Need to know
31, including one suite
10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $247.50, excluding tax at 22 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include a buffet breakfast and traditional high tea (local coffee, garden-fresh teas, scones, pastries, sandwiches and empanadas).
At the hotel
Bar, restaurant, courtyard garden, laundry service, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, flatscreen TV, air conditioning, hair dryer, black-out curtain, Amenigraf bathroom products.
Our favourite rooms
In keeping with the general grandeur, all rooms are of the high-ceilinged, big-windowed variety. Bedrooms – many of them adorned with murals – lean towards Twenties classicism with the bathrooms adding a touch of white-marbled modernism. If you want to soak up the buzz of the city, Plaza View Rooms have stately French windows overlooking the vibrant square. For romance, try and bag a Balcony Junior Suite for its stucco-columned terrace overlooking the courtyard garden and the dramatic hills of Quito.
A local map – or at least a keen sense of direction – will be useful given you’ll be exploring on foot most of the time. Talking of which, don’t forget your walking boots if you’re moving on to the Galápagos Islands afterwards.
There's no spa or pool at the hotel, but staff will happily direct you to the nearest ones.
It's more of a grown-up affair, but kids are welcome. Extra beds can be added to rooms and the restaurant will happily adapt dishes on the menu for children.
As well as being committed to recycling schemes and using solar panels to lower its energy use, the hotel is a proud champion of its neighbourhood, even co-funding the daily cleaning of Plaza San Francisco. It participates in the award-winning community initiative, Heritage Guardians, which highlights local traditions and encourages ‘life-seeing’ over sightseeing.