Bottom line up front: Highly recommend this hotel if staying in the old town.
First "thumb:" Service. The bilingual staff at this hotel was one of the best we have encountered in all of our travels in South and Central America. Virtually everyone, even the maids you pass in the hallway, gives you a sincere and friendly greeting, each and every time they see you. Several employees deserve special mention, though: Jimmy Martinez, one of the doormen, was extremely helpful in assisting us when we had to go to the local tourist policia station on the main plaza to report a theft (pickpocket). Jimmy is totally fluent in English and his skills were extremely valuable in translating our version of events and descriptions of the "perps" to the desk sergeant. Another outstanding individual was "Paul," another one of the doormen who was exceptionally cordial, cheerful, and helpful. Last, we really enjoyed interacting with "Daisy," one of the waitresses, during breakfast. Her friendly, cheerful attitude was contagious. As other reviewers have commented, the breakfast buffet was not over the top, but it was decent enough, but at $14.50, a little on the high side when compared to restaurants outside of the hotel (although truth be told, there are not that many to choose from that cater to visitors).
Second "thumb": Location. Hotel Patio Andaluz is only 1.5 blocks from Plaza Grande (a.k.a. Independencia) in the Centro Historico. Quito does not have that many really interesting historical sites, IMHO, but the really worthwhile ones are within easy walking distance from here. Even La Ronda (BTW, most restaurants there are essentially shuttered until 16:00/4:00 PM) is not that long of a walk. As other contributors have observed, you can see all they key sights in an easy two-day, self-guided tour. If time is limited, recommend you see La Campania (church), Iglesia San Francisco (specifically Museo Fray Pedro Gocial), Monasterio El Carmen Alto (recently restored), and Casa del Alabado (pre-Columbian artifacts in a restored colonial home). If you are interested in high-quality artisan jewelry at reasonable prices, I would highly recommend trying Ari Gallery, near Hotel Casa Gangotena Hotel on Plaza De San Francisco.
Our room (#211) was spacious enough, with a two-level arrangement; the bed and TV (Spanish-only stations) are on the main floor, and you climb up a narrow, twisting stairway up to the loft where there is a sitting area and the bathroom. A little inconvenient, but you get used to it. Not all rooms are configured this way, so if stairs are an issue, ask for a room on one level. The bathroom is a little snug, but it works. Electronic safe in the room; iron and ironing board by request (only took five minutes to deliver). Two bottles of water replenished each day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Style, Comfort and nice Atmosphere in the center of the Colonial Quito Hotel Patio Andaluz Quito, elegant Boutique hotel located to only 150 meters (490 ft.) of the Main Square also known as the Independence Plaza, Located in a colonial style house of the end of the XVI Century, this hotel that displays great arcs and inner Patios lies at only 7 minutes walk of the recognized Church and Square of San Francisco; at 5 minutes walk of the famous “La Compañia;” at 6 minutes walk to the “Theater Sucre”, stage of important events; among other places of great interest within the Colonial Quito such as museums, churches and historical sites. Its spacious restaurant “El Rincón de Cantuña”, inside its main Patio offers excellent options of Ecuadorian and Spanish flavors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Patio Andaluz Hotel