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Stays of Distinction: Casa Gangotena

July 9, 2020

Are you planning a trip to Ecuador and looking for a unique luxury stay? Well, look no further than stunning Casa Gangotena!

Because Casa Gangotena, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Quito, has been named #1 City Hotel in Central and South America in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards.

Built during colonial times to house a wealthy family, the mansion went on to act as residence for many Republican-era presidents. And in the last few years, it has undergone another transformation and is now a luxury hotel. Casa Gangotena combines the elegance of colonial era architecture with all the modern comforts you would expect in a hotel of this quality.

And its location on Plaza San Francisco in the heart of Quito’s historic centre cannot beaten! So, you’ll be able to stroll out the front door and explore the colonial palaces and baroque churches that make this city so charming.  

But the hotel also offers unique experiences to help you understand the culture and history of Ecuador’s capital. Explore nearby San Francisco Convent with a monk. Enjoy a chocolate tasting of Ecuador’s world class cocoa beans. Or indulge in a unique Andean Cleansing ceremony, performed by a traditional shaman. All these experiences and more help elevate Casa Gangotena to a new level in experiential luxury.

Travel Specialist Brett Ambrose stayed Casa Gangotena on a recent trip to Ecuador. So, what’s his top tip? Be sure to head up to the third-floor terrace. From here you’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the majestic mountains and volcanoes Not to mention, San Francisco Plaza and the surrounding neighbourhoods! It’s a fantastic place to have a drink and watch dusk settle over the city.