If you want to explore Quito is hotels are excellent recommendations, you can spend your time in a super deluxe hotel, in a small hotel boutique or in a vintage still manor converted into a hotel.
Vieja 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.
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 traveler’s needs that goes beyond that of the big hotels found nearby.
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 artwork.
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 come 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 as markets, and art galleries in the city. For more information about what we offer, contact a member of our staff.