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“A Sweet Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Vistalmar

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Hotel Vistalmar
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Manta
Certificate of Excellence
Honolulu
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34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Sweet Spot”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

This was my 2nd time at Vista al Mar and re-enforced my 1st impression...this is one sweet spot.
The location is very good and the grounds...small...are beautiful. From the entrance you can see the ocean framed nicely by the palm trees.
My room, in the new tower, was clean, well appointed, comfortable with a view of the ocean.
The staff are warm, friendly and very helpful. The lady at the desk helped me make last-minute changes to my trip. She called Cuenca and helped me re-book my reservations.
For me, I felt that I got very good value for my money. Worth every penny.
The breakfast served was adequate and sufficient...scrambled eggs, toast, juice and coffee. Coffe was instant coffee but very flavorful.
Overall - a lovely, warm, unassuming hotel

  • Stayed March 2012
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Carmel, New York
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

We were traveling to Manta, Ecuador and were staying at another nice hotel not close to the ocean. On our second day stay, on our way to downtown Manta I asked the cab driver if he knew of a nice place "cabana" within walking distance to the beach. As luck would have it, he took us to Hotel Vista al Mar. As soon as we walked into the courtyard, you can see the ocean and I knew that's where we wanted to stay. The view was amazing. I was traveling with my two sisters and they also loved it. The infinity pool overlooking the ocean was fantastic. At night, it was so relaxing to hear the ocean. We stayed in the two bedroom cabin with great ocean views from the bedrooms. The "cabana" cabin was clean, spacious and very comfortable. The beds were very comfy. The breakfast menu needs a little improvement...it was the same every day but it wasn't too bad. The staff was very friendly, courteous and helpful. We will definitely go back. We loved it.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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3 Thank Ann F
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Salinas, Ecuador
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

Got there very late because of delays at airport and getting lost on our first auto trip in Ecuador. Our host called in a food order to another hotel (no restaurant on site) and we had an excellent dinner served in our room. Our car was parked in their courtyard overnight We had a great room with a great bed and a great view of the Pacific. In the morning we had breakfast by the infinity pool. There is a picture of this view on the net. We booked two more nights as we checked out for our return to Manta. We have a little Spanish (more would be better) and were able to make our needs known and were met promptly and courteously. The staff is great, the service was top of the line, the room was fantastic and the view could not be better. Right in the heart of Manta, a short walk to the Malencon, restaurants, casino with beautiful homes all around. However, beach access is not direct but from the street side of the hotel. And the breakfast could use improvement (instant coffee in SA??) but adequate considering their limited kitchen facilities. Will still go back!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Reviewed October 20, 2009

if you can book one of the rooms at this little gem grab it~it is one of the best values in town! Set in a somewhat residential neighborhood high on the hill overlooking the beach it is truly the perfect hidden little gem. Lounge by the infinity pool overlooking the beach, enjoy the comfortable rooms and just relax!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Vistalmar
Address: Calle M1 y Av. 24 | Playa Murcielago, Manta 130802, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Manta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Manta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Manta, Ecuador. It is a small boutique hotel with privileged pacific ocean view, it was built on top of a cliff next to the most modern and new skyline of the city. It is a quite and private hotel that offers our guest the opportunity to relax and enjoy of the sun and the warm Ecuadorian weather. Vistalmar Hotel is steps away from Murcielago Beach and walking distance from banks, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Manta's international airport is no more than 10 minutes away on car and Manta's port is less than 5 minutes away. Enjoy whale watching, ocean view pool, diving, year long Ecuadorian warm weather on this small but precious boutique Hotel. All of our rooms are equipped with satellite TV, WiFi, modern and spacious accommodations. ... more   less 
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