Quito Hotels & Tours

We highly recommend staying in Quito at least two nights before your trip to the Galapagos or elsewhere to give yourself a time cushion in case of flight delays.  However, if you just don’t have the time and you can only spend one night in Quito, you should stay close to the Quito Airport.  The airport is located about 1 1/2 hours (more or less depending on traffic) from the city center.  If you’re flying in late at night and departing early the next morning for the Galapagos or elsewhere, skipping all that driving and staying close to the airport is the way to go.

– Rates are in US Dollars
– Rates are per room / per night
– Hotel rates include all taxes, fees, and breakfast
– Transfer rates include private or shared transportation with a Spanish-speaking driver. Rates are based on a group of 4 people, and will change based on the group size. (Note: Transfers are optional)

1 NIGHT IN QUITO:

Quito Airport Hotels

These hotels are located between 15 and 35 minutes from the Quito Airport.  We recommend that you stay at one of these hotels only if you arrive late at night, and must catch a flight early the next morning.  There is little to do in the area around the airport.

Ricon de Puembo, Airport, Quito, Ecuador

Rincon de Puembo

This hacienda style hotel has spacious rooms and modern facilities including an outdoor pool and fitness center. The helpful and friendly staff will make any stay a comfortable one. It is about 20 minutes from the Quito Airport in the quaint town of Puembo. If you have some time, take a walk around Puembo and check out some of the mom-and-pop stores the town has to offer!

2017 Rates:
– Standard Single Room: $182.00
– Standard Double Room: $203.00
– Standard Triple Room: $278.00
– Transfers are included in the room price.

*Hotel Amenities: heated outdoor pool, restaurant, breakfast, WiFi, fitness center, free parking, laundry

Garden Hotel San Jose

Hostería San José

This hotel is not only conveniently close to the Quito Airport (only 15 minutes away) but very comfortable. The Hotel is in a restored colonial building, the Hacienda San Jose, which dates back to the 18th century. It is a family run hotel with lots of places to relax including a large garden, two pools, and lots of sitting areas around the grounds.

2017 Rates:
– Standard Single Room: $164.00
– Standard Double Room: $179.00
– Standard Triple Room: $225.00
– Transfers are included in the room price.

*Hotel Amenities: two heated outdoor pools, sauna and steam room, restaurant, breakfast, WiFi, fitness center, free parking

2 or 3 NIGHTS IN QUITO:

If you have two to three days to spend in the Quito area, we suggest staying in the city of Quito in either Old Town or La Mariscal Districts and taking a half day tour of Quito.  With three days, you can go on a full day tour of Otavalo Market (an Indian craft fair in the mountains outside Quito) or horseback riding at Cotopaxi Volcano.

– Rates are in US Dollars
– Rates are per room / per night
– Hotel rates include all taxes, fees, and breakfast

Airport Transfers for Old Town or La Mariscal

Private transportation between Quito airport & Quito hotel (or vise versa) with an Spanish speaking driver (rate is based on a group of 4 travelers, and may change depending on the size of your group):

2017 Rate: $28.00 per person per way

Old Town Quito Hotels

Declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, Old Town is the oldest and best preserved capital in South America. Patterned in traditional Spanish fashion, adobe whitewashed buildings border narrow cobblestone streets and lovely parks. The Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Presidential and Municipal Palaces, encircle the main square (Plaza de Indepedencia). Rich in history, many buildings date back to the 1500’s.

Hotel Patio Andaluz, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador

Hotel Patio Andaluz

This elegant Boutique hotel is located just off the Main Square – Independence Plaza – in a converted colonial style home from the 16th century. Not only does this hotel have a great location for checking out historic Quito, but the hotel itself is an official National Treasure that holds centuries of history within its walls.

