Guayaquil is packed with hotels, but few are geared towards tourists. Top-end establishments attract mainly corporate clients and nearly all have separate, much higher, rates for foreigners; single rooms are also hard to come by. The lower-end hotels are very good value but often double up as “motels” – places where couples are charged by the hour, but they’re usually clean and safe. Many of the cheaper hotels only have cold-water showers, while air conditioning is offered in all expensive and most mid-priced hotels. Given the cacophony of Guayaquil’s streets, it’s always worth asking if there are any back, or even internal, rooms available.

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