From the moment you walk up the stairs, this funky, multilevel boutique hostel is a welcome relief from the heat and bustle of Guayaquil. This is a hostel with style, comfort and ambiance – it’s left big shoes to fill as we continue our travels.
El Manso has an energy that can’t be described, perhaps it’s the beautiful art-deco style building or the contemporary artistic touches or maybe it’s the location overlooking the waters of the Malecón.
Besides being the perfect base to see the best Guayaquil has to offer, the staff at El Manso are open, friendly and beyond accommodating. They run daily bike tours around the city (an amazing way to see the city) and have great suggestions for sampling the Ecuadorian cuisine in the area.
Not that you need/want to leave El Manso to find amazing food. The hostel’s café ‘MansoMix’ is popular with locals and guests alike.
The cafe’s cuisine is ‘Cocina Agroecologica del Ecuador’. Ecuador’s version of organic cooking embraces not just organic ingredients but is more holistic in that it aims to reduce the negative impact of agriculture. You’ll find things like: fresh salads, a quinoa burger and crab-stuffed patacones (green plantains). The food is fresh, delicious and sustainably sourced.
With private and dormitory room options. El Manso has all the budget benefits of a hostel. We tried our two rooms on our two stays there: one with a private bath and one with the shared bath option. All the rooms are painted vibrant colors and unique artwork on the walls.
The beds were comfy with high quality linens and fluffy pillows. Rooms are serviced daily and the shared bathroom was always spotless.
Wi-Fi throughout the hostel means you can sit in the café and catch up on emails or lay in the second floor balcony hammock overlooking the Malecón – a beautiful way to spent the evening and watch the city go by.
Points to note:
- The building doesn’t have elevators.
- Restaurant has a high chair.
- Payment for rooms is in cash only.
Click here for the hotel website.