This is a wonderful house that is rented out by an American woman when she is not staying in Quito. It is a colonial house that has been fully restored and is huge and gorgeous. It comes fully furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay and to self-cater. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bath and tons of social space as well as a big ol' rooftop terrace where you can enjoy sunny meals, starry nights and sun tan. Also comes with wireless internet and washer and dryer. The neighbourhod is convenient, gorgeous and the neighbours are friendly. It is managed by an Ecuadorian man that lives down the street. Goes for $600 a month or negotiable for longer-term stays. Can fit at least 6 people comfortably (we were 2 or 3 people and it was HUGE!)
Brothers Marco and Douglas of Tours Unlimited offer 2 totally furnished apartments for Quito visitors who wish to have more independent living facilities on a more long-term basis. At last check, their nightly rates were around $6+ and the monthly rates were around $190 single and $225 double. Check with them for more updated prices!
Each apartment offers a private room with ensuite bathroom with hot water, weekly cleaning, access to a washer, kitchen and wireless internet. The location is a few blocks from the Simon Bolivar ecovia stop at Alameda Park and is minutes from the Old Town, the Mariscal and small grocery store. The top floor apartment also has a huge beautiful terrace overlooking the city.
This wonderful condo is located in Colonial Quito only blocks away form excellent shopping. It's a new 3 bedroom condo furnished with a kitchen living room and dining room and the kitchen has a microwave ,pots and pans etc.The complex is gated 24 hours a day and is in a safe part of town. The location couldn't be beat as we could walk to many churches, points of interest ans stores.The only drawback was that it was on a steep hill and at 9300 ft above sea level, the walk going back was tough. A cab ride for a dollar made it very easy! The condo was an excellent value at it cost us only $350.00 for the whole week. Why pay $200.00 a night for the Marriott when u can stay in the middle of things for $1000.00 less for the week?
The view from the courtyard was very good and gave us a wonderful panoramic view of Quito below in the valley. The condo didnt have air or heat, but it wasnt an issue as the temp is pleasant year round. Every day its get into the low 70's and low 50's at night. The beds have plenty of blankets so its comfortable and you really dont need either heat or air. The owners parents oversee and greet the guests and provide cellphones when you arrive. They check in periodically to make sure your stay is comfortable! What a nice touch! The only drawback is the place albeit very clean and new , is furnished on the spartan side with very little decoration. It really didnt matter as it served out trip well!
I have a studio apartment in La Floresta which might be of interest. It's by the US Embassy residence. You can take a look at the details at the link below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago hostel is on the street above San Blas Square, very conveniently located near the Old City and near the Metro bus stop. It's family run so you will enjoy familiar atmosphere and genuine smiles by the people running it. They will help you out with whatever you need. The rooms are clean and comfortable with hot water and cable TV. They cost 6.50$ for dorms, 6,50$ each in a double room with shared bathroom, 8,50$ each for triples and doubles with bathroom and 9,00$ for a single with bathroom. Internet access and the kitchen are available for the guests. There are lockers and luggage storage service.
But you haven't heard the best yet...breakfast tastes better here...because it is served on their amazing roof top terrace with great views of the city! And it is included in the price.
Next to the pretty church in San Blas Square the tranquil and cosy hostel San Blas is a good solution. It's convenient as all transport is at walking distance as well as the historical city. A coffee shop just on the corner, a chinese restaurant next street, the beautiful terrace of Secret Garden hotel for an unforgettable dinner and very helpful staff who are actually members of a wonderful family. The rooms in front have nice view but others have no view, only a window to the pleasant patio in the center but they are acceptable, as they are cheap and comfortable, equipped with hot water and cable TV, and are cleaned everyday. Prices are singles 6$-8$US common bath/private bath; and 13$US for a double with private bath. It's a safe place and its owners always take care of guests' possessions but as notorious as Quito is you'd better take extra care. Don't leave valuables alone in no case but put it in the hotel security box. There is laundry service, fax service, Internet, free left luggage service and the use of the kitchen.
The building is a restored colonial house standing proudly next to its neighbours. The large square in front is a beautiful sight for the first glimpse of the day.
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On my way into Ecuador, enroute to Coyacachi, I stayed at the HOthello and found it to be an excellent value. The staff were very nice, the taxi they arranged from the airport was very professional and a big help, the rooms are small - but very clean, there was plenty of hot water and just overall a pleasent place to stay. It was good enough that I stayed there on my way home also.
