This hotel opened only six weeks ago and staying here for three nights whilst travelling to and from the Galapagos Islands was a totally unexpected dream.
The hotel stands in Plaza San Francisco, a delightful square in the old city, very conveniently located to all that has to be seen in Quito. It is a restored historic mansion with 31 rooms. It has been renovated to extremely high standards and staying here, was like staying in a new car, as all the furnishings and bedding etc were still brand new and stylish and of excellent quality. Our bedroom was on the first floor, overlooking the Plaza which was particularly atmospheric at night when all floodlit. The room was spacious, had all mod cons, free wi-fi, flat screen television, an enormous and extremely comfortable bed and a great en-suite bathroom finished in marble with high quality toiletries, hairdryer and all one would wish for.
The service was without fault - the manager (Daniel who has years of experience in the industry having previously worked in the Galapagos) and all his team were attentive, personal, extremely helpful and always had your safety in mind (Quito still has some areas where it is not wise to wander as a tourist after dark). The restaurant and bar staff were of high standard and I had one of the best pisco sours I have ever had at their bar.
We did not eat at the restaurant, choosing to visit some of the older and more established restaurants in the city, but if breakfast and tea is anything to go by, the food would have been of high quality and certainly there would have been plenty of it! If this can be a criticism, there was so much fruit, bread and pastries for breakfast, together with omelette or eggs any way you wished for, we could not eat it all! The quality of the food was excellent.
This hotel is aiming to be one, if not, the best hotel in South America. It has certainly started off on the right footing - staying her was just like being at home with everything taken care of for you. It certainly ranks as one of the best hotels we have stayed in anywhere and I'm absolutely sure we will be hearing a lot more about it and I wish it and it's dedicated team every success in making it a leading hotel in the world.
We certainly hope to return one day soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena harbours 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comfort. ... more less
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