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5 star hotel
This massive complex, including several restaurants, shops, a pool, a gym and a casino, is the most luxurious choice. Pony up for a suite and you get a balcony with spectacular views.
3 star hotel
The Real Audiencia offers nondescript but nicely kept rooms with wi-fi. Most rooms are carpeted and many have views...
4 star hotel
One of the oldest of the city’s luxury hotels, the fortresslike Hotel Continental has comfortable though not especially large rooms. It’s right across from Parque Bolívar and has several good restaurants.
Only a block from Parque Bolívar and a short walk from the malecón and Avenida 9 de Octubre, this large complex does live up to its name, at least in terms of size...
With unsurpassed service and rooms decorated with unique themes, the ‘Fortress’ is one of Cuenca’s best...
The España has one ground-floor room with four beds ($10 per person) for the budget minded.
Inside a large colonial mansion, this converted guesthouse offers bright rooms with stucco walls and friendly service. Some rooms are bigger than others and the best have wood floors and balconies.
Just a few steps from the passenger wharf on the waterfront, this hotel is ever expanding...
Occupying a prime stretch of beachfront property in the center of town, this new two-story Mediterranean style villa is the most luxurious in Puerto Villamil...
Hotel Palmeras , a large, institutional-looking complex, is worth considering for its second-floor outdoor pool area.
2 star hotel
The Gardner has a covered rooftop patio with lounge chairs and hammocks.
Inside a remodeled 16th-century home, the plush rooms of this elegant hotel open onto interior wooden-floor balconies...
A Mexican-style villa with rooms surrounding an attractive inner courtyard with a pool and garden.
This delightful guesthouse is set in a converted colonial mansion sprinkled with colorful paintings and stained-glass windows...
In a handsomely restored colonial building, the Sierra Madre is an inviting Ecuadorian-Belgian–run place...
Across the street from Hotel Lirio del Mar, the Salinas can be hit or miss. Get one of the small, dark ground-floor rooms and you’ll be disappointed...
This option occupies a lovely converted house with an immaculate white-wall interior and fresh, carpeted rooms...
Only a short walk from Avenida Charles Darwin, this friendly, family-run hotel nevertheless feels pleasantly secluded. Rooms are surrounded by a nicely landscaped garden, and there’s a pool and Jacuzzi on the premises.
This historic converted house boasts spotless rooms with telephone, TV and constant hot water (some even have lofts)...
Bahía de Caráquez
This big full-service hotel offers large, spotless rooms with spectacular ocean views. The palm-shaded pool ringed with lounge chairs is lovely, and just steps from the crashing waves.
Built into a hillside over the Río Ambato, this 25-year-old downtown hotel has views of both the cathedral and the river. The rooms are spacious and well lit, and the whole place is quiet...
A surprisingly good choice, considering the Mar Azul looks like a 1970s-era school building. Your best bet is one of the rooms that opens onto a small, sunny courtyard with a hammock...
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