2017 Rates:
– Standard Single Room: $207.00
– Standard Double Room: $225.00
– Standard Triple Room: $272.00

*Hotel Amenities: restaurant, breakfast, WiFi, laundry

Hotel Real Audiencia, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador

Hotel Real Audiencia

Located in the heart of historical colonial Quito, the hotel is just across the plaza from the beautiful Santo Domingo Church. This hotel also does its part for the environment. Their bathrooms are heated by solar power (thanks to the abundance of sunlight in Ecuador), they recycle everything, which has led them to reduce waste by 70% and all their cleaning products are biodegradable. This hotel consistently gets great reviews and their restaurant, which has great food, also has a great view of the city!

2017 Rates:
– Standard Single Room: $72.00
– Standard Double Room: $110.00
– Standard Triple Room: $144.00

*Hotel Amenities: restaurant, breakfast, WiFi, laundry

La Mariscal District Hotels

Originally, this district is where wealthy families built mansions. Many of which have been converted into hotels and quaint hostels. Definitely the tourist heart of the city, filled with fun nightlife, internet cafes, art galleries, bookstores, coffee shops, and restaurants.

Casa Aliso, La Mariscal District, Quito, Ecuador

Casa Aliso

This small, beautiful hotel is similar to a bed and breakfast and offers all the style and comfort of a small luxurious home. It is located in a quiet and pretty section of Mariscal. This family owned hotel has very attentive service and is a true home-away-from-home! It has a good breakfast, but is also close to a lot of great restaurants if you want to venture out!

2017 Rates:
– Standard Single Room: $165.00
– Standard Double Room: $220.00
– Standard Triple Room: $285.00

*Hotel Amenities: restaurant, breakfast, WiFi, laundry

Hostal de la Rabida, La Mariscal District, Quito, Ecuador

La Rabida

This elegant and intimate hotel is a converted mansion in Mariscal. There is a beautiful outdoor patio, a cozy restaurant, a sitting room and library with a fireplace and even a resident tame rabbit, Brownie. This hotel consistently receives stunning reviews and has a wonderful staff.

2017 Rates:
– Standard Single Room: $95.00
– Standard Double Room: $127.00
– Standard Triple Room: $157.00

*Hotel Amenities: restaurant, breakfast, WiFi

Vieja Cuba, La Mariscal District, Quito, Ecuador

Vieja Cuba

This hotel is located in a great central area close to restaurants, shops, nightlife, etc. Despite being in the heart of the district this converted old mansion is very peaceful and every room is unique. It consistently gets applauded for their helpful staff and delicious and healthy breakfast.

2017 Rates:
– Standard Single Room: $75.00
– Standard Double Room: $98.00
– Standard Triple Room: $128.00

*Hotel Amenities: restaurant, breakfast, WiFi, laundry, free parking

Anahi Boutique Hotel, La Mariscal District, Quito, Ecuador

Anahi Boutique Hotel

Each suite of the hotel has been decorated with a modern unique style, with an emphasis on history and culture in Ecuador. The hotel is located in a quite part of Mariscal and most of the rooms are fairly large and have balconies with great views of the area.

2017 Rates:
– Single Suite : $194.00
– Double Suite: $193.00
– Triple Room: $128.00

*Hotel Amenities: restaurant, breakfast, WiFi, laundry, wheelchair access

QUITO AREA TOURS

We are happy to arrange a guided day tour for you if you would like to explore the surrounding area on your layover day in Quito. Here are our favorite options.

Quito Colonial City Walking Tour
We will walk through the Main Plaza, where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries, including the monastery of San Francisco which was started 5 days after the founding of the city in 1534. We will also visit La Ronda street, here we will learn about the traditional jobs in the Colonial Quito.
Tour details: 3 hours. Offered every day.
Cost: $70 per person, based on 2 people; $64 per person based on 4 people. Price is based on number of people on your tour, not in your party.
Price includes English speaking guide, private transportation and entrance fees.

