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“Shower While Riding a Bicycle Through the Mist”
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El Crater Hotel
Ranked #39 of 114 Hotels in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
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“Shower While Riding a Bicycle Through the Mist”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Perhaps the highlight of our three months in Ecuador, this hotel perched on a ridge between Mitad del Mundo and the Crater at Pululahua offers splendid quiet first class accommodations and excellent food.
Because of this unique location, the weather swings from intense blazing sun to being swathed in deeply mysterious cloudy mists. Sometimes, it was so wet that we could have showered (unseen) by cycling through the mist.
It was a constantly exciting weekend.
Plus, you can feed the llamas.
And the proprietor is a wonderful fellow, besides!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Manassas, Virginia
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We had some pretty high expectations going to El Crater. One of the most interesting observations was the rapid change in weather conditions as we began our ascent. It was fascinating ascending into the clouds, even while in our car. The first sign for the hotel is somewhat easy to miss, but then there is better signage as you get closer. When we arrived at El Crater Hotel we felt like we were on a different planet because the clouds were so low, and it wasn't easy to see what lay beyond the hotel grounds. The architecture of the hotel is quite neat, with volcanic rocks used as part of the construction. We were only there for coffee, but didn't see any other guests, either staying over or just for coffee. We arrived late afternoon, and they weren't serving food, but were glad to make cappuccinos. Unfortunately the weather did not allow us to see the actual crater, but just knowing it was there, lying in wait, was intriguing. The restaurant definitely looked upscale, but the decorations in the bathrooms were a bit odd. Overall, a neat visit.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Dayton, Washington
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

No finer place to stay in all of Ecuador. Beautiful views from every angle, clouds change that view from minute to minute. Hot water, great restaurant, pleasant staff and clean, comfortable rooms. We did have trouble with the altitude but the owner even assisted with that by having a coco tea service delivered to the room each night which seemed to solve the problem. In the surrounding areas there are interesting museums, not to mention the site of the center of the world. As to restaurants, we discovered that the hotel had the best food in the area & for the best price. We would highly recommend this hotel for anyone traveling in the area. It will be even more fabulous once the spa is completed

Room Tip: Every room has a spectacular view & the area is quite, you'll be happy with any room. If yo...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

This hotel is amazing, I specially liked the modern decor, the comfortable bed and the amazing view of the crater. The staff is really helpful and friendly and the food is very good. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

I had the pleasure of staying 1 night recently. I am on a quest to find a good retreat in South America. What I would say is the location is fantastic and with a little investment, quality management, staff and restaurant this could be an exceptional and very exclusive hotel. The buildings are very good and there is a spa being built currently. However the decor, staff and food let the place down somewhat.

That said for the price its not bad but I personally would be happy to pay twice the price if they they sort out the staff and food.

Its also a long way from the new airport approx 2hrs by car - but with Quito's new airport everywhere is a long drive even Quito itself - but the hotel is only 1 mile to the "center of the world" which most people would want to go and visit anyway.

Worth a visit.

Room Tip: Worth getting the crater view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Living in the clouds with a gourmet restaurant. Sip coffee in your world class room looking down into a caldera, or gaze out the other picture window at mountains and valleys leading down to Quito. "Park like" setting doesn't do it justice. Do yourself a favor and spend a few days here.

Room Tip: Every room is fine
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

As an anniversary present for my husband, I took him to El Crater not knowing it would be as surprising for me as it was for him. We arrived at night, and when we got into the room we noticed the stunning view of Quito to our left and the Pululahua to our right.
Nothing can be more romantic than to stand on the balcony watching this over and over again.
The suite was neat, cozy........perfect. We had a very delicious breakfast next morning and the view from the restaurant was amazing. I wish I had stayed more time.
If you ever want to indulge yourself, this is the place to visit. We, for sure, will be back.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: El Crater Hotel
Address: Mirador de Pichincha, Quito 170150, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
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Ranked #39 of 114 Hotels in Quito
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Crater Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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