Akin to Quito's historic centre, where this boutique hotel set up home, Casa Gangotena radiates of the charm of yesteryear. The Art Deco decoration – murals, painted ceilings, period furniture, gorgeous rugs – and the Neo-Classical architecture are directly inspired by the private mansion's past, from the early 19th century onward. It was made a Relais & Châteaux and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, just like Quito's old town.
Just like its unique setting overlooking the San Francisco square, Casa Gangotena makes room for high-end cuisine, inspired by Ecuador's various regions. While all the major monuments of the country's capital are within a stone's throw, climb up the rooftop to enjoy a cocktail or a café, depending on the time of day. In the backdrop, enjoy an exceptional 360° vista of the whole city, presenting these hallmarks with a different perspective. In daytime, and when skies are clear, squint and you may even be able to see the Cayambe volcano and its white peak in the distance.
Bolívar Oe6-41 y Cuenca
+593 2 400 8000
Rooms: from 405 USD