- Hotel Anahuac (Juayua, Ruta de Flores, El Salvador; tel. 503/2469-2401; www.hotelanahuac.com): This charming little corner house has the casual vibe of a well-run hostel with an upscale, artistic feel. Beautiful pieces of art and murals adorn each room; the overall design feels like a cool boutique hotel. All this and friendly English-speaking owners, a colorful town in the garden setting of El Salvador's countryside, and great value rates, to boot.
- Los Almendros de San Lorenzo (Suchitoto, El Salvador; tel. 503/2335-1200; www.hotelsalvador.com): This six-room Suchitoto hotel is a rare taste of luxury in a rural mountain village. French owner Pascal Lebailly applied his eye for fashion to create an interior design that's magazine-ready, with a gorgeously lit stone pool, glass-enclosed French restaurant, and walls filled with some of El Salvador's best art. You won't find a more romantic or casually elegant hotel in the country.
- Santa Leticia Mountain Resort (Apaneca, El Salvador; tel. 503/2433-0357; www.hotelsantaleticia.com): This luxurious hotel is set amidst a 93-hectare (230-acre) coffee plantation. Spacious, colorful rooms open out onto a charming gallery. Two solar-powered pools are center stage, while the cozy restaurant boasts all glass walls and a stone fireplace. You can do a coffee tour of the nearby farm and view the 2,000-year-old stone sculptures that dot the property.
- Quinta El Carmen Bed & Breakfast (Ataco, El Salvador; tel. 503/2243-0304; www.elcarmenestate.com): This low, red-brick villa surrounded by lush gardens has an adjacent coffee farm and a charming restaurant. Large rattan armchairs sit on a tiled patio that leads to well-appointed rooms with white walls and dark wooden rafters.
- Hotel La Joya del Golfo (Golfo de Fonseca, El Salvador; tel. 503/2648-0072; www.hotellajoyadelgolfo.com): A three-story hacienda-style house sits on the shoreline of a gorgeous bay with postcard-picture islands; fishing villages; and dark, volcanic beaches. The rooms are large and well appointed, and each has a private balcony with panoramic views of the lush surroundings.
- Hotel y Restaurante Tekuaní Kal (Balsamo Coast, El Salvador; tel. 503/2389-6388): Maya-inspired cement sculptures are scattered around this gardenlike property, which includes a small infinity pool and waterfall, and overlooks the beach.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.