Casa Gangotena

By Nick Haslam

  • Price: £ 290
  • Hotel Location: Ecuador
  • Address: Bolivar Oe6-41 y Cuenca, Quito, , ,

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.

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