Casa Gangotena

Quito, Ecuador

At a Glance

  • Beautiful converted mansion on the corner of Plaza San Francisco

  • Enjoy daily complimentary activities that bring colonial Quito to life

  • Wonderful location for exploring Quito’s historical old town

  • Rooftop terrace affords panoramic views of Quito

  • The hotel's lush gardens are a great place for a gentle stroll

  • Sophisticated interiors, one of the city's most exclusive boutique hotels

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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

The views at night from the roof terrace over the Plaza San Francisco and Quito's floodlit churches are stunning.

Opposite the hotel on the other side of the square is a beautiful shop featuring hand woven furnishings and original Panama hats- it is a great place to purchase some gifts!  

 

The roof top terrace is a great place for a pre-dinner with impressive views of the square and surrounding city (on a good day you can see the Cayambe Volcano).   

Casa Gangotena offers an array of daily complimentary free tours to showcase Quito's history and traditions. From chocolate tasting to tours of the neighboring church, cocktail making or a shaman experience where you can free yourself of any negative energy.  

Do not miss the sunsets on the rooftop terrace - they are stunning!

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Casa Gangotena or take a look at our itineraries to Quito

Description

Casa Gangotena boutique hotel is a beautifully restored colonial mansion in the heart of historical Quito with a prime position at the corner of Plaza San Francisco, a cobbled square rich with history, stretching back to the days of the Inca.

Beautifully and eclectically appointed, Casa Gangotena's recently restored interiors draw the eye with Art Nouveau and contemporary touches combined with original Neo-Classical architecture. From painted ceilings to handsome aedicules to stucco architraving, huge efforts have been made to preserve and restore the mansion's original details, assuring an air of history and sophistication dressed up with understated luxury.

The hotel has 31 sumptuous guest rooms, some with Plaza views, and a wide terrace on the third floor offers further impressive views over the Old Town, the bell towers and spires, the Panecillo hillside, the Pichincha Volcano and special events such as the Easter procession from the San Francisco Church. The hotel's cosy glass-roofed patio, meanwhile, is perfect for relaxing, with a patio-garden planted with orchids and flowers just beyond.

On the ground floor, the restaurant is decorated in harmony with the rest of the property and the cuisine is a modern international take on traditional Andean and coastal ingredients. A range of complimentary activities have recently been added to Casa Gangotena's portfolio. Departing at 7pm daily, guests can embark on tours of the Old Town plazas, explore Quito's history from the hotel terrace or learn the art of mixing the house beverage - Agua de Frescos.

Casa Gangotena is a perfect base for exploring Quito as well as for short stops on the way to the wonders of the Andes, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.

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Accommodation

31 guest rooms, all decorated in a contemporary classical style and with full amenities: 20 luxury, one junior suite, eight plaza view, one balcony junior suite, and one suite.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Casa Gangotena. However, there are no specific facilities available for them except for the two deluxe rooms which can interconnect to accommodate families.

Activities

Guests at Casa Gangotena are perfectly located to explore the beautiful city of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Americas, with a wealth of beautiful churches, monasteries and other historical buildings. It is possible to arrange a ride on the teleferico cable car with fantastic views over the city and the snow-capped mountains, a visit to the equatorial monument, or a trip to one of the colorful Indian markets such as Otavalo or Saquisili.

Reviews

5

Jack Guth (Staff)

Casa Gangotena is the definition of luxury in Quito. With a history of housing the Gangotena family, this building has housed poets, aristocrats, politicians and some of Ecuadors most historically important people. Staying here feels like a luxurious step back into the colonial time of Quito. With its central location (directly in Plaza San Francisco) this hotel is the perfect place to stay when exploring the city. The rooftop terrace is a great place to cap off a long day and watch the sun set over Quito.

