We spent nearly a week at this Marriott. It's an absolutely standard upscale business hotel in the city - a Rotary Club convention was there while we were. If you want a place transportable to any major urban center in the world, this is it. All the amenities, including exorbitant prices ($20 breakfasts, the usual rip-off mini-bar, and steep internet charges) with the feel of a reliable, stock franchise. Nice pool, great health club and massages, pleasant staff, lots of "suits" walking around being very important, and flush tourists feeling secure and chatting away in English - very predictable with little imagination required.
Our room was #630. Avoid it. The windows don't open. For two nights the air handling pumped fumes (the ubiquitous Quito diesel exhaust) from the parking garage into the room; it was disgusting. Eventually the engineers figured out the problem, but not until after two nights of nausea and burning eyes in a sealed box. We like fresh air, and this room didn't provide it - yuk. Thus we only give a *** experience to a hotel with potentially ***** facilities.
The location is good - plenty to do and lots of services within a short cab ride or an easy walk for those willing to venture out afoot. We had no problems, though the staff expressed concern about street crime and warned us away from a couple of routes. The hotel's car service charged all of $2 to take us to the wonderful Santa Clara market; it was only $3 to get back.
We'd spent 5 days previously at the Hotel Quito before doing a conference at the Marriott. While the Hotel Quito is feeling its 1960's vintage and needs some refurbishment, it had character rather than cookie-cutter predictability aimed to please international business travelers. We liked it, and the experience.
The views from our sixth floor corner room at HQ were great. (We'd avoid the low-rise rooms - more like a motel.) You feel more part of city life and less like a visitor hiding away in a stock business hotel. The hilltop location gives a spectacular view of both city and countryside as clouds roll around the Andes; the staff is equally pleasant and helpful; and there's a bit of unpredictability. Even if you don't stay there, visit the 7th floor restaurant for the vistas.
The comparable breakfast buffet at HQ was $5.50. As another reviewer pointed out, it's noisier than the Marriott with neighborhood car alarms, street life, and the sound of jets passing over during peak hours. You don't get a rose at night (not a big stretch since roses cost $1.50 for 50 in Quito!), and the Marriott wins for sound-proofing. It is quiet. But we had a little balcony at HQ, and walls of windows.
Overall, the Marriott's kitchen is better; but you pay for the difference - modest meals for two consistently ran $30-40. They could have been much, much more had we "dined" instead of merely eaten. But walk two blocks and the locals' "executive lunch" is $2.50, a big shawarma platter $4, and a superb steak $9. Food bargains abound.
So base at the Marriott if you have money to spend and want a guaranteed experience with few surprises; it will be about like Dallas or Atlanta, only at a breath-defying 10,000 feet. Try someplace else - like Hotel Quito or one of the other smaller venues - if you want to experience a little more of the charm of Ecuador and a little less of an easy mega-chain.
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- Visit Quito, Ecuador in style when you stay in the JW Marriott Hotel Quito. Our luxury hotel is ideally located near the area's best dining, shopping, attractions and entertainment. Take advantage of our full service spa, decadent restaurants, state-of-the-art fitness center and gorgeous pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Quito
- Marriott Hotel Quito
- Marriott Quito
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