Manso Boutique Guesthouse3.0 out of 5.0
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[Warning: This may be a long story.] I recently moved to Ecuador to retire and I am in the process of applying for a residency visa as a pensioner. However, I moved to Cuenca but my visa facilitator, Dana Cameron, lives in Guayaquil and works with the immigration office there. As such, I needed to travel to Guayaquil from Cuenca in order to be present to submit my application. Cool - a three to four hour bus ride down through the Andes to the coastal region of Guayaquil (and what spectacular scenery that is!), an overnight stay in Guayaquil and a bus ride back to Cuenca the following day. Snap. Unfortunately, my travel day turned out to be rather stressful. My sleep patterns have been unsettled lately (but not due to moving). I was up at 3am as usual but my microbus reservation wasn't until 11:15am. Took a taxi to the microbus station making sure I was there in plenty of time and sitting in the depot when I realized I had left my luggage back at the Cuenca hotel I was making base camp at. Frustration #1. It really wasn't a problem as they have buses running about every hour during the day. So taxi back to hotel, grab luggage and back to the station. I naively asked the microbus driver if he could drop me off at my hotel on the way to the Guayaquil depot. Well, I didn't actually ask him as I don't speak Spanish but wrote down the question in Spanish, as translated via a phone app. He read it and nodded. I slipped him a 5 dollar bill. We get to the Guayaquil station and, as I'm still sitting in my seat (shotgun), he deposits my luggage just outside my opened door. I gesture and grumble but it dawns on me that he interpreted our arrangement as him getting me a taxi to the hotel. Frustration #2. Guayaquil is the commercial capital of Ecuador as well as being a very large, crowded city. I don't like very large, crowded cities. Frustration #3. It was about a 20 minute taxi ride to the Manso. [Note: The actual review starts here. You could've skipped all of the above but I'm also writing this experience up for my blog so I'm killing two birds with one stone. READER: Don't use that kind of language! Trip Advisor is a family-friendly site.] So I drag my heavy backpack and luggage up to reception at the Manso only to find that my reservation is for the next night. That can't be! Oh, yes it can. I screwed the booking up. Oh damn, what now? Well, the nice ladies at reception (I wish I got their names) put me in a room AND waived the cancellation fee for the incorrect booking. (The Manso had done that me for the week prior when Dana and I had to reschedule my original trip the week before due to a situation in her family). The Manso oozes Old World charm. Located on Malecon Simon Bolivar (y Aguirre), it is directly across the street from Malencon 2000, Guayaquil's fabulous boardwalk along the Guayas River. It is a narrow property that stretches back in its section of its property block which deceives one's perception of its size. The guests a mixture of families and young folks probably journeying on from Guayaquil to the Galopogos. The Manso is a no-frills sort of place just like hotels probably were back in the days of a burgeoning port city like Guayaquil. The room I was booked into was good enough for me. Shared a bathroom but that was alright (I showered at 5am and left it clean for the next guest). I found the hammock in the little open area next to the second floor inviting. I don't need nor do I care for spending on the comfort one might desire as in a Hilton or Radisson. You'll find the rates at the Manso reasonable, the staff friendly and accommodating and the experience endearing. Oh yeah. I'll be back.
This hotel is very well located, which is probably the only good point. We paid 55 US dollars for a double room which is twice as much as most guesthouses in Ecuador, including in the main cities such as Cuenca or Quito. The room had only a window giving on a wall and was very loud. The sheets were not clean and smelled bad. The bathroom is falling apart. The staff is incredibly slow and unprofessional, especially the ones serving at the restaurant (e.g appetizers are served after main course, and they tried to charge them anyway!!). The breackfast is average, waterlemon was not ripe and fruit juice was the worst one we had in Ecuador. If you look closely most 2017 comments are negative, it seems the quality is seriously going down in this hostel. Stay away from this place!
I don't know where they took the photo of the outside,but it does not look like that on the street level.It is two flights of stairs up to reception,then another two flights to our room. The room was dirty,the sheets were disgustingly stained,as the previous user must have had an upset stomach.The shower was cold,the toilet did not flush properly.There was no window to the outside,and the noise of the music below was deafening. The breakfast was ok though,but we were too unhappy to enjoy it.
The owner is extremely nice and the vegetarian food exvellent. I am not sure when i arrived and told the girl how hungry i was and could she tell me where a good redtaraunt was , why she didnt mention they offered food? I spent several hours wandering the streets only to find fast food crap..then came back to see people were eating deliicioua food at the hostal! I would like to say the accommodation was something to be desired they had two long term workers staying in the dorm , and acted surprised when I said my Internet did not work in the room. But clearly it only worked in the lobby , so you could either sit in the unairconditioned lobby to get wifi or stay in room with AC and no wifi... There was no soap or hand towels in the bathroom but the owner corrected this upon my mentioning it. The bottom bunk bed was very low head clearance... and the top had a very shaky stair. Another guest and I took bikes to the Santay island d but the ride from the hostal to the bridge was pretty terrifying so much traffic and people on the sidewalks ..I would recommend a taxi to the bridge and rent bikes from there.
Best hostal we have stayed in a long time. Air conditioner, beautiful clean bathroom, helpful staff. The room comes with breakfast, drinking water, towels. Best of all it was QUIET! would absolutely stay here again
The day we arrived was december 31. Maybe it was a busy day for the hostel and our room was not well cleaned. Dust on the room everywhere, filty sheets. Bathroom has stepts and it is not easy to go into the bathtub (big step). We stay in private room.The rest was good. Nice food, employees very attentive. It is possile to hang out by the balcony. However on working days it may be very noisy, cause The house it is on a main avenue. It has internet, hammocks. Close to restaurants and places to visit. LGBTI friendly!!
The hotel was well located, but there is no accessibility!!!! The rooms looked dirty with towels and sheets stained. The air conditioner was so noisy that we had to sleep with ear protection. Breakfast had no diversity!
Manso is a unique and comfortable B&B. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I always stay at Manso on my way to Cuenca and on the way back to the US. Manso is an easy taxi ride form the airport. It is right on "el Malecón," on the waterfront. we enjoy sitting on the balcony watching the parrots come or the mangos on the trees on el Malecón.
This was our favorite hotel we stayed in on our South American trip. The room we stayed in was large. The view was beautiful. It had air conditioning (which was hard to come by in Ecuador). We were able to walk to the important places we wanted to see -- the ferris wheel and the lighthouse of Santa Ana. Taxes never costed more than $5 if we needed to go somewhere else. The only complaint is that it got a little noisy in the evening. There are lots of common areas, which is a plus, unless others are using them loudly and you're trying to sleep.
We decided to stay at this place for 2 nights before our flight home. The place is very well located. The rooms are very clean and spacious with nice views of the city. The people are nice and helpfull, they helped us taking for free to the airport. Go there!
- Walking distance to Malecon 2000
- Free 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 breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a bite to eat at MansoMix, 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.
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
85% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 368 reviews