Overlooking Plaza San Francisco, in Quito’s old town, Casa Gangotena, is a three-story mansion hotel which has been lovingly restored.
The hotel boasts restored interiors featuring Art Nouveau and contemporary touches combined with original Neo-Classical architecture. Guests are invited to explore and relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, aromatic garden or wood-panelled library. The 31 guest rooms offer eye-catching style, classic design, fine furnishings and modern technology whilst the hotel restaurant specialises in Ecuadorian fare created from local ingredients. However, our favourite spot is the panoramic terrace on the third-floor private terrace, a special place to enjoy a coffee or cocktail whilst enjoying superb views overlooking the Plaza!
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A stay at Casa Gangotena is all about soaking up the local culture. Whilst the hotel might not have a pool or spa, the hotel staff can direct you to one if needed, but there is plenty to entertain in the meantime. The hotel offers various complimentary ‘experiences’ – designed to give you a taster of the wonderful food, culture and history that is synonymous with Quito. A popular option for all ages is the opportunity to learn the secrets and experience the delights of one of Ecuador’s most renowned products: fine aroma cacao, considered the best in the world.
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From the stately decoration, distinguished yet relaxed atmosphere, great views of Plaza San Francisco or colonial Cuenca Street, innovative and superb gastronomy and top-notch international service, dining is an experience at Casa Gangotena. With a definite focus on Ecuadorian fare, prepared creatively and served imaginatively, the chef serves up flavours from the Highlands to the Pacific Coast, incorporating an amazing variety of ingredients as well as original recipes that result in a feast for the palate for breakfast lunch and dinner. The wine list is also something to behold with more than 100 labels of fine wines carefully selected by art connoisseur’s sommeliers.
Don’t miss the famed Casa Gangotena Afternoon Tea, the local equivalent of the revered English High Tea. The Quiteño tradition of getting together in the late afternoon, at the end of a working day to enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate with a sandwich or typical snack has been revived by Casa Gangotena and is offered either at the glass-covered patio or at the bar.
Returning after a day of on-foot adventuring? Head straight for the wood-panelled, country-club-style bar, sink into a leather chair and order a signature Cedrón Spritz: an oh-so-refreshing blend of rum, sparkling wine and lemon. Or if you are after a ‘drink with a view’, The Rooftop Terrace serves cocktails and tapas with the perfect backdrop!
Casa Gangotena’s rooms are arranged over all 3 floors. Due to the property’s heritage character, rooms vary in size, although all are comfortably ample, averaging 35sqm. They benefit from the mansion’s elegant, tall ceilings, drawing the bright Andean sunlight inside.
With rich carpets, towering window frames, flowing curtains, and Art Deco-style furniture the design is both sympathetic and contemporary. All the rooms are air-conditioned, carpeted, non-smoking and sound-proofed, with en-suite bathrooms (nearly all with separate baths and showers) and with telephones, intelligent key-cards, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs with International channels.
The Plaza View Rooms enjoy wonderful views across the Plaza San Francisco, bathed in golden light in the mornings and resplendently floodlit at night. They are perfect for guests who want to feel close to hum of the Old Town, watching life on the square below unfold.
Casa Gangotena’s Luxury Rooms invite guests to relax in style, enjoying the luxurious upholstery, plush carpets, fine linen, and rich furnishings which adorn each room. They either have views on to Calle Cuenca to the West, on to the garden, or, in the case of the third floor, beautiful prospects to the South and the Virgin of Quito. Of the 21 rooms, 2 are on the ground floor, 7 on the first floor, 6 on the second floor and 2 on the top third floor. One room is equipped for guests with special physical needs.
The Luxury Plus Room occupies the end of the South-Western wing of the property. Striking neoclassical columns rise around the room, topped with ornate stuccowork, which interrupts the floral Art Nouveau frieze that runs around the cornicing. One wall is entirely taken up with an original mural of an Italian lake landscape, awash in blues and soft tones. The bathroom is particularly attractive, with two large windows, more columns, and a decadent feel.
On the first and second floors, two Luxury Rooms are inter-connecting, providing more space for families and may be converted into suites. One of the rooms remains the same, with one king-size bed, whilst the connecting room can be arranged according to guests’ needs. These rooms overlook the garden and receive the best afternoon light in the hotel, looking beyond to the hills of the Pichincha Volcano.
At the end of the southwestern wing of the property, on the first floor, the Balcony Junior Suite is undeniably romantic, with a balcony overlooking the garden and picture-perfect views to the Virgin of Quito atop her hillside.
Neoclassical stucco columns adorn the room. The bathroom is hugely inviting, two large windows drawing in the Andean light, while more columns and black-and-white veined marble complete the picture.
The balcony is a perfect ad on, where guests can enjoy the view to Panecillo Virgin, relax with a book or have a romantic breakfast.
The Junior Suite is one of the most special rooms in the house. This room used to be the “tearoom” of the Gangotena family. Situated on the first floor, the spacious Junior Suite features an original restored mural. The Junior Suite overlooks the garden and the Panecillo Hillside.
On the first floor, as well as nine Luxury Rooms and four Plaza View Rooms, the Balcony Junior Suite overlooks the garden with views south. One floor up, there are eight Luxury Rooms and four Plaza View Rooms. Two Luxury Rooms complete the picture on the third floor. On both the first and second floors, one suite can be separated to make two connecting Luxury Rooms.
The 2nd floor of Casa Gangotena offers amazing views of San Francisco Square – none more so than from Room 206.
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Whilst it is the kind of hotel that holds more appeal to grown-ups, children are welcome. Reserved together or separately, the 2 Luxury Garden Rooms are perfect for families and extra beds can be added. The restaurant will happily adapt dishes to create a more child-friendly offering.
The Hotel is conscious of the community that it is part of and actively seeks to cultivate the relationship with those around it.
Since 2009, it has been actively involved with several neighbourhood projects, such as the award-winning community initiative, Heritage Guardians, which focuses on neighbourhood integration, promoting the value of heritage, and at the same time establishing ‘routes’ for visitors to meet locals and experience their daily traditions and activities.
The hotel is fitted with sustainable features that include electronic room keys and solar panels that lower energy use for heating water. The hotel separates its waste and participates in local recycling projects.
The hotel has a food purchasing policy which is focused on buying in quality products produced locally.
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The hotel doors open onto the most famous square in Quito, Plaza San Francisco- the heart of the Old Town.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport is an hour’s drive away and is served by American Airlines from Miami, Delta from Atlanta, Iberia from Madrid, KLM from Amsterdam and a host of South American airlines.
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