Ecuador's Casa Gangotena opens this September


Casa Gangotena // (c) 2011 Casa Gangotena

Casa Gangotena, the new boutique hotel situated in the Ecuadorian capital of Old Town Quito – this year’s Cultural Capital of the Americas – will welcome travelers beginning September 2011.

The three-story hotel is positioned in a newly restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco. What once served as the residence for several presidents during the late nineteenth century, was rebuilt in 1926 following a fire and designated a “heritage property” after Quito was nominated as UNESCO’s first World Heritage Site city in 1978.

The hotel’s interior is a combination of contemporary art and original Neo-Classical architecture. The mansion’s original details exist in painted tin ceilings, aedicules and stucco architraving. Its 31 rooms, each equipped with king-size or twin beds and featuring full luxury amenities, offer views of Plaza San Francisco, the inner courtyard or the Pancillo hillside. Additionally, two rooms on the second floor can be interconnected to provide expansive accommodation.


Casa Gangotena bedroom // (c) 2011 Casa Gangotena

Casa Gangotena is outfitted with a glass-roofed patio on the third floor showcasing a patio garden; a restaurant featuring a modern international take on traditional Andean and coastal cuisine; and a fully-stocked library.

Aside from its luxury service and amenities, Casa Gangotena also provides guests with easy access to an abundance of sights and scenes. As it is centered in Plaza San Francisco, the hotel is only a short walk from museums, churches, shops, cafes and cultural centers, and is conveniently surrounded by modern districts as well.

Conscious of the community of which it is a part, Casa Gangotena is endowed with sustainable features and is involved in several neighborhood projects.

Prices start at US$425 and include buffet breakfast and Quito-style afternoon coffee snack. Reservations will be accepted starting September 2011.

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