Last March, I had the pleasure of staying in three distinct green lodgings in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, which emphasized the city’s culture, history, diversity, and ecological sensitivity. Quito Turismo, the tourism office for the capital, sponsored my stay at a lovely trio of accommodations that was affordable, centrally located and comfortable.
The first was Patio Andaluz, which is located in the heart of the area that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The colonial style building just off of Independence Square was actually erected in 1534 and has provided refuge to presidents and other historical figures since then. It’s an absolute gem that is Rainforest Alliance Verified (indicating its sustainable operations) and filled with personal touches such as artwork, religious artifacts, reading corners, nightly entertainment and an outstanding breakfast. The hotel caters to European travelers mostly with a mix of businessmen.
My room was a standard matrimonial that faced the inner courtyard. It was quiet and very comfortable.
The next accommodation was the decidedly modern, Anahi Boutique Hotel, which is a chic oasis in the northern part of Quito. This Smart Voyager Certified hotel boasts individually themed rooms, a Jacuzzi/steam room and a gorgeous (and unusual for Quito) roof-top lounge so that patrons can have a cup of coffee or a drink before dinner. The hotel caters to German and British travelers mostly who want to enjoy some solace during their stay in Quito.
My room was called the Vitro Fusion Room which was designed by the local artist Alexandra Moshenek, who is a specialist in melted glass. It was spacious, airy, bright and offered wonderful views of Quito.
The last accommodation was the centrally-located and eclectic Café Cultura. The former home of a prominent family, this building was lovingly restored over a four-year period to reveal some incredible artwork and mosaics. Walking through the entrance, I felt as though I was an honored guest at someone’s estate. Perhaps because of the pounding rainstorm that evening, but I found the hotel to be very cozy, welcoming and inviting. It felt like a home away from home!
My room was the Honeymoon Suite, which was phenomenal with its corner fireplace, sitting area, huge and funky (conservatory) bathroom with a claw foot tub, and its many books scattered about the room.
When I come back to Quito, I will most definitely come back to these eco-hotels again!