My husband and I, along with another couple, recently found a "home away from home" in Quito. We stayed in La Casona de la Ronda, which is located just on the edge of the old town. It is a new hotel that has not been open long, but it is delightful. It has only 22 rooms. The owners of the hotel renovated an old mansion so the building dates from 1734. They did a very good job of it too, as the hotel retains all of the beauty of the old building and but the rooms, beds, bathrooms etc. are all up-to-date and new. There are walls all around the hotel (as there would have been when it was a private home), and with the gates closed, you can hardly tell the hotel is there. It is quiet here. And frankly, the décor is beautifully done, but it is not overdone. Just lovely and so much nicer than a “regular” chain hotel, of which there are many, but all are located in the modern part of Quito.
We stayed here five nights total, although not all at once. After seeing Quito, we left the city to visit the Otavalo area for two nights, came back for two nights, left for the Amazon rain forest, and then came back for one night before leaving for the Galapagos Islands.
We were treated with TLC, for sure! The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. We had breakfast there daily, and dinner two nights but the dinner menu is limited. They have a lovely room which will be a restaurant, but at the time we were there, it did not seem to be operating. We went out for dinner the other nights. There are lots of local places within walking distance, and if you wish to walk a bit further, there are many restaurants in the Old Town main square. Since we like to be experimental, we were happy to eat in different places.
The rooms are lovely and large. The bathrooms are spotless. If I wanted to be really picky, I would say that the bathrooms could use brighter lighting (for make-up), but the huge shower with its lovely hot water more than made up for low lighting. The beds were comfortable, but more on the European/Asian standard than the American standard (ie, they were firmer).
The staff was very friendly. Not all of the serving staff spoke English, but the people at the desk do speak English. The hotel stored our luggage when we left on our short trips.
We were welcomed back each time we came "home". One evening (and it was Mardi Gras, the last day of "Carnaval") the doorman went over and above the call of duty. There was a lot of merriment outside ( and spraying of foam) and we were dressed for dinner, so the hotel called a cab. The cab could only come to the corner, which meant that we had to walk about half a block. The doorman got huge umbrellas and gave them to us... and then personally escorted us to the cab so we didn't get sprayed. He also picked us up when we returned to the hotel. We didn't get sprayed then either, but he did!
There were many other kindnesses as well that we were pretty sure that we would not have gotten from a large chain sort of hotel. If you're heading to Quito and like smaller boutique hotels, give this one a try.
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24 April 2012
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On behalf of all staff of La Casona de La Ronda and my own I want to thank you for taking the time to do this wonderful comment. For us it was an honor to have you with us.
The photos are wonderful, especially the picture from the viewpoint at night. We thank you so much for all the kindness of your words to our Hotel.
I have noted your comments about the menu and the lighting in the bathrooms. These two issues will be resolved as we are working on it now, to provide a complete and nice experience four our guest.
You will always be welcome in La Casona if in the future you have the opportunity to return to Ecuador.
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