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Hotel San Francisco de Quito
Ranked #45 of 112 Hotels in Quito
Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is an utterly delightful hotel, brilliantly located in the heart of the historic district of Quito. Originally, it was a grand Spanish house and most of the old features have been preserved so it is a fascinating historical snapshot. Approached through some wrought iron gates from Sucre avenue, a short passageway leads you into a charming courtyard with rooms arranged round it on two floors. The courtyard itself has a fountain, comfortable chairs, tables and two useful if slightly ancient computers for the use of guests. In wet weather the roof is pulled across to make the area useable at all times. Rooms vary a lot. The further back and up (the hotel stretches back from the courtyard) the quieter they are. I would avoid the rooms on the ground floor round the courtyard as groups are often leaving very early in the morning and it can be noisy. Also, avoid room 3 as it is immediately above a music shop which starts playing very loud music early afternoon and goes on till closing time which is quite late.

This is not a 5 star hotel so don't expect super plush fittings etc. However, the rooms are all a decent size with good showers, comfortable beds, satellite TVs and Wifi for those who can't do without the net.

There is a wonderful view of the city from the very top of the hotel. Staff are excellent. Friendly and very helpful. We would always want to stay here if visiting Quito. Room costs are very economical.

The only reason I haven't given this hotel 5 stars is the breakfast which is very basic indeed. Given the very low cost of the rooms I would rather have paid an extra $5 or so and had a little more choice. What you get is good fruit juice, nice scrambled eggs and slightly old and therefore tough bread rolls with butter and jam. The jam is good. Best not to think about the "coffee". For a country that grows coffee beans it was unbelievably bad: just brown coloured water with a very dubious flavour. You can pay for extras such as ham, bacon, fresh fruit ranging from $1.50 to $3.50.

Room Tip: Any room from number 22 upwards should be good. 29 is a suite and lovely. Very high numbers should...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

This was the first hotel I stayed in while travelling South America. We booked it based on location and good reviews and the fact it was in a safe neighbourhood. My friends arrived by land before me and checked in and informed reception I'd be arriving at 1am when my flight landed. When I arrived the man on reception didn't speak English and had no idea about my reservation. Luckily my driver stayed with me to translate but the receptionist still had no idea. Finally I found the room which was spacious and clean and included towels. Bad points were there were no windows, it was a bit like a cave, the bathroom just had a blurred glass screen so you could hear everything and the door wasn't very secure although it was safe in the hotel. Breakfast was simple bread and jam with scrambled eggs and drinks. The location was good with a supermarket next door and plenty of sights within walking distance. The hotel was nice but if I came back to Quito I'd look for somewhere slightly cheaper.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

The room and bathroom were nothing extraordinary but livable. The free breakfast of tea/coffee, juice, bread, and eggs was good. I had two complaints. One, wifi was only available in common areas. Two, there are doors separating areas of the hotel that are very loud when closed during the night. One door was right outside my room.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We were put in this hotel as part of a trip to the Galapagos arranged by intrepid travel. On first appearance the hotel looks charming and has many original features however there are several areas for improvement. The main issue is that all the rooms are off the main courtyard and the rooms only have a thin wooden door with open panels that do not block any sound at all. This means any other guests returning late at night or starting tours early in the morning and talking in the courtyard is easily heard in the rooms and will wake you.
We were also troubled with a very noisy, squeaky bed that woke both of us when either of us turned over during the night.
As other reviewers have said, the breakfast is woeful, scrambled eggs and a rather odd tasting roll is all you get as part of the main breakfast. You can pay extra for bacon etc but this should be standard. It is a real shame as the breakfast room has many original features that the food does not live up to.
On a positive note it is very well located for the old town with the main square a five minute walk. Although this area is busy during the day it is deserted at night.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

This hotel is well located in the old town and has a charming interior courtyard. Breakfast is served in an underground area which a bit gloomy. The rooms are a decent size, but quite utilitarian and dark; some of the bathrooms are tiny. Some of the staff are very friendly and helpful, others much less so. The courtyard area is a pleasant place to sit and read, but twice during our stay it was dominated by tour groups which treated it as their private briefing area, which was a pity. If you are looking for a basic well located hotel in old town it's definitely worth considering.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Best location, very central to everything in the old town and good security. Don't expect much English from the night reception staff though. The rooms are basic but clean, many dont have windows. The breakfast was woeful and the service even worse. Stale bread, dodgy eggs and after asking 3 times for milk for my coffee, it never arrived and we gave up and left. The breakfast experience left a very bad impression but overall the hotel is reasonable value if you're just looking for a secure, comfortable place to sleep and not much else.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Stayed here for almost two weeks (pre and after Galapagos). An old building (squeaky floors & beds & dated bathrooms), full of character with its private Spanish style courtyard, and beautifully located in the historic centre of Quito. Walking distance to many historical sites and plazas. Lunch time eating not a problem, however not a lot open at night and no night life to speak of. Staff are super friendly. Has WIFI and a couple of old PC available for guests, some rooms have safes. Clean, secure and relaxed place, although it could be a bit noisy when new guests arrive very late at night. Good value for money. Rates include a simple brekky each day.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel San Francisco de Quito

Address: Sucre Oe3-17 | Guayaquil. Historical Old Town, Quito 170150, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 112 Hotels in Quito
Price Range: $71 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel San Francisco de Quito 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quito's Colonial downtown area is the largest and best preserved architectural space in all the Americas and was designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Surrounded by this wealth of culture, history and tradition is the Hotel San Francisco de Quito, located in a XVII century colonial house, which was restored carefully, keeping all its original details. Our recently renovated rooms are completed equipped with private bathroom, television with cable TV, telephone and permanent hot water. Our spacious common room offers free Internet and WiFi. "Camino Real" Restaurant. Laundry service. Safety boxes. Luggage storage service. It also counts with an inspiring viewpoint "Balcón Quiteño" up to 25 meters high where you can appreciate the beauty of the old and charming city, taking you into a journey through colonial century. We offer single, double, triple and quadruple rooms, also suites. ... more   less 
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