Travel Blogs from Quito
After Logan and I parted ways in Buenos Aires, I took a flight to Quito via Santiago, Chile and Guayaquil, Ecuador. My parents had told me that there would be someone waiting for me at the airport with a sign, but that just didn´t happen. I wasn´t about to wait there, since I knew my parents, whom I hadn´t seen in 8 months, were only a taxi ride …
... down the bus and apparently the bus started moving and my group all started yelling at the driver, so hearing that they were concerned about leaving me made me pretty happy. All around ridiculous situation and I would have been so screwed had I been left behind because I didn't have my phone or money on me! When we got back to the volunteer house there was about 7 new volunteer girls and so we've been spending the evening getting to know eachother. ...
... as we didn't know what or when we would eat on the plane. Barbara saw from the menu that she could get te con leche and thought that would be good as in South America tea is usually served black. She wished she hadn't chosen it as soon as she was handed a cup of hot milk with a tea bag floating in it. Lesson learned. Needless to say she left it. Sue enjoyed her coffee. The trip to Quito was via Lima where we changed planes. Although the first flight of about four hours ...
... off my bag was zip tied shut and when I tried to open it with my swiss army knife I cut myself. It was a clean cut but bled for a while and when I went to the bathroom to clean it my mom ran over with alcohol and bandaids and grabbed my hand, cleaned it and then held it up in the air with a cloth to stop the bleeding, which took five minutes. After this dramatic episode I finally relaxed and showered before eating dinner with my family. It ...
... risk for tourists. Being held up by knifepoint is a reasonably common occurrence even during daylight hours and in well travelled tourist areas.
Travelling by taxi is unsafe as many an unsuspecting tourist has hailed a cab only to find out that the vehicle is intercepted by armed accomplices of the driver who threaten the passengers with weapons, rob them of personal belongings and force victims to withdraw money from ATM's. Increasingly victims ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sebastian Quito
Uno stupendo hotel ecuadoriano
Questo hotel di Quito è in grado di offrire sempre un servizio d'ottimo livello. Se volete stare in un grande hotel di catena, fate pure. Io preferisco un posticino come questo, con personale scrupoloso e attento alle esigenze di ogni singolo ospite. La dimensione dell'hotel è perfetta: sufficientemente grande per soddisfare ogni necessità e sufficientemente piccolo per ricordare il nome di ogni ospite.
Non è lontano dalla zona turistica, che potrete raggiungere a piedi, ma è leggermente scostato e quindi protetto dal rumore e dai pericoli del centro. Il cibo è delizioso, in particolare le locros de pappas. La mancia era a volte inclusa nel conto, altre no.
Wonderful Local Hotel
An Ecudaorian hotel with excelent service in every area. If you want a big chain hotel, fine. I prefer one with personal and aattentive service like the Hotel Sebestain. It is large enough to serve your needs and small enough to know your name. It is close enough to the tourist area to walk but just far enough away to not be surrounded by all the noise and crime. Food is great, especially the locros de pappas; sometimes the tip was included in the bill and sometimes not.
Ausgezeichnetes Personal und Unterkünfte
Ich habe gerade eine Woche im Hotel Sebastian verbracht. Das Personal war ausgezeichnet, die Unterkünfte waren sauber, das Essen war toll und das Hotel ist in der Nähe von allen möglichen Verkehrsmitteln, Einkaufsmöglichkeiten und bietet super Aussichten. Ich werde hier immer wieder herkommen und meinen Freunden und den Lesern usw. davon erzählen, dass man auf keinen Fall etwas falsch macht, wenn man das Hotel Sebastian wählt. Die Preise und die Qualität sind hervorragend. Ein Gewinn für alle Seiten.
Hotel Staff and accomodations excellent
I just spent 1 week in Quito and stayed at Hotel Sebastian. The staff was excellent, accomodations were clean, food was great, and hotel is close to all types of transportation, shopping, and has great views. I will stay there again and again, and pass the word to friends, readers, etc. that you would not be making a mistake in choosing Hotel Sebastian. Price is excellent and the quaility is excellent. A win/win for all.
Un hotel agradable, fantástica comida
Durante un viaje de tres semanas para avistar pájaros en el interior de Ecuador, empezamos y acabamos nuestro viaje aquí y además hicimos una parada a mitad del viaje. Es muy confortable y la comida es de primera. El personal fue muy amable. Fue toda una ayuda el poder dejar aquí el equipaje que no necesitábamos durante nuestros viajes. Las habitaciones variaban en tamaño y las que tienen una habitación pueden ser algo pequeñas, con lo que estate atento. Los cuartos de baño están bien. El servicio de Internet era lento o no estaba disponible. En un lugar atractivo y acogedor.
El servicio # 1 exelente y buen comer
yo felicito a sus aminitradores y colaboradores por la exelencia por atender con calidad a sus clientes soy de new york city y mi correo es firstname.lastname@example.org gracias hotel sebastian por su hospitalidad attt jeffrey reyes
The staff takes good care of you at Hotel Sebastian. I had a flu while I was there. They suggested remedies and brought them to my room. One of these remedies was a hot, fresh- squeezed, semi-sweet lemonade. It made me feel so much better. The beds are really comfy, clean, and fresh. The rooms have balcomies with views of the mountains. Try the waffles or pancakes at the breakfast buffet (only $3.00). They are delicious. They serve the best coffee I had in Quito. The staff at the front desk is always there and will help you with anything you need. The waiters are sweet and and sort of fatherly. The lobby is comfortable and charming with fresh roses almost every day. The arrangements are very unique. There is a typically Ecuadoran soup that thet serve in the restaurant for about $3.50. It is made with cheese, avocados, and potatoes. It's so, so good. It's one of the best soups I've ever had. The internet use is free. I tried to save money staying at hotels with what those hotels claimed was a cheaper rate. In each case of roughing it by comparison, I actually ended up paying more. It was frustrating to spend a night on knobbly sheets, cold, and with less services--all for more cash. Strange how it worked out. Perhaps these places are desparate and think all Americans are made of money.
Nice hotel, great food
During a three-week birding tour of the Ecuadorian mainland, we started and finished our trip here as well as made it a mid-trip stop-over.
It is very comfortable and the food is top-notch. The staff was very helpful. It has a helpful option as a place to leave unnecessary luggage when on side trips.
The rooms vary in size and the ones with one bed can be sort of small, so check this out. The bathrooms are nice. The internet service was either slow or not available.
It was attractive and cosy.
My wife and I used the Hotel Sebastian as our home base when coming and going from the Galapagos and later out into the mountains. I've stayed at and visited other hotels in Quito before, and the Hotel Sebastian is a great choice. It's walking distance to all the good restaurants in Mariscale Sucre (New Town) and even down to a couple big public markets. It's a bit spendy for Ecuador (I think around $85.00/night), but not overpriced like the Colon or Swissotel. Our room was very nice, spacious, and the public areas were kept in pristine condition. The restaurant in the lobby was very good as well although we felt a bit underdressed at times since we were there on an adventure tour. Internet access is available in the lobby. You're supposed to mark your own time and room number down on a piece of paper, which we did, but they never charged us. When we return to Ecuador, we'll most likely stay at the Hotel Sebastian.
Great, friendly hotel in Quito!
As a family of six, we stayed here three separate times coming and going from Quito. This is a great, clean, friendly hotel that is a very good value. It is not a "quaint" place with tons of charm - but it is a very clean, functional small hotel with great service - just what we wanted in Quito after coming in dirty from the mountains or the jungle. The staff is wonderful - Victor the bellman even left his post to drive us to a cafe overlooking the city in time for sunset when we could not find other transportation. Highly recommended.....