Quito, Ecuador: Hotel Sol de Quito, a Delightful Find
From the moment you step over the threshold you’ll be charmed and welcomed. This hotel is in an old renovated mansion, with rooms on three floors and comfortable shared sitting areas. It’s not large but offers all services that travelers need and is beautifully furnished. The 24-hour reception desk, a small shop, and a Business Center with scanner, printer and computer with internet connections for guests, are on the ground floor as you enter.
The dining room, also on the ground floor, serves simple evening meals on request (no alcohol). Buffet breakfast, included in the room rate, is served 7:00-9:30am daily (see web site for menu). The staff is helpful and friendly and do their best to handle large groups. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi access, medical help if necessary, laundry services, and security boxes.
Sol de Quito is known as a museum hotel as each room is furnished in a local historical style and/or is based on a special area of Ecuador, such as Ambato. Ours was called Cuyabeno (for the Reserva Biologica Cuyabeno near the Colombian border) and was lovely, with a queen bed, parquet floors, stencils of flowers and birds on the walls and cupboards, and wonderful carved wooden doors. All rooms have a private bathroom.
The rooms tend to be a bit chilly, though, partly because of the high altitude (over 9,000 feet). If you stay more than a few days you can request a space heater from the manager.
Sol de Quito, in the newer part of the city, is about 15 minutes by taxi from the airport, and just a short taxi ride from Ave. Amazonas and Ave. Leon Mera, the main shopping/hotel area of the city.
Address: Alemania N30-170 y Vancouver (a very quiet street,)
Tel: (593) 2254 1773
Text and Photos By Vivienne Mackie