I've been staying at Vistalmar for several years. I normally stay on my trips to Manta when I want to get away or don't feel like driving back up the coast to my house. The rooms are very spacious and always very clean.
I've stayed in every room and each room is different. The penthouse is a small apartment, with wonderful views of the pacific ocean from the living room/kitchen with beautiful ceramic and glass artwork in every room. There is a pull out couch in the living room big enough for a couple small children or an adult. It's a little smaller than a twin bed in width. The penthouse is not much more than the other rooms, so if you feel like splurging a little, go for it! One of the cabanas, either behind the office or above the office has a huge four post bed wrapped with a beautiful lace netting and is decorated with rustic furniture. The rooms on the second and third floor of the four story building are very open and spacious with a kitchen, living room and bedroom. The bottom floor room is small, only a bedroom with a small sitting area and a bathroom. This one may leave you with a little lack of privacy feeling as the sliding glass door is at ground level and the blinds don't block out all the light. Finally, the farthest cabana, in the corner after you walk passed the pool and lounge area is small in comparison to the others, but open with only a bedroom and small sitting area, but has a large bathroom with skylight and a huge walk in shower.
I've never seen anyone in the pool, although it's a gorgeous infinity pool with a small island in the middle. The flowers and gardens are absolutely stunning as is the very small ancient art museum under the gazebo. Breakfast is typical Ecuadorian, bread, coffee, juice, eggs, butter, and marmalade. If you are not outside by 8AM for the host to ask you where you would like to eat, they call your room and ask if you would like to eat in your room or outside, then deliver to your choice.
The neighborhood is very quiet with a very secure feeling. There are guards at several of the buildings near the hotel. The little restaurant on the corner, one block from the hotel has great hamburgers, steaks, and chicken. You can walk to Kentucky Fried Chicken, Supermaxi (grocery store), Fybeca (pharmacy), Mi Jugete (toy store), Subway sandwich shop, and a host of other small shops in the small outdoor mall three blocks from the hotel. Within four blocks of the hotel there are numerous bars and restaurants. Six blocks away you will enter the "Zona Rosa" where you will find the discos and bars frequented by locals and a few tourist as well. Taxis are plentiful within two blocks or have the hotel call one for you. Don't pay more than $2 for most taxi rides unless you are going to the Paseo shopping mall, which may cost $2.50 or $3 depending on the time of day.
They do offer secure parking inside the garage, but get there early as they only have room for three or four cars. I've parked my truck in one of the outside spots on many occasions and only use the inside garage if I have some items in the back I would like to keep. :)
This is a great hotel for a nice relaxing weekend in Manta. If you have kids, they will love the pool, but it doesn't have a shallow end (will update if I am wrong), so you will have to join them. Tell them Señor Bart sent you!
- 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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