We (my wife and I and two kids, ages 12 and 9) spent a total of three nights at San Jorge Eco Lodge on our way to and from the Galapagos in April of this year. The Lodge is in a beautiful setting perched on the mountains surrounding Quito. Lush gardens can be found on the grounds and along hiking trails going further up the mountains behind the lodge. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Our lodge host served as a tour guide for us one day taking us on a tour of the old city in Quito and other sights. Meals at the lodge were quite good as well.
Despite the four stars, there are some things one should know before booking a stay at San Jorge. Many of the lodge rooms are quite old. We liked the rustic look and feel. Others may not. The heating system was a fireplace in our room. The owner was in the process of installing central heat in many of the rooms. Sitting at an elevation close to 10,000 feet, it does get cool at night. The pool (unheated) and sauna area of the lodge were quite run down and not of much use.
If you are willing to accept such limitations in exchange for an experience that involves closer interaction with the people of Quito and excellent opportunities for hiking, horse-back riding, bird watching at high altitudes, then the San Jorge Lodge is a great choice. If you are looking for a more luxurious stay in Quito, the lodge would not be a good fit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito (High Barren Plains/Highland Rainforest) 18th Century Spanish Hacienda located in the Pichincha Foothills offering airport transfers 24/7 or pick up from downtown Quito. Comfortable Andes hacienda rooms with private bath/hot shower, decorated in typical decor; game room, lounge, restaurant, bar and small museum. Free Wi-Fi offered in upper level rooms. We are the only private nature reserve near the city of Quito, situated on a 230 acre reserve, offering nature and complete relaxation, yet 25 minutes away. Explore our beautiful gardens, birdwatching & hiking trails, hummingbird feeders, delicious cuisine and views of 11 mountains & volcanos in the distance overlooking Quito. Pre-reserved guided tours are available for birdwatching, hiking & natural history, medicinal plants, cultural tours & add on extension cruises to The Galapagos Islands or Amazon Jungle. We also own San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Lodge & Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) & two Lodges at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - San Jorge Cliff Lodge & NEW San Jorge Forest Lodge (Upper Tropical Rainforest) listed #1 in Trip Advisor. All private reserves & lodges are within 2 hours radius of Quito. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge And Botanical Reserve
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve Hotel Quito