This is in an old but renovated private home in a nice quiet part of the New Town (Mariscal), far enough from loud tourists but close to inexpensive restaurants. The owner Miguel is very friendly and helpful. Front gate locked at night but there is always someone at desk to let you in. Rooms and bathroom are very clean, breakfast nicely prepared even for early birders like us. There was a temporary glitch with hot water (probably temperature set too low) but this was quickly repaired. The only small problem was lack of cloth bath mat to stand on after leaving shower and we had to ask twice for it. But they responded to our requests promptly. Double room was $32 per night plus taxes.TV in room, no phone. Restaurants are within walking distance, about five or six blocks on average. At no time did we feel any lack of safety despite warnings about robberies of tourists (there was three of us). As a mid range room for those who dont want or cant afford luxury but dont want usual backpacker cheap lodgings, this is a perfect place. A taxi ride to the historic center was $5. MIguel arranges airport pickup for $25 (we paid $30 because our plane was an hour late and driver had to wait).Had we been staying longer to mainly see the center and its great churches I might have looked for a hotel or hostal near the center (Old Town) because I have back and knee problems. But we were only staying three days/four nights (two day trips for birding, one day for sightseeing).....the last day was for seeing the Old Town churches. They are magnificent. San Francisco and Societa de Jesus are
the outstanding attractions. We had no time for the cultural center expositions on Pablo Neruda, Salvador Allende and an Ecuadoran musician/composer. Some churches close between 1 pm and 3:30 pm so plan accordingly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ANDINO HotelYour best choise in QuitoLocated in La Mariscal, 10 minutes south from the airport Mariscal Sucre and 10 minutes north from Terminal Cumanda.We offer you a friendly atmosfer, great location, near you have many kind of restaurants, bars, drugstore, stores, transportation, laundrys, and every thing that you need to be confortable.is garanted a good nap.Lcdo Miguel Angel Perez ... more less
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