Travel Blogs from Quito
Since I didn't get settled in to the apartment until about 3:00am. I sleep in and Cindy and her family came and got me at 9:00am. Cumbaya is the town that they live in and Quito is about 30 minutes or so without traffic. We drove on a winding, rough road that I didn't think would stop going up. I asked Cindy if Quito was on the other side of the …
Ecuador has the great privilege of being my 30th country visited! I have a great view of some mountains out my window from my hotel and I'm looking forward to some small explorations in the next few days =D
Until next time..
This morning we had a big breakfast on the terrace, before heading out to explore the old town. Fisrt stop was Iglesia La Basilica, Quito´s huge old cathedral and then walked down to the Central Plaza, which was surround by several big beautiful buildings. We sat soaking up the sun and ambience of the Plaza, then had our pictures taken with the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSwissotel Quito
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Historical Traveler Reviews Swissotel Quito
Good overall hotel
Very nice and clean hotel. Service is good but a little overbearing at times. This is the type of hotel where the employees push the elevator button for you. My room was great although the internet access was shoddy at times. Never had any problems sleeping as everything was nice and quiet at night. I would stay here again.
Had a very decent rate of $100 per night and could upgrade for $50 to a suite. Also, $30 extra gave us breakfast buffet, free internet access in the room, lounge access. So for $180 we had a great stay (three of us - parents and teenage son).
The room was well appointed with two bathrooms, one shower/bath. The room was clean and new. The turndown service was great: rose and chocolat! Multiple choice of TV stations including a wide selection of american channels (kept in touch with the Olympics!). Two newspapers at the door every day (Miami Herald and a local spanish newspaper).
Breakfast buffet was great with a huge selection of juices, breads, hot and cold items including made to order omelette. Breakfast is $18 per person so the extra $30 per night was a great deal. The loung service was excellent with drinks and snacks. You could get breakfast there as well.
Lots of taxis at the door, plus a hotel van to drive us to the airport. Some restaurants provide drivers to pick you up and drop you off after dinner. Quito is not a safe city at night.
Our stay was excellent overall!
BTW, we went to the Galapagos for a wonderful adventure!
Excellent hotel !!!!!!!!!!
Great service. The General Manager, mr. Negwer, is a charming german folk, who takes care of all your needs. If you have any problem, ask to speak to him. Best hotel General Manager I have ever met.
A Very Comfortable Hotel
We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights before a trip to the Galapagos and 1 night after we returned. Both stays were very good. We had a lovely suite with a bath and a half for each stay. The rooms were clean and nicely furnished with comforatble beds. We had access to the 13th floor lounge where there is one computer, a small breakfast buffet and evening drinks with small snacks. The hotel staff was very nice.
On our last night, we ate in the hotel's French restaurant. The food and service were excellent. This hotel offers many services, including a nice spa (didn't use it, but saw it) and a lovely indoor/outdoor pool.
Nice Break After Roughing it in Galapagos
We stayed in the Swissotel after spending 5 days on a "Tourist Superior" boat in the Galapagos (which was probably the equivalent of a 2.5 star hotel) and had a great time. We got massages at the hotel spa which were wonderful- so relaxing. The only thing that wasn't great was the food, but we weren't too fond of any of the food we ate in Ecuador (minus the pizza in Banos which was pretty good).
Stayed at both Swissotel and JW Marriott(see other review). At the Swissotel, we had the opportunity to stay in both a suite and standard bedroom. The first night we were upgraded to a suite, which included a kitchen with a washer and dryer, 2 televisions, a living area, a separate bedroom and bathroom. For some reason we could not find the temperature control. The night would have been perfect until the music from the disco in the hotel came on. The music went on until 3 in the morning and we could not get much sleep. The second occasion we stayed in a standard room as part of our package for the trip. I would say that it was a great room and was just as good as the suite. The bathroom was large and the bed was comfortable. We were really pleased form the "downgrade" The hotel itself has about four restaurants, including a Japanese, Ecuadorian, French and Steakhouse theme. The prices for everything but the Ec restaurant were a bit pricey, but the Ec themed restaurant had a great and affordable buffet of local cusine. The pool is not bad, as part of it is inside (heated) and the other part outside. The outside part was surrounded by four buildings, so it was hard to get sun. Also, evryone from the buildings could see you, so privacy was limited.
I would recommend this hotel other than to make sure your room is not near the disco club
Stayed five nights here between various trips to the jungle and the Galapagos. I can't sing the praises of the staff enough - nice people who seem to really care about their work and for whom nothing is too much bother. The hotel itself is clean, rooms are nice and the pool and gym excellent (if you really want to get sweaty at 2,800 metres that is). There are several restaurants in the hotel - we ate at the sushi place which was good but expensive. We had a get together on the final night of our holiday with people staying in various other hotels and they too were "wowed" by the employees of this impeccably run hotel.
Swissotel is fantastico
Stayed at Swissotel Quito for 2 nights at front end and 1 night at backend of trip to Galapagos. Hotel is absolutely first rate. Rooms are quite large and comfortable. The spa is magnificent - loads of workout equipment, all types of massages, indoor/outdoor pool, jacuzzi, racquetball, etc. Restaurants had superb food, especially the steak house and Cafe Quito for breakfast buffet (included in room rate). The staff is always looking to help you. Right across the street is a wonderful Ecuadorean restaurant - La Choza. Located 10 minutes from airport. This place is well worth it.
Great hotel if you don't need sleep
The hotel is a nice business hotel but we stayed there on a vacation. We were doing a lay over in Quito and had an early flight to catch so were looking forward to getting some sleep.
All was great until midnight when music started blasting. We called the front desk and they said they searched but could not find the music. I finally went looking for the noise in my shorts and easily found the source - a huge wedding reception was going on.
I went to the front desk and they continued to play dumb even though they could clearly hear the music so I told them the music was coming from their ballroom. "Oh, that noise". Turns out the reception started at midnight and would go on until 4am!
I told them I didn't think I should pay for my suite ($1000/night) so he knocked off $30. Incredible.
DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL.
We stayed here for 4 nights on the executive floor in March 2005.
One of the best hotels we have ever used.
Everything was included- best of all was the fresh rose on my pillow every night !
and friendly staff
What more could you want ?