Los Portones de Ataco

Eat & Stay at Los Portones de Ataco, Ruta de Las Flores!

Eat, drink, sleep & be merry at Los Portones de Ataco, a cafe-hotel located on the Ruta de las Flores – find out why it’s the perfect hub for exploring this beautiful region of El Salvador.

Los Portones de Ataco is located on Avenida 2, the main street in Ataco – it’s close to the market, supermarket, main plaza, restaurants & everywhere you may need to go in this small town.

Mirador de Cruz Ataco

View of Ataco from Mirador de Cruz lookout

Whether you’re a tourist or local, Ataco is a lovely place to spend the weekend & one of the highlights of El Salvador.

It’s at the start of the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador’s Flower Route. From Ataco, you can easily visit all the attractions of the region, by car or bus.

The entrance to Los Portones de Ataco is cool & quirky, decorated with coffee drawings & more – but don’t be deceived, this cafe is also a very nice hotel.

Let us here at DIY Travel HQ show you around! 🙂

"La Estancia" coffee bar

“La Estancia” coffee bar is also a part of Los Portones de Ataco

Our Room at Los Portones de Ataco

We stayed in Room 2 at the back of the hostal – this was great for us, as it was away from the music of the café, but we still had a perfect wifi connection to the Internet.

Our room was very clean, compact & comfortable. The bedding & mattress were of excellent quality, we certainly slept well all 3 nights.

The décor is simple with blue & beige walls, a patterned curtain & a vibrant African painting.

Simple room at Los Portones de Ataco

Our room had everything you need

There was also a LCD TV on a table in the corner, with Spanish cable channels. Other features included:

  • side table
  • large floor lamp
  • floor fan
  • hooks & hangers on the back of the bathroom door

Speaking of which, the bathroom was very clean & tastefully decorated. Bath & hand towels are provided, along with soap & shampoo.

The shower is electric, with excellent hot water & water pressure.

Bathroom at Los Portones de Ataco

Clean bathroom with electric shower

La Estancia Café & Restaurant

Los Portones de Ataco also hosts a fantastic café & restaurant called “La Estancia”.

There are 6-7 tables, it can easily seat 20 people at a time.

There’s also a small bar if you want to pull up a stool & watch tv or read the paper.

We love the exposed brick walls & quirky, rustic décor such as painted doors, “fruit boxes” & a whimsical, large red mural.

Cool artwork & design at Ataco hotel

Quirky artwork on exposed brick walls at Los Portones de Ataco

The restaurant offers a menu of local & Western dishes including meat, seafood, pasta, paninis & desserts for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

We didn’t eat there but the coffee was excellent.

The owner, Julio, also works in the coffee trade so he knows how to make a great brew. The coffee bar is separate from the restaurant & there are also comfy couches to relax in.

There are also tables & chairs in an upstairs loft area, that overlooks the restaurant on one side & the main street of Ataco on the other – this is a great place to hang out & watch local life passing by on the cobblestone streets.

Cafe Los Portones de Ataco

Cafe-restaurant of Los Portones de Ataco

Features of Los Portones de Ataco

Here’s a re-cap of some of the features of Los Portones de Ataco:

  • Hostal with 7 rooms
  • Café-restaurant
  • Coffee bar
  • Wifi
Lounge Los Portones de Ataco

Open lounge area to relax & have a coffee, next to the cafe-restaurant

Los Portones de Ataco also features a cool lounge area with large sofas & couches, as well as a book exchange & travel information for the region.

Behind this, there’s another seating area in a small indoor courtyard.

We loved chilling out here, amongst the plants & vines in the natural sunlight.

Indoor courtyard at Los Portones de Ataco

Lovely seating area in the indoor courtyard

Things to See & Do in Ataco

The best thing about Ataco is simply wandering its cobblestone streets & checking out the handicraft stalls & artisan shops such as Diconte & Axul and Artesanias Madre Tierra.

It hosts a vibrant artistic community, whose works grace the beautiful large murals on many of the buildings around the village.

Ataco is the perfect base from which to explore the Ruta de las Flores – it’s the most picturesque town with the widest variety in accommodation, food & drink.

Cobblestone Streets of Ataco

The charming colonial town of Ataco

It’s easy to travel by car or bus along El Salvador’s most famous route, exploring the attractions & towns along the way:

From Ataco, it’s also easy to reach Parque Imposible for hiking and to see sea turtles laying eggs at Barra de Santiago.

Los Chorros de la Calera

Los Chorros de la Calera waterfalls in nearby Juayua

Los Portones de Ataco Wrap-Up

With quality food & accommodation, Los Portones de Ataco is the best value-for-money in town.

The rooms have everything you need, all of which come with private bathrooms. And if you want a snack, meal or drink, the café-restaurant is always open & ready to serve.

There are also many awesome spaces where you can relax with a good book & coffee.

La Estancia cafe Ataco

Kick back with a coffee at “La Estancia” cafe inside Los Portones de Ataco

Julio & all the staff members are very hospitable – they’re happy to offer recommendations & advice on traveling in the region & elsewhere in El Salvador.

From the décor to the staff, there’s a wonderful, friendly atmosphere at Los Portones de Ataco, especially on the livelier weekends. During the week, it is quiet & peaceful.

If you’re after affordable comfort, cleanliness & convenience in accommodation & dining on the Ruta de las Flores, look no further than Los Portones de Ataco.

* Top tip: book ahead on weekends!

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Restaurant Los Portones de Ataco

Los Portones de Ataco is the perfect base for exploring Ruta de las Flores

In a Nutshell

Location: 2da. Avenida sur, Numero 2, Ataco

Price: from $30.00

Website: Los Portones de Ataco

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Eat, drink, sleep & be merry at Los Portones de Ataco, a cafe-hotel located on the Ruta de las Flores. Whether you’re a tourist or local, Ataco is a lovely place to spend the weekend. It’s at the start of the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador’s Flower Route. From Ataco, you can easily visit all the attractions of the region, by car or bus. Find out why Los Portones de Ataco is the perfect hub for exploring this beautiful region of El Salvador.

*** The Final Word – Los Portones de Ataco is the best-value accommodation on Ruta de las Flores! *** 

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Visited in October 2016