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“Old Style Beach Resort” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Puerto Ballesta
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Km. 20 via Atacames | Playa Ancha, Esmeraldas 080654, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Esmeraldas
Independence, Oregon
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“Old Style Beach Resort”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Older resort with nice landscaping and fruit trees, right on the beach. It has plenty of big and old palm trees. This hotel was probably the first on the beach and was later surrounded by new Hi Rise hotels and condos. The food was good and included a great breakfast buffet on the weekend. Rooms were older but the view was good and everything worked. Beds could be better.
Overall it was a good experience on a great beach with fresh seafood.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We drove into town late one evening looking for a place to stay and Hotel Puerto Ballesta caught our eye. From the outside, it has quite a bit of character and seems to be off the beaten path. The lobby and the pool/grounds - and even the walkway to the beach - were quaint and showed lots of promise. Unfortunately, the minute the hotel staff slipped the key into the lock and opened the room door, our disappointment started. I'm surprised that the hotel doesn't put money into updating the rooms. Everything just feels tired and there's a musty sort of smell to the room that made me dread going back there at the end of the day. The air conditioner blasts arctic air and that musty smell, the bathroom never really dries out and so it also has a stale/chlorine sort of smell, the counters in the room are warped, the bed is super uncomfortable. So I would say that the place itself is 4 star but the rooms, sadly (where you have to spend the most time besides the beach) are just not up to the same standards.

All of that said, if you do decide to stay here (or somewhere nearby) the beach is great for walking - it seems to go on endlessly, and there are some open-air restaurants just a block or so south from the front side of the hotel. They are a series of tents. I wouldn't go to the last restaurant (the furthest east) because even though the food is good, the juice selection is not what it should be for a coastal town. Try one of the first places you see or one of the restaurants in the middle.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Clarion, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

This hotel was lovely and located right on the beach! We were able to have a night bonfire right on the beach. The food was great, it was clean, and the staff were very nice as well (there was a language barrier but they smiled a lot- haha). I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.

Stayed June 2010
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2009

We arrived at Puerto Ballesta at 5AM after taking the night bus. The night watch guard let us into our rooms and we essentially got a third night free. That started the trip out on a great food because to me that is great customer service. There was no one else in the rooms so it just made sense so we weren't sitting on the beach waiting for a certain time to roll around like at some places. The room included your standard ecuadorian breakfast, coffee, juice, fruits, eggs and bread. The AC worked well in our rooms until the power went out our last day. The rooms were just fine, the bathrooms were just fine... nothing was spectacular but everything was good and clean (although sandy like any beach hotel). The pool was a great feature... it was probably the nicest part! We ate one night at the hotel restaurant and we all got pasta and it tasted like SOAP. It was disgusting.

I am going to say I would recommend it but if I went back, I would look for another place to stay to get more for my money since it was not that cheap (16 per night per person).

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Puerto Ballesta

Address: Km. 20 via Atacames | Playa Ancha, Esmeraldas 080654, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Esmeraldas Province > Esmeraldas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Esmeraldas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Puerto Ballesta 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Puerto Ballesta, is a very nice place to stay. Is located nearby Tonsupa-Esmeraldas, it has beautiful gardens, very calm and peaceful, excellent place to relax. ... more   less 
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