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... t stay too late. Andrew tried a local dish of boiled and fried pork with rice, and we shared some Sangria. I ordered what I thought was going to be a small beef burger but, out came a mammoth plate of meat, bread and chips that could have fed two. It too was delicious but way too much for one.
The following day we got up early, packed up our belongings and went to Modela for breakfast (toasted cheese sandwiches ...
... the boss who said why didn’t I say I wanted it
medium hot – gotta love it here!
One advantage for being on the seedier side of town is
proximity to all the transport links – the 3 main lines, 2 bus & 1 tram are
just 25 cents a trip, some trips being 20k+ long – operate with dedicated lanes
& clearly marked stops like an overground tube.
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... jersey. We got to see Colombia score a goal on a tv in the airport with everyone crowded around.
Back in the mountains, Quito lies at 2800m above sea level, so the air was much thinner but so far, so good. We landed in their new airport, which in bad traffic can take two hours to reach the city centre but the traffic flowed well and we arrived at our hotel in just over forty five minutes.
Time for bed. Looking forward to exploring the city ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cafe Cultura Quito
We stayed here around Christmas before our trip to the Galapagos and enjoyed ourselves. I loved how each room had a different character, and despite the busy season, the staff were attentive and helpful with all our needs. Small personal touches to each room made it relaxing to come back after a long day. We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel and both were delicious. Plus, unwinding in front of the fireside after dinner in the reading room was great. Would recommend.
We stayed at Cafe Cultura for 5 nights in between trips to the Galapagos, Cloud Forests and the Amazon and we loved it!
Great boutique hotel ambience
We stayed in Quito one night prior to our Galapagos cruise and two after it. Stayed in the very mediocre Hotel Mercure the first night, then moved to the Cafe Cultura on our return at the recommendation of other cruise passengers. Our stay was a delight. The hotel has the patina of a fine old colonial home. Our room (a "junior suite") was quite large, and very tastefully decorated. It had an interesting sunken bathtub that the wife enjoyed. The bathroom was rather dimly lit, and only a curtain separated the bathroom from the sleeping area (probably not ideal for honeymooners), but these are minor complaints. The restaurant has a somewhat limited menu but everything we had was excellent. Would definitely stay there again.
This hotel was a rather bustling place...especially at Christmastime. Rooms were lovely and interesting...and the food was superb, as was the staff in the dining room. My daughter caught her plane early in the morning and was confronted by the desk, as if she was trying to skip out....but this was probably understandable. What I did not understand , is why the daytime reception clerk felt she was an expert at directions. Twice she was asked for help with directions....and twice, sent us on a wild goose chase! I would have preferred her letting someone else who was more familiar with the routes in Quito help us. Also....staff are quite noisy in the lobby, both late at night and early in the morning when they arrive. Perhaps they forget people are trying to sleep!!! All in all, a nice place to stay.
Wonderful place. Distinctive and highly personal rooms. Good restaurant on premises and journal by guests with many fine suggestions for local cuisine such as The Fried Banana restaurant or an English style pub, both nearby. We were there during Quito Festival in early December. An exciting time in the city when all the different groups gather for parades and festivities in their native finery. There are buses that travel around day and night with bands and merry makers. You might want a room off the street for this reason. They were also able to arrange English speaking guides for us on two days. There is a nice little market close by with handicrafts and clothing. Cafe Cultura also has fire places. Some other people on this site found the rooms small but we didn't. I guess they've never been to Europe. Who spends that much time in their rooms anyway? The rooms are beautiful in Cafe Cultura.
We stayed in the Cafe Cultura at the beginning and end of our honeymoon, passing through Quito to the Galapagos and then further into Ecuador.
We stayed in Cafe Cultura in April 2005 as part of our 3 month trip around South America. Things started to go wrong as soon as we arrived there. First, we discovered that the taxi from the airport the hotel had booked for us cost twice as much as the quote the hotel provided to us in writing ($20 as opposed to $10). The average cost of a trip to the airport in Quito is $4. Then we were charged $10 (non-refundable) to use the hotel's safety deposit box (the process of storing and retrieving your stuff from the safety deposit box takes at least 20 minutes). By comparison, all other hotels in South America provide complimentary safety deposit boxes.
We stayed at Cafe Cultura on three separate occasions in the past month and found it a great home away from home as we explored Ecuador. The hotel is beautifully decorated with warm murals covering all walls and a beautiful lounge/lobby area with a fine restaurant in a desirable location of Quito. The staff is fluent in English. Breakfasts were substantial with freshly brewed coffee which is rare in Ecuador though one morning the staff was harried, service was poor as was the food though that was an aberation. Guests can check luggage with the hotel as they explore other areas of Ecaudor and there is high speed internet access. We booked the standard rate rooms which varied greatly. Two of the three rooms we stayed in were somewhat uncomfortable in terms of furnishings though the third room was great. I would highly recommend upgrading to the junior suites which cost about $20 more per night but were significantly larger and more comfortably furnished.
Small but clean rooms lack storage space; good restaurant
Stayed at the hotel 4 times (a total of 7 nights) in December 2004.
The rooms are quite small and lack storage space. (Only 1 of our 4 rooms had a chest of drawers; only 2 out of the 4 rooms had an armoir to hang clothes) Rooms very clean and bed was comfortable.
Service was excellent. (e.g., They would arrange for an all day taxi with english speaking driver; they did laundry promptly; they would give you continental breakfast really early if you needed to leave early.)
Food at restaurant was excellent and inexpensive. Atmosphere of restaurant was delightful.
We visited Cafe Cultura for 2 nights in December 2003. If we could have, we would have stayed longer! After 10 days diving in Galapagos, we felt as though we were being welcomed into the home of a good friend. There is nothing "hotely" about this place. The warmth of the decor and atmosphere and and the graciousness with which we were welcomed made us feel like we were family. Though we had some trouble with noise the first night, the staff quickly and efficiently moved our things to another room. Our ceiling leaked during a sudden rainshower the second night and yet we wouldn't even consider staying at another hotel in Quito when we return! That says a lot!!! The restaurant is outstanding! We loved reading by the fireplaces at night, all of the fresh flowers, the paintings and library. Having travelled all over the world, we've yet to find a better place in this price range and catagory. We couldn't recommend Cafe Culture more highly!