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Up in the North-West of South America, Quito is the capital of Ecuador and for good reason. Built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, Quito now exhibits a diverse mix of architectural influences. There’s a well-preserved colonial centre and ancient churches in both European and Moorish styles. As the highest capital city in the world, Quito sits at almost 3,000 metres above sea level so be warned, strenuous exercise is going to be a whole lot more strenuous! Being a capital city, Quito has plenty to offer to any visitor so we’ve selected the best places to stay in Quito so you don’t miss a thing.
Visit in June to September for the warmest weather and least chance of rain. Go to explore this historic city and bask in the dramatic scenery at the foot of the Andes!
What not to miss:
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila - A spectacular museum exploring the mythical, spiritual and downright extraordinary Ecuadorian past.
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!
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 art works.
And for the best places to stay in Quito we recommend:
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 encircling a beautiful central courtyard
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!
Best Hotels in Quito
La Casona de La Ronda 22 rooms from $163Quito (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
Hotel Plaza Grande 15 rooms from $450Quito (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.
casa gangotena ecuador 31 rooms from $450Quito
A colonial style building in the historic centre of Quito. Grand reception rooms feature antique furniture, floor to ceiling sash windows and plenty of atmosphere. Rooms are equally impressive and spacious. 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.TraditionalRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Hotel Carlota 12 rooms from $180Quito (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.
Casa el Eden 6 rooms from $116Quito
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
Casa Gardenia 9 rooms from $83Oriente 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.