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In the centre of Quito’s Old Town, Casa Gangotena is a glorious historic mansion located on one of the most important squares in the city. Legend has it that the San Francisco Plaza was surrounded by pre-colonial palaces before the arrival of the Spanish in the 15th century and Casa Gangotena sits on the ruins of an ancient Inca temple.
In 1924, ten years after a disastrous fire, the Gangotena family rebuilt and renovated their stately home. Today, Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements from the original mansion shine through.
As you walk through the arched entrance to Casa Gangotena you will be greeted by the famously warm hospitality of the Ecuadorian highlands. A Les Clefs d’Or concierge and a plush reception room invites you to sink into plump sofas beside a grand original fireplace.
Despite its grand history and status as a Relais Chateaux property, Casa Gangotena is only a small property which is perfectly located for exploring the city, and appointed well for relaxing following a long journey.
Staying in Casa Gangotena is accompanied by an enjoyment of finer things in life. Wander down corridors with restored painted ceilings, wooden paneling, oil paintings and original frescoes. The hotel is adorned with unique antiques and beige Egyptian marble.
At Casa Gangotena, explore the surrounding UNESCO Heritage city on foot with a knowledgeable local guide, or kick back in the spa for a cleansing demonstration with a local herbalist followed by Ecuadorian chocolate tasting.
Head upstairs to the rooftop terrace on the third floor for views of the Iglesia de San Francisco church opposite, and the hillside of Panacillo twinkling at dusk. Relax with sundowners and enjoy seamless luxury at the beginning or the end of your Ecuador adventure.
The character of this heritage building means that rooms and suites vary in size and location. Casa Gangotena has 31 rooms, ranging from Luxury and Plaza View rooms to larger Suites. The Luxury rooms on the ground floor look out onto the flower garden and beautiful fountain and there are also Luxury rooms and Plaza View rooms on the first, second and third floors before the roof terrace. The Junior Suite used to be the tea room of the Gangotena family, situated on the first floor; this spacious suite overlooks the garden and the Panecillo hillside. The Balcony Junior Suite on the first floor connects two wings of the mansion and is decorated with classical murals. This exclusive Suite has its own balcony overlooking the garden with views of the Virgin of Quito atop her hill.
Extensive breakfast or brunch service, Wi-Fi, room service, laundry, the Crimson Room restaurant, the bar, Cafe Quiteno for tea served on the orchid filled patio, the walled garden to enjoy trees and plants with the sound of the stone fountain in the background, a brand-new and exclusive spa.
Dining at Casa Gangotena is rooted in Mestiza cuisine - referring to a fusion of different cultures, giving rise to new and original taste experiences. The food served in the Crimson Room restaurant pays respect to indigenous, American and European heritage of Ecuador through using diverse and delicious ingredients seasonally showcased. Guests can have classic dishes with a modern Ecuadorian twist, and enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar before or after.
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