The Best Hotels in Quito for Every Traveller

Quito's Old Town is full of original features, reclaimed furniture and retro artefacts
Quito's Old Town is full of original features, reclaimed furniture and retro artefacts | Courtesy of Old Town Quito Apartments & Boutique Hotel / Expedia
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Founder, Not Your Average American8 February 2021

It should come as no surprise that the Unesco World Heritage site of Quito, Ecuador, has some of the best preserved colonial buildings in South America. Many of these beautiful edifices have become gorgeous hotels; here are some of the best options in and around the heart of this historic capital city.

Masaya Quito

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Masaya Quito
Masaya Quito | Courtesy of Masaya Quito / Expedia
Budget travellers will love the Old Town’s Masaya Quito, an inexpensive hostel in a striking Colonial-style building. As well as private rooms the size of small flats with wonderfully-high ceilings, there are bunks available in four-, six- or eight-bed dorms, each of which has a privacy curtain, reading light and charging socket. Meet other backpackers over discounted mojitos during happy hour or during the daily activities, starting with yoga on Mondays and culminating with a movie screening on Sundays. Plaza San Francisco, one of old Quito’s central spaces, is a five-minute walk away.

Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel
Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel | Courtesy of Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel / Expedia
Individually-themed rooms and suites are named after paintings at Casa Joaquin, a friendly boutique located a few metres from La Mariscal’s Plaza Foch. The selection of tours and day trips on offer at reception is impressive: the Mindo bird sanctuary (40km north of Quito), the Quilotoa Lake (170km southwest) and Cotopaxi, one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes (80km south). Closer to home are La Mariscal’s colourful artisans market and the National Museum of Ecuador, both of which are walking distance.
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Ikala Quito Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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Ikala Quito Hotel
Ikala Quito Hotel | Courtesy of Ikala Quito Hotel / Expedia
The Ikala occupies three historic properties in La Mariscal, a neighbourhood that’s popular with backpackers due to its lively bar scene. Rooms range from standards to the individually-themed suites, with furniture and wall art inspired by the history of Ecuador. Common spaces comprise the basement Cava Bar – an intimate drinking den in a former wine cellar – and a restaurant where cooking revolves around fresh, local produce. Plaza Foch, La Mariscal’s central hub, is a seven-minute walk away.

Old Town Quito Apartments & Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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Old Town Quito Apartments & Boutique Hotel
Old Town Quito Apartments & Boutique Hotel | Courtesy of Old Town Quito Apartments & Boutique Hotel / Expedia
For longer stays, check out Old Town Quito, a collection of one- and two-bed apartments in a traditional townhouse. Decorated with reclaimed furniture painted by the owner and retro artefacts found at flea markets, the hotel has attractive original features such as bare brick walls, hardwood floors and sturdy wooden beams. You’re self-catered, but not alone: a daily breakfast is served in-room and you receive a welcome pack of wine, fruit and cupboard essentials. The apartments are in the historic barrio of San Blas, opposite Quito’s disused bullring.
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Carlota

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Quinta Carlota
Quinta Carlota | Courtesy of Quinta Carlota / Expedia
Classy Carlota occupies an early 1900s townhouse in central Quito. Contemporary furnishings and bold murals contrast with unchanged aspects such as exposed brickwork, wooden shutters and chunky vaulted ceilings. Each room is individually-themed around a species of native bird, and nightly charges include a complimentary breakfast and a transfer to or from the airport. Eat at onsite restaurant Bistro, where Ecuadorian classics are seen through a modern lens, and drink signature gin-based cocktails up on the roof terrace – try the cilantro and chilli version for a real treat.
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Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique

Boutique Hotel
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Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique
Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique | Courtesy of Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique / Expedia
There are sweeping views of the mountain-encircled capital from pretty much every spot in the Vista del Angel, but be warned – you have to earn them with a steep climb up to the property. Perks once you’ve done so include a gloriously secluded terrace replete with sun beds, a sauna and a jacuzzi (massages are also available for an additional fee). A good-quality breakfast is included in the nightly fee and the three-course lunch and dinner menu is changed every day. It’s just over a ten-minute walk from reception to Quito’s finest church, the 16th-century Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús.

