It should come as no surprise that the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quito, Ecuador maintains some of the best preserved colonial buildings in South America. Many of these beautiful edifices have become gorgeous hotels, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultural history of this capital city. These are some of the best options in and around the heart of the historic district.
The Casa San Marcos lies at the heart of the quaint San Marcos neighborhood, a hidden treasure of this UNESCO World Heritage City. The residence retains many of its colonial roots including a hand-carved ceiling built out of exotic hardwoods from the Amazon Basin without using a single nail.
Casa San Marcos, Juan Pío Montúfar, Quito, Ecuador +593 2-228-1811
While the Hotel Quito was built in more modern times, it holds a place in the heart of many a Quiteño. The Hotel Quito has a long history hosting quinciñeras and birthday teas for the Quito elite while their Sunday brunch attracts a loyal following. Views from the dining room take in an expansive panorama of the surrounding Andes including a picturesque church tucked into the mountain slopes at Guapalo and the stately Pichincha Volcano to the west.