Grand Hotel Guayaquil

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Average rate: $81 - Hotel class: 4 stars
Boyaca 1615 Y Clemente Ballen Clemente Ballon, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Grand Hotel Guayaquil Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Convenient location Nov 03, 2012
When a night in Guayaquil became unavoidably added to our itinerary Surtrek reserved a room for us at the Grand Hotel. This is as the name suggests a large hotel, very well located near the city’s cathedral – so near in fact that the wall of the apse forms the outer wall of the hotel’s small pool area (which is also watched over by a colourful giant sculpture of an iguana – see photo).

The lobby here sets the tone for the hotel – large, bustling, and rather lacking in character. You could be anywhere in the world. But that’s not a criticism – Guayaquil is a very different city from, say, Quito or Cuenca, and it’s not surprising to find a more international style of hotel perhaps (though I’m sure there are places with character to be found as well). As we were only here one night it suited us just fine, and we had a comfortable night’s sleep in our large room, with its queen-size bed, lots of storage and some comfortable seats. There was a TV too, and the bathroom was also a generous size with a tub / shower combination, hairdryer and plenty of towels. Everything we needed for a quiet night before the big Galápagos adventure would begin the next day!

There are two places to eat in the hotel, the smart 1822 Restaurant and the more casual La Pepa de Oro coffee shop. We had decided to eat in the former but when we went to check it out it was deserted so we opted for the friendly buzz in the coffee shop. We had expected that this might have a limited dinner-time menu but in fact there was plenty to choose from.

Our waitress was, to be polite, not “in the first flush of youth” and seemed to find managing the orders a bit of a challenge but she was so eager to please and agreeable that we didn’t mind. Unfortunately though the food was a little disappointing, but served in very generous portions. We shared empanadas to start with but these were not as good as those we’d had elsewhere, lacking flavour and being a little greasy. My main course of fajitas suffered from the same problem, although Chris’s club sandwich was better. We were too full for dessert, so finished the evening in the hotel’s cosy bar instead, which had a very good selection of drinks at reasonable prices. And talking of reasonable, our meal was well priced too, at $37 for the two courses and three beers between us.

The next morning we had breakfast in the same coffee shop (included in the price of our stay). This was good, with a selection of hot and cold items served buffet style along with fresh fruit, a wide selection of rolls and pastries, and decent coffee.
Our room at the Grand Hotel
Giant iguana!
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant
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Grand Hotel Guayaquil Overview

Location
This hotel is located in the financial, commercial and tourist district of Ecuador's main port city. The Seminario Park, also known as the Iguana Park, is just 80 m from the hotel and guests will find a range of bars and nightlife venues in the Zona Rosa, a 25-minute walk away. Links to the public transport network are located just steps from the accommodation.
Facilities
This unique 182-room hotel shares a wall with the largest and most spectacular cathedral in Guayaquil. The cathedral's spires and impressive stained glass windows adorn the hotel's inner courtyard, which includes a waterfall and a lush 13.7-metre-tall climbing garden. Fully air-conditioned, the hotel welcomes guests into a lobby with a 24-hour reception and check-out service, safe and lift access. Dining options include a cafe, bar and restaurant, and room and laundry services are also offered. Business guests will appreciate the conference facilities and wireless Internet access.
Rooms
The spacious rooms come equipped with the all the essentials required for a comfortable stay. These include double or king-size beds, a direct dial telephone, safety deposit box, clock, cable TV and unlimited wireless Internet access. The en suite bathrooms have been fitted with a shower, bath and hairdryer, and individually regulated air conditioning features as standard. Those working away from home will appreciate the work desk and chair. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided and there is a mini refrigerator in each room.
Sports/Entertainment
The inner courtyard features a small swimming pool with a children's swimming area, and sun loungers and parasols are provided on the terrace. Active types might want to join an aerobics class, or work out in the gym or on the squash court. There is a sauna and steam room on site and relaxing massage treatments are also available.
Meals
A buffet is available at breakfast and lunch, and midday and evening meals can also be taken a la carte or selected from a set menu.
Payment
American Express is accepted as a method of payment at this establishment.

Grand Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Sauna
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Garden
  • Squash Courts
  • Water Activities
  • Fishing
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Facsimile
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Massage
  • Solarium
  • Steam Bath
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria

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