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.
TripAdvisor Reviews Los Alpes Quito
Travel Blogs from Quito
... some things were taken from us, they were just material things at the end of the day and we even got all of them back. We only found out afterwards that it would have actually been our choice to press charges against the 2 guys. We would have actually been happy with just getting our belongings back and the guys geting a warning, but the state attorney made it sound like we had not other choice than going ahead with whatever he told us, if we wanted our stuff back. ...
... asking for a mini usb cord and Nikon camera battery charger - (phrases I don't use in Spanish when talking to Abuela). We settled for a universal phone usb cord for the GoPro and will search again for the Nikon tomorrow. We weren't sure if it was the altitude (Quito is an astonishing 2,850 m (9,350 ft) above sea level), the charger hunt or being up since 4a but we were starving. That's ...
... are quite reasonable (Hotel US$30 -40 per night for a couple).
Wednesday: The last day of the journey into Quito and some 650km. This turned out to be an epic challenge ending in the dark, in a busy city at 7pm. Winding mountain roads, low clouds and wet surfaces at times all reduced our average speed. Despite the fatigue it was fantastic day of riding. The last 120km on a well policed motorway – no great speeds here! The countryside was great to view ...
... very slowly. An older German couple and their son who were putting their canelazo much better than us, explain the drink to us and we spend a few minutes chatting with the wife about travelling and Germany. We spend another hour or so very slowly drinking and finally finishing the canelazo and by this stage, the altitude and alcohol takes its toll on Leesh and we head back to the hostel to head to bed. Tomorrow we start our two day celebrations of ...
... to rain and brolly kept blowing inside out - not the easiest when you have your big heavy bag with you. Was quite a walk to the hostel. Arrived at a busy time as had to wait a while to check in then system messed up as I had to go into a private room for one night as no room in dorm even though I'd booked a dorm. Annoying as meant needed to change rooms in morning. Got chatting to girls Sicily, ...