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.
- 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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