Hotel del Parque
Guayaquil (The Coast, Ecuador)
Once a hospice, this beautifully-designed luxury boutique hotel is set within one of Guayaquil's historic parks. It is an oasis of calm within the city, just 15 minutes from Guayaquil airport (traffic permitting) and a short taxi ride from the city centre. There are two internal garden courtyards, a chapel, spa, gym and lounge. Its restaurant, Casa Julián, is across the road and on the riverfront.
The hotel offers privately guided tours of the park's animal sanctuary and grounds. Coffee lovers can learn how to roast their own coffee beans, and chocolate lovers can pick their own cacao pods and watch the chocolate being made. Visit the hotel's herb and botanical garden and learn about traditional medicine. Children can take part in fun and educational scavenger hunts while exploring the gardens, searching for rare plants and wildlife.
There are 44 spacious rooms and suites.
The most luxurious option in Guayaquil (though there is no pool).