Book a room in one of the city’s surprisingly affordable five-star properties. The resortlike Sheraton Presidente (from $169), located in nightlife-centric Zona Rosa, is where President Obama and other heads of state prefer to sleep. Alternatively, opt for the Real InterContinental (from $129), which is close to a handful of the city’s best restaurants and the three-story Metrocenter, the largest mall in Central America.
Choose from one of six daily breakfast options at the nine-room Villa del Angel (from $56), a fashionable B&B opened last August by a young local couple. The pair designed all of the locally produced furniture in each room, and the hotel’s Colonia Escalon address puts it close to high-end shops and indie boutiques.
Stay at the most recently renovated of San Salvador’s upscale hotels at the four-star Holiday Inn (from $129), located in the quiet, leafy Antiguo Cuscatlan district near the U.S. Embassy. Skip the merely decent in-house restaurant, Essenza, for a taste of the justifiably famous grilled chicken at Pollo Campero in the mall next door.