The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-33
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Colonial Quito - Calle Flores Hotels;
Interesting Hotels in a Convenient Location;
Modest Prices - Sophisticated Clientele
We start back up with an interesting Chronicle from LWE Principal Mathieu Guillory. Matt reviews five modestly priced hotels on Calle Flores in Colonial Quito. All of these hotels are within a few blocks of Plaza Grande and within walking distance to most Colonial Quito sights.
by Mathieu Charles Guillory
Because we are in the travel business with our agency Excelsior Tours, we are constantly watching the trends here in Ecuador. One thing we have noticed that the number of tourists is not exactly declining…..but HOW they are traveling is changing.
There are five hotels on Calle Flores here in Colonial Quito. Our café “Dios no Muere” is also located on Flores and that is one of the reasons we opened this café…..the number of tourists on the street. These hotels are not four or five stars….or even three stars. But…the clientele using these hotels appear to be cosmopolitan travelers who one might consider “well off”. Now we realize that appearances can deceive, but when they patronize our Café and ask for $20 or $40 bottles of Argentine wine….or a nice Cognac….we understand quite well who we are dealing with. It appears to us that the traveler these days likes to do more things on their own and would rather spend less on expensive hotels and more on other pursuits. Thus….boutique hotels such as these are becoming more popular…..
1) Hotel Viena: Corner of Chile and Flores. Old Colonial home converted into a hotel. Clean rooms, WIFI, cable TV and restaurant downstairs. We have had some complaints about hot water. Price $20 per person. ***
2) Hostal Quito Cultura: Corner of Chile and Flores. Old colonial home converted into a hotel. Great rooftop terrace and price includes breakfast. $20 per person. Cable TV and WiFi. We personally prefer this hotel as it has clean comfortable rooms with some that have bunk beds for a family and other with spacious balconies on the street.****
3) Hostal Flores: FloresN3-51 y Sucre. The owner, Jaime, speaks good English and used to live in Australia. Nice older colonial home with simple rooms but very clean and orderly. There is one bedroom with a balcony. There is cable TV and WiFi in the lobby. Price $15 for one person in a private room and $20 for two people in room. Good hot water!***
4) Hostal Ricon Familiar: Flores N3-49. Right next door to Hotel Flores and in fact.was at one time the same home. In our view….not as nice as Hotel Flores but does have hot water, WiFi and Cable. No restaurant. Price: $9 per person.**
1) Huasi Continental Hotel: Flores N3-08 y Sucre. Also renovated older home but probably needs some updating. The staff do not seem to be that attentive or accommodating. There is a full service restaurant downstairs and parking garaje for all customers. There is also WiFi and cable. Price $20 per person.**
Plus…..our Cafe Dios no Muere is right around the corner serving your favorite sandwiches, grilled meats, coffee , beers, wines and Louisianan Bread Pudding for dessert!
Matt - Thank you
What in interesting selection of hotels - and great prices, especially considering the location so close to Plaza Grande and everything in Colonial Quito. And just a short walk to Cafe Dios no Muere! Looks like the Cafe is doing well. And thanks for such a great start for the Chronicles after our break.