We visited this lodge as a part of a birding trip that took us to three San Jorge Eco-Lodges (Quito, Tandayapa, Milpe). We did not stay long at this lodge, as the weather did not cooperate the first two days. Our plane, scheduled to land 11PM was not able to land because of the rain and fog at the airport. We had to land in Guayaquil (about 45 minutes away) to get gas. By the time we got back to Quito, the airport was open and we landed around 3AM. We were very pleased that the people from the hotel were still waiting for us. This was a good thing, as the lodge is difficult to find in the night. Our room was clean, comfortable and charming. As it was already fairly cold outside, it was nice to find a space heater in the room set to a comfortable temperature. We had an early breakfast (6:30AM), which consisted of fresh fruit, coffee, fruit juice and an omelet. It was all served in an charming restaurant. Since it was still raining we did not see much of the grounds, but it looked like a good choice for nature lovers. In general, Dr. Jorge and his crew were extremely helpful. They make you feel safe and comfortable everywhere you go. They are great ambassadors for Ecuador. This is certainly not the most luxurious hotel in Quito, but it is charming, interesting and you cannot beat the service. That starts with the online reservation, which was fast and helpful. This place is great for nature lovers. As it is in the hills, some walking up and down is necessary, but unless you are physically handicapped this is not a big deal. Don't be concerned about your luggage, the staff will bring it to your room.
If you are a business traveler, who needs to be most of the time downtown Quito, then there are several places that are more centrally located than this lodge. We found Casa Aliso to be a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito (High Barren Plains/Highland Rainforest) 18th Century Spanish Hacienda located in the Pichincha Foothills offering airport transfers 24/7 or pick up from downtown Quito. Comfortable Andes hacienda rooms with private bath/hot shower, decorated in typical decor; game room, lounge, restaurant, bar and small museum. Free Wi-Fi offered in upper level rooms. We are the only private nature reserve near the city of Quito, situated on a 230 acre reserve, offering nature and complete relaxation, yet 25 minutes away. Explore our beautiful gardens, birdwatching & hiking trails, hummingbird feeders, delicious cuisine and views of 11 mountains & volcanos in the distance overlooking Quito. Pre-reserved guided tours are available for birdwatching, hiking & natural history, medicinal plants, cultural tours & add on extension cruises to The Galapagos Islands or Amazon Jungle. We also own San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Lodge & Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) & two Lodges at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - San Jorge Cliff Lodge & NEW San Jorge Forest Lodge (Upper Tropical Rainforest) listed #1 in Trip Advisor. All private reserves & lodges are within 2 hours radius of Quito. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve Hotel Quito
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge And Botanical Reserve