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Hotel Boutique Orilla del Rio
Ranked #21 of 62 Hotels in Guayaquil
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed one night on our way to Galapagos. Quiet residential area, pretty Close to the Airport. Walking distance to a few malls with a nice selection of stores and restaurant.
The hotell is small, charming, nice patio. Friendly staff. No elevator.
Nice and Clean rooms, good beds.
Two of our teenagers got the room on the top floor under the roof. Nice room, but terribly over-heated and no way to bring the temperature down.
Good breakfast.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I was traveling from NYC to the Galapagos, and needed a room near the airport for an overnight transfer. Hotel Orilla del Rio is a small set of rooms in a nondescript residential neighborhood. Within walking distance is a strip mall with a variety of restaurants. I knew I would be having Ecuadorian food all week, so I chose one of the middle eastern restaurants and I was surprised at the quality and authenticity.

The service at Hotel Orilla was excellent, but I thought the room was not priced accurately. The rooms are roughly $120 a night, which is the same price as the Hotel Oro Verde which is in the downtown area and roughly the same distance from the airport. The rooms at Orilla are clean but small, not particularly well appointed, the lobby is a bit musty, and there is no food service on premise except for a continental breakfast in the AM.

On the other hand Hotel Oro Verde is a Leading Hotels of the World property, and offers a much more robust and luxurious accommodations for the exact same price -- multiple restaurants, a pool, a gym, and large modern rooms. While I would prefer to give my money to the small business of Hotel Orilla than a corporate entity, I would strongly recommend people stay at Hotel Oro Verde instead. If Orilla were priced at $60-70 a night, I would opt for Orilla. But it doesn't make sense to stay here at $120 a night.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Orilla del Rio ...we were only there for one night and had a very early pick up but...it had a great atmosphere with beautifully laid out patio garden, jacuzzi, soft chairs and sofas, soft contemplative music. The staff were very helpful, organised a taxi for us to visit Plaza Lagos and were very attentive. The food looked great but we wanted to see more of Guayaquil. It would have got excellent but our shower didnt work, no time to mention it we were gone by 4.30 am! Also, they were still building on the next floor up ,which didnt interfere with us but meant there was some scaffolding and a bit of mess on that floor. When its finished it will be great!
Thanks to all staff.
I hope we meet again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We were here for two nights, there was no hot water in the shower in spite of efforts to provide it! Lovely place but poor breakfast service, only one red wine on the wine list and no whites,the dinners offered were ordered out. Too many expensive taxis to town. NOT a boutique hotel. Disappointing.Desk help staff uneven at best.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Quaint boutique hotel (which is what we prefer). Really lovely courtyard for meals or having a glass of wine in the evening (they had excellent wine list!). They had a jacuzzi but we didnt use it but it looked clean and inviting. The hotel is small as it's a converted house and only has 6-7 rooms. Only one room in the attic was a little disappointing as it was very dark and although it was HUGE it was SO sparse and not decorated nicely at all. It also had a tiny ensuite shower room.
They had construction work on but it wasn't disturbing although whenever you wanted hot water you had to call reception to turn it on. However this was only due to the construction work which looked almost finished.
The staff were helpful and friendly. Situated near the lovely Historical Park which was a 5 mins walk. Super safe area with lots of security.
It's not really in Guayquil so relatively far from the action. Taxi's are cheap but they also drive like crazy it Guayquil so you would have to brave them if you want to explore the city more. As we were only there for 1 night this was fine for us.

Room Tip: Check if there is still construction and don't stay in the very top room (i think it was room 6)
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Hotel Orilla del Rio provides you with a home felling with your bedroom on the upper floors, and the kitchen, dining and living room on the first floor. If you are in Guayaquil for business or pleasure, Orilla del Rio offers you an oasis of peace and quiet with top of the line service.

Room Tip: Although the room on the top floor is the most spacious, it does not have space to hang your clothes...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Decided to try this bed & breakfast after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. Because there is no elevator, I requested a room on bottom or first floor but was given the one on the top floor so not only had to climb three flights of stairs, had to then go up a very narrow winding staircase (two of the wooden steps are broken and move) to get to the room. The room was nice, the bed comfortable and A/C worked fine.
In the morning we went to breakfast around 8:30 and was surprised to find..no breakfast to speak of. We had to ask for a fresh pot of coffee as the one available was cold and the only food on the 'buffet table' was a few pieces of fruit and cold cereal.
We walked to the close-by Mall del Rio and had some very good coffee, quiche & pastry at the Sweets & Things coffee shop.
Not a bad experience but would not stay there again. For the price they charge I at least thought we would get a good, hot breakfast and not have to go out and pay for one.

Room Tip: Don't know if it would help, I requested a lower floor room only to be put on the top floor and...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Cdla. Entrerios, Calle 7ma, #8 y Ave. Rio Guayas | Calle 7ma, #8 y Ave. Rio Guayas, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Guayas Province > Guayaquil
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #21 of 62 Hotels in Guayaquil
Price Range: $91 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Boutique Orilla del Rio 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boutique Hotel Orilla del Rio was until the year 1996 a home filled with family warmth, full of love, which was our home. Years later we wanted to open our doors by making our home a place where guests could discover new experiences, and also allow others to feel like home, even when they are far away.Every corner of this boutique hotel is full of important moments and memories, for this reason we have overseen everything in order to make your stay more comfortable.We are located in the safest area of Guayaquil, where you can walk with ease of mind. We invite you to learn more about the services and the rooms we offer. ... more   less 
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