Travel Blogs from Quito
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 …
... in the new town while the interesting (and historical) stuff is up in the old town. As a national capital city it was always going to be at least slightly westernised, but unlike Lima it hasn’t suffered from it and it still feels distinctly South American. We do a city tour and it’s able to cover the major sights (and sites) in three hours or so. The old town is certainly beautiful, but the narrow streets were clearly never designed for the volume of traffic ...
... to two; one being the Basilica del Voto Nacional which is a beautiful old building with stairs that lead up to a lookout with views of the entire city. It was definitely worth the climb. We stayed one night in old town but found that everything closed early... we couldn't even find a restaurant open at 9pm for dinner. The next day we moved to the area called Mariscal which we found to be a bit more lively and with a younger crowd.
During our days in Quito ...
... t dummies know on a moving escalator you stay to the R if you are an old goat? Over to gate F64. Could not get any wifi which was annoying. A flight to Philly will leave first. Realized I did not give my Aeroplan number on check-in: smooth! Boarded after 0810 on a sleek looking Bombardier CRJ705. I just love dorks trying to stuff enormously fat bags into the overhead compartment, holding everybody ...
... eating I had a great massage during a thunderstorm and then came back up to my room and crawled into bed with a cup of tea to watch TV. Eventually took a nap. I feel like I have a cold, but trying to convince myself it's just jet lag and elevation.
Tomorrow is my first tour, to the cloud forest in Mindo. At least I hope it is, as I spent a lot of today trying to contact GAdventures to get an idea of what's happening, but no one answered the phone. Kind of ridiculous ...
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.