The hostal had my reservation, but not my room. It was 10:30 at night and I was dog tired. However, he said he did have a room, a dorm with 6 beds, that I could have all to myself and he wouldn't charge me anything more than the $20 deposit I already paid. OK. I couldn't help be reminded of the Seinfeld episode where he had a car rental reservation at the airport but the reservation agent informed him that, though they had the reservation in the system, they didn't have a car. Seinfeld implored the woman that, since he had a reservation, there should be a car. He further told her 'I don't think you understand how a reservation works' to which she tersely responded 'yes, she does'. Seinfeld informed her 'I don't think you do, because if you did you would have a car. You see, you are supposed to KEEP the car!!'.
We went out the back door, down a smelly (of fish) corridor, past a laundry room and turned to go up a set of metal stairs attached to the outside of the building. These stairs had to be no wider than 18 inches!!! Up 3 flights and through a steel door and into the room. It was okay enough. Clean white linens, private bath...ummm....wait....there was no sink or mirror....just a toilet and a shower and the shower had only one knob, so you know what THAT means. NO HOT WATER!!! Ok, I needed sleep. I went to bed after banging my head on the steel frames of the bunkbeds several times. Oh, lest I forget, there were no keys to the room, just a sliding rod to lock the steel door, though that wasn't worth much since the window right next to the door could not be fully closed, nor locked.
Along about 1am, I awoke to knocking on my room door. It was the night manager with two young women behind him with backpacks and looking very exhausted. They had just arrived on a late night flight. What was I supposed to do...say NO?? What the hell happened to me having the room all to myself for $20 which, by the way, a bed in the shared dorm normally costs only $9?? HMMMM????
UGH. I got up at 7am and had breakfast. I felt miserable. Other guests were coming down from their rooms in the other part of the building which seemed nicer. They all seemed happy and refreshed. Yeah, because they were sleeping in nice rooms like the one I HAD reserved!!!! The night manager gave me a ride to the van office
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- Located in front of the Airport and Bus terminal in a safe, quiet, upper-class area of Guayaquil, this Hotel-B&B offers 24 hour reception and security, free WIFI in room, patio, Direct TV, A/C, hot water, breakfast, airport pick up, business center and free Ecuador information. ... more less
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