What a fantastic trip. One of our best ever.
My husband and I had carved three weeks out of our busy schedules to travel to South America.
Our primary goal was to spend a week floating around the beauty of the Galapagos, and one week hiking the dreamyness of Machu Picchu. He'd been there before so he'd suggested we spend the "in between" bits hanging around in Cusco, Peru and Quito, Ecuador.
The Plaza Grande, in Quito, was impeccable. Sort of like the place you'd expect the family from Downton Abbey to have stayed, if they'd had the chance.
Architecturally speaking, it was classic up scale, with fine gilt and wrought ironwork trimmings. Rare & luxurious hand carved wood framing. Delectiblly subtle colored stone surfaces. Heavy sensuous velvets and silk upholstery. Heaven!
The kind of polite, warm, efficient, smart, enthusiastic, proactive "Service" with a capital "S" that is becoming more rare as the days go by.
A full on two room suite, with regal art deco furniture, french windows and a view of the city that rivaled a Parisian dream.
Roses and rose petals on the Frete' sheets and robes. Intricate flower arrangements in the living room and roomy double bathroom. A basket of wine and fruit that lasted days!. An elegantly detailed carved fine wood headboard, divine king bed, I'm starting to salivate...you get the picture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Plaza Grande rises above Quito's central square, known as the Plaza de la Independencia. It was one of the first hotels ever constructed in the capital, and has been extensively renovated and remodeled to become the finest boutique hotel in the city. It is the ideal place from which to explore the wonders of this timeless city. Quito was declared a UNESCO "World Heritage Site" in 1978, thanks to its historic center, which is the largest and best preserved in Latin America. The colonial center of the Franciscan city of Quito is a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture, including buildings, churches, monasteries and narrow streets that reflect Ecuador's unique blend of indigenous and Spanish cultures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Grande Hotel