Hotel Mama Cuchara

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
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Hotel Mama Cuchara
Hotel Mama Cuchara | Courtesy of Hotel Mama Cuchara / Expedia
In the central yet quiet neighbourhood of La Loma, practically at the feet of the Virgen del Panecillo, is the cosy Mama Cuchara. It’s a great choice for foodies, as onsite restaurant La Plaza focuses on the cuisine of a different region of Ecuador each day. In keeping with the features of the Colonial, Unesco-protected building, the rooms feature warm hues, hardwood floors and ornate, carved-wood headboards, with windows opening to Quito’s most historic quarters. Upon arrival, you’re handed a complimentary welcome drink to enjoy on the rooftop terrace.
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ILLA Experience Hotel

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
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Illa Experience Hotel
Illa Experience Hotel | Courtesy of Illa Experience Hotel / Expedia
This award-winning boutique is found in the historic neighbourhood of San Marcos, five minutes on foot from Plazas San Francisco, Santo Domingo and Grande. Occupying a graceful townhouse dating from the early 18th century, its ten rooms are split over three floors, each of which takes inspiration from one of three epochs of modern Quito – Colonial, Republican, contemporary – and offers views either of boisterous Junín street below or the iconic statue on Panecillo Hill. Get stuck into Quito street culture via activities from the Illa Moments programme – ask at reception for details.
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Boutique Hotel Casa El Éden

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Boutique Hotel Casa El Éden
Boutique Hotel Casa El Éden | Courtesy of Boutique Hotel Casa El Éden / Expedia
With only six double rooms, reservations are a must at this historic residence located just down the road from the Teatro Sucre in the historic district of Quito. Built during colonial times, modern restorations of this residence have retained classic elements like hand-hewn wooden beams and ornately-carved balusters along the stairway.
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  • Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuña

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    Hotel Boutique Portal De Cantuña
    Hotel Boutique Portal De Cantuña | Courtesy of Hotel Boutique Portal De Cantuña / Expedia
    The carefully restored Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuña was originally built in 1863 very close to the Plaza San Francisco, the heart of the historic district. The Sanchez Family has retained a Baroque-style decor with carved pillars, ornamented with gold leaf, and furniture to reflect the era. The grounds include an interior courtyard with well-manicured gardens.

    La Casona de la Ronda

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    La Casona de la Ronda
    La Casona de la Ronda | Courtesy of La Casona de la Ronda / Expedia
    La Casona de la Ronda, a home with colonial ties, retains its original interior courtyard with rooms on the upper levels. The beds are modern while other furniture and adornments reflect the long history of this establishment. This historic home is ideally situated to explore the cobblestone streets of historic Quito by day and enjoy the restaurants and bars along the Calle La Ronda by night.
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    Casa Gangotena

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    Casa Gangotena
    Casa Gangotena | Courtesy of Casa Gangotena / Expedia
    Perhaps the most renowned hotel in historic Quito, the neoclassical Casa Gangotena stands out on the Plaza San Francisco. This former mansion has spacious rooms overlooking the plaza or the interior courtyard, gracefully decorated art deco style and exudes luxury: promising the elegance of a bygone era. Unwind and relax in the surrounding gardens and spend the evening at the renowned in-house restaurant.
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    Casa San Marcos

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    Casa San Marcos
    Casa San Marcos | Courtesy of Casa San Marcos / Expedia
    This hotel lies at the heart of quaint San Marcos, 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, which doesn’t use a single nail. Guests should make time to visit the hotel’s traditional coffee shop, which serves all the local flavours of Quito from breakfast till dusk.
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    Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor
    Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor | Courtesy of Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor / Expedia
    A relatively new edition to the boutique hotel scene in Quito, the Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor has a long history in the Mariscal neighborhood. The current owners spent four years renovating the historic building formerly used as a gathering place for the movers and shakers of Quito. A mix of tradition peppered with contemporary touches, the ambiance in this hotel is luxuriously stylish.

    Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on February 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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