Overlooking Plaza San Francisco, when it comes to exploring Old Town Quito, Casa Gangotena’s location is tough to beat. The only downside – taking in the many sights and sounds of Quito, means guests actually have to leave the hotel. Thanks to the property’s Ecuadorian charm and service, it’s easier said than done.
Casa Gangotena is a three-story mansion turned hotel with 31 guest rooms. Its history dates back to the early 1900s; The Gangotena family owned the grand home until the mid-2000s when it was purchased to by the current owners and renovations began to turn it into a boutique hotel.
Beautifully restored architectural touches from the mansion’s 1920s construction are highlighted throughout the property. Painted tin ceilings, ornate trim and wood panels, along with antique furnishings, chandeliers and an abundant amount of fresh cuts roses create an elegant atmosphere, without feeling stuffy.
Offering both king-size beds and two full-size beds, rooms vary in size, but feel big. Tall ceilings and large windows allow nice amounts of natural light by day. Curtains and shutters guarantee darkness when it’s time to sleep.
Bathrooms, practically wrapped in white marble, are stocked with L’Occitane amenities, and most offer separate bathtubs and walk-in showers. Complimentary fruit and water are restocked daily. A handy card identifies the local fruit by name and explains how it should be eaten.
The Quiteño equivalent to the British “High Tea” is served every afternoon in an orchid-filled, conservatory-like patio, steps off of the lobby. Complimentary for guests, it’s an affair that shouldn’t be missed. In addition to tea, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast, included in the daily rate, is beautifully presented buffet-style including a variety of selections like quiches, souffles, fresh fruit, cheeses, juices, coffee and tea.
The third-floor panoramic terrace offers fabulous views of the city and beyond. If you’re a morning person, it’s a great spot to watch the sunrise, and chances are good you’ll have the terrace all to yourself.
Casa Gangotena’s ‘Quito Experiences’ program can be worthy of scheduling your day around. Held daily from 6pm to 7pm, there is a different activity scheduled each day of the week. Possibilities include chocolate tastings and exclusive sunset climbs to the top of the bell tower at the neighboring Church and Convent of San Francisco.
Visitors to Quito often combine the journey with a trip to the Galapagos. Casa Gangotena works closely with partner Metropolitan Touring to make logistics like transfers seamless. Quito’s international airport is about a 45 minute drive.
Rates from $450 per night per room, include breakfast and afternoon Quiteño tea. Complimentary Wi-Fi. You can make your reservation directly online at the hotel website, or compare rates and book through Expedia or Travelocity.
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Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by Casa Gangotena, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.