Guayaquil is the largest and most populous city in Ecuador. It’s also the commercial center of the country, and a city that is in the midst of change. You can stroll through 9 de Octubre, a downtown thoroughfare, to go shopping and get a sense for the city’s new development. Then you might choose to head to the historic riverside neighborhood of Las Peñas to find good restaurants and bars. Furthermore, all flights that go to the Galápagos Islands either start or stop here—so if you’re planning to visit these incredible islands, the chances are high that you’ll come to Guayaquil.
When you’re out and about in Guayaquil, you won’t have any trouble remembering where the Grand Hotel Guayaquil is located. This hotel shares an entire city block with the most impressive cathedral in the city.
The hotel features 182 guest rooms and suites. The accommodations are spacious and comfortable. They feature a cable TV and Wi-Fi access, as well as a direct-dial telephone. Enjoy complimentary beverages (including bottled water and coffee) and store any leftovers you have in the mini-fridge that’s provided in each room. Business travelers will appreciate the large desks, which provide you with ample space to work. All rooms also have a safety deposit box, so you won’t need to worry about your valuables when you’re out exploring the city.
When you need to cool off, put your swimsuit on and head to the swimming pool. The pool has a waterfall feeding into it and is surrounded by tropical plants. There’s also a fitness center to visit, should you feel like getting some exercise. The fitness center is large and stocked with a range of equipment, including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and resistance weights.
Guests don’t need to travel far to enjoy good food and drinks. The Grand Hotel Guayaquil offers fine dining at the onsite 1822 Restaurant—enjoy lobster, steak, and seafood here. An alternative option is La Pepa de Oro, a 24-hour coffee shop that also serves salads, pizza, ceviche, and more. When you’re feeling like having a drink, visit the Turtle Bar, which has a cozy setting and often hosts live music.
Business travelers will appreciate the hotel’s complimentary business center and Wi-Fi access, as well as its close proximity to the business district of Guayaquil. There are also five meeting rooms that can be booked for a variety of occasions.