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Los Suenos del Mar Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Puerto Cayo
Reviewed February 21, 2013

You will find little else in the Puerto Cayo area you could call accommodation. There are slim pickin's for hotels along this section of Ecuador's Coastline. Puerto Cayo has no infrastructure for travelers. Your home for all necessary amenities will be this small hotel. The food at the hotel is reasonably priced and the included breakfast is adequate. The village is 3+ kilometers away. If traveling by bus, you'll need to find a mototaxi to bring you out unless you have made prior arrangements with this hotel. The beach has a very calm surf. Air conditioning was quite good. Hot water was hit & miss. Real estate is for sale everywhere along this coastline and most dinner conversation swirls around land, its acquisition, and a much anticipated gringo invasion. Unfortunately we feel this property was overpriced for the service, and amenities provided.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank smartinky
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I had made a reservation at least a month ahead of time for 8 people based upon a recommendation from a friend of the managers. We arrived the day after carnival ended to a complete mess! The American managers had left for the U.S. leaving their 20-something son and girlfriend in charge. There were serious staff issues that could not have started that day. The poor kids were totally overwhelmed. I can forgive them but not the parents. Rooms were dirty, plumbing did not work, there was little food and staff did not show up. The beach is beautiful. It's unfortunate that the hotel is so poorly managed.

Room Tip: Don't think there is a fitness center & don't know if spa services are really available.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank BakeryBeat2
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The management here is great. Anything you need they will accommodate. The place was clean and everyone was pleasant. The rooms are fairly standard for Ecuadorian beach hotels. Nothing fancy, but everything worked and was as expected. The views are spectacular. The photos online are exactly what you get. Management was kind enough to show us several varying types of rooms to choose from. We selected a third floor room which had 3 separating bedrooms, accommodating our party of 6 with 1 and 1/2 bathrooms. Worked out great and had great breezes from the ocean (no a/c) in those rooms but no need. The hotel is 5 min from town, town is pretty sleepy. Closest atm is 30 minutes away so come prepared or plan for a taxi as they only take cash..but the dining room will charge your food to the room. Food was good overall. I would recommend this as a good launching place for excursions around the area if looking for a truly quiet place to stay.

Room Tip: Ocean front does not need a/c if on higher floors. If traveling in a group consider the third floor...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

If you want a place away from the hustle and bustle of most beach front communities in Ecuador, this is the place. We had one of the two rooms that have balconies overlooking the ocean - they are a little pricey but worth it (we even saw whales from the balcony one day). The bedroom was quite large though the bathroom was fairly small. Everything was neat and clean. As others had said, the owners and staff are very friendly and helpful and the food at the restaurant was delicious. The service is a little slow but that is because the chef, Carlos, cooks everything fresh. My husband and I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank zaphoid
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Our family of five stayed at Los Suenos del Mar Resort for a full week. The staff and owners were all very kind and responsive to our needs. The resort includes many amenities that our children enjoyed: pool table, clean swimming pool, access to movies and television in the lobby, and a beautiful stretch of deserted beach! The resort also offered tours and surf lessons. It was easy to access busier centers in the nearby area. Puerto Cayo was a half hour walk up the beach, or a $2 taxi. Puerto Lopez was just a half hour by bus.
The food at the resort restaurant was always delicious, as well as reasonably priced. We learned to go to the sea-side restaurant and order before we were hungry, as things were freshly made and took a good deal of time, especially if the restaurant was busy. The wait was always worth it!
After leaving Los Suenos, we continued south along the coast, staying in Puerto Lopez and Las Tunas; we didn't find another hotel as clean, friendly, and fun as Los Suenos, until we reached Montanita.
We highly recommend Los Suenos del Mar to travelers who want to get away from noisy towns, to relax and enjoy the gardens and tranquility of an ocean-front hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Amanda M
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We spent 43 days traveling the coast of Ecuador. Stayed in very new condos near the beach and right on the beach. Hotels that were right on the Malacon, the street between the beach and hotel, with great views. But of all places we stayed, Los Suenos del Mar was by far the best. It was so nice that we stayed there on two different ocassions. Once for 3 days, then two weeks later we were back there four days.The room was large, very clean, no mosquitos. Airconditioned if you want.
The restaurant had some of the best food that we had the whole trip. $7 and under. The service we receved from the entire staff was excellant. Warm water, fun surf, no rocks, just miles of sand with no people. The owners, who live near by, are very nice. Anything you need just ask them. We are so impressed with the Puerto Cayo area that we are going to retire there the end of this year from Seattle, Wa. Hope to see you there. Adios

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Danny-and-Kathy
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

We traveled up and down the coast for 6 weeks and by far, this was our favorite place. It's great- they have these comfortable chairs set up on the beach under the shade of some palapas. Sitting there, my wife and I really felt like we were in our own relaxing Corona beer commercial. Their beach is very clean and private, we rarely saw anybody else for miles in either direction. There are great waves and the water is clear and blue. If you don't feel like swimming in the ocean they have a great pool. The restaurant served excellent fresh local fish and shrimp Ecuadorian dishes. The staff was extremely friendly and would bring our food and cold beers to us right on the beach. We found the rooms to be very clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. The sound of the waves put us to sleep every night. Los Suenos del Mar Resort is located just minutes from Puerto Cayo - a fun little Ecuadorian vacation/ fishing town with very friendly people and restaurants right on the beach. It's in a great central location, within 45 minutes in any direction there are a lot fun things to see and do. The owners of the hotel are an American couple that are very friendly and willing to share their knowledge about Ecuador. They even set us up with a private guided tour and within minutes of the hotel we were in the jungle hanging out with monkeys, checking out waterfalls and swimming in a clean little swimming hole. We ran out of time but there are also tours available to Isla de la Plata - the poor man's Galapagos. It's a small island you can see right off the coast in front of the resort with great snorkeling, hiking, amazing wildlife and even whales. If I could do our trip all over again I would have just stayed at Los Suenos del Mar Resort the entire time. My wife and I actually fell in love with the Puerto Cayo area so much that we purchased some property right on the beach and are planning on moving there full time!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Jason L
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Additional Information about Los Suenos del Mar Resort

Address: Ruta del Sol, Puerto Cayo 130658, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Puerto Cayo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Puerto Cayo
Price Range: $39 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quaint hotel directly on the beach with privacy. Receive personal attention and enjoy a beach vacation in South America. ... more   less 
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Los Suenos Del Mar Resort Ecuador/Puerto Cayo

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