El Escalon

Guesthouse in Guayaquil

In a quiet residential street, not far from the action in Urdesa, this welcoming gated villa has immaculately finished rooms and a relaxing garden that backs on to mangroves. Rooms have TVs, hot water, desks and refrigerators. Hang out in the comfy lounge with games and books.

Urdesa is a spit-shined replica of North American mall culture, complete with McDonalds and KFCs. If that's your thing.