The title says it all, we cannot say enough good about Casa Joaquin! Actually, we liked it so much that we stayed there three times during our trip in Ecuador. The rooms are spick-and-span, very cozy and have a sizeable bathroom. They’re all quiet and feel very private. Just the like the rooms, the whole hotel is very tastefully decorated; you can tell that a lot of attention was put into renovating this old colonial house. The hotel is also very conveniently located in the Mariscal district, very close to Plaza Foch, in the heart of the ‘Centro Nuevo’. This area and the ‘Centro histórico’ are the two main areas with hotels and restaurants in Quito, so we weren’t sure where to book a hotel initially. In the end our impression was that the ‘Centro Nuevo’ was a better location, as the concentration of restaurants, travel agencies and other commodities (banks, laundromats…) is higher, and the traffic is less bad than in the ‘Centro histórico’. Besides, everything is accessible by foot, and it’s very easy to catch a taxi to go the ‘Centro histórico’ or any other part of town. One final comment about safety: even though there are a few dodgy characters in the neighborhood, there are also lots of policemen and private security guards (including right in front of the hotel), so it feels entirely safe to walk around, including late at night (which we did many times). We were initially a bit concerned about this issue based on previous comments, but really in the end it was not an issue at all!
But what we loved above all about this hotel was the human contact and the exceptional sense of service and hospitality. Dirk and Bolivar, the owners, are extremely dedicated (they woke up several times at 5am to make breakfast for us!), they know a lot about the area and will always do their best to help you and answer any question you have (in pretty much every language: they speak Spanish, English, French and Dutch fluently!). We had many discussions with them that really enriched our trip, and it was really great to exchange about Ecuador and so many other things so easily. More generally we very much appreciated the professionalism and friendliness of the whole staff, with a special mention for Stephen and Patricio (four star breakfast service!). Finally, one good thing to know is that Dirk and Bolivar have very good connections with excellent local guides and taxi drivers. We were lucky to discover several parts of this beautiful country together with Giovanny (including the amazing volcano Cotopaxi), who in the end was way more than a taxi driver or a guide to us.
We’ll definitely stay at Casa Joaquin when we go back to Quito!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Quito, Boutique Hotel Casa Joaquin "Logis de Charme" is a small oasis of comfort, peace and tranquility. It is a delightful mix of European tradition and contemporary trend. The Casa Joaquin-team welcomes you in an authentic colonial house with newly decorated guest rooms. Year round, your affordable and luxurious starting point for pleasure and for business in enchanting Ecuador. Located in the historical city center of QuitoHotel Casa Joaquin "Logis de Charme" is located in a safe neighborhood in the heart of the historic city of Quito. The touristic hotspots, business centers, markets and the popular “La Mariscal” barrio are at walking distance of the hotel. In this area you can arrange any trip of adventure you have in mind or submerge yourself in the rich nightlife and enjoy the splendid culture and art this country has to offer.The hotel is 45 minutes away from the airport. We provide a pick-up and shuttle service.Boutique Hotel Casa Joaquin "Logis de Charme" has 14 brand new guest rooms, designed with taste and dedicated to a peaceful and comfortable stay. Our excellent beds with orthopedic mattresses and pillows with anti-mites treatment, guarantee a good night’s rest. All rooms have a private bathroom and meet to 4-star European standards. ... more less
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