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Here we are in Quito after (I think) about 22 hours of travel, feeling slightly squished -- but not too bad, really. The Quito airport was just great and customs was maybe the easiest weŽve ever seen. And our luggage showed up the same time we did! We are staying at Los Alpes (weŽll try to link to a Trip Advisor review soon) and so far it really …
... a short wait I wandered through priority check in, only to find no duty free bag waiting for me. The man said that, because I was Business Class, I could send out one of the cabin crew to collect it for me, once I was seated. Oooh, that doesn't happen in Economy does it??
I gave the flight attendant my duty free slip as I boarded the plane and found my seat. An aisle seat which actually is ...
... the highways here are very good. The house (like all of the houses here) is gated and barred, but it is very nice inside. Paco is quite the artist. Our room is downstairs in the basement. We have our own washroom, a bedroom with two twin beds, a common living room area, kitchen and fridge. It’s not as cold here as we thought it would be, but it is too early to be sure. Amb and I go ...
... chance on what I believe in. Whatever the reason, I’m thankful for having followed my heart.
September 9th, 2013, marked the launch date of my second world wide tour within two years. I must have enjoyed it last year to have agreed to do this eight month adventure all over again. Undeniably, last year’s trip was incredible. I traveled to far away places, places I had never been - to ...
... time tho adjust tho the altitude, with no water other than what Jonathan shared with him, with no food other than the Reese's we gave him, but taking a "fag" break to enjoy the ridiculously discounted Marlboros you can find in Ecuador ($3-ish) compared to the inflated $15 price tag/pack in England. Anyway, we continued on and up...to the clouds, literally.
Coming down, we slid quite a bit on the barren, sandy ground, but made it ...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.