We stayed at this hotel 2 days pre-cruise (1-day at Hostal Santa Barbara, see other review) and 1 day post cruise as part of our 10-day Celebrity Xpedition Galapagos cruise package, a cruise and a ship not to be missed. The hotel is exquisite-just what you would expect for a 4-5 star hotel, with spacious, clean, quiet rooms with tv and private bath, internet available (we were on the exec floor), and nice restaurants and several large pools and a hot tub and health club, and a $200+ price tage which is a lot of money in Ecuador for the avg citizen. The hotel is within a 2 block walk of the cafes/restaurants and shops on Ave Juan Le Mera, easily walkable despite the hotel's caution to take a taxi-somethng which definitely should be done at night to and from that area, and which we had no need to do--avg age around the cafes was 20 something. The Exec floor room --we had a volcano view from the 11th floor --included free snacks and two drinks per person each night, internet access and exec help for directions, transport, etc. Staff on that floor and in the hotel were very helpful and friendly. Marriott special taxis are more money than the yellow cabs which can be requested and, in my view, are safe. It is a $4-5 taxi ride to the centro in a yellow cab-and the price should be specified in advance and the meter should be turned on. Also, bring a card with the hotel logo and website map directions which may come in handy for some taxi drivers. The airport is a $5-10 10 minute ride from the hotel. Try to visit the Central Banco museum, noted in my Hostal Santa Barbara review-and if you are not in quito as part of a cruise package at this hotel I would recommend you stay at Hostal Santa Barbara which is a lovely small guesthouse halfway between the old and new towns and easily walkable to the musuem and La Choza restaurant., $65 for a double with breakfeast in July. Bring small $ bills-nothing larger than a $20 bill for purchases, wear a neck wallet and/or a waist wallet, and just be careful in the old town. You need i.d --a copy of your passport --to visit the Governor's Palace courtyard and admissions are timed. Calle Ronda, a revitalized street, a few blocks from the palace, was empty during our visit and so we avoided viewing the shops and cafes on that street. Also try to view the handicrafts at Olga Fish, which has a location in the centro at the Patio Andaluz hotel and one near Hostal St Barbara; and if time permits the Guayasamin museum, something which we were unable to do. Dress in levis, inconspicuously, cameras should be kept out of sight., and familiarize yourself where yuou are going rather than stopping to open a guidebook--recall that you are a rich gringo/tourist. In other words, blend in as much as possible. And drink only bottled water and nothing from the tap-even at the Marriott.
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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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