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“The place to stay in Quito” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuna

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Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuna
Bolivar Oe6-105 | Centro Historico, Quito, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #16 of 169 Quito B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne
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“The place to stay in Quito”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This small local hotel is lovely, and so are the family who own it. It is in a great location very close to San Franciso square in the old town, which is a much more atmospheric place to stay (and quieter) than in Mariscal. I stayed here for 3 nights during August/September, and found it to be comforable, clean and tasteful. There were no issues with hot water or water pressure. The included breakfast was great, I ate at the restaurant once and the food was delicious. The owners couldn't have been more helpful. Many thanks to Sonia, Bernando and all the staff.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

If you like small authentic local hotels then this is for you. It's like being transported in time to this old colonial house tastefully renovated. All services are excellent in a perfect location. The personal touch of the host family put the final seal on our stay.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Recently stayed 5 nights at the Portal de Cantuna and it was a highlight of our trip to Quito. Conveniently located in Old Town, the family that runs the hotel could not do enough for us. Our rooms were large and neat, the bathrooms clean and the showers had great water pressure and hot water. They recommended their friend Dante, who has a new tour company called Latin Adventures, and he took us on a wonderful private day trip to the Quilotoa Loop. The included breakfast was delicious and bountiful. We ate at the new restaurant for dinner twice and the garlic shrimp is to die for. Thank you Sofia, Bernando and everyone at Portal de Cantuna for making us feel so welcome!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

My cousin and I just finished a 6 week trip through South America and visited Ecuador and Peru. We were so incredibly thankful to have stayed our first 6 days in Quito at Portal de Cantuna. My cousin heard of this hotel through trip advisor and booked it based on its awesome reviews and after staying there its no surprise. The hotel is in Old Town which is such a beautiful and historical part of Quito. Although it is somewhat touristy it is not as populated as Mariscal which seems to have potential but doesn't have as much culture and character and is more americanized than Old Town. It is walking distance from many of the attractions, the San Francisco, Basilica, Compania de Jesus, Parliament, the market etc...It was also very easy to find cabs and restaurant and being a first timer traveling overseas felt very safe.
The hotel itself was beautifull and it has so much character, it is clean and very comfortable and very reasonably priced. The family that runs the hotel is so incredibly kind and helpful and made our stay there so enjoyable. They helped us book day trips, make recommendations, give us directions, hail cabs, and even took us out one night! We learned that the hotel was actually their Grandfathers and has been in their family for years. The artwork, furniture, decorations, and even the dining and living room are all still in original and good condition making it feel very warm and comfortable. It's obvious how much hard work and effort they put into maintaining the character and feel of the home while renovating it. They serve a good breakfast each morning and are just very loving and helpful people. Bernardo and Kayatano are the two sons who pretty much manage the day to day business and although they are busy they always are easy to get ahold of and very helpful if you have any questions. If you are in Quito whether your a backpacker or family vacationing I would strongly recommend staying at Portal de Cantuna. PS if you do any day trips while your there ask for Dante he was a great guide and person to get to know!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Amazing find in the old town. The rooms were great, modern bathrooms, comfortable beds and spacious. The location is perfect for exploring the old town on foot and the staff will help when wanting to venture further afar. The restaurant downstairs serves great fresh food of western and local influence. Bernardo is a great host and will make sure you have a good time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

Wow...this place was a great recommendation from both Trip Advisor and booking dot com. It's a beautiful redone traditional house, with just the right number of rooms to keep it feeling like a family home stay. Loved it. Beautifully decorated, great service offerings and comfortable rooms. The family here are what make this place a home away from home. Te attached restaurant also does delicious food, and all only steps away from the sights of old town! Cant recommend this place enough for anyone travelling to Quito!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

With the hotel just a few door steps away from the Plaza San Francisco and just a few minutes away from Plaza Indenpencia you are in a perfect spot to enjoy the wonders of Old Town Quito. Rooms are very comfortable, spacious and clean. Everyone at the hotel will behind over backwards to make stay perfect. There is now a restaurant being run by Cucina Urbana that is serving top notch Ecuadorian food along with fresh pasta, meat and seafood that is so good you may never eat out.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Bolivar Oe6-105 | Centro Historico, Quito, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #16 of 169 B&Bs / Inns in Quito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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