Ecuador’s capital city is home to a wide variety of hotels, from cheap and cheerful budget options to top-end establishments aimed at international tourists. Security can be an issue in Quito, making the higher-end hotels a good choice, especially for family vacations. These international-standard hotels are comfortable, well-appointed and offer a level of service not found in many of the cheaper Quito hotels.
Quito’s extensive New Town region is located in the north of the city. Here you will find most of the city’s major businesses, embassies, modern shopping centers and upscale restaurants. The airport is also located in New Town. The Nu House Boutique Hotel, located on Plaza Foch in the lively Mariscal Sucre neighborhood, is an excellent option in the heart of New Town. It may not look like much from the outside, but inside you will find stylish, modern rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet connections and mini-bars. The hotel’s five luxury suites come complete with whirlpool baths and balconies overlooking the square. In addition to the hip Q restaurant attached to the hotel, the owners run several other excellent restaurants on the Plaza Foch and around the Mariscal district, says the Frommer’s website.
Quito’s Old Town is the place for grand colonial buildings, picturesque plazas and historic landmarks such as the Presidential Palace and the stunning Monastery of San Francisco. The Hotel Patio Andaluz is located just a couple of blocks from the Plaza Grande, Quito’s most famous square. The hotel is an excellent example of Old Town elegance, effortlessly combining historic charm with modern facilities. The staff is formal yet friendly, the rooms have a regal touch, and the El Rincón de Cantuña restaurant is a fine example of Quito high-dining. The Frommer’s website recommends room 401, a fourth-floor room with incredible panoramic views of the Basilica and Ichimbia Hill.
The Hotel Plaza Grande is the embodiment of Quito luxury. Located right on the main square in Old Town, the Hotel Plaza Grande has all the opulence that one would expect from the former home of Juan Díaz de Hidalgo, one of Quito’s Spanish founders. According to a review by Condé Nast Traveler, as featured on the magazine’s partner website, Concierge.com, the hotel brought a new level of comfort to the capital. Expect marble floors, whirlpool baths, chandeliers and cognac bars among other upscale amenities.
If staying in the hustle and bustle of the big city doesn’t appeal, the San Jorge Eco Lodge offers a distinctly different option on the outskirts of Quito. Just 17 minutes from the airport, the lodge is located on the grounds of an 18th-century mountain hacienda with its own 200-acre botanical reserve. The reserve is home to endemic plants, a variety of animals and more than 110 different species of exotic birds. The lodge itself is a little piece of paradise, the perfect place from which to explore all the nearby flora and fauna. The rooms are comfortable and the service is excellent, from both staff and guides alike. The lodge’s swimming pool and steam rooms add a touch of luxury, and the El Cucayo restaurant sizzles up a spectacular Ecuadorian barbecue.