My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in March 2013.
The La Ronda neighborhood of Old Town Quito is unique and fun, as described by many other Trip Advisor reviewers. There are old-fashioned games on the street for tourists and locals to play, the foosball table that was constantly in use being the closest to the hotel. As the weekend draws near more artisan workshops and restaurants open and the activity picks up on the street. On our last day in La Ronda (a Thursday) we saw local school kids marching with instruments, some sort of Indian procession in native costume, an outdoor photography exhibit, street vendors and a variety of different street performers.
The hotel is an oasis and we loved stepping through the big wooden doors at the end of every day. It’s quiet and beautifully decorated. The rooms are spacious. Ours overlooked the street and had a lovely view of El Panecillo (and the only cat in Quito which suns itself everyday on the rooftops across the street from the hotel). There is a lovely sitting area in the lobby and a beautiful sunroom on the top floor overlooking El Panecillo. The hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating.
While the core of the hotel is quiet, your room may not be if the window opens onto the street. If you need peace and quiet and you like sleeping with an open window you may want to request a room whose window faces the courtyard in the interior of the hotel. However this is not recommended because you may miss the goings on of La Ronda, much of which can be viewed from your window!
The hotel arranged several day tours for us (of Old Town Quito, the equatorial line, Cotopaxi and Otavalo). We had three different tour guides over the course of our stay and all were extremely nice, professional and knowledgeable and spoke very good English. These tours were arranged the first day of our stay.
The hotel provides a filtered water station on every floor and a pitcher in your room. The staff speaks varying amounts of English, however with our limited Spanish we were able to communicate easily with everyone. They also store luggage, which is recommended if you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands. There is no elevator so be prepared for stairs (and altitude adjustment) if your room is not on the first floor. We arrived very late on a Saturday night (midnight) and had no problem checking in. They even carried our luggage up the stairs to our 3rd floor room.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of many Old Town sites. Go out on a Sunday when the streets of Old Town are closed to cars and there are street musicians and vendors and local families out enjoying the day on foot and bicycle.
Although there are lots of places to eat in Old Town, the immediate La Ronda neighborhood has many good restaurants to choose from. Because you're so close you don't have to worry about walking home after dark. For sweets, hot chocolate and coffee try Khipus right down the street from the hotel. To see and learn about cocoa and the ingredients it can be mixed with visit Chocolateria Chez Tiff located on one of the other La Ronda streets. In this building you can also visit a man that restores pianos. You can watch him work, hear him play, and if you're spanish is good he'll explain what he's doing.
We were very well taken care of by everyone in Ecuador and would not hesitate to visit the country or La Casona de la Ronda again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superb location, easy access, in the heart of the Historic and Colonial Center, walking distance (5 minutes) to many main attractions such as Plaza Grande Main Square, Presidential Palace, La Companía (Golden Barroque Church), San Francisco Monastery, just to name a few.The hotel is located in “La Ronda” street; a narrow, lively pedestrian street full of character with many restaurants, bars and folk stores making it a unique neighborhood that is a ‘must do’ on your visit list. La Casona de la Ronda is a delightful, authentic Spanish Colonial style boutique hotel with a gentle, calming feel built in an old1738 Mansion. The rooms are attractively decorated beyond your expectations featuring hand carved furniture by local master craftsmen, polished fine wood flooring, spacious and comfortable with a deluge shower in the bathroom. Even though it is an old “La Casona” we offer modern services:• WiFi at no charge• Reception 24 hours, tour bookings available• Full service restaurant; buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch and dinner, room service available • Transportation to/from the airport upon request ... more less
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