Quito City Tour and Middle of the World
Join us in discovering one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. With its charming colonial architecture and welcoming people, prepare to be captivated by Quito’s history and culture. In fact, it was declared one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978. On our tour, you will take in some of the most impressive places the city has to offer. Continuing your tour, we will visit the Middle of the World, the place where the equatorial line divides the globe in two hemispheres. Take part in entertaining experiments that you can only do at Latitude 0°, and learn more about the local indigenous culture.
Tour details: 6-8 hours. Offered every day.
Cost: $180 per person, based on 2 people; $160 per person based on 4 people. Price is based on number of people on your tour, not in your party.
Price includes English speaking guide, private transportation, entrance fees and lunch.

Quito Cooking Class
Experience the flavors of Ecuador in a gourmet cooking class presented by one of the city’s most renowned chefs.
The classes will be held in an elegant private dining area in one of the best restaurants in Quito, known for its fashionable atmosphere and high quality service. And, of course, the food is as fresh, organic and diverse as the country itself.
You will have the chance to learn the secrets of a master chef, learn to prepare some of the restaurant’s delightful dishes and present them in style. And as part of the classes, you will also have the opportunity to sample some of the finest international cuisine in an exclusive upmarket setting.
Tour details: 3 hours.
Cost: $74 per person, based on 2 or more people. Price is based on number of people on your tour, not in your party.
Price includes master chef, snacks and lunch/dinner.

Day trip to Cotopaxi National Park
We will visit Cotopaxi National Park. From here, weather permitting, you will be able to see the snow capped summits of both the Cotopaxi and the Antisana volcanoes.
Visit Cotopaxi Interpretation center to learn about the history of its major eruptions as well as the local flora and fauna. Later, you will go to Limpiopungo lake and discover the area by walking around it.
Optional, if you feel like walking, after a 2 hour hike you will arrive at Cotopaxi’s J. Ribas refuge (4,800 m) where you will have a nice view of the volcano and the Andes. Or, you can add on a 2 hour horseback riding excursion in the park (an additional $80 per person, based on 2 people; $72 per person based on 3 people)
Trip details: 8 – 9 hours. Offered on Thursdays.
Cost: $212 per person, based on 2 people; $152 per person based on 4 people. Price is based on number of people on your tour, not in your party.
Price includes English speaking guide, transportation, entrance fees, lunch.

Day trip to Otavalo Market
Today we will head to the town of Otavalo. This is truly one of the most interesting towns in Ecuador, where the local Quichua indigenous culture is not only plainly visible, but in the ascendancy.
The town´s famous craft market is one of the most visited sites in Ecuador, and with good reason. The market is filled with interesting colorful and sometimes rare objects and crafts. Do remember to bargain, but only if you´re interested. The market is held every day on one of the town squares at the foot of the majestic Mt. Imbabura. And to help you navigate the market your hosts will present you with a short explanation of the market´s and provide a map of the area. During the stay at the market we visit local workshops of handcrafts in Peguche.
We will also stop at the picturesque colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather work.
Trip details: 8 – 9 hours. Offered Tuesday and Saturday.
Cost: $160 per person, based on 2 people; $115 per person based on 4 people. Price is based on number of people on your tour, not in your party.
Price includes English speaking guide, private transportation, entrance fees, lunch.

Day Trip to Papallacta Hot Springs
From Quito, take a day trip to visit the wildlife of mainland Ecuador and relax in hot springs. Visit Papallacta Lagoon, located in the beautiful area of Paramo, a region of hot springs and Guango lodge which is a paradise for hummingbird lovers and photographers. Seeing 14 species of hummingbirds within an hour is not uncommon. After this amazing visit we are headed to Termas de Papallacta resort to relax in the hot springs and enjoy other optional activities such as nature hiking and a spa.
Trip details: 7 – 8 hours.
Cost: $220 per person, based on 2 people; $175 per person based on 4 people. Price is based on number of people on your tour, not in your party.
Price includes English speaking guide, private transportation, entrance fees, lunch.