Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, stands at 2850m and has a spring like year round climate. Quito's city centre is divided into two parts: a lovely colonial old town, with elegant plazas, cobbled streets and white-washed buildings, and a modern zone known as the Mariscal (or Gringolandia) with wide avenues lined with shops, restaurants and night-life where the majority of Quito's hotels are found. Ecuador vacations invariably involve at least a few nights to explore the capital Quito. Interesting tours include the old town city tour, the cablecar tour, and longer full day tours can be taken to the nearby attractions in Ecuador of the market town of Otavalo, Cotopaxi volcano and National Park and the hot springs of Papallacta.
See also our top 10 tips for travel to Quito.
Quito Hotels (Old Town)
All the hotels in Quito subsequently mentioned were inspected in 2007.
Plaza Grande Hotel - This is the grandest and most luxury hotel in Quito, Ecuador. The Plaza Grande Hotel is a 16th century building located in the heart of the colonial old town on the corner of Plaza Independencia and next to the Presidential Palace. This luxury hotel has 15 elegant and extravagantly furnished rooms, some of which have a balcony overlooking Quito's main plaza. The Plaza Grande hotel has a fantastic location and prices to match it (very expensive for Ecuador).
Patio Andaluz Hotel - located just a couple of blocks from Quito's main plaza in it's old town, El Patio Andaluz Hotel is within easy walking distance of Quito’s recently restored historical centre. The Patio Andaluz hotel was converted from a colonial mansion in 2003 and oozes charm. The hotels 32 rooms surround an open gallery of arched balconies, central courtyard, and patio restaurant serving predominantly Spanish cuisine. Compared to the Plaza Grande, this is a much better option in Quito in terms of price.
Other hotels in Quito's old town include the El Relicario del Carmen hotel, a charming small hotel, and Villa Colonna, which is more like a luxurious boutique bed and breakfast.
Hotels in the Mariscal Sucre (New Town)
Swisshotel Quito, Ecuador - The smart Swissotel is probably the best luxury hotel in Quito. Located between the airport and the old town, the Swisshotel has 250 rooms, 2 swimming pools, a health club and sauna, five restaurants and various other luxury amenities. There are many good restaurants in Quito nearby.
Cafe Cultura Hotel - this quirky hotel in Quito is a converted 19th Century Mansion that used to be the former French embassy. There are 26 rooms in total and the hotels staff are friendly and helpful. This hotel has a great location for Quito's restaurants and nightlife, and is very good value too. Overall - a great option & our top choice for a hotel in the new town (and Meg Ryans choice for a hotel in Quito).
Casa Aliso Hotel - this is a lovely small boutique hotel in the leafy La Floresta district of Quito. There are just 10 rooms, and the hotel is of mid range four star standard.
Gran Mercure (Alameda Real) Hotel - a modern hotel with 150 rooms, this is a good cheap hotel in the Mariscal area of Quito.
Hilton Hotel Quito - bland and uninspiring, Quito's Hilton hotel feels like a boring office block. One has no idea that they are Ecuador (or Quito) in this hotel that might be found anywhere in the world. If you're looking for a modern hotel with lots of amenities in Quito, Ecuador, the Swissotel is better in almost every way.
Other good hotels in the new town include the Four Points Sheraton, Howard Johnson, Le Parc, JW Marriott Quito, the Radisson Royal Quito Hotel, the Casino Chalet Suisse and the Dann Carlton. Of all these hotels, if you are seeking a large hotel with lots of amenities (eg. a swimming pool), the best value is probably the Sheraton.
Hotels just outside Quito
El Crater - this minimalist hotel is found near Quito's Mitad del Mundo monument, and is approximately 40 minutes from Quito's airport. Large picture windows overlook a smoking volcanic crater. This restaurant is good, and hiking and horseriding can be organised.