Casa Alianza is great! It's not downtown, but it's in a fairly quiet neighborhood. If you're working in the slums, it's about halfway between the airport and the slums. If you're just in Guayaquil for vacation, you might want to rent a car. Although, it's only $2.50 for a taxi to the mall. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you need to order it the day before. There's a small pool, great hammocks, and an awesome indoor sports court. There's a nice kitchen for preparing food if you choose to, as well as laundry facilities. It's super secure and safe. The staff are incredibly friendly, and most only speak Spanish. It can be a fun game of charades at times. I would highly recommend it for any backpackers or groups! It's truly a great value! Our group had a super fun time!