Illa Experience Hotel

Quito, Ecuador

At a Glance

  • A historic colonial mansion which has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel

  • Just 10 rooms and suites, perfect for couples who prefer an intimate atmosphere

  • Located in the San Marcos neighbourhood which is known for attracting a creative crowd

  • A 5-minute walk from Plaza Grande and some of Quito's key attractions

  • Gorgeous design with many of the original features and impressive doors donated from a local church

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All year round destination. Due to its position on the equator and its altitude, Quito’s temperature varies greatly between night and day. Daytime temperatures average 23-25ºC, while at night temperatures drop to around 10ºC. In general, days are clear in the morning and cloud over in the afternoon, with rain common in the afternoon. The drier season runs from the end of May to the end September, with another brief summertime in early December (which coincides nicely with the city’s fiestas).

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Insider's View

Book the Panecillo Suite for views of the statue of the Virgin of Quito, which sits up on one of the neighbouring hillsides and lights up at night.

Try a painting class with local artist Jhery Reinoso who studied under Ecuador’s famous artist, Oswaldo Muñoz. Classes take place on the third floor with panoramic views of four churches and the surrounding mountains of Quito.

Ask the owner, Marcel, to show you around the neighborhood. He's extremely passionate about community artisans and would love to invlove guests in the artistry right outside the doors of Illa.

Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday to Illa Experience Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Ecuador


Illa Experience Hotel is a luxurious boutique property in the creative San Marcos neighbourhood of Quito, Ecuador's lively capital. Boasting just 10 rooms and suites, it offers a charming retreat for couples wishing to explore the city's key sights.

Converted from a beautiful colonial mansion, Illa Experience Hotel is a boutique property offering a luxurious base for exploring Quito, Ecuador's lively capital city. The property is located in the creative San Marcos neighbourhood, which attracts an array of artists, writers and musicians, remaining within walking distance of some of Quito's main attractions.

Everything from the lobby to the roof bar and even the bedrooms has a definite wow-factor, and while there are modern touches throughout, Illa Experience Hotel still remains true to its colonial roots. Original features can be seen throughout the hotel and furnishings have been sourced from local churches to add a touch of elegance.

There are just 10 rooms and suites offering first-class accommodation. Each floor of Illa has been designed with a different historical period in mind, showcasing the richness of Quito's culture. Some rooms overlook the colonial street outside, while others look out over the Panecillo hill, where the Virgin of Quito can be seen looking out across the city's skyline. This is a wonderful option for couples looking for an intimate retreat.

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There are just 10 rooms and suites at Illa Experience Hotel, each with elegant decor that reflects Quito's cultural heritage and views either over the colonial street outside or El Panecillo hill. Each floor of the property is designed to reflect a different period in Ecuador's history. Rooms all come with complimentary WiFi, a choice of pillows, l'Occitane bath products, 4K smart TVs with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.


Illa Experience Hotel is ideally located for exploring Quito's colonial quarter, with many churches, museums and historic buildings, all just a short walk away. It is also possible to take a ride on the cable car, for great views of the city and the snow-capped Andes, or an excursion to one of the colourful Indian markets in the highlands, such as Otavalo.



Danielle Diaz-Myers (Staff)

Walking through the doors of Illa Experience transports you to a place of serenity and architectural beauty. A feast for the senses from the beginning, you are greeted with a refreshing towel and welcome drink. Marrying the old with the new, Illa intertwines the historical body of the home while incorporating modern updates. Rooms are decorated in pale whites and neutral tones with personalized touches like name cards and a welcome snack waiting in your room. Enjoy complimentary daily experiences in the main room provided by local artisans such as watercolor painting and ice cream demonstrations.


Jack Guth (Staff)

The reason the word experience is in the name is because this hotel is much more than a bed for the night. Illa Experience really strives to be a part of the surrounding community of San Marco. When you check in, one of the first things you will do is take a stroll down the block where a staff member will give you a quick synopsis of the history in San Marcos, as well as point out local boutiques and restuaurants. With only 10 rooms, it really takes no time for the staff to start feeling like family. Rated by TIME magazine as one of the 100 hotels you have to visit, you cannot go wrong with this unique and arty boutique in one of Quitos most historic neighbourhoods.


  • Colonial Quito Walking Tour

    Discover Quito and its colonial centre with a private guide and admire its beautiful baroque churches, gothic basilica and charming plazas. This half day tour is a perfect introduction to Quito and to Ecuador's history and culture.

  • El Teleferico

    Boasting the most spectacular views over Quito's rooftops and of the surrounding volcanoes, El Teleferico takes you up the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano to the Cruz Loma lookout for a breathtaking experience.

  • Scenic Walking Tour of Quito

    Marvel at the art and architecture of Quito as you explore on foot, accompanied by a private guide. Discover Quito's colonial quarter which has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and contains innumerable treasures of design and history.

Holiday Ideas

  • Epic Ecuador & Galapagos

    Otavalo, Amazon, Quito, Galapagos, Guayaquil

    from £8300 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • This action-packed itinerary really gets under the skin of Ecuador’s staggering geographical diversity and is packed full to the brim with the country's best experiences and dazzling sights
    • Uncover a little of Ecuador’s colonial history and cultural influences with a backdrop of dramatic snow-capped mountains and softly billowing volcanoes
    • Experience the magic of the Galapagos from the comfort of a luxurious catamaran with your own private balcony, the perfect spot for soaking up dreamlike sunsets with a chilled glass of fizz!
  • Ultimate Peru & Galapagos

    Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito, Galapagos

    from £13300 pp inc flights & transfers for 15 nights

    • Snorkel in the Galapagos for up-close encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins and sea turtles
    • Travel through Peru's Sacred Valley aboard the Hiram Bingham, Belmond's luxury train
    • Visit the ancient Inca capital of Machu Picchu, a must-see when exploring Peru

Location & directions

Quito, Ecuador

Located in the San Marcos neighbourhood of Quito, Ecuador's vibrant capital. San Marcos is home to a dynamic community of artists, writers and musicians and is within walking distance of many of the city's key attractions.

How to get there

14-hour 45-minute international flight (via Madrid) to Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport, followed by a 45-minute drive, traffic dependent.

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