Hotel del Parque, the first luxury boutique hotel in Guayaquil, raises the bar for any others who dare to follow in their footsteps. A combination of modern and antique charm, this colonial property with just 44 suites is a biodiverse oasis. Picture intimate interactions with local wildlife (think sloths and spider monkeys), private dining on the Daule River, and easy access to Ecuador’s largest city.
While it feels worlds away, Hotel Del Parque is just a pleasant 10-minute drive from the city airport. The park itself, situated in the historical Samborondon neighborhood, is rich in Ecuadorian beauty and makes for a pleasant space to pass an hour or two. For an afternoon away from the toucans and out of the tropics, venturing to the colorful Guayaquil communities such as Las Peñas is hard to resist and easy to do.
The elegant rooms at Hotel del Parque are spread across two floors and two courtyards. The interior is tastefully decorated in yellow and grey hues, complementing the garden and park views in every room. If that doesn’t sound serene enough, the opulent Park Suite goes as far as to offer an optional butler service — a true devotion to optimal service.
Why we like it
In between traditional chocolate making and learning the art of coffee roasting, we highly recommend a morning at the one-of-a-kind hotel spa. Located in the hotels bell-tower, the spa not only offers indulgent treatments but a 360-degree view of the park. For those looking to step off the mainland, Hotel del Parque and Guayaquil make for an ideal departure point for the natural wonder of the Galapagos islands.