We had some business in Quito but my wife developed a bronchial infection the first week in a Quito hotel. We looked for somewhere with cleaner air and less altitude for her recuperation whilst I concluded our business. Found Ventana B&B, about 30 minutes from Quito, on the internet and drove out to check it out. Guadalupe showed me around this sprawling B&B on the side of a hillside outside Tumbaco with it's spectacular valley views.
We moved the next day, expecting to stay a week, but we stayed two. On arrival Guadalupe made a traditional coca tea for my wife and brought fresh fruit to our room. During her recuperation Guadalupe made a traditional medicine each day, which really helped. It was like having a mother to help my wife recover.
We ate so well during our stay. Guadalupe and daughter Cynthia are amazing cooks and the food was delicious. Our room with a balcony overlooking the valley was a very relaxing experience. There is also a pool filled with spring water to refresh.
We invited friends to dinner to experience an amazing three course meal, with some great wines.
Being out of town means you need transport or taxis to take you anywhere, but this is why it is so peaceful.
The beds were so comfortable it was hard to get out of bed each morning.
All the staff were wonderful; and very patient with our very very limited Spanish. Cynthia speaks very good English and by the end of our stay Guadalupe, who only speaks Spanish, was getting the hang of the iPad and Google translator.
If you expect room service then it is not for you. It is run by a family with few staff. But if you want to feel welcome and comfortable like at home, then enjoy this great location and this wonderful family.
We will definitely be staying again whenever we need to go back to Quito.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the foot hill of the Ilalo sacred mountain, 20 minutes drive from the financial area. This is the perfect place to enjoy tranquility and what mother nature has to offer. go to sleep to the sound of the San Pedro river, enjoy the best food in the area at the Cafe de las Cinco Restaurant. The entire property is a Gallery, magnificent gardens, breathtaking views. Make Ventana your home away from home. ... more less
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