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About Quito

Nestling high in the Andes, perched between mountain peaks, lies Quito - the "Florence of the Americas". Founded in 1534 on the site of an ancient Incan city, it was flushed with Dominican friars and Franciscan priests, who contributed to the stunning skyline that you see today - monasteries, monuments, convents and churches. The first city to be declared a UNESCO-protected site, Quito's historic centre is considered to be the most unchanged and best-preserved in Latin America, a sea of red-tile roofs and bright baroque church domes. Our collection of the best places to stay in Quito has something for everyone from charming boutiques to luxury hotels.

A great place to see the local Sierra culture in full swing, this picturesque colonial sea swims with overflowing markets, shamanistic healers and family-run hatmakers. All in all, a fascinating city that is steeped in the Old World grandeur. This is the perfect destination for history-lovers and culture-vultures keen on getting a feel for the fabric of Latin America.

What not to miss:

  • Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila - a spectacular museum exploring the mythical, spiritual and downright extraordinary Ecuadorian past.
  • Pichincha Volcano - lying 16km from the city, it is an active volcano that still emits smoke.
  • The Basilica - A great example of the city’s architecture, the Basilica is considered the largest church in Quito and offers some fantastic views from the top!
  • Jesuit Church - built in 1602, it is baroque beauty enshrined.
  • Markets - be sure to check out Senora Rosa's stall at the Mercado San Francisco, and buy some of her potions, lotions and herbs!
  • Teleferico Quito - Take the cable car up to the top of Cruz Loma for a great view, and good hiking opportunities.
  • Quito Old Town - Being the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can’t go to Quito and not meander around the narrow streets of its Old Town.
  • La Capilla Del Hombre - A moving memorial to the renowned artist, the museum displays a number of the country’s most important artworks.

A historical city that makes for a fascinating stay. Browse through our collection of the best places to stay in Quito to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Quito

For the finer things

  • Hotel Plaza Grande is a five star hotel lodged deep in the heart of the historic city centre. Go to enjoy the traditional architecture, fantastic cuisine and live opera music.

For Affordable comfort

  • Casa Gardenia is a boutique hotel that offers contemporary style in the historic city. A great spot to explore from.

For Boutique Chic

  • Large sash windows and exposed brick line the trendy Hotel Carlota. Its large roof terrace is perfect for a drink at the end of the day. Great for couples.

  • La Casona de la Ronda sits close to the city centre and fits seamlessly amongst the historic buildings. Traditional architecture encircles a beautiful central courtyard. Stunning!

For Colonial luxury

  • Casa Gangotena Ecuador is a grand and impressive hotel with particularly spacious rooms and a restaurant in which you can sample the best of the local cuisine.

A cosy B&B

  • Casa al Eden is a small but very comfortable bed and breakfast with only six rooms and a hearty homemade breakfast. It also won’t break the bank!

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Mariscal Sucre International Airport.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • Go between June and September, the dry season, when the temperature ranges between 9 and 20 degrees.

Still undecided?

  • Browse our list of all the best places to in Ecuador

  • widen the net to include all our properties in Cuenca

  • or contact a friendly guru for advice.

Best Hotels in Quito

  • Casa Gardenia 9 rooms from £64

    Oriente Centro Historico de Quito

    A chic boutique hotel in the heart of the historic city. Slick contemporary rooms are minimalist in design with exposed brick, polished parquet floors and plenty of light. A cafeteria provides a quiet spot for a quick bite. Ideally situated for city exploring. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of the historic centre and within walking distance of many of the main attractions.
    Local markets  -  Shop for local artefacts at the Artisan Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the iconic Virgin of El Panecillo.
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  • Casa el Eden 6 rooms from £89


    A small, yet perfectly formed, B&B in the centre of Quito. Elegant rooms feature light wooden floors, large sash windows and pops of colour come from traditional throws. Homemade breakfasts hit the spot. Perfectly located to explore the historical city.

    Local exploring  -  A smart B&B located in Quito’s Historical Centre with many of its attractions within walking distance.
    Sights nearby  -  The Plaza de la Independencia and the church of San Francisco are within a ten minute walk.
    Local markets  -  Scour for local artefacts at the Artisan Market in Plaza Foch.
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  • La Casona de La Ronda 22 rooms from £125

    Quito (Centro histórico)

    A boutique property boasting a central location in the heart of the historic centre. Steeped in tradition find atmospheric reception rooms surrounding the impressive central courtyard. Chic rooms feature parquet floors, dark wooden furniture and white washed walls. The ideal base for city exploring.

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of the historic centre and within easy reach of many of the city's attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Baroque Company of Jesus Church.
    Local markets  -  Scour the Craft Market for local artefacts.
    Full of character
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  • Hotel Carlota 12 rooms from £138

    Quito (Centro Histórico)

    A small boutique property located in the heart of Quito. Contemporary rooms feature chic patterned walls, large sash windows and exposed brick. An expansive roof terrace is the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail and a lively bistro serves superb modern dishes. The ideal base for city exploring.

    Local exploring  -  Well located close to Quito’s main landmarks and sites.
    Great walks  -  Take a relaxing walk around Quito Botanical Garden home to more than 5,000 plants.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” located just north of the city.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Design Hotels
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  • Hotel Plaza Grande 15 rooms from £345

    Quito (Garcia Moreno N5-16)

    An elegant colonial five star hotel in the heart of the historic centre. Grand rooms are traditional in style with antique furniture, small terraces and marble bathrooms. A gourmet restaurant serves excellent cuisine alongside live opera music. A stylish city base.

    Local exploring  -  An elegant property well located for easy access to the city's main attractions.
    Local markets  -  Scour the Craft Market for local artefacts.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the iconic Virgin of Quito.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Casa Gangotena 31 rooms from £345


    This grand family mansion turned boutique hotel overlooking the lively Plaza San Francisco undoubtedly offers some of Quito’s finest accommodation and is the perfect place for exploring the city's old town. Sample exquisite Ecuadorian fare in the chic restaurant. A luxurious city base.

    Local exploring  -  Walking distance from numerous historical sights, churches and museums.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Iglesia de San Francisco and take in the atmosphere of the surrounding square.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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