Sonesta Collection Announces Opening of Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil

BOSTON (May 25, 2011) - The Sonesta Collection announced today the opening of its first hotel in Ecuador, Guayaquil Sonesta Hotel with 112 rooms. Located in the financial, commercial and tourist center of Guayaquil, the city is only 165 miles / 266 km south of Quito (capital of Ecuador) and a 4 hour flight from Miami. The hotel and the sister properties in Colombia, Peru and Chile are all Sonesta Hotel and managed by GHL Hotels based in Colombia.  "Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil is an exciting addition to our collection in South America," said Stephanie Sonnabend, president and CEO of Sonesta.  "The hotel is located next to Mall del Sol, a wonderful shopping destination in the city, and just three minutes from the international airport and center." The hotel is located in the Big Apple, a modern complex with offices in Guayaquil and adjacent to Mall del Sol shopping space, the largest and most important commercial center in Ecuador. The hotel offers first class amenities, a modern full-service restaurant, terrace area, gym and spa, swimming pool, E-corner, 2,700 square feet of meeting space, business center, room service 24-hours, concierge 24-hours. You can see our hotel in www.sonesta.com/guayaquil and can also book on the GDS to: Sabre: Chain Code is SO and Cartagena Property Code is 140637 Amadeus: Chain Code is SO and Cartagena Property Code is GYESON Galileo: Chain Code is SO and Cartagena Property Code is 14602 Worldspan: Chain Code is SO and Property Code of Cartagena is GYESO Guayaquil, a port city with a tropical climate, is the largest city in Ecuador.  The city is considered the gateway to the Galapagos Islands located 500 miles off the coast. Guayaquil has wonderful communities including the historic neighborhood of "Las Peñas", the artistic center of the city with houses 400 years become art galleries and restaurants giving an impression of the old, picturesque colonial Guayaquil.  The Malecón 2000 is a new urban park on the pier overlooking Simon Bolivar Guayas River and home to the sailing ship Guayas. The Craft Market is the largest craft market in the city having 240 stores.  Centennial Park is a beautiful park in the city center.  Guayaquil is home of theater, film and art scene that grows with a vibrant club and bar scene with the support of several universities that keeps the heart young city.  GHL Hotels, which has managed the Sonesta Hotels in Peru since 2005, owns and operates hotels throughout South America. With over 40 years experience in the hospitality industry, GHL currently operates 40 hotels in Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Panama; including 14 Sonesta Hotels located in Peru, Chile and Colombia. The Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of luxury hotels, resorts and cruises. Each property reflects energy, style and spirit of its location. Locally inspired and artfully presented with kitchen, luxurious accommodations and dedicated staff service creates an authentic and memorable experience. Discover the Sonesta Collection in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Sint Maarten (2), Brazil, Chile (3) Colombia (4), Peru (7), and Egypt (13). Opening soon in: Villavicensio, Colombia; Panama City, Panama and San Carlos, Mexico. Visit 800.Sonesta Sonesta.com or call (800.766.3782) in the US and Canada.