What a great hotel! I immediately felt the luxury upon walking in.
Quito has nice buildings and ugly buildings right next to each other, instead of entire good and bad neighborhoods. After walking on some ugly side streets, it always felt great to come back to this hotel and leave any ugliness behind me.
The breakfasts are so-so, they are putting some flavor in the scrambled eggs that aren't great. I wish they would make them plain.
Warning-- MUST READ!! The only negative is that when you ask for a taxi, the hotel picks cabs at random instead of using a partner taxi company. So when you taxi back to the airport, be sure to work out the route and cost with the driver before putting your luggage in. Ask for a newer cab with a toll pass.
When I arrived to the new Quito airport and got in the taxi line, I was lucky in that the next cab for me was a new Sonata with a nice driver who took the fast and smooth toll road for $25 total. He had the electronic toll pass and it felt like a 25 minute drive. I paid $30 with tip.
However, when I asked the hotel to call me a taxi for my flight out, they randomly found me an old guy with an old car. I made the mistake of assuming he would take the fast toll road and that was the only way. This idiot instead took me on winding back roads and one long strip with traffic lights.
So instead of a 25 minutes drive, this moron drove for almost an hour just so he wouldn't have to pay tolls. It didn't occur to him that with the time he saved he could have gotten another customer and doubled his money that hour. He tried to lie to me and tell me it was the only way to the airport. I told him I knew the difference and did my best not to yell at him and call him a moron. I told him congratulations, now he can go to McDonald's with the $3 he saved in tolls. I told the hotel is cab number. (by the way, it's Taxi# 10514, don't ride with this moron)
So the point is, when you go back to the airport from this hotel, only agree to use them if they drive the toll road, and set the price at $30 that already includes tip. Ideally the taxi will have the electronic toll pass like my first one did, so you don't have to stop at each toll. Tell the hotel this when they call a cab for you. Odds are an older cab driver will take the only way he knows, and that is slow annoying back road way.
I won't let the bad taxi experience affect my review of the hotel, you will have to tell the hotel what you want from a taxi. Else the rooms were excellent and I felt great being at this hotel.
As for the neighborhood, stay on the main road (Amazon) when walking at night. Else take a taxi to go to the bars and clubs. Especially when coming home, if you stumble like you've been drinking and are alone, thieves may target you. I did not have any problems with this, but a local gave me that advice.
Enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This chic hotel with spa and gym facilities is in the heart of the lively Mariscal district. All rooms have city views and free Wi-Fi. Massage sessions can be booked. At Hotel Reina Isabel guests can relax in the sauna room or visit El Ejido Park, 6 blocks away. Quito's historic center is 4.8 km away. Air-conditioned rooms at Reina Isabel are elegantly styled with parquet floors, upholstered chairs and an earth-toned palette. The suites have iPod docking stations and some of them have hot tubs. A american breakfast with regional jams, bread and coffee can be enjoyed daily. Lumo Restaurant offers international cuisine and room service, and after-dinner drinks. Shuttle service to Mariscal Sucre Airport, can be arranged. ... more less
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