Best Areas to Stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Where to stay in Guayaquil – A guide to the Ecuadorian city

Guayaquil (officialy name is Santiago de Guayaquil) is the largest and most populated city in Ecuador, in addition to its main port. This city is the capital of the province of Guayas, which borders the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Gulf of Guayaquil to the south.

Guayaquil is known as the “pearl of the Pacific” and has temperatures that can exceed 30ºC, making the best time to visit the city between May and December, months of the dry season where humidity and temperature drop.

When it comes to attractions, Guayaquil has a lot to offer: Monuments of colonial architecture in its Historic Center, parks and entertainment, museums, restaurants, bars and a lively nightlife, to name just a few of its entertainment options.

Among the main points of interest for those who visit Guayaquil are Cerro Santa Ana, located in the Las Peñas neighborhood, one of the most picturesque areas of Guayaquil. Although climbing the almost 500 steps of the hill can be a challenge for less athletic tourists, the impressive view from the top makes it worth it. In addition, in its surroundings there are restaurants, cafes and stores that will allow you to have a nice time.

Guayaquil also has the Simón Bolívar Malecón (known as Malecón 2000), an urban park that brings together the city’s inhabitants and foreigners among its two kilometers lenght. Along the boardwalk, you’ll find movie theaters, museums, restaurants and a variety of things to see.

As far as transportation is concerned, Guayaquil has the Metrovía, a bus system that has its own lane and 90 stations throughout the city.

Choosing where to stay in Guayaquil depends, in large part, on your interests when visiting. If you want to be at the center of events, staying near the Malecón 2000 is a good option (See accommodation in Malecón 2000). On the other hand, if your intention is to visit as many historical attractions as possible during your stay, the Guayaquil City Center is an excellent accommodation option (See hotels in Guayaquil City Center).

Here’s a list with the best areas to stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The best areas to stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Our favorite area: Malecón 2000

Although, technically, the Malecón 2000 is part of the center of Guayaquil, the area deserves special mention because it is one of the main tourist attractions of the city, since its surroundings are gather the most popular entertainment, nightlife and gastronomic options.

This point of interest (which is actually called Malecón Simón Bolívar) limits the Cuenca street to the south and the Las Peñas neighborhood to the north.

In this pedestrian area you will find monuments dedicated to the four elements (water, air, earth and fire, the latter being a viewpoint). In addition, on the boardwalk there is also the Clock Tower, an architectural landmark of Guayaquil.

This district, being of vital commercial and tourist importance, is connected to the rest of the city by bus, with several stations at your disposal that will make it easier to travel to other places.

The surroundings of the Malecón 2000 are one of the best areas to stay in Guayaquil (Ecuador) because there is always something to see and do, so you do not have to go far to have fun during your stay. Similarly, if you like to exercise and do not want to neglect your routine while traveling, this district is a good choice for you.

Staying near Malecón 2000 - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Staying near Malecón 2000 – Guayaquil, Ecuador

Staying near Malecón 2000 - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Staying near Malecón 2000 – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Guayaquil:

  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Great nightlife
  • Torre del Reloj
  • Close to other attractions
  • Connected through bus
  • Great food

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Ramada

Hotel Ramada has an indoor pool, solarium, sauna and fitness center. In addition, it provides free WiFi.

From US$60
Budget

Hotel Del Centro

Hotel Del Centro is located 300 meters from the Guayas River, in the commercial district of Guayaquil, and features free Wi-Fi and parking.

From US$37
Luxurious

Unipark by Oro Verde Hotels

Unipark Hotel is just 3 blocks from Malecón 2000. It offers a modern fitness center and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

From US$135

 

 

 

Guayaquil City Center

Guayaquil City Center contains the largest number of tourist attractions within the Ecuatorian city, including the Malecón 2000 and all the things that a visitor can not miss.

In the streets of the center or downtown is the Municipal Palace, seat of the government of the province and other government authorities. This neoclassical building is also one of the tourist gems that Guayaquil hosts.

Other highlights of the center of Guayaquil are the Parque Centenario (one of the main vegetable lungs in Guayaquil) and the Parque Seminario, better known as Parque de las Iguanas because the dozens of iguanas who walk in its surroundings.

The center of Guayaquil or Guayaquil City Cernter is one of the best areas to stay in Guayaquil due to its privileged location, proximity to other neighborhoods and also due to its good public transport connections.

Where to stay in Guayaquil - Downtown

Where to stay in Guayaquil – Downtown

Accommodation near Guayaquil City Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near Guayaquil City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Guayaquil:

  • Great location
  • Iguanas Park
  • Great public transport connections

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Palace Guayaquil

Hotel Palace is a 10-minute drive from the airport. It offers modern rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi.

From US$75
Budget

Hotel Alexander

This 3-star hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a minibar. It also provides private parking.

From US$40
Luxurious

Oro Verde Guayaquil

This 5-star hotel offers an outdoor pool, spa with hydromassage and gym. It also has 4 restaurants.

From US$125

 

 

 

Las Peñas

Las Peñas is located northwest of downtown Guayaquil and is the most picturesque and traditional neighborhood of the city, one of the areas that any visitor has to know.

This neighborhood is formed by a lot of colonial houses built hundreds of years ago and that have been restored to become restaurants, art galleries and all kinds of stores.

You could even say that Las Peñas is the hipster or bohemian neighborhood of Guayaquil, with the Music Museum and the Beer Museum between its main attractions. However, sports lovers also have entertainment options in this district, as it houses the Barcelona and Emelec museums, in honor of emblematic Ecuadorian football teams.

In addition, Las Peñas is home to the Cerro Santa Ana and its viewpoint, a lighthouse that offers 360º panoramic views of the city that will allow you to take stunning photographs.

Las Peñas does not have the best transport connections, but it is one of the best areas to stay in Guayaquil to get to know its history in depth, as well as its more artistic side.

Accommodation near Barrio Las Peñas - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Accommodation near Barrio Las Peñas – Guayaquil, Ecuador

Accommodation in Las Peñas - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Las Peñas – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Guayaquil:

  • Colonial area
  • Charming hotels
  • Cerro Santa Ana

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Boutique Mansion Del Rio

The rooms at Manión del Río are decorated with draped curtains and have cable TV, air conditioning, a private bathroom and views of the city.

From US$60
Budget

Apartamento Edificio Familia Klein

Rooms at Aleida’s Hostal have a private or shared bathroom. It offers breakfast and free WiFi.

From US$39
Luxurious

Wyndham Guayaquil

Wyndham Hotel Guayaquil is located in Guayaquil and offers a swimming pool, fitness center and rooms with plasma TV and free Wi-Fi.

From US$119

 

 

 

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