We stayed at Hotel Casa de Hacienda for a total of 4 nights, and still couldn't get enough. We originally were planning to stay only for one night before departing for Napo Wildlife Center, but had such a great experience that first night that we switched our travel plans to stay for longer after our return.
The hacienda is located in the outskirts of Quito near the new airport, but in no way should be thought of as an "airport hotel". The grounds are lush and beautifully landscaped and the hacienda itself is a gorgeous Spanish-style ranch house that was designed by the owners (who are both architects). We had the opportunity to stay in 3 different rooms throughout our stay, and while each one had its own character, all were incredibly spacious and elegantly decorated.
As beautiful as the setting was, our experience was made because of the exceptional service provided by the hosts. Diego and family went above and beyond in making us feel welcome and comfortable during our stay. The were kind enough to help us with airport transfers (always prompt and dependable), and even went to the length of helping us launder our clothing (which after a week in the jungle and the Galapagos was sorely needed!). Within a few hours of arrival, we felt like part of the family, and were greeted on each of our subsequent arrivals with a big hug (and a snuggle from their adorable french bulldog Farras).
We were treated each morning to delicious breakfast that was made to order and included amazingly fresh fruit. We ended up eating many of our lunches and dinners at the hacienda as well, and the food was solid and a great value. They also had wine on hand for purchase, and we became big fans of one of their mini-bottles of Chilean merlot (best enjoyed sitting near the large fireplace in the dining area).
All in all, our stay was phenomenal and could not have been any better. The only recommendation we could make for future travelers (as mentioned in other reviews) is that the hacienda is located "off-the-beaten-track", so if you plan on taking a taxi, make sure you bring a copy of the map from their website to show the driver, since s/he will likely not know where the hacienda is.
Thanks again for a wonderful stay; we are already planning our return!
-Kaylan & Andy, NYC
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Hacienda La Jimenita is located 15 minutes from the airport of Quito. We offer personalized bilingual service, luxurious and comfortable rooms surrounded with nature, wifi internet in all rooms and social areas, on site Restaurant with organic meals & vegetarian dishes, shuttle service to the airport, tours, and family atmosphere. We also have a private botanical reserve for birdwatching and hiking. Come and enjoy a great stay for your trip in Ecuador. ... more less
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