Places to Stay

Casa Gangotena

Bolivar Oe6-41 y Cuenca, Quito, Ecuador, |  

From £290 per room per night


Casa Gangotena

Built in the 1920s, the elegant family town house has been lovingly restored with opulent materials, from striking white and black wall-to-ceiling Statuarietto marble in the lavish bathrooms, to vivid modern ceiling murals commissioned from top Ecuadorian artists. Wherever possible the original art nouveau and art deco features are retained, with extraordinary hand-moulded tin ceilings meticulously reassembled and repainted, beautiful mirrors brought back to their original brilliance, and elaborate friezes gracing every room.  The furniture is modern with just a touch of the Old World, and is crafted by La Galeria, one of Ecuador’s top end manufacturers.  The wallpapers and luxurious hangings, sourced from upscale textile manufacturer, Osborne and Little, add to the warm understated luxury, which embodies the spirit of the Gangotena.

The glass- roofed patio and walled garden bring light into the heart of the building and the third floor terrace – with tables sheltered by parasols to ward off the fierce sun (Quito is nearly 3000 metres above sea level) -  overlooks the wide, 18th century Plaza San Francisco.

The service is faultless, with staff anticipating your every wish from check-in to room service, creating a perfect balance between home and hotel.

What’s hot?

Expect to see top movers and shakers from South America, the USA and Europe on the guest list, as Quito steadily ascends the  top travellers’ must-see lists.

The view from the third floor terrace over the UNESCO World Heritage- listed colonial centre, the most original and beautiful in South America,  to the  snow- capped mountains of the high Andes.

Just beyond the hotel doors, the wide expanse of the city’s most beautiful square, Plaza San Francisco, has busy markets where you can really get a feel for the unique Andean character of Ecuador.

What’s not?

No gym – but just walking around town at this altitude is enough of a work out for most people.

 
Article comments COMMENTS
Dominic Hamilton (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:32:08 +0000): Great review of the Casa Gangotena on Elle UK online ; ).
The ELLE Edit

Need to Know: Casa Gangotena

Number of rooms: 31

Check-in/check-out times: Flexible

Swimming pool: No

Spa: No

Eating and drinking:

The amazing menu of the ground floor restaurant, with its intriguing array of Andean, Amazonian and Pacific coastal produce (Ecuadorian fish stew on plantain leaf,  chulpi (fried corn)- crusted red tuna, octopus and prawn ceviche), is  given a modern international twist by the Gangotena’s award-winning chefs.

Near to? The Casa Gangotena is in the heart of the Old Colonial Centre, with some of the best churches and museums of Ecuador within a few minutes walk.

Getting there: The hotel will send a car to pick you up from the airport, or can arrange taxis or comfortable four-wheel drive transport with guides for sight-seeing expeditions.

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