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I must say it's pretty crazy to think that this morning Joanna, Grace, and I woke up in a Comfort Suites in Miami, Florida and now we're sitting in a hotel room in the capital city of Ecuador. This morning everything was so familiar. English being spoken all around, the food was exactly what was to be expected, and the hotel had all the amenities …
Woke up and still no hot water so just washed myself a bit in cold water and got changed. Met Liz downstairs at 9 and headed out to explore the markets. We first went to the local market which sells fruit, vegetables, meat, fish .... everything! Got some shots of people in traditional clothes but it is hard to get too many as they don't always want …
This morning we woke up early 5:45am to see the sunrise and also because our boat was going to travel to and around Daphne Island. We got so close to the Island you could see every bit of activity that was going on - birds and seals mostly.
We then had breakfast at 7am and had to be ready to disembark at 8am. It was sad to say …
Today marks the halfway point of my trip and wow, I have done so much already!
Woken by wake up call at 4:15 so quickly got ready and headed down to the lobby where my driver to the airport was waiting at 4:45am.
Today I flew from BA (farewell for now Argentina!) on the 7:30am LAN flight to Quito via Guayaquil. After a 5 1/2 hour …
This entry has most of the photos that I and a local guide took of the Tucan Travel group members in Ecuador.
Just some of the many canyoning and white water rafting images taken are included.
Sorry that some of the canyoning and white water rafting photos may not be that clear
... but my story is that the lighting was poor …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Quito
El Hotel Quito es cómodo, limpio y cuenta con un buen servicio. La primera noche había una fiesta en la piscina pero el ruido no nos molestó demasiado. El baño y las camas estaban muy limpias y también tenían televisión por cable por lo que pudimos ver mucha televisión en inglés. El hotel facilitaba un servicio de Internet gratuito durante los primeros 15 minutos lo cual resulta barato si vas por ahí y comparas. El desayuno era sorprendente. Mucho donde escoger (frutas, yogurt, beicon, salchichas, distintos tipos de pan, zumo de fruta natural, café). El casino estaba cerrado por obras cuando estuvimos ahí por lo que desconozco cómo sería. El hotel está en lo alto de una colina así que si bajas hacia abajo, te encuentras con muchas escuelas y restaurantes/tiendas que sirven a estudiantes. Lo cual significa comidas baratas. Comimos un pastel de canela por menos de 0,50 dólares norteamericanos. Está bien pasear de día pero es aconsejable coger un taxi cuando anochece.
Humo de los motores diesel
En las habitaciones que dan a la fachada principal entra todo el ruido de la calle así como los olores (ˇˇel humo producido por los motores diesel era horrible!!). Las habitaciones que dan a los jardines y a la zona de la piscina, en la parte posterior, son mucho más tranquilas.
I just returned from an 8 night stay at the Hotel Quito. I was in Quito with 3 other colleagues for work and stayed at the Hotel Quito because the people arranging our local affairs booked us there. During the 8 nights in the hotel, I stayed in 3 separate rooms and am confident that I have a good feel for the hotel. We found this hotel to be more than adequate for the price. The rooms were spotelessly clean and the beds were quite comfortable. The staff was accomodating and moved me to a king sized bed overlooking the pool (and fantastic view) immediately when a room became available. The rooftop restaurant (7th floor) has a spectacular view and the attached lounge is an excellent place to unwind after a long day. The breakfast buffet is extensive (especially for this part of the world) but the evening meals were only adequate. This hotel has an excellent fitness room and a beautiful (and spacious) outdoor pool and garden. The security in this hotel was excellent. My only concern about this hotel is that the business center needs more access for internet because the in room wireless is extremely expensive. This hotel appears to be very popular with tour groups and depending on the day of the week, the lobby can be crowded as it is often used as a staging area for the tours. This hotel is not an americanized U.S. brand hotel but certainly delivers an equivalent experience. It also has an excellent gift store with very acceptable prices.
Hotel Quito was a comfortable, clean, and with good service. The first night there was a party by the pool but the noise didn't bother us too much. The bathroom and beds were clean and they had cable so we were able to watch plenty of English television. Hotel provided free Internet service for the first 15 mins and it's still cheap if you go over. The breakfast was amazing. Lots of selection (fruits, yogurt, bacon, sausage, diff. kinds of breakfast breads, fresh fruit juice, coffee). The casino was closed for renovation when we were there so don't know what that would be like. Hotel is top of a hill so if you walk down it, you'll hit a lot of schools and restaurants/shops that cater to students. Which means cheap eats. Had a cinnamon bun for less than USD $0.50. Okay to walk around during the day time but recommend taking a taxi after dark.
We were booked into the Hotel Quito by our travel agent from the States. We paid for a "superior" room. Burned out lightbulbs in half the fixtures, room so dim it looked like a flophouse in a detective novel. Fixtures rattled in the bathroom, poor plumbing all around. The worst was the row at breakfast. Yes, they are wonderful and they were suppose to be included in what we paid for the room, which was $100/night. There was no record of this at the hotel. Jesus Sanchez, the manager, was never there although we went to the lobby to ask the useless clerks for him three times. Erwin Dominguez, the clerk to swindled us, acknowledged his error, then refused to refund our money. A blatant cheap. The view is not worth the irritation to stay at this hotel. Any hotel that cheats you and does not care should be wiped off the tourist maps.
Rooms overlooking the front get all the city and street noise & smells (the diesel fumes were awful!!)
Rooms overlooking the gardens and pool area in back are much quieter.
gross bathrooms- rude at the front desk, smoky lobby, old hotel with bright casino lights outside and not a good location for tourism. Great breakfast.
we paid 68 with tax. Spend a little more and stay at the mercure we paid 85 with tax for modern hotel in the new city ( still bathroom was not too great). Nicest place was Patio Andaluz 85 with tax in old city but our toilet wouldn't flush, we had no water pressure, and they have one person at the front - it took 25 minutes to check in but at least the Patio Andaluz is very pretty and aunique boutique hotel.
swiss hotel is the fanciest and most expensive.
Quito is nothing special - head to the jungle, galapagos or volcanoes.
The glory of Hotel Quito is in the past. Nowadays it's a regular 4* hotel which rooms got old furniture, spoiled carpets and primitively equipped bathrooms. The only feature that still helps it to maintain the former popularity is its great location. What an incredible, breathtaking view!!!
This hotel can't get better!
this hotel is simply the best! outstanding service, wonderful buffet for breakfast and tea... and the grounds are lovely.suggust not getting a room to close to jazzerize room, for noise. elegant old colonial building and grounds. will visit again! free internet serice.
Great View; Nice Property
The Hotel Quito may not be the most modern of the large hotels in Quito but it has the best view. It is located on top of a hill overlooking the city on nice grounds with a heated pool. The American Ambassador's house is around the corner. Distances are short in Quito, so you can easily be downtown in 5 to 10 minutes.
The hotel is renovating the rooms so ask for a renovated room. Note also that few rooms have queen beds. Most are either King or doubles. If you like large breakfasts, get breakfast included with your room. They have a wonderful breakfast buffet.
Be aware that most of the large hotels are not far from the airport so flights may disturb you. They usually end by 11:00 pm and start up at about 7:00 am.
The staff was very nice.