We stayed for a couple of weeks while learning Spanish and looking for an apartment. As we only booked a couple of days in advance we ended up changing rooms a few times (our fault and we were pleased they could accommodate us). Recommend the treble with the big bath. WiFi works in most rooms but do check if important (If you want super fast Internet do go to Crepes and Waffles nearby, I uploads several Gb of photos in a few hours!).
Location is a less than 5 minutes from the Mariscal and we walked most of the time but do watch out at night walking home and take taxis if possible. They have a large wall and electric fence on top and it feels really secure and safe with someone always on duty to let you in.
You can use the kitchen to prepare meals and one of he rooms even has a private fridge. There is a big Super Maxi only a few minutes walk away as well.
They do very good value drinks and have a happy hour which is easy to take advantage of. The lounge has comfy sofas and plenty of movies to view. Great place to meet other travellers, most of whom seem to have done some research to find the place.
It is a family run operation and owned as a co-operative by Carlos, his wife and two sons. They also offer tours, mainly led by Carlos senior in their own bus. We did Spanish lessons at $4/hour with them for adults and $2/each for kids lessons (good value) with two of the teachers being the wives of the brothers. Maybe not as structured as other schools we looked at but one on one it worked for us with flexibility and no travel! Book a trial lesson and see what you think before booking elsewhere.
One of the rooms had a temperamental shower that probably needed a new thermostat but not the end of the world otherwise a great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is an antique Mansion, part of the city's heritage. It used to be owned by the Quitea aristocracy of the first years in the 20th Century. Run by Pilar, even she speaks 'poquito' English, you will always have a smiling face trying to suit your needs. Anyway, there is always someone around who speaks English. We have first quality bedrooms, with private/shared bathrooms and 24 hours hot water, TV, phone, wireless Internet, security boxes, wake up call and daily room service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travellers Hotel Quito