We stayed at the Patio Andaluz on a tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos with Furlongs Travel in October. Richard & Dawn Furlong do their researche carefully before selecting a hotel, and the Patio Andaluz exceeded our expectations. The hotel is charming, in an old colonial buiding full of character, with many interesting corners and features, including a well-stocked library and an indoor terrace with hammocks and loungers. The rooms are huge - ours was on 2 levels, with a spiral staircase leading to a second sleeping area and the en-suite bathroom upstairs. It was well equipped, with a safe, TV, etc, but we were so busy on the tour we didn't spend a great deal of time in it. (One work of warning - the wooden floors are polished like glass , so don't try walking around in socks, especially up the stairs!)
The hotel staff were charming. We had 2 minor maintenance problems while we were there, both of which were attended to within minutes of our reporting them. The food is good and varied, though the restaurant service, especially at breakfast, can be a little erratic. The staff on the front desk are charming and very helpful, and the little gift shop has some exquisite (if rather expensive) gifts.
The hotel is a great place from which to explore the interesting colonial city of Quito on foot. You can walk to the main square in about two minutes, and from there, the old city spreads in every direction. There are also some interesting narrow streets around the hotel itself, but watch out for the traffic!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and had a number of excursions from the city. We went up in the cablecar, but unfortunately the clouds had rolled in and we saw little, so don't go up on a cloudy day. The Theatrum restaurant was also a fabulous place to eat - another of Richard's finds.
If you are thinking of travelling to Ecuador and the Galapgos, I would highly recommend having a chat with the Furlongs. They are a charming couple, and provided us with some of the best travel experiences we have ever had in over 30 years of globetrotting. They are not the cheapest, but they do provide outstanding value for money, and travelling to this fascinating area of the World with them is hugely rewarding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Style, Comfort and nice Atmosphere in the center of the Colonial Quito Hotel Patio Andaluz Quito, elegant Boutique hotel located to only 150 meters (490 ft.) of the Main Square also known as the Independence Plaza, Located in a colonial style house of the end of the XVI Century, this hotel that displays great arcs and inner Patios lies at only 7 minutes walk of the recognized Church and Square of San Francisco; at 5 minutes walk of the famous “La Compañia;” at 6 minutes walk to the “Theater Sucre”, stage of important events; among other places of great interest within the Colonial Quito such as museums, churches and historical sites. Its spacious restaurant “El Rincón de Cantuña”, inside its main Patio offers excellent options of Ecuadorian and Spanish flavors. ... more less
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