The location in the middle of the city made it very nice. On the corner there is a very nice outdoor cafe "The Coffee Tree". All around the neighborhood there are nice stores and restaurants. A nice Internet place is across the street. Just an overall nice area to stay.
The Secret Garden is a quirky, friendly hostel with amazing views over the Quito's Old Town from its rooftop terrace.
The terrace also serves as a restaurant, where you can join the other guests for a delicious 3-course dinner in the evenings, which miraculously appears from the tiny corner which is the kitchen. Wednesdays was Ecuadorian evening, with Ecuadorian dishes for dinner, and some Ecuadorian musicians for entertainment.
If you like, you can also arrange to have Spanish classes at the hostel, and they also regularly arrange trips in and around Quito or to the rainforest.
The rooms are very basic, but who wants to spend time in their room, anyway, when you could lie in the hammock on the terrace and enjoy the view?
Most gringos stay in the New Town when visiting Quito and that alone should tell you to stay in the Old Town. If all you care about is drinking/dancing your nights away then by all means follow the masses but if you want to be where all the city's great sights are and have a more authentic Ecuadorian experience then the Old Town is for you.
There are now more choices in the Old Town, some that are much like their counterparts in the New Town and teeming with gringos but this great hotel isn’t one of them. It was probably the best value room we had on the entire trip with functional, good size clean rooms, a helpful staff though appropriately that help will come in Spanish, and a great central location. It was safe and generally pretty quiet though lower floor rooms get some noise from the lobby. Also avoid street side rooms due to traffic. The interior rooms have windows that open to either a courtyard or the more quiet rear of the building. Rooms with private bath are only 7 dollars per person and those without are only $4 per person! We splurged on the private bath but the common facilities were clean and convenient enough.
- I didn't like this place. There are PLENTY others all over this section of Quito (Mariscal Sucre) that seemed brighter, more friendly, so poke your nose into them to find the one that pleases you.
- The rooms (single and dorms) are dark and they just don't feel very pleasant
- What I really didn't like was because there is a huge black dog in the hotel. Frankly, I am a dog-person and I love dogs. But this dog kept barking and charging towards me everytime I tried to return home. Yep, it traumatized me.
Dorm: US$5 (2005)
Not a very glamorous place to stay but for anybody on a budget it's more than suffficient and extremely cheap at around $5 per night for a shared room. The staff is super friendly, they serve a good breakfast, and have a ton of tourist info to access. Also very well located. Showers have hot water.
This hostel/hotel was just round the corner from The Secret Garden in the old town.
A twin room was just $11.70 (so less than $6 per person) and that was with an en suite bathroom (hot water) and a TV. The hotel was nice and quiet (unlike the Secret Garden) and the beds comfortable. The hotel had a small shop attached so good for the munchies! Though also have to recommend the bakery on the corner for excellent bakery products!
There was no kitchen/restaurant which was the only downside.
The bargain price for a twin ensuite really sold it to us!
Gorgeous, clean, classy hotel - a full breakfast included. The stairs were a little rough at a new altitude, but the front desk clerk was very gracious about helping us up and up and up.
Our room offered a nice view of the city (close to the Plaza de Toros) as well as airplanes landing - quite a site!
Quiet - great service! Even though we arrived late at night, they helped us get settled in with a comfy room and bottled water on the house!
The hostal is located a couple of blocks from where most of the clubs and bars are located, but you can't really hear the noise or music. Given its location, there isn't much noise surrounding the hostal since it's on a very quiet street, i.e., very little traffic or club noise.
No two rooms in this hostal are the same. This is a three story building and they've really cramped as many rooms as possible into it. The stairway is very narrow. On the top floor, the sloping roof makes for a low ceiling.
I believe there are two single rooms on the ground floor. If you like to sleep late in the morning, the ground floor rooms aren't the best since they're located next to the breakfast dining room and there's a lot of noise. The free breakfast is a nice offering.
There are a number of guests going through this hostal so it does show its age.
Quito has lots and lots of hotels and hostals. If you look around, you can find better, newer, and cheaper hostals than Posada Del Maple; however, they don't have an Internet site. I wouldn't stay here more that a day or two. Instead, I'd look around. You will find better places.
Nice location. Staff was friendly and helpful. It's a good place to meet and greet fellow travelers.
Three blocks from Avenida Amazonas a quiet place.
Clean rooms in an old house. Well maintained, a lot of wood give a comfortable atmosphere. Excellent breakfast with real bread, fruit juice, eggs, good coffee, is not included, but between 2 and 3 $. Internet 2 $ an hour. German owner has a lot of information. Also English speaking staff.
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