https://diytravelhq.com/parque-nacional-los-volcanes/Casa Frolaz & Quattro Estaciones is a quiet oasis away from the hustle of downtown Santa Ana – find out why this garden hostel-restaurant is the friendliest place in town.
Casa Frolaz was one of the first hostels to open in El Salvador & it remains a favourite for backpackers travelling around El Salvador.
In this beautiful, colonial home, there are two rooms upstairs while the former living area downstairs has since been transformed into the popular restaurant, Quattro Estaciones.
The hostel & restaurant is managed by Francisco, with the help of his brother Bruno.
They made us here at DIY Travel HQ feel very welcome in their home & we thoroughly enjoyed our stay – read on & find out what makes Casa Frolaz the best place to stay in Santa Ana!
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Location of Casa Frolaz
If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay in Santa Ana away from the hustle & bustle of downtown, look no further than Casa Frolaz.
It’s located in a safe residential neighbourhood, while still being close to the action.
The city centre of Santa Ana is a 20 minute walk away or you take buses #51C or #51F.
Bus terminals, supermarkets, fruit & vegetable markets, the Metrocentro shopping mall, cinema, restaurants, cafes, pupuserias & street food vendors are also all within walking distance.
There’s a large park with soccer & basketball courts nearby – this is a great place to find a cheap lunch, as there are numerous comedors & snack stalls in the area, as well as a funky arts & food market on the weekend.
Dorm Room at Casa Frolaz
Casa Frolaz has just 2 upstairs rooms, a dorm & a double.
We stayed in the dorm room, which we were lucky to have to ourselves.
It was spacious with 3 single beds & 1 double bed. The room was clean & simply decorated with original artwork & flowers.
Other features included:
- Side tables
- Desk & chair
- Table lamps
Both the dorm & double room have their own private, ensuite bathroom.
The dorm bathroom was huge, it felt very luxurious! The hot water was very good & reliable, with excellent water pressure.
The dorm room opens out to a large balcony.
There are lovely plants & flowers, along with a wooden seat & coffee table. We enjoyed hanging out here with some drinks, reading & playing cards.
Overall, from the room to the bathroom to the balcony, booking a night at Casa Frolaz gives you so much space for a small price.
Quattro Estaciones Restaurant
Along with the upstairs rooms, Casa Frolaz also features a very nice restaurant downstairs, called “Quattro Estaciones”.
In fact, it’s one of only a handful of restaurants in Santa Ana, so if you’re looking to treat yourself or celebrate a special occasion, you don’t need to go far 🙂
There are 7 tables & it can sit 28 guests comfortably & with privacy.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated with wooden tables, chairs & floorboards & colourful artwork on its red & cream walls.
The menu is Mediterranean-inspired, focusing on fresh ingredients. Choose from:
Prices range from $2.00 for the olive starter to $18.00 for the steak & prawn mains.
There’s a full drinks menu of alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages.
Garden at Casa Frolaz
The restaurant opens out to a beautiful tropical garden, where there are a couple more seating areas to enjoy a meal or a drink.
It’s a hidden green oasis back here, filled with trees, flowers & plants, including bamboo & lemon trees.
The terracotta pots, wall of rusted tools & handmade pizza oven (work in progress) add to the rustic, outdoor charm.
This was my favourite place in all of Santa Ana, I found it so relaxing & inspiring – it’s where I’m writing this review from now 🙂
Other Features of Casa Frolaz
- Kitchen access – the kitchen is shared with the restaurant, there are 2 ovens & plenty of space
- Coffee machine – make your own coffee using a professional coffee machine
- Cable TV with English channels – watch tv in the restaurant, the hostel also has a great movie collection
- Laundry – laundry service is available, by the load I believe. There’s plenty of space on the balcony to hang your clothes
- Atmosphere – with quirky artwork, collectibles & music throughout the hostel, Casa Frolaz is full of coziness & character, a home away from home
Casa Frolaz Wrap-Up
We loved staying at Casa Frolaz for its security & serenity, along with the comfort & convenience.
Most of all, we felt very welcomed by the owner Francisco & his brother Bruno.
They always had time to chat & offer suggestions, in fluent English.
Whether it’s a country or a hostel, a place is often a reflection of its people & at Casa Frolaz & Quattro Estaciones, we experienced the warmth & love of being in a home away from home.
Know Before You Go
Location: 29 Calle Poniente, Santa Ana, El Salvador
Price: dorm room from $8.00
- Phone: +503 2440 1564
- Email: [email protected]
*** The Final Word: Casa Ana, your home away from home in Santa Ana ***
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* Thank you to Casa Frolaz for hosting us!
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Visited in October 2016