Arbol De Fuego Eco-Hotel, San Salvador
Arriving by taxi to a local San Salvadoran neighbourhood, we were dropped off in front of a charming red building draped with plants.
This was our stop. Arbol De Fuego Eco-Hotel.
We walked into a simply decorated front lobby and immediately noticed the green awards recieved by Arbol De Fuego Eco-Hotel.
In 2010 they were recognized by USAID for protecting the environment by implementing an eco-efficiency program; and in 2014 the hotel won 1st prize in every category of the National Energy Efficiency Awards in El Salvador.
After admiring the sweetly decorated lobby, we were shown to our room by the attentive and helpful staff.
The space was small, but it had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Our solar powered showers were incredible. Very hot, with great water pressure.
Breakfast is included in the stay and is served in their peaceful garden.
We were able to order plantain, beans, toast, fruit, coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice from the menu, which suited us fine.
2016 marks the green hotel’s 15th year of operation, and they are doing well.
Their commitment and passion to the environment is inspiring.
The water throughout the grounds is 100% heated by solar power, they use recycled grey water from the laundry for the vegetation on the property, the green rooftop deck is covered in plants, cooling the rooms below, and they have a natural solar room that dries all of the linens with zero electricity.
By keeping with these good practices, Arbol De Fuego has reduced their electric bill from $1300, to $180 per month. The hotel has 19 rooms, and spends as much as a family of 6 does on electricity.
You may be thinking that San Salvador is a strange place to have an eco hotel, but all it takes is a few eco-conscious people to take action, and make it happen.
This is possible anywhere.
The hotel is located in a very safe neighbourhood in walking distance to several pupusa restaurants. You can also walk to Zona Rosa in about 15-20 minutes.
Arbol De Fuego Eco-Hotel is a really great place to stay in the city of San Salvador.
It is so important to support, and participate in eco friendly practices, as well as stay in small scale locally owned establishments as much as possible.
*Our stay was courtesy of Arbol De Fuego Eco-Hotel but these opinions are our own*