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Manso Boutique Guesthouse

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

[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.

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Hotel highlights

  • 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.

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.

Room options

Standard Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 380 reviews