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Casa Gangotena

Grandiose luxury in the heart of Quito’s Old Town...

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Casa Gangotena - Plaza view room
Casa Gangotena - Plaza view room

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This lavish hotel have prime location on Plaza de San Francisco, overlooking the bustling square and imposing Baroque church of the same name. Whilst most the original colonial mansion was destroyed in a fire in 1914, the property was gloriously rebuilt over the next decade by Quito’s esteemed Gangotena family, with a neoclassic façade and art deco interior. Casa Gangotena opened as a boutique hotel in 2011 and remains Relais & Chateaux’s sole representation in the capital. From the peaceful, walled garden to the fabulous views from the roof terrace, it is hard to fault this stunning property.


Situated on the southwest corner of Plaza de San Francisco, Casa Gangotena is in the centre of Quito’s UNESCO-protected Old Town. Conveniently, a new metro station entrance is located on the northeast corner of the plaza (scheduled to open in 2021). With San Francisco church on the doorstep, it is also only a few minutes stroll to other attractions, such as La Compañía church, the presidential church and a number of excellent museums. A transfer from the airport should be under an hour, depending on the notorious Quito traffic.


A magnificent entrance off the plaza leads through to the lobby and reception area, before the serene loggia area. This covered atrium is where High Tea is served (from 16:00-18:00). Across from the loggia are the skilfully manicured private gardens. Also on the ground floor is the restaurant and a cosy, old-world bar with parquet flooring and views to the garden. The first and second floors are dedicated to guest rooms. On the third floor is a set of interconnecting luxury rooms, plus the impressive roof terrace - where drinks and nibbles can be served if required (or you can just go to enjoy the view).


Casa Gangotena has 29 rooms plus two Junior Suites. Every room and suite is unique and all come with private bathrooms and complimentary water, fruit, tea & coffee. There are 21 Luxury rooms (312-387ft2), with an interconnecting pair on each floor that can also be converted into a single suite. Our tip is to try and nab the pair on the third floor, as it has a balcony too! There remaining eight rooms are Plaza-view (343ft2), three of which have a balcony. Both Suites overlook the gardens, one of which offers masses of space (516ft2) whilst the smaller (312ft2) has a balcony.


Included in a stay at Casa Gangotena is the option to explore Quito on a guest-only tour, such as a visit to San Francisco church, the Franciscan Brewing museum or a lesson in Ecuadorian hot chocolate. The roof terrace has magnificent panoramic views across Quito and we really like the fact that each table has a ‘service button’ to call staff, so you can readily enjoy a drink/bite whilst counting the church spires, squinting to see Volcan Cayambe in the distance or just people-watching over the plaza! The hotel’s restaurant has a superb reputation and the bar is comfortingly old-fashioned, in all the best ways!

The garden and roof terrace are idyllic spots to escape the crowds.

High Tea can get busy, as it is open to the public too.

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