Hotel El Relicario del Carmen is located in the heart of Colonial Quito. This hotel is deceptively very quiet (an uncommon trait with old town hotels) and provides a great base for exploring the historical center.
This award winning boutique hotel occupies a grand house on the corner of Plaza San Francisco, the capital's most iconic square. The converted historic mansion was lovingly restored over a period of five years and mixes art nouveau with contemporary design to create some truly elegant public areas. Bright and serene courtyards can be found inside and out, decorated with period furniture alongside contemporary pieces, as well as bowls of Ecuador’s famous and colorful roses. High-ceilinged hallways and winding marble staircases connect the suites and communal areas, while the rooftop terrace looks out over the bustling plaza below.
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Due to the character of this heritage building, the rooms at Casa Gangotena offer varying sizes, locations and views, which determine the category. Plaza View rooms occupy the first and second floors, offering views over the Plaza San Francisco, while the Luxury rooms are distributed across all four levels of the hotel and offer views of the garden, internal courtyards, street, or south to the Virgin of Quito. There's also a Luxury Plus room, which is richly decorated with neoclassical columns; a Balcony Junior Suite overlooking the garden with views of the Virgin of Quito; and a Junior Suite overlooking the garden and Panecillo hillside. All rooms offer the same amenities and services, with iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, cable TVs, safes and very spacious marble bathrooms or shower rooms in each. They're also all air conditioned and soundproofed.
Casa Gangotena’s location on the impressive Plaza San Francisco means the main sights of Quito’s UNESCO-protected historic center are just a short walk away. Just a few blocks away is Plaza Grande, where you can find lots of great restaurant options.
Food and Drink
The restaurant serves fine Ecuadorian and international cuisine and is only open to the public for lunch, meaning the hotel remains serene and private for the rest of the day. There's a stylish bar in the lobby, and your stay here will also include the hotel's delicious take on British afternoon tea with an Ecuadorian twist.
Facilities and Activities
A truly unique offering that guests at Casa Gangotena can enjoy is the opportunity to sign up to a daily cultural activity, completely free of charge. These include activities such as chocolate tasting, a demonstration of traditional medicine or a behind-the-scenes look around the renowned El Alabado museum.
Step back in time in one of Quito’s finest hotels. A superb location and attention to detail make this one of our favorite hotels in the city, and a visit to the rooftop terrace is a must at least once during your stay to take in the wonderful views.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Hilton Colon is one of Quito's hotel traditions, a fine hotel set at the end of the main Amazonas commercial street by the Parque El Ejido.
Vieja Cuba is a large converted colonial house located in the heart of the vibrant Mariscal area of Quito.
La Casona de la Ronda is a small boutique hotel bursting with character, located on Quito’s oldest street within walking distance to many sights in the historic center.
This hotel is tastefully restored, extremely well located and provides a flavor of Quito's colonial past.
The Hotel Plaza Grande aims to become the jewel in the crown of Quito's luxury hotels and has been designed specifically for the most discerning guests.
The luxurious Swissotel has 240 tastefully-appointed guest rooms and is located within easy reach of the Mariscal area of Quito and the airport.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Travel south out of Quito to an area dubbed by the 19th century German explorer Von Humbolt as the "Avenue of the Volcanoes". Cotopaxi National Park is at the heart of this area and is deservedly Ecuador's most-visited mainland national park.
Visit downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.