Striking colonial architecture meets modern influence in this equatorial city

Quito is note only the highest official capital city in the world at 2850m altitude, but it is also the capital city which is closest to the equator. It therefore come as no surprise that Quito is surrounded by verdant mountains, dramatic valleys and snow-capped volcanoes. This extensive city holds one of the best preserved historic centres in the whole of South America, the stunning architecture and colonial buildings are virtually unchanged from their original state. For this reason the area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978 – one of the first to be declared. Visitors will enjoy strolling through the ancient paved streets, marvelling at the impressive basilica or visiting the many museums to learn more about the history of Ecuador. Some of the churches have jaw-dropping artwork and are worthy of a visit, regardless of your religion. A short distance away, it is possible to have your photo taken at the ‘Middle of the World’ where the equator runs through the outskirts of Quito. Other activities include culinary tours and cooking courses, sampling delicacies from the local markets and the popular walking tours of this interesting capital. With a selection of exclusive hotels, Quito is an excellent place to begin a luxury holiday to Ecuador.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Casa Gangotena Quito

Casa Gangotena

With a fabulous view over the Plaza San Francisco, this 3 storey, newly-restored mansion is in a great location. Casa Gangotena is the first and only hotel in Quito to become part of Relais & Châteaux. Sophisticated and eclectic, the hotel is passionate about providing good service and an unforgettable stay. Guests can enjoy a third floor terrace, a pretty garden filled with native flowers, a wood panelled library and antique furniture throughout. On the doorstep of the hotel there is a myriad of shops, bars and restaurants, however if you would rather stay in the comfort of the hotel, the restaurant serves the very best of Ecuadorian cuisine

Hotel Illa Experience, Quito, Ecuador

ILLA Experience Hotel

ILLA Experience Hotel offers a unique cultural experience for guests in Quito’s warmest and most welcoming neighbourhood. For generations, San Marcos has been home to artists, writers and musicians. Its present-day charm owes much to the tight-knit community of residents and is the perfect setting for this experience hotel. A historic house that represents the exquisite style of the mansions of Quito from the early 20th Century will enchant guests by night while they discover this World Heritage City by day in easy walking distance. All these experiences can be enjoyed from the comfort of a stylishly-restored building dating back to 1700.

Plaza Grande Quito Ecuador

Hotel Plaza Grande

Overlooking the ‘Plaza de la Independencia’ the boutique Hotel Plaza Grande offers stunning views of the square and architecture that surround it. Just a short distance away some of the most iconic buildings of Quito can be found, including La Iglesia Catedral and the Presidential Palace. Within the hotel, guests can enjoy first class service and delicious food at the in-house restaurants, plus a mini-spa and public computer area. Each room is equipped with air conditioning and climate control, Wi-Fi, cable television, Jacuzzi bath, minibar, safe, hairdryer and anti-allergy bedlinen. The exclusive décor and attention to detail makes this hotel a wonderful example of traditional luxury.