After reading other comments I decided to contact Luis the owner and arrange to have him pick my husband and I at the airport. It was like having a relative you never met pick you up. He had a sign with our name on it and it made it so easy for us to not think about getting a taxi at 10:00 at night. Luis drove us back to his home and set us up for the night. In the morning we came downstairs and he was there with a smile on his face and asking if we would like some organic coffee. We were served a wonderful breakfast of eggs, ham, toast, fresh fruit with yogurt and a smoothie; yes a lot of food and all of it great! First day Louis encouraged us to take it easy and acclimate to the altitude. Good call we didn't get sick at all. He flagged down a taxi and we drove to the Teleferrico where we took a tram overlooking the entire city of Quito. That night we spoke to Luis and he mentioned that he provides day tours if we were interested and that he would drive us around showing us various parts of Ecuador. Let me just say if you have time this was the best part of our Quito experience. Luis took such great care of us and he was always attentive in making sure we had an authentic Ecuadorian experience. We hired Luis for two days and we definitely got our moneys worth and then some. One of the days we went to an organic coffee farm where we ate lunch with the owners in there family kitchen. Afterwards we walked and saw how coffee and chocolate grew, and the process it went through. We rode horses, made dark chocolate from their own chocolate beans and roasted coffee so we could taste the coffee and much, much, more! It was such a wonderful experience to be welcomed like family into this Ecuadorian home. We also visited Ecuadorian pyramids, the cloud forest, fed wild llamas, went to a butterfly exhibit and the famous market on Saturday.We stayed at Jumbo Lodging for 4 nights. Finally we had to leave for the next part of our adventure to the Galapagos Islands. We had to leave for the airport at 5:30 in the morning to catch a plane to San Cristobal, again we hired Luis to take us to the airport. He charged $40.00 to take us and it was worth every penny. If you want to get away from a Marriott experience and really feel Ecuador I highly recommend staying with Luis and his family. Thank you Luis for making our stay such a memorable experience!!!
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- Now come and enjoy of the traditional CUY ASADO, salads and other delicious plates at DAWN'S LODGE COFFEE! More information at our web page or e-mail or call us to reserve your dinner! We are located in the historical centre of Quito, near of tourist emblems: the Basilica of the national vote, Itchimbia Park, San Francisco church, the Church of the Jesus, the Palacio de Carondelet, National Sucre theater, etc.We offer a warm stay in a colonial House of 200 years built in the neighborhood of San Blas, founded in 1568.Preserves its colonial infrastructure and the era, such as brick walls covered with mud, straw and role adobe's own materials. Although his main property is its ability to earthquake.There are patrols 24 hours, there is a unit of police 15 meters from our facilities, who make our neighborhood a safe place.All the rooms have private bathroom, 24h of hot water and beautiful views of the city. The price includes a delicious Jumbo-breakfast with natural fruits.We offer the following services: laundry, internet*, luggage store (included), room service (included), touristic information, free maps, parking to 150 metres, taxi 24 hours, in the afternoon free tea or cofee.FREE earplugs (because the noise from the street).Schedule of breakfast: 7.30 To 09.30 Am.*Earliest check-in: 14:00Latest Check-out 11:00*If you want to have breakfast before or after, it costs $4.***Prices don't include taxes.Ofrecemos una calida estancia en una casa colonial de 200 anos construida en el barrio de San Blas, fundado en 1568.Conserva su infraestructura colonial y materiales propios de la epoca, tales como ladrillos de adobe en sus paredes cubiertas con barro, paja y papel. Aunque su principal propiedad es su capacidad antisismica.Contamos con los siguientes servicios:-Lavanderia.-Internet.-Bodega de equipaje (incluido).-Servicio de habitaciones (incluido).-Informacion turistica.-Parking a 150metros.-Horario de desayunos de 8:30 a 11:00. ... more less
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