Hotel del Parque, Guayaquil
Av. Paseo del Parque, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Photo courtesy of Hotel del Parque
Hotel del Parque, GuayaquilLong known as a stopover for Galápagos-bound travelers, Guayaquil has graduated from gritty port city to promising Pacific hub. One reason to stay a couple of extra nights: the standard-setting Hotel Del Parque. Set on the banks of the Rio Daule in an 1890s former Catholic hospice, the 44-room retreat preserves original Republican-era architectural features, including the fountain courtyards, ornate chapel, and bell tower (transformed into a spa treatment room). The hotel is bordered on three sides by a park nurturing native flora and fauna, including the spider monkey, harpy eagle, iguana, and macaw.