Comfortable, clean and recommendable. Hotels in this part of Quito are all over the map in terms of quality and price, and there isn't much competition in the nice, small, 'moderately-priced' hotels category, but there is this niggling feeling that the rates are pitched higher than they need to be.
The RdC is very conveniently located for visitors to Quito's centro historico, close to the main plazas and virtually next door to the converted Palacio del Arzobispo that houses a number of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. All of the likely tourist targets are within easy walking distance.
The hotel is housed in an historic building which has been heavily reconstructed. The rooms vary in size (we slept in two of them) but not in appearance. They are all over-furnished with reproduction 'colonial' furniture, nice, if you like that style. It isn't luxurious, but it certainly is comfortable, and quiet. Our first room had the smallest bathroom I can recall seeing in a hotel but, like the rest of the (small) room, it was spotless. The beds were comfortable. Our second room (43, I believe) was up on the top floor overlooking a romantic panorama of rooftops and churches. It was much larger (and more expensive) and the bathroom was larger. This is an old building after all. If you have the opportunity I would ask to see the full selection available.
Breakfast is included and served in a pleasant-enough little dining area off the lobby. The food was quite acceptable (rolls, juice, coffee, fruit, eggs or pancakes) but inexplicably repetitive for a country where there is clearly rich access to a wide range of food. I have to say that this was true of almost everywhere else we stayed, and I can't blame the RdC. I put it down to a different breakfast culture. If the idea of consuming the identical meal every morning bothers you, go out to eat - breakfast is cheap enough and there are lots of restaurants around.
Booking a room is a complicated affair, but few small hotels here have an efficient on-line reservations system. It took us several telephone calls and fund transfers to on-line providers to make it work. Reception was courteous and responsive (to a point) - but, opaque and so reserved as to seem intimidated. As with almost everywhere else we stayed over these two weeks, we needed to drag information from the front desk! Virtually nothing is volunteered (and this not about having a common language). So, my recommendation would be to ask numerous questions and to check the replies. Have a full conversation rather than ask a simple request: the clerks can relax and remember more bits of information you might find helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A truly historic house, dating back to 1705 has just opened it??s door as a hotel with 18 comfortable rooms. It is beautifully renovated with great emphasis on the original details and has all the comfort expected today, including a central air conditioning system. All the furniture is handmade by recognized Ecuadorian artisans and many original paintings decorate public and private areas. You will live in a real historic surrounding. The hotel is definitely declared non-smoking. It is located a block away from the main square "Plaza de la Independencia", the Government Palace and very close to many historic monuments of Quito. We also have an exclusive dining room and coffee-shop. ... more less
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