We spent 3 nights at this hotel which was recommended by the owners of the Hacienda La Alegria where we had been staying. As noted in other reviews the hotel was originally a home that has been converted to a hotel. The decor is beautiful with many antiques and wooden carved doors. Prices for the rooms vary based on size and walking to the third or fourth floor can take your breath away. As people have noted the rooms may be small and the showers somewhat narrow, but if you want super luxury stay at the Hotel Plaza Grande just a block away and pay 2 or 3 times as much as you will here. On our return from the Amazon we stayed in room 26 which overlooks the street and at first we thought might be noisy but they have installed windows which block out the sound.
This is a great location because you are within walking distance of most of the sites in the historic old city. There are many good restaurants nearby and we found breakfast at the hotel to be very pleasant and well prepared. The will cook your eggs anyway you like and have a good selection fresh fruit if you just ask. One evening after dinner we happened on a local dance troupe that was performing traditional Andian dances in an open square. The great part we were the only tourists but the locals were very welcoming and made room for us to sit and enjoy the show which cost a $1.
Most of the staff at the hotel have limited English but then I have limited Spanish, somehow we managed to communicate. We went from here to the Napo Wildlife Center and they held much of our luggage for us at no charge until our return. We had to leave at 4 AM to catch our flight home and when we can out of our room the doorman was there waiting to take our lugguage downstairs. When we went out the front door and the cab they had arranged was waiting for us, the doorman loaded our bags and we were off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A truly historic house, dating back to 1705 has just opened it??s door as a hotel with 18 comfortable rooms. It is beautifully renovated with great emphasis on the original details and has all the comfort expected today, including a central air conditioning system. All the furniture is handmade by recognized Ecuadorian artisans and many original paintings decorate public and private areas. You will live in a real historic surrounding. The hotel is definitely declared non-smoking. It is located a block away from the main square "Plaza de la Independencia", the Government Palace and very close to many historic monuments of Quito. We also have an exclusive dining room and coffee-shop. ... more less
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- El Relicario Del Carmen Hotel