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Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel
Ranked #4 of 112 Hotels in Quito
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Casa Joaquin hotel is a newly renovated family house with a very good decoration taste. The rooms are small and cozy and there's no need for air conditioning as the temperature keeps around 22oC whatever it is outside (the days we were there it varied from 9oC to 25oC). The shower is hot and the towels are white and heavy! They provide two small bottles of water every day in the room. The breakfast is very good with fresh fruits, eggs, yougurt, breads, expresso coffee or tea, etc. The service is very friendly and Bolivar and Kirk try their best to help you enjoy your stay. If they only had a frigobar or a better quality amenities in the room I am sure they would jump to a 4 star classification. But its worth the price. The only attention one should take on choosing this hotel is the location: on Mariscal, the nightlife is on the hype and you may cross drunks or drug dealers just after 7PM. The police is around though. But if its your first time in Quito or you are staying there for only a few days, I would rather stay at the old town as the essence of Quito is there and the best visiting places out of the historical site will need a taxi ride even from Mariscal too (Teleferico and Gayasanim Museum). The taxi is not expensive, but the drivers try to charge you in advance instead of using the taximeter what should be the right thing to do.

Room Tip: Ask for an internal room as the ones facing the street may suffer from the nightlife noise.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Casa Joaquin H, Propietario at Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2013
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Gracias por su comentario. Fue un gusto de nuestro parte de ayudarles a encontrar mas fácil los lugares que ustedes quisieran conocer y apoyarles para disfrutar a full sus vacaciones en Quito y Ecuador.
Saludos cordiales,
Dirk

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Reviewed October 25, 2013

I just spent a week at Casa Joaquin. The owner Dirk and manager Bolivar couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. A great breakfast every morning, a comfortable small bar in the evening and a beautifully appointed bedroom made my stay very enjoyable. I needed a driver and they found one for me for 3 days of meetings around Quito. They recommended good restaurants, helped me find a gym, and watched my luggage for me during a small get away. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Casa Joaquin H, Propietario at Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

Thank you for your review.
It was great to have had you with us en hope to see you soon again.
Please send me a picture of the bear you've seen in Mindo.

Saludos cordiales,
Dirk

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I'm a B&B and small boutique inn type of traveler, so Casa Joaquin fit my tastes and it's an excellent choice for this large capital city - great accommodations and staff who go out of their way to make sure your visit is great - from sightseeing to restaurant recommendations. OK, so it's in Mariscal not Centro Historico so that's maybe why it's number four, and the neighborhood appears a bit sketchy (BUT IT'S NOT) and for the hipster under 30 crowd, but a $3 taxi ride is easy and cheap. The nearby restaurants have a wide selection and reasonably priced, and it's a bit closer to the airport. All and all, I highly recommend Casa Joaquin and let's get it to Numero Tres!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Casa Joaquin H, Propietario at Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Thank you for your review and your support.
Number 3,....

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

My wife and I spent six days at Casa Joaquin hotel and cannot thank the owner and his staff enough for making our stay so enjoyable. They were all very friendly and helpful, especially when I had trouble withdrawing money from the bank cash machines. Our room was very pleasant, always clean and the hotel felt safe and secure at all times.
I recommend this hotel to anyone who intends to visit Quito.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Casa Joaquin H, Propietario at Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2013

Thank you William for your nice review, very much appreciated.
Hope to see you soon again.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

The title says it all, we cannot say enough good about Casa Joaquin! Actually, we liked it so much that we stayed there three times during our trip in Ecuador. The rooms are spick-and-span, very cozy and have a sizeable bathroom. They’re all quiet and feel very private. Just the like the rooms, the whole hotel is very tastefully decorated; you can tell that a lot of attention was put into renovating this old colonial house. The hotel is also very conveniently located in the Mariscal district, very close to Plaza Foch, in the heart of the ‘Centro Nuevo’. This area and the ‘Centro histórico’ are the two main areas with hotels and restaurants in Quito, so we weren’t sure where to book a hotel initially. In the end our impression was that the ‘Centro Nuevo’ was a better location, as the concentration of restaurants, travel agencies and other commodities (banks, laundromats…) is higher, and the traffic is less bad than in the ‘Centro histórico’. Besides, everything is accessible by foot, and it’s very easy to catch a taxi to go the ‘Centro histórico’ or any other part of town. One final comment about safety: even though there are a few dodgy characters in the neighborhood, there are also lots of policemen and private security guards (including right in front of the hotel), so it feels entirely safe to walk around, including late at night (which we did many times). We were initially a bit concerned about this issue based on previous comments, but really in the end it was not an issue at all!
But what we loved above all about this hotel was the human contact and the exceptional sense of service and hospitality. Dirk and Bolivar, the owners, are extremely dedicated (they woke up several times at 5am to make breakfast for us!), they know a lot about the area and will always do their best to help you and answer any question you have (in pretty much every language: they speak Spanish, English, French and Dutch fluently!). We had many discussions with them that really enriched our trip, and it was really great to exchange about Ecuador and so many other things so easily. More generally we very much appreciated the professionalism and friendliness of the whole staff, with a special mention for Stephen and Patricio (four star breakfast service!). Finally, one good thing to know is that Dirk and Bolivar have very good connections with excellent local guides and taxi drivers. We were lucky to discover several parts of this beautiful country together with Giovanny (including the amazing volcano Cotopaxi), who in the end was way more than a taxi driver or a guide to us.
We’ll definitely stay at Casa Joaquin when we go back to Quito!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Casa Joaquin H, Propietario at Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