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Scarlett Richard (Staff)

Look no further than Casa Gangotena. A boutique hotel located on the San Francisco square, the epic center of the countrys history and in walking distance to an array of key sights. There are many beautiful and charming boutique hotels dotted around the historical town of Quito but nothing quite compares to a stay at Casa Gangotena. Its the cities leading hotel and offers the most comfort and luxury. Rooms are tastefully decorated with beautiful marble bathrooms. The restaurant offers a delicious array of Ecuadorean dishes- you must try the Plantain fish stew (a typical dish found on the coast). The bar has an imaginative list of cocktails (best enjoyed on the roof top terrace pre dinner) and the daily complimentary high tea in the hotels atrium offers a peaceful escape from the action packed historical town. 
 
Most importantly Casa Gangotena is an eco-friendly hotel which encourages its guests to explore local traditions and get under the skin of  Quitos rich and deep rooted culture so you can be sure that any stay will offer you a sense of the real Quito.  
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Katie Aston (Staff)

Casa Gangotena has an impressive location on the Plaza San Francisco, one of Quito's most picturesque colonial squares and surrounded by colorful cobbled streets. The hotel was previously a beautiful privately owned mansion and much of the original 19th Century features have been retained so that it is much more special than your average hotel. Lofty ceilings, a palm filled loggia where afternoon tea is served, cosy bar and the elegant Cedron restaurant where you can try typical Ecuadorian dishes, a pretty courtyard garden and rooftop terrace with incredible views over Quito all add to the charm. The guest rooms are spacious and all come with a large marble bathroom. My favorite rooms were the rooms on the top floor which although smaller had their own terrace and the Junior suite which had beautiful murals, but there isn't a bad room or bad view at the hotel, the only thing that sometimes disturbs the peace are the ringing of the church bells. With some connecting rooms this is a good choice for families as well as couples.

Experiences

  • Antisana volcano and ecological reserve

    Look out for Andean condors in the highland wilderness surrounding the Antisana volcano as you explore this private reserve, a sanctuary in the Paramo region of Ecuador. View impressive sections of lava flow and enjoy panoramic views of surrounding peaks.

  • Chocolate tasting at Casa Gangotena

    Calling all chocoholics! This indulgent experience takes you through the process of transforming the humble cocoa bean into one of the world's most loved sweet treats, sampling a variety of chocolates along the way.

  • Complimentary activities at Casa Gangotena

    Exclusive to guests staying at Casa Gangotena, a collection of complimentary, daily activities have been introduced to get under the skin of Quito's culture and history. Activities begin daily at 6pm.

  • Cotopaxi biking adventure

    Bike down the slopes of Cotopaxi, the world's highest active volcano, for a thrilling adventure amid beautiful Andean scenery. Learn about the natural history and wildlife, hike to the Pucara pre-Incan ruins and keep your eyes peeled for the condors.

  • 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.

  • Explore Quito & the Middle of the World

    A private half day guided tour of Quito exploring the colonial center, monasteries and churches, before heading to the "Middle of the World" monument that divides the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern Hemisphere on the equatorial line!

  • Gastro Tour of Quito

    Explore Quito's old neighborhood of San Roque with the chef at Casa Gangotena, visiting his favorite shops and the colorful market. A great way to start the day, both for foodies and anyone wanting to uncover a different side of Quito.

  • Panoramic Quito at night with dinner

    Soak in the city sights on this drive through tour of Quito, as the city's beautiful plazas are lit in vivid hues adding a magical feel to this already charming capital. Ascend one of the surrounding hills for superb views and enjoy a delicious dinner.

  • Quito's Hidden Treasures & El Teleferico

    Explore the hidden treasures of Quito on this full day excursion, taking in the less visited sites of the city such as San Diego monastery and Santo Domingo church on the far side of El Panecillo, the iconic hill which watches over the center.

  • 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.

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Location & directions

Quito, Ecuador

Casa Gangotena is situated on Simon Bolivar, overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the San Roque neighborhood of Quito's historic center, Ecuador.

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