Travel Blogs from Quito
... and so much fun. Mosquitoes in Buenos Aires....nasty. English speaking.....a few around but if not the locals will smile and try to help as much as possible. Lots of fun talking in charades and in good humour. Brazil.......Ilha Grande, a most amazing island of heat, swimming, a few drinks, safe. Rio de Janeiro.....crazy place. Drivers are mad, streets are congested, not always safe at night. Beaches during the day are amazing and the juice bars were brilliant, lots ...
... was the second time in two days we had been pushing a cab as the day before a cab of ours broke down en route to our destination!). We then struggled even more ourselves to walk up pretty steep incline for 15 minutes at high altitude- not easy. The cable car ride made up for it though and the view, when not cloud interrupted, was spectacular. Saturday night was another chilled night at the hostel with plenty games on the 'Heads up' app which some people may know of and ...
I arrived there on my own again and went to an hostel that was recommended by many, despite beeing in the touristic party areas. Anyway, Quito was planned to be a short stop over so why not.
The hostel was nice indeed and I got Lucky to be there at that time.
This is about me but I think it is in many solo traveller's mind too. When you travel on your own, it is obviously ...
... typical cloud forest vegetation. The valley is now farmland, growing corn, beans and squash.
There was a good view of the crater as soon as we got off the bus, but many of us climbed higher, just to see what was over the ridge.
Lunch at El Crater Restaurant was excellent for the view of the clouds rolling in, filling the valley and rolling up the other side. The food was good ... worthy of photos, ...
... mum and I went to find the Museum of National Culture, took a little while because it wasn't in quite the same place as it looked on the map and it had also changed its name. We looked at lots of ceramics, metalwork and some religious art. Finally able to check into my hotel room and had a HUGE bed which pretty excited about, bounced on it a bit it was suitably springy. Went to our welcome meeting, a good mix of nationalities, Australian, Canadian, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Los Alpes Quito
Time for renovations
We stayed at Los Alpes during our recent trip to Ecuador. I found the location excellent, very quiet and safe street literally within 150 feet of the entrance of the US embassy. The common areas were comfortable and the walls were lined with an eclectic mix of art. The rooms on the other hand needed some renovations. The first room they assigned us on a top floor looked tired and dated with a shaggy brown carpet. Decor was absent. The second room on the first floor was better with a new commercial carpet but the bathroom showed signs of mildew and cracked tiles and could hardly fit one person sideways. Hot water supply was a problem. In general, we were treated well but we expected a nicer hostal.
Best value in Quito?
I would endorse all the favourable comments made about this hotel. We contacted them before we arrived (which was to be at 11 pm at Quito airport from the UK) and they arranged a voucher which we collected at the arrivals gate and took to one of the yellow taxis outside. We arrived at the hotel after midnight, but were welcomed and shown to our room, which was large, clean and comfortable.
The hotel is in a quiet and pleasant part of the city, but close to the Eco-bus route to the old town. We used to walk to the Mariscal district and back every evening to eat (15 mins max), and felt quite safe.
Whilst probably not the cheapest option around, it represents excellent value for money; in a place like Quito, it's worth spending a bit extra for a place where you feel at ease and relaxed. I'd rate it between Above average and Excellent.
Excellent value, very friendly
This is a lovely hotel in an excellent location. I was very well looked after. They organised a taxi from the airport, you pay a little more than a journey of that distance would cost normally. They charged a fixed $10 which includes the time the taxi driver waits around if you are delayed in the airport etc, in my case it took around an hour to get through customs and immigration.
I enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. It was very relaxing to use this as a base to explore Quito between longer trips in the area. The family have collected a lot of art and antiques which are displayed around the restaurant and bar. I was very comfortable there and the prices were very modest with none of the stream of hidden charges I've heard about at other hotels
We recommend this hotel
We stayed here for a few days last month and were very pleased. The price was low yet we had a large well-furnished room with a private bathroom. We walked to most places in Quito as the hotel is on the edge of La Mariscal where the main shops and restaurants are to be found. It is on the side next to the historic centre close to the US Embassy.
We also went to some places close to Quito in taxis booked by the hotel. Around $100 a day for a driver to take us wherever we wanted and back in the evening.
It has a really welcoming atmosphere with lots of art and so on around the reception area, lounges and bar. After the bustle and noise of the big city it was a welcome relief to walk through the door into what felt like a calm, cool and relaxing family home.
We recently returned from a trip to South America and spent a couple of weeks in Ecuador, including a trip to the Galapagos. We didn't plan much before we left, preferring to play it by ear.
Los Alpes was such a pleasant place to stay. It's converted from a house and still feels like you're staying in a rather grand colonial home full of art, pottery and beautiful furniture. The rooms were all en-suite and full of character. The family who own it made sure we were looked after, it really felt like we were guests rather than customers.
An unusual characteristic is the fact that the owners have Italian backgrounds and the hotel is a mix of South American colonial and Italian, hence the name.
If anyone is looking for somewhere quiet and central with lots of character I recommend they look up this hotel.
A home from home
Always a little cautious making my own bookings in unfamiliar places but was so glad I found this gem! I didn't need to visit a tourist centre the staff did my organising for me - couldn't do enough - even a lift to and from the airport!!
As for the surrounding area - I will be back again and again - so much to do - I could exert myself or relax equally well.
Met a lot of locals that use the hotels bar/restaurant and hope I made some friends I can keep in touch with (couple of Australians and Americans stopped by as well).
Holidaying in Quito
I would like to share my holiday experience staying at the Los Alpes in Quito, Ecuador. The hotel is an excellent family owned hotel, very high quality with good services. in the centre of Quito but in a quiet area, near to the museum, park and behind the US Embassy. Quito is a busy city but an excellent stop off point for further travel, within Ecuador. The hotel has excellent facilities with family rooms as large as flats, the atmosphere is friendy and the hotel is sparkling clean.
You are within easy reach of the Indian markets, which sell exceptionally high quality local crafts. My suitcase is bulging with gifts for familiy and friends for the next years' birthdays and christmas presents.
I would recommend this hotel for any type of traveller. ie family or backpacker.
A lovely family run hotel in the centre of the city
The hotel is cozy and we were looked after very well by the family who run it. The family room was more like a small luxury flat!
They helped us organise our excursions and looked after us extremely well.