I am very grateful for your review. Thank you for your appreciation.
Wish you all the best and see you soon

Dirk and Bolivar

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Quiet hotel in the heart of Quito. Room is very clean with pretty furniture that makes sense. No elevator. Free bottled water. Breakfast is quite good, European style with breads, cake, fruits, coffee, milk, you can ask for scramble eggs too. Fruits are available at any time of the day. There was no request that was not met with kindness, the service impressed me. Taxi from the airport was $26, about 40 min driver. Lots of restaurants close by, favorite was the Maple, which is vegetarian, good and affordable food ( I am not a vegetarian ). Enjoyed the walking tour offered by the visitor center, the very entertaining "mitad del mundo" (half of the world) museum and the cable car that goes up the pechincha mountain (4050m/13200ft). Traffic in Quito is quite bad, lots of cars, in the end I preferred taking the bus against the taxi since the bus has its own lane to use,and it is quicker, bus ride is $0.25 and can get crowded. The air pollution bothered me there, the cars look new, so I did not understand the reason for the pollution. The city is very clean, the roads well maintained and I haven't seen beggers on the streets, I was not expecting this, it looks like Ecuador improved a lot in the last 10 years and most of the travel guides are not up to dated . Felt safe most of the time, the only thing out of the ordinary I saw were some people trying to sell drugs around Foch plaza.

Room Tip: We stayed at the last floor to avoid noise from human traffic, but be aware there is no elevator in...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Casa Joaquin H, Propietario at Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for your review and details.
The location has indeed been chosen carefully: in the centre of diversion (restaurants and bars at a few steps; easy access to all points of interest). We selected taxi drivers to be able to assure a good, reliable and punctual service).
The salesman of soft drugs are present in this neighbourhood of diversion. The authorities are well aware about this issue and are present every where. They now the vendors and control the situation. Even at top level they work at this and a law to legalise soft drugs is about to be voted.

Thanks again,
warm regards,
Dirk

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Very nice hotel, with charming European local style. Excellent breakfast. Manager and team kind and serviceable. Nice rooms decorated with care and simplicity. Central. Not a bargain, but a very good price for what you get.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Casa Joaquin H, Gerente at Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you very much for your review, very much apreciated.

Saludos cordiales,
Bolívar

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Address: Joaquin Pinto E 4 376 y Juan Leon Mera | sector Mariscal, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 112 Hotels in Quito
Price Range: $86 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Quito, Boutique Hotel Casa Joaquin "Logis de Charme" is a small oasis of comfort, peace and tranquility. It is a delightful mix of European tradition and contemporary trend. The Casa Joaquin-team welcomes you in an authentic colonial house with newly decorated guest rooms. Year round, your affordable and luxurious starting point for pleasure and for business in enchanting Ecuador. Located in the historical city center of QuitoHotel Casa Joaquin "Logis de Charme" is located in a safe neighborhood in the heart of the historic city of Quito. The touristic hotspots, business centers, markets and the popular “La Mariscal” barrio are at walking distance of the hotel. In this area you can arrange any trip of adventure you have in mind or submerge yourself in the rich nightlife and enjoy the splendid culture and art this country has to offer. The hotel is 45 minutes away from the airport. We provide a pick-up and shuttle service. Boutique Hotel Casa Joaquin "Logis de Charme" has 14 brand new guest rooms, designed with taste and dedicated to a peaceful and comfortable stay. Our excellent beds with orthopedic mattresses and pillows with anti-mites treatment, guarantee a good night’s rest. All rooms have a private bathroom and meet to 4-star European standards. ... more   less 
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