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Manso Boutique Guesthouse

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I stayed twice at El Manso. Once for 3-days on my arrival in Guayaquil and once on my way to Cuenca from Puerto Lopez for 1 night. It is in such a great location - right across from the main river walk way, the Malacon. The Malacon is filled with things for families and children to do, places to climb to see the broad river flow up through Guayaquil when the tide comes in and then down to the ocean when the tide goes out. Just watching the river move is a pleasure, restorative, reminding us of the rhythms of nature. There are also ice cream stands, candy stands, bars and restaurants on the Malacom which I enjoyed several times. Having a hotel at the rates of Manso is somewhat amazing. Many of the hotels in the area have rates of $150 and up a night. The bed in each room I had was great and the room comfortably large. Also the air conditioning in each room was a blessing. It is fine to sit in the part of the dining area that looks out at the Malacon and the river whether you order food or not. My internet connection was best in the reception area so I did spend a good amount of time there enjoying the view and the breeze. The staff were very helpful, particularly Patricia who was finishing her degree in sustainable tourism and an intern at Manso and who is now in the Gualapagos for a year and Ricardo the manager. I had many talks with Ricardo about his passion for sustainable development and his work developing tours with indigenous communities. There are currently 2 tours posted on the website and a 3rd has just been developed. It is with a cocoa cooperative. There are many cocoa tours in Ecuador but this cooperative has a particular interesting history. If it isn't on the website when you book, write Ricardo about it. Because of a meeting in the middle of my 3 - day stay I wasn't able to take advantage of any of the tours. The staff helped me with innumerable things for which I'm most grateful. The breakfast had a piece of fruit, a glass of freshly prepared juice without sugar (yeah), eggs, toast, jam and butter on request. Generally there was a nice surprise of something made with plantain or yucca. I also had a number of meals there - lunch and dinner. Zentrum is the name of the restaurant. It is managed cooperatively but separately from El Manso. On the days the main chef is there the food is fabulous and people come from all over the city to enjoy it. I happened to be there when the head Chef had a break. At that point the food was much more ordinary. But when THE Chef is there the food was fabulous. The meals are agro-ecological so you get many different kinds of vegetables and grains plus fish and chicken options. On valentine's day I had a delicious all vegetable soup, a risotta of quinoa (so flavorful and rich) with vegetables and a dessert with the best ice cream I may have ever had - blackberry ice cream with chocolate fudge cake and a sliced banana with carmel sauce. Extraordinary. So book now and support this hotel and restaurant which are trying to support ecotourism in a very pricey area of town AND keeping the rates low. There is playful art surrounding you, people from all over the world, and comfortable rooms. Note: you do need to be able to get up multiple flights of stairs. Generally the staff help you but may not always be aware of guests who have challenges with stairs. If you ask they will gladly help with luggage. Also, I found the rooms to be very clean. In the heat and humidity of Guayaquil, one of my bathrooms had some peeling paint and what looked like some mold. If you are fussy and cranky don't go. Instead appreciate the value of your stay and the opportunity to support people who are truly trying to make a difference in our world.

The Manso Boutique Guesthouse was a great place to stay. It is located opposite the Malecon and it is a short walk to the Iguana Park. The staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were spacious and clean.

Nice guesthouse, well decorated to provide a travellers feel - rooms were basic but clean and more than fine to stay a few nights. staff were friendly and helpful. great location right beside the malecon/river. recommended.

Demasiado acogedor. Muy buena atención. El lugar excelentemente ubicado. Buen desayuno. Acogedora vista desde el balcon de la habitacion hacia el Malecon 2000. Un lugar seguro. Facil de llegar y el personal que trabaja allí de muy buena atención. Lo recomiendo 100%. Gracias Manso Boutique Guesthouse. Volveré. Atte. Wiky Boy Vlog. A cozy place Excellent atention. The place excellently located. Good breakfast. Cozy view from the balcony of the room towards the Malecon 2000. A safe place. Easy to get there and the staff that works there for very good service. I recommend it 100%. Thank you Manso Boutique Guesthouse. I will be back. Atte. Wiky Boy Vlog.

Stayed for one night in Guayaquil, so we were looking for somewhere close to the action and Manso was located opposite the Malecon. The room was situated on the second floor and despite the main road outside our room was quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast was good and you can sit on the balcony and watch the (busy) world go by. Room has air conditioning which was needed as ventilation wasn’t the best and can get quite warm.

I booked this hostal quickly only by looking at price and overall mark on Take the time and read other recent poor reviews about this place. The staff was fairly friendly, good check in. Our room was quiet and located on the 3rd floor, way at the back of the hostal, close to a disgusting/abandoned kitchen with cockroaches. The air conditioned was dripping inside the bedroom and internet reception inside the room was very poor. I asked for laundry service, which was more expensive than elsewhere and our clothes were returned almost wet (not dried enough). Finally, a good breakfast is served from 8am to 11am, but if leaving early, don’t expect being served before 8:30am, even if you asked your breakfast at 8am sharp. Overall, after 4 weeks in Ecuador, this is one of the worst value for money we had so far. Would not stay there again.

I have stayed at the Manso Boutique Guesthouse three times now, and am on my way for a fourth. As an international traveler, I can honestly say that this place is a relief to get to...clean bathrooms, quaint rooms, advantageous location, delicious and nutritious vegetarian food, and a staff that has helped me navigate the dizzying streets to get to my various destinations and see the sites. This is a unique resting place tucked in the busy hubbub of Guayaquil and I enjoy staying in a place with such authenticity that doesn't break the bank.

The staff didn't know anything about the activities nearby, seemed lazy (except for one girl). I asked them a week in advance to get information about a tour (sent them a message). When I arrived there I found out that they didn't give me all information, they forgot to tell me things. For that reason I had to miss one of the activities I had planned to do in Guayaquil. The information about the hotel states that there's a tour desk, didn't see that. Room: Bed is okay, but our dorm was on the street side and the room isn't isolated. So felt like sleeping outside. I also booked a women's dorm, which they didn't have. The shared bathroom wasn't very clean, although they have a cleaning schedule hanging on the door. I don't recommend this place, bad service. Breakfast was nice. Nice decoration, it has a nice terrace. Location is great.

We came here based on a friend's recommendation. The hostel is in a building which echoes a former glory - spacious corridors, high ceilings, etc. Now a basic, but aspiring, funky hostel which was a bit pricey compared to other hostels, but fair for it's commanding position, overlooking the centre of the promenade. We arrived, by chance, on 12 October, just as the Independence Day parade was passing by on the promenade. We were afforded an excellent balcony view of the parade. The room was clean and well presented. The air con worked well but we didn't use it because the temperature was not too hot. The shared toilet and bathroom was basic but clean and functional. The main attraction was it's superb vegetarian restaurant which delighted us with a delicious, reasonably priced meal. The next morning we enjoyed a scrumptious, included, American breakfast.

A fairly basic guest house in a prime position on the Melacon. Very quaint and friendly, basic rooms but lots of lovely little common areas to stretch out in. The organic , vegetarian cafe has the most wonderful food.

Malecon 1406 Y Aguirre Guayaquil Guayas

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Malecon 2000
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Manso Boutique Guesthouse places you next to Clock Tower and within a 10-minute stroll of other popular attractions like Malecon 2000. This 16-room, 3-star inn has free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free in-room WiFi. La Rotonda is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from this centrally located Guayaquil inn.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 11 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Zentro, the inn's onsite restaurant. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Rooms also include free toiletries.

Property features

At Manso Boutique Guesthouse, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and free newspapers. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 10.00 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. This inn also has a gift shop.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 389 reviews