We spent a total of 5 nights at the Marriott at 3 points in our trip to Ecuador (3 nts in the beginning, 1 before and 1 after our cruise). It was perfect for us. The hotel is large and well maintained. The staff was very nice and the front desk receptionist even remember me when I checked in for our 2nd stay saying "Welcome back." Check-in was quick and easy. We had a small glitch after the first day in that they never cleaned the room. We learned it was because they thought we were only staying 1 night but after a call it was all worked out and they were very apologetic. For some of our nights we were using points and they upgraded us giving us "club" privileges, which was a nice treat. I don't think I would pay $61 dollars more for it because really the breakfast is what is best. The evening fingers foods weren't as extensive as other hotels we have stayed in and they often ran out of certain sodas.
The public sppaces are lovely. There is a grand lobby with lots of those beautiful Ecuadorian roses and light. My husband and daughter were impressed byt the fitness center with my husband declaring it was one of the best equipped he had seen. The pool is beautiful and is heated although the only "shallow" area was at the steps. My DD is over 50" tall and she could not touch the bottom with her head above water at any place in the pool but we still enjoyed our evening swim. There were 2 restaurants that I saw. We ate once at the Bistro just because we were too tired to go out. The food was good. It was moderately priced (American prices). While the service was friendly it was extremely slow. The restaurant was practically empty but it took effort for us to get refills, our check etc... and more frustrating is that the three wait staff were in view close by but too busy chatting with each other. Nice little gift shop in the hotel.
We used either the hotel shuttle or their taxis for transport to and from the airport. That was a big comfort factor for me just knowing they are assocaited with the hotel and safe, plus I liked being able to put those fares on our bill. We used a hotel taxi to go to dinner one night - about a 10 minute ride and it was $3. The taxi called byt the restaurant to take us back cost $4. So taxis from the Marriott are not necessarily more expensive.
Our double room was very comfortable. I like the linens used. The beds were fairly comfortable and I have a bad back but did fine sleeping on them. There was a frig, safe, flat screen TV with lots of channels, a bottle of water for wach of us. Our third room was the best. It had an Ipod docking station and the bathroom was huge with deep tub, separate shower and toilet room.
There are a couple of restaurants nearby but we only ate out once given late lunches, late arrival one night etc...
Overall I would definitely recommend the Marriott. It exceeded my expectations. I know some folks want more "local" or historic atmosphere which is fine but we did not need that for our stay in Quito given that we stayed in such places in other parts of Ecuador we visited. We actually enjoyed the fact that the Marriott provided some of the comforts of home. If we were to return to Quito we would definitely stay at the Marriott again.
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- Visit Quito, Ecuador in style when you stay in the JW Marriott Hotel Quito. Our luxury hotel is ideally located near the area's best dining, shopping, attractions and entertainment. Take advantage of our full service spa, decadent restaurants, state-of-the-art fitness center and gorgeous pool. ... more less
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