There are a lot of hotels in Quito which means there’s a hotel for everyone from hostels to boutique hotels to the best luxury hotel in the country. We stayed at many different places during our time in this UNESCO World Heritage site city and here’s our city travel guide to help you choose the best place sleep in Quito, Ecuador.
Boutique Hotels in Quito, Ecuador
Hands down the best luxury hotel in Ecuador is Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. Located on Plaza San Francisco, this 31 room hotel opened in 2011 after a five-year renovation of a former mansion built in the 1500s. Much of the original splendor was preserved, including some original frescoes. Service is impeccable. The restaurant is acclaimed. Rooms are spacious and elegant. For more details and more photos, check out our story about Casa Gangotena for Luxe Beat Magazine.
Less contemporary and more old school is Hotel Plaza Grande on Plaza de la Independencia (aka Plaza Grande). The building dates back to the 16th century and it’s on a plot of land that was owned by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. In 1938 the building was turned into the Majestic Hotel, the first luxury hotel in Quito and the only building with an elevator at the time. In 2005 the derelict building was purchased for US$6 million and the new owners pumped another US$10 million into a renovation which created the 15 suite Plaza Grande Hotel. Suites #24, #25, and #34 have plaza views as does the Presidential Suite.
Though it’s located less than 20 minutes from central Quito, Hacienda Rumiloma is more of a romantic retreat than a city hotel. Its hillside location means you get epic views and the place feels a world away from the city as peacocks and llamas roam the grounds. Five large suites feature antiques, wood-burning stoves, colonial art, bold colors, patterns, and textures (from tiles to blankets to the walls themselves) lend an Andean gypsy caravan look and feel to the place. We were in a two-room, split-level suite with a sunken living room and a claw foot tub. A plate of homemade cookies was waiting in our room and hot water bottles were placed in the bed at turn down. Yes, it was hard to leave.
For a good value homey hotel near some of the best restaurants, head to Casa Aliso Small Luxury Home in the La Floresta neighborhood of the city. Afternoon tea, lots of sitting areas, fireplaces, English speaking staff, and a huge breakfast are all included.
Budget hotels in Quito, Ecuador
The shared kitchen, laundry facilities, good prices (US$12 pp), and parking for our truck kept us coming back to Hostal La Casona de Mario in the La Floresta neighborhood. All rooms have shared bathrooms.
Hotel Interamericano is a good no-frills budget option (around US$15 pp for a private double room with bathroom) if you want to be in the central area quite close to the historic La Ronda street. Parking is included and while the place is old, it’s kept clean.
Airport hotels in Quito, Ecuador
As noted in the section below, the airport in Quito is at least a 45-minute drive from the city center. Some travelers prefer to spend a night close to the airport depending on flight arrival or departure times.
Quito Airport Suites Hotel is just a few minutes from the airport and in addition to clean, motel-like rooms (around US$40 double occupancy including breakfast), the hotel offers handy extras like a 24-hour airport shuttle, a ticket printing service, and free calls to the US and Canada.
Quito travel tips
The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar.
If you’re arriving from lower elevations, be aware that the altitude in Quito may be a challenge at first. Walk slowly, drink a lot of water, and drink coca tea as well. It works.
The international airport in Quito, completed in 2013, is more pleasant than most but it is about 25 miles and 45 minutes from the center of the city.
Be on the lookout for issues of a locally produced magazine called Ñan. It’s reliably full of great information about travel in Quito and across Ecuador and it’s published in Spanish and in English.
A new subway system in Quito is currently predicted to be operational by July 2019.
Here’s more about travel in Ecuador