La Casa de la Ronda is a really special place, in the center of the oldest part of Quito's historic district, and in an area that feels really safe and well-suited to tourists while still having a lot of authenticity. If you're trying to get a cab there, though, it can be difficult as "La Ronda" is a historic street closed to cars, so what you want to do is have them get to La Ronda, near Santo Domingo, where you walk down a small hill and find the entrance to the hotel slightly down La Ronda, your first left. The staff are really excellent and all speak English really well should you need it, and the rooms are delightful, with lovely hand-carved furniture and modern, stylish elements that didn't detract from the historic feel. The housekeeping is impeccable. Throughout my 3-night stay the staff went above and beyond to make my time there pleasant. There were only two downsides: First, the restaurant is really poor. The prices are high and the food is mediocre at best; you have to ask for service generally, since the staff are often tasked with other things in parallel (like amazing guest service in the lobby.) But, the restaurant falls by the wayside. I was also a little annoyed by the sales/marketing manager, who at first seemed really friendly but quickly became overbearing with well-meaning advice. I was recovering from food poisoning on arrival, and she lectured me for 20 minutes on what I should be eating, why drinking water wasn't okay & I needed Gatorade, and a lot of other things that just don't work for me for more reasons than I was willing to explain in the lobby. I tried to cut the conversation short by saying I was really fine, but it was the arrival of the cab I'd been waiting on that finally freed me from the lecture. I wouldn't mention it, but she did the same thing to several others while I was there, lecturing some ladies on why they shouldn't drive, and arguing with them when they said they understood but disagreed. They seemed kind of annoyed, and it definitely disturbed my dinner. She's really a kind lady, I think, and means well, but might consider toning the mothering down a little for "young people" like myself (almost 40...) She speaks English perfectly but doesn't always realize when her guests are fluent in Spanish and would prefer to speak it. I spoke to her for at least an hour in total, in both Spanish and English, but then she told the taxi driver that I didn't speak Spanish (!) which might have been insulting if he didn't think it was totally hilarious.
- 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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