TV, telephone, free wireless Internet, private bath with hot water, closet, executive desk, air conditioning.
Courtyard San Salvador, Esquina Calle 2 y calle 3, Centro de Estilo de Vida La Gran Via, Ph: (503) 2249 3000, . The hotel is centrally located within walking distance to fine restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment and shopping.

Real InterContinental San Salvador Boulevard de Los Héroes. San Salvador, 544. El Salvador, ☎ +503 2211 3333, fax: +503 2211 4444, ( Price: Prices range between $100 – $450
Hilton Princess San Salvador, Av. Magnolias y Boulevard del Hipod, Ph: (503) 2268-4545, Fax: +503-2268 4500, . Located in the center of Zona Rosa, and offering quality comparable to Hilton Hotels found elsewhere in the world. Rooms from $109 per person, per night. Wi-Fi in All Rooms
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 89 Avenida Norte y 11 Calle Poniente, Colonia Escalón, Ph: (503) 2-257-0700, Fax: (503) 2-257-0710, . Rooms from $139 per person, per night.
Sheraton Presidente, San Benito (in front of El Chulon), Avenida la revolucion, Ph: (503) 2-283-4000, .
Suites Las Palmas Aparathotel, Av. Las Palmas y Pje. 6 Col. San Benito, Ph: (503) 2210-3111, Fax: (503) 2210-3100, .
Visit the hotel websites for specials.
Stay safe

San Salvador has had a history of violence. San Salvador was considered the most dangerous city in the world in 1992. Since the end of the civil war in 1992 San Salvador has seen a significant reduction in crime rates. Today San Salvador, and El Salvador in general, experience some of the highest homicide rates in the world, it is also considered an epicenter of the gang crisis, along with Guatemala and Honduras. Crime rates in general have been steadily growing throughout the years. Most tourists will experience few problems in the city as they are not specifically targeted. However, most murders are committed by, and upon, gang members. To stay safe, there is some advice:
Don’t walk on streets that look abandoned and dark.
Use only licensed taxis or rent a car. If you are adventurous, watch your valuables and put away jewelry when using the public buses. Most major hotels have taxis that they have approved as safe and legitimate. If unsure about a taxi, call your hotel and they can generally have a safe taxi dispatched to your location.
At best, walk in tourist areas and not unfamiliar or shady areas.
If you have no place to sleep, avoid old and dirty motels.
Be careful with your handbag or purse while walking on crowded streets.
Don’t flaunt jewelery or mobiles on public transport or crowded areas
You wil have no problem in the malls or inside major stores or museums, and most public buildings are full of security guards, alarms, fire extinguishers, etc. If you go out of the city into some national parks, volcanoes or the country, it is better to hire an armed escort or guide because you can get robbed. There is much gang violence in El Salvador, especially in San Salvador and in its poorer neighborhoods; but the downtown areas, the malls, the Zona Rosa, most tourist attractions, and the upmarket neighborhoods are generally safe. Doing your homework and avoiding gangland areas will ensure you have a hassle free and enjoyable experience. No matter how adventurous you may feel, it is strongly advisable to stay away from the city’s poorer districts of Soyapango and Apopa and its surroundings on the east side of the city.
Health services

San Salvador is a city full of pharmacies. Hospital services are also very good and facilities include Hospital de Diagnostico in Villavicencio Plaza.

Finding a bank is not a problem within the city. Banks include HSBC, Citibank, Banco Agricola, BanTpym, Banco Centromericano, Scotiabank, Procredit and others.

Brazil ☎ 2298-7888, (
Canada (
Greece 77 Avenida Norte 335, Colonia Escandon, ☎ +503 263-3402, fax: +503 263-3403,
United States ☎ 2501-2999, fax: 2501-2150, (
Get out

You can get out of Comalapa International Airport or rent a plane for a moderate fee in Ilopango Airport to give you a ride to other of the countries important cities. The rent a plane service is available to go to Santa Ana, San Miguel and La Union (on Tamarindo, near the Gulf of Fonseca where you can board a ferry to take you to the other Islands)

MetWest Terra Hospitality Announces Purchase of Two California Boutique Hotels …

/PRNewswire/ — MetWest Terra Hospitality announced today that through its affiliates it has purchased two boutique hotels in California: The Lodge at Tiburon in Tiburon and Toll House in Los Gatos. Both hotels were previously part of The Larkspur Collection. MetWest Terra Hospitality will assume management of both hotels. With these additions MetWest Terra Hospitality now claims a collection of three hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the historic Casa Madrona Hotel Spa in Sausalito.

“The Lodge at Tiburon and Toll House are perfect additions to our growing collection of elegant boutique hotels that combine small town charm with modern sophistication and natural beauty,” said Jamie Yarrow, President of MetWest Terra Hospitality. “Revealing the depth of our optimism, and enthusiasm for the hospitality industry and its long-term prospects, the acquisition of these two properties is timely and advantageous for our growing portfolio as we plan for 2012 and beyond.”

The acquisition of the two California hotels comes only months after an affiliate of MetWest Terra Hospitality purchased Stowe, Vermont’s iconic Topnotch Resort Spa, and just over a year after purchasing Casa Madrona.

MetWest Terra Hospitality currently oversees the hotel management, asset management and renovation project management for a number of assets across the country, including Hotel Terra and Teton Mountain Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The company also handles asset management for Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. The acquisitions reveal the depth of commitment that MetWest Terra Hospitality has for the hospitality sector and enhances the company’s already dynamic and diversified hotel portfolio, which spans the U.S., from Vermont to Jackson Hole, WY, to Northern California.

The Lodge at Tiburon Located on the tip of the Tiburon Peninsula, The Lodge at Tiburon is a lovely escape from the nearby city with easy proximity to waterfront docks, cafes, boutiques and galleries. The 102-room hotel welcomes guests with its quintessential Northern California ambiance and amenities including the Tiburon Grill. The Lodge at Tiburon is also an inviting destination for meetings and events, with capacity for up to 200 guests in 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

Toll HouseSet in the heart of Silicon Valley, Toll House unfolds as an intimate, small-town destination surrounded by the modern sophistication and natural beauty of Los Gatos. As peaceful as the town around it, the 115-room boutique address is just steps from shopping, galleries and dining. Guests enjoy locally-sourced, farm-fresh ingredients prepared at on site Three Degrees Restaurant – considered to be among the best dining spots in town. The hotel also enjoys a stellar reputation for catering to meeting and event clientele, with five flexible meeting facilities.

SOURCE MetWest Terra Hospitality