We were there for one night prior to our Galapagos excursion and 4 nights after. The hotel is an old charming house with a quirky layout, with hot showers and comfortable beds. The first night we had a room in the front with a beautiful view of the volcanoes surrounding the city.
The staff were wonderful and very helpful in giving us advice on what to see and do and how to get around. Because the hotel is located within walking distance of many shops and good restaurants, we walked around and enjoyed sightseeing.
On our trip back from the Galapagos, we booked 3 tours with the hotel. They were wonderful! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very sweet and took us to spend a day walking to the various historic churches, museums, and plazas. Then we drove to and climbed Cotopaxi Volcano, which was so amazing. We stopped in a country-side hotel/restaurant that looked like it could be in Austria or Switzerland and had a delicious lunch.
Our last tour was to a hot-spring spa at the foot of one of the dormant volcanoes surrounding Quito, to soak away our sore muscles from our Galapagos Island tour and the two local tours. Heaven!
At the hotel, we specially liked the night front desk agent, Sebastian, who was most helpful in giving us directions to places to go at night which were safe to walk to and fun.
The only shortcoming is that the hotel does not have a elevator and climbing to our room at the end of the day's walks was a bit difficult.
Stayed May/June 2012, traveled as a couple
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