Hotels, Eco Escapes & Lifestyle Resorts | Unearthing the Exceptional
Quito in Ecuador has long been recognised as a unique city – thanks to its historic centre, the best preserved in Latin America, it was declared one of UNESCO’s first World Heritage sites in 1978. But it wasn’t until an extensive campaign of renewal and renovation began in 2002, that the Old Town became a destination of choice for international travellers, the kind of place to visit and revisit, losing yourself among the colonial houses and churches, museums and theatres.
At its heart is Casa Gangotena, a grand 1920s Renaissance-inspired mansion turned boutique hotel. The 31 rooms are split over three storeys, each showcasing a stylish combination of Art Noveau and contemporary design. Nearly all of the house’s original architectural features remain intact, from its high, hand-painted ceilings to its tall gold-draped windows, from which you can catch glimpses of snowcapped peaks and clear Andean blue sky.
Nestled in Quito’s historic centre, Plaza San Francisco is a public square raised upon the ruins of an Incan emperor’s palace, where wealthy families built their homes in the centuries that followed.
At the plaza’s south-western corner, Casa Gangotena still maintains an air of understated opulence, its muted interior palette allowing special details from the four year, $10 million renovation to shine: Statuarietto marble bathrooms, Osborne & Little wallpaper, antique chandeliers, a collection of pre-Columbian ceramics.
A courtyard garden yields a splash of tropical floral intensity, while a wood-panelled library provides a quiet, cosy retreat. And while the architectural splendour and lively welcome of Quito beckon beyond the hotel walls, it’s hard not to linger as long as possible within.
The hotel features wonderful spaces for different moods and times of day: a garden-patio brimming with native plants, a dining room ideal for enjoying refined culinary experiences or simply people-watching in the square beyond, and a roof-top terrace with wrap-around views of the historic centre’s towers, tiles and spires – an unbeatable spot to watch the frequent religious and cultural events on the square below.
8 x Plaza View Rooms (5 x King, 3 x Twin)
20 x Luxury Rooms (8 x King, 12 x Twin)
1 x Luxury Plus (King)
1 x Junior Suite (King)
1 x Balcony Junior Suite (King)
1 x Suite (King)
Quito’s compelling attractions lie just beyond the doorstep.
Bolivar Oe6-41 y Cuenca Quito – Ecuador.