The Historical Eco Hotel Mariscal is a family business that began in the 1950s as a guest house in the Salvadoran capital, and at that time it was called Casa York. The hotel arose in response to the need to offer accommodation of international quality in the capital of El Salvador.
The guest house was characterized at that time by its comfort and excellent service, taking as its mission to make the client live the experience of feeling at home. Since the birth of the famous Eco Hotel Mariscal, many changes have been made in order to modernize it and provide excellent service.
Leonor de Castellano, General Manager, tells stories of famous guests who stayed in the family’s hotel and contributed to the preservation of cultural patrimony of El Salvador.
There is one painting in Eco Hotel Mariscal with a fascinating family and cultural history.
“This painting of my mother was painted by Luis Vergara Ahumada, a Chilean painter who left a great legacy of his works while passing through El Salvador. My grandmother owned the Guest House, Casa York and Mr. Vergara Ahumada stayed here when he came to the country,” tells the hotel manager.
“My grandmother was the one who introduced the painter to President José María Lemus, who requested many paintings from Vergara Ahumada including portraits of him and his wife, Doña Coralia de Lemus, one of the most notorious first ladies of El Salvador for her beauty and talents,” she describes.
“He also painted many paintings of the ladies of high society of the time in addition to great historical paintings like the celebration of the First Cry of Independence of Central America in San Salvador and other works of art now housed in the Palacio Nacional,” explains Leonor Alarenga de Castellanos.
“When he was getting ready to leave El Salvador, painter Luis Vergara Ahumada told my grandmother that he wanted to thank her for the recommendations she gave him, that led the painter to so many jobs. The painter wanted to give her a gift. So my grandmother asked him to paint my mother. This is the history behind this painting. Before he painted her, Mr. Vergara told my mother not to put any jewels, because she didn’t need them.”
Today, the famous hotel is ecologically conscious and operated and works with solar energy.
“The hot water in the rooms is heated with solar collectors; the drain is ecological and the bags are biodegradable,” says Leonor de Castellanos.
This hotel was greatly affected by the pandemic since it caters mostly to tourists from all over the world. It was the only hotel that was not occupied to serve people with Covid-19 at the beginning of the pandemic due to health restrictions.
During the pandemic, the Eco Hotel and the owners had no opportunity to reinvent themselves in any business due to its location in the center of the capital as all the guests had to leave the country as the airport prepared to close.
After a history of buzzing international voices visiting its grounds, the hotel found itself surrounded by silence, no one on the streets, only the sounds of sirens from ambulances traveling back and forth could be heard.
Leonor de Castellanos, her 90 year-old mother and their most senior hotel work, age 91, all locked themselves in the hotel to protect themselves from the virus. Today, they are doing all they can to charge ahead.
Day by day tourists are returning once again. They visit the hotel’s 17 fully equipped rooms, located in the best part of San Salvador where there is much commerce. The hotel operates with all biosecurity measures so that its guests enjoy their stay and all its comforts.
The Ministry of Tourism has been reactivating tourism a step at a time. Hotels play a vital role, since they are in charge of ensuring that biosecurity measures are maintained. Doña Leonor invites everyone, locals, tourists, nationals and international visitors to visit Eco Hotel Mariscal, which is centrally located in San Salvador.
“Let’s hope that the silence that took over our country because of the pandemic can be transformed into happiness, and that God helps us to restart. We are waiting for your visit, compatriotas and tourists from the world, you are welcome!” Invites the general manager of Eco Hotel, Leonor de Castellan.
How to contact Eco Hotel Mariscal
Paseo General Escalón No.3658,
Colonia Escalón San Salvador, El Salvador.
Telephone (503) 2298-2844 ó (503) 2527-0200
Mauricio Alexander Cáceres García is a Correspondent for Latina Republic focused on El Salvador and Latin America. He is a renowned and awarded Photojournalist and Documentarian from El Salvador. He has extensive experience reporting on migration, community, travel, tourism and patrimony. His work showcases the power of human stories. Among his specializations, Cáceres has reported on “The migrant route” of the Guatemalan border, Mexico and the United States. Cáceres has a degree in Migration from the Universidad de Centro América, UCA. Cáceres has served as an Editor of the newspaper Más, EDH and elsalvador.com. He has extensive experience in national and international news coverage, studied journalism has won several photography awards throughout Latin America, including second place on a photographic contest centered on the migrant woman, and earning the Santa Clara de Asís prize for his report on the migrant route.