During my time working for a tailormade South America tour operator, I visited Quito in Ecuador, en route to the Galapagos. Whilst there it was my job to tour all of the hotels we sold to ensure they were properly represented in our brochure and marketing materials.
This means I saw a LOT of hotels. In fact I saw around 30 hotels, all in different locations across the city and at different price points. I scored them on cleanliness, quality of service, location, amenities and comfort.
Here are the top hotels I saw in each category (budget, mid-range and luxury), and why I thought they were worth the money.
Budget: Hotel Vieja Cuba, 3*
Situated out of the old town, but surrounded by some good restaurants, bars and shopping malls, the Hotel Vieja Cuba is a great option for those looking to stick to a budget. It’s just a short taxi ride to the old town, and the staff are super friendly.
The great thing about the Vieja Cuba is that it has rooms to suit all party sizes, from your standard twin and double rooms to family rooms with bunk beds for small children. It looks a little rustic but it’s clean as a whistle, and great value.
Mid-range: Casona de la Ronda, 4*
In my opinion, this has a better location than Vieja Cuba, but it tends to be a little more expensive. Situated in the La Ronda district, the hotel is surrounded by great local bars and restaurants, and pretty cobbled streets and colourful houses. It’s more of a fairytale location if you’re looking to get a bit more of the city’s spirit.
The hotel surrounds a central atrium (kind of like a beehive), and has a cozy covered rooftoop terrace room where guests can sit and sip a drink at sunset. Rooms are spacious, clean and have everything you need, and decor is traditional Ecuadorian style. The owners are just lovely too.
Mid-range: Patio Andaluz, 4.5*
Located just a couple of minute’s walk from the city’s main square, Plaza de Indepencia, Patio Andaluz celebrates its long heritage throughout its decor. It used to be a meeting place for some of the most important celebrities and religious figures in the country, and you can enjoy learning about this from the charming staff.
The rooms surround a bright covered square where they serve an absolutely unmissable daily breakfast including incredible fresh fruit juices. Rooms are comfortable and some rooms even have two floors, linked with a spiral staircase. Great for families and friends travelling together.
Luxury: Casa Gangotena, 5*
Located in Plaza San Francisco, this imposing building is the one-time residence of the Gangotena family, who clearly had a bit of money, judging by the ultra-luxurious decor. Some rooms overlook the square itself, and bathrooms are absolutely jaw-dropping, with the highest quality free amenities.
There’s a lot to love about this hotel, from the fresh flowers displayed everywhere to the free afternoon tea served in the conservatory for guests. Let’s not forget the most incredible 360 degree views of Quito’s hilly landscape from the root terrace. As you’d expect from one of the best hotels in the city, service is discreet and near-perfect.
Luxury: Plaza Grande, 5*
Plaza Grande occupies a privileged position in Plaza de Independencia, and some rooms overlook the square, with views towards the famous Panecillo. Beds were the most comfortable I found in the city, and rooms decorated in a classic style. For special occasions they’ll also cover the room in rose petals and draw you a rose petal bath.
A slight downside to this place was them not understanding the concept of vegetarianism, and delivering a sandwich via room service with ham in it. Still, this seems to be quite normal in Ecuador to be honest! Other than that, expect impeccable service and a hotel brimming with history, cozy areas to relax in and THE best location in the city.
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