Travelers often find themselves in Guayaquil while traveling to or from the Galápagos, as the city’s airport has regular flights to these islands. Within the city, travelers can stroll along the Malecón, a renovated riverside walkway lined with shops and restaurants. There are botanical gardens to visit, as well as Parque de los Iguanas, where you can see massive groups of tame iguanas strolling around a park. Outside Guayaquil, you can go bird watching in the Cerro Blanco Protected Forest and at the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve.
The HM International Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Guayaquil’s international airport. This location makes air travel easy and convenient. Guayaquil’s downtown areas – including the Malecón and Las Peñas neighborhood – can be reached by cab in about 10–15 minutes.
The hotel’s single and double rooms are spacious, clean, and equipped with a nice range of amenities. Insulated windows keep noise out, and there is a mini-fridge and coffee maker if you’d like to store drinks or brew some coffee in the morning. Write emails to friends using the free Wi-Fi, and turn on the cable TV when you want a little entertainment. Store you clothes in the closet and keep valuables secure in the safety deposit box. Furthermore, all rooms have a private bathroom with a hot water shower and hair dryer.
Guests can relax in the modern lobby, which has cozy couches and a large TV. This is a good place to chat with friends or use the Internet. Another option is the bar and lounge, which is equally inviting and has a nice offering of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and a number of other meals can be enjoyed at the restaurant throughout the rest of the day—try the ceviche or one of their homemade soups.
The HM International Hotel has a small gym where guests can stay in shape, as well as an outdoor swimming pool where you can cool off or catch some sun. If you’re in need of a snack or toothbrush, you can find what you’re looking for in the hotel’s shop. Guests without laptops can use the business center to get online. There are also a variety of meeting rooms that can be booked for various events.