The Best Areas to Stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador
The Best Areas to Stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Best Areas to Stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Where to Stay in Guayaquil – A Guide to This Ecuadorian City

Guayaquil (officially named 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 86ºF (30ºC), making the dry season (between May and December) the best time to visit the city.

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.

Among the things to see in Guayaquil are Cerro Santa Ana (Santa Ana hill), 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.

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

1. Our Favorite Area: Malecón 2000

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

This park (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 is connected to the rest of the city by bus, with several stations at your disposal that will make it easier to move 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 visit. Similarly, if you like to work out 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 is this a recommended area to stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador:

  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Good area for shopping

2. 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 downtown area is the Municipal Palace, seat of the government of the province and other authorities.

The neoclassical building of the Municipal Palace is also one of the tourist gems of Guayaquil.

Other highlights of the city center are the Parque Centenario (one of the main vegetable lungs in Guayaquil) and the Parque Seminario, better known as Parque de las Iguanas because of 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 is this a recommended area to stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador:

  • Great location
  • Iguanas Park
  • Great public transport connections

3. 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 soccer teams.

In addition, Las Peñas is home to the Cerro Santa Ana (Santa Ana hill) 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 is this a recommended area to stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador:

  • Colonial area
  • Charming hotels
  • Santa Ana Hill

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