I think who ever rated this place as less than a 9 or 10 must have been at a different hotel. How could you not LOVE the family that owns this amazing place. If you love the sea/ocean/maritime anything, this place is both a museum and a labor of love. The detail, the effort, the passion it must have taken...not to mention the decades of work..is incredible. I know this is just a place to sleep from those driving from Guayaquil to Salinas to Montanita/Olon to Puerto Lopez/Manta. But my goodness,If this were in Carmel or even Santa Cruz, CA it would be booked to 2022 and at $500 a night. But, this is Ecuador and gringos don't really come here as much as the glamor places of Medellin or Cartagena. It's a remarkable place with an attentive and happy staff. Never a frown. Always "do you need anything? can I do anything" "are you hungry" "do you need your room cleaned?" "can I clean your dirty laundry?---when have you been asked that!????". Can't say enough. What I could be mean about is that It's not an American style mattress or toilet. But the water pressure is great. The shower is perfect....and the views are out of this world.