bq - Fun, Cheerful, and Sophisticated-Three Places to Stay in Quito Before or After a Trip

Fun, Cheerful, and Sophisticated-Three Places to Stay in Quito Before or After a Trip

BoutiQuito Design Hostel

BoutiQuito is a vibrant hostel located at the top of Guapulo, one of the in-the-know neighborhoods in Quito for relaxing and enjoying a low-key evening with friends. The spacious rooms of the hostel offer comfort that is seldom found in Quito’s backpacker hostels; and amenities like the use of the large, clean kitchen and a common laptop make it a find.

BoutiQuito Hostel - Places to stay in Quito

BoutiQuito Design Hostel in Quito, Ecuador

What makes BuotiQuito stand out is the social scene of the hostel. The cozy, main room overlooks the valley of Quito, and the inviting couches around the fireplace lend themselves to catching up with fellow travellers or curling up with a book. The hostel serves breakfast for a fee, made with fresh ingredients to order by the staff.

The hostel´s staff speak English and Spanish, and go out of their way to help with directions, recommendations, and transportation. BoutiQuito is nearby to restaurants, shops, and public transportation. It’s a short taxi ride to the new town and 15-minutes to the historic center.

This is a good choice for those concerned about safety and comfort in Quito. It’s located far enough away from the bustling new town of the city  that walking at night is enjoyable, and the nearby Mirador de Guapulo gives you a breathtaking view of the surrounding valley of Quito. The fence of the lookout mimics the “love locks” of the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, couples leaving a lock attached to the barricade in a gesture of love.

Rates are better than other, less appealing places in the city, and the owners understand what travellers are looking for before or after a trip with Happy Gringo. One note-If you are in town for a party, this probably isn’t the place to be.

Vieja Cuba

Veija Cuba is a welcoming spot for those looking for a bed and breakfast with modern amenities inside of a restored colonial building a stone’s throw from the New Town. Rooms have comfortable beds, bathrooms with hot water around the clock, WiFi, cable TV and safes. The hotel’s restaurant serves Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is included.

Vieja Cuba Hotel - Places to stay in Quito

Vieja Cuba Hotel in Quito, Ecuador

The decor of Vieja Cuba brightens up the day, tastefully adorned with eclectic touches chosen to reflect the culture of Cuba. Each room is designed to accentuate the area of the hotel it is located in, bringing out the colonial charm and history of the building.

The staff goes out of their way to help guests with logistics, and can point you in the right direction as far as finding the best spots to visit in Quito. Located in a hip area of the city; there are restaurants, coffee houses, grocery stores, and shops within minutes of stepping outside the gated garden.

This is a good place for those who want to be close to the attractions of the city, but are interested in finding a bit of peace and quiet between trips around the country. The common areas and restaurant are discreetly social, and the privacy of the rooms and the attitude of the staff reveal an understanding of traveller’s needs that goes beyond that of the big hotels found nearby.

Plaza Grande

Plaza Grande Hotel pulls out all the stops for those who want to experience the grandeur of historic Quito while relaxing in luxury. The colonial building sits on one side of Plaza Grande, overlooking the presidential palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the cathedral of Quito. Suites are lavishly appointed including oversized beds, fine linens, and Ecuadorian art work.

Hotel Plaza Grande - Places to stay in Quito

Hotel Plaza Grande in Quito, Ecuador

The hotel has two restaurants, La Belle Epoque and Café Plaza Grande. La Belle Epoque offers classic French cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include a duck trilogy and poached snapper bouillabaisse. Café Plaza Grande serves a robust sampling of Ecuadorian dishes as well as sandwiches, salads, soups, and sweets. Sea Bass and shrimp ceviche sit next to braised goat stew and plantain dumplings on the menu.

Inside of the historic walls of the building dating back centuries, the welcoming culture and spirit of the hospitality of the Ecuadorian people comes alive. The staff are warm and welcoming, and are eager to share their expertise and advice about where to go and what to for a genuine glimpse into the city’s treasures.

Staying at Plaza Grande puts you within a short walk to the historic center’s churches, museums, plazas, and off the beaten path neighborhoods. Nearby is the Iglesia de San Francisco, the towering Basilica del Voto Nacional, and La Compañía Church. The latter’s interior is entirely covered in gold leaf.

If you want to explore Quito with a guide, Happy Gringo offers a “Quito Reality Day Tour” that explores different sections of the historic center as well markets, and art galleries in the city. For more information about what we offer, contact a member of our staff.

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