The city of Guayaquil, Ecuador holds great contrast. One area is the more modern city, which is much different in comparison to the rustic Ecuadorean coast. The other part of Guayaquil is the old city. It is filled with little hills and cobblestone streets. The feel is somewhat European. There are little alleyways, cafes, and laundry drying on patios. Each buildings is a different color, and several hundred steps lead all the way up to a supreme vista of the river and city below. The river feeds into the nearby Pacific.
At the bottom of the hill, just around the corner from the massive staircase, rest the Cino Fabiani Guesthouse. There is a nice art gallery at the first level and just up a little set of stairs leads to Cino. The guesthouse had high ceilings and a lovely balcony on the second floor visible from the first. The back wall of the guesthouse was open to the outside air, with a beautiful wall of rock instead of a typical wall.
The high ceilings were wonderfully dramatic and open. There was a raised platform with an area to sit and read, a table for morning breakfast, and a nice area for preparing coffee and tea.
The first floor saloon was somewhat Victorian in its decoration, with a lovely balcony that looked over the cobblestone street below. There was a classical guitar in the corner left behind by a frequently visiting guest, for anyone to play.
One room had a hammock overlooking the window, and a big brass bed like some sort of Neil Young song brought to life.
Another room had a cassette tape player, photography lining the wall from top to bottom, and a few beds to choose from.
It was nice and quiet since many cars do not pass below on the old neighborhood.
Upstairs there was another saloon area for hanging out which was quite mod. The walls were bright royal blue, and the decorations were super retro and rad. Every little corner of this place was something to discover.
Arnaldo and every one of his guests were super lovely and laid back. It was an extremely relaxing and cozy escape. The morning breakfast was simple and delicious, and strumming the guitar was quite nice too. The guesthouse joins with the gallery space below for art showings as well as plays.
Cino Fabiani is the perfect bohemian nook. It’s a place to feel at home amidst really thoughtful (and hip) decor, and perfect hospitality. Walk just outside and find yourself amidst the old parts of the city, where you can walk up 444 steps to a little chapel, and maybe stop for a meal and drink looking over the sea.
It seemed like the kind of place you would hide out and write a book, hang your hat, and hideaway. No matter the occasion, this is the place to stay in Guayaquil.