If you are looking for a little luxury in South America, Ecuador might not be the first place you would consider – perhaps Argentina or even Peru might be a more likely option. However, Ecuador has some very special places to stay with the prices to match.
Located on the corner of Plaza San Francisco in Quito’s beautiful Old Town, Casa Gangotena, recently opened after undergoing a huge renovation project. This historic mansion is now a 31 guest room hotel. In keeping with it’s past as an affluent family home, the hotel has been lovingly restored. It seems like no expense has been spared with the renovation and decoration, antiques adorn the property and former charming historic features have been brought back to life. The service is exemplary and nothing is too much for hard working staff. It is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring Quito.
Rates start from US$400 per night (excluding taxes)
This is the sort of place that you want to stay at least once in your lifetime. It is, in their own words, “a luxury cocoon in the clouds”. Set in 3,200 acres of cloud forest at 900m high, this newly built contemporary property aims to provide its guests with a totally unique stay. The rooms are designed to maximize your experience of staying as close to nature as possible. There are many trails to walk with knowledgeable guides on hand so you can truly appreciate this exceptional natural environment. With delicious dining and outstanding service, there is nowhere else like it.
Rates start at US$1100 per night (full board but excluding taxes)
One of the finest haciendas in Ecuador, this 4000 acre working estate dates back to the 16th Century. There are 14 beautifully furnished guest rooms which look very inviting after a full day of activities. Set in the foothills of the Andes, the trails and land around the hacienda are wonderful for horse riding, hiking and horse riding.
Rates start at US$220 per night
So you can see there is so much more to luxurious Ecuador than crusing around the Galapagos Islands. As all the above properties are at the top end of the market, you might want to mix up your accommodation and stay at some more rustic style properties. If so, Historic Haciendas has a good selection of some great places to stay in Ecuador that won’t break the bank!
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