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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 Booking.com 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 Aliso 10 rooms from £37

    Quito (La Floresta)

    A charming property dating back to 1936 with an elegant lounge area and a luscious garden for guests to relax in. Rooms have gorgeous parquet flooring and the best rooms come with a sit-out-terrace. The restaurant offers a delightfully varied menu of local and international dishes.

    Local exploring  -  The upscale La Floresta neighbourhood in Quito is full of charming cafes and shops
    Sights nearby  -  The sights of central Quito are a short taxi ride away
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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  • 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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  • Cultura Manor from £84

    Quito

    A beautifully renovated mansion offering elegantly decorated rooms with 19th-century furnishings as well as modern amenities. Many rooms come with balconies and terraces. The restaurant serves delicious food with some ingredients sourced from the hotel garden.

    Local exploring  -  This historic mansion is set in the colonial town of Quito which has been beautifully preserved
    Local markets  -  Don't miss Quito's Artisanal Market which is within walking distance
    Sights nearby  -  This central location is perfect for exploring the sights of Quito
    Traditional
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  • Casa el Eden 6 rooms from £89

    Quito

    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.
    Traditional
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  • Rincón de Puembo 45 rooms from £93

    Quito

    This charming hotel is located just 15 minutes away from Quito airport in Ecuador. The hotel layout is based on Quito's old town, with colonial-style architecture and traditional interior design; book a family house to accommodate children. Sample Ecuadorian cuisine at the restaurant; a chic hotel.

    Families  -  With family houses available to accommodate adults travelling with children, this hotel is a hit with parents
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the facilities at this hotel; book a couples' massage for a romantic evening in
    City Style  -  With a design concept based on Quito's old town, this hotel is steeped in local city style
    Great walks  -  Take a transfer into the city and explore on a long walk; don't miss the many great parks in Quito, like La Carolina Park
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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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  • Hacienda La Carriona 25 rooms from £127

    Quito (Sangolqu)

    A traditional Ecuadorian hacienda built 200 years ago offering guests charming accommodation with decor in keeping with the property's heritage including plush bedding and wooden floors. Dinner is served in an elegant restaurant and the pool and garden are perfect for relaxing.

    Local exploring  -  Explore the charming colonial town of Quito
    Great walks  -  There are a range of great walks in the region, visit the Rumibosque Las 3 Cascadas river
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  • Casa San Marcos 10 rooms from £131

    Quito (Centro Histórico)

    This boutique hotel is located in a heritage property in San Marcos, the historic centre of Quito. Guestrooms feature exposed wooden beams, antique furniture and regional artwork; book a deluxe room for a separate living area. Sample Ecuadorian cuisine at the traditional restaurant; a charming stay.

    City Style  -  Situated in a landmark heritage property with many original features preserved, this hotel has reams of local city style
    Local exploring  -  Located in the historic centre of Quito, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the romantic rooms at this hotel; book a suite for extra living space
    Local markets  -  Spend a morning at the El Ejido Park Art Fair, an art and craft market where you can find local artisan pieces
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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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  • Hacienda Rumi Loma 5 rooms from £230

    Quito

    This luxury hacienda is located just outside of Quito city centre. Guestrooms are decorated with a blend of art and antiquities from around the world alongside traditional tiled floors and exposed beams; book a suite for separate living space. Dine at the gourmet restaurant; a chic hacienda hotel.

    Local exploring  -  Located a five-minute drive from Quito city centre, this hotel is perfectly placed for exploring in and around the capital
    Country Escape  -  This luxury hacienda is situated in the countryside outside of Quito, offering a charming country escape
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the romantic rooms at this hotel; book a suite for added indulgence
    Sights nearby  -  See the results of local excavations at the Rumipamba Archaeological Park, located in Quito city centre
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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

    Quito

    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.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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