Could Ecuador be holding secrets within its incredible natural sites, colonial cities, Andes highlands, and Amazonian rainforest? If such secrets involve amazing luxury and boutique accommodations, then the answer is a resounding yes.
Ecuador has come a long way as far as accommodations are concerned. No longer is it strictly the domain of Amazon jungle lodges and high-rise city hotels for a quick stopover. Instead, you now have choices of Ecuador places to stay.
From the Galápagos Islands to the capital city of Quito and on into the Ecuadorian Amazon, expect to find these 15 best luxury and boutique Ecuador hotels.
While staying in the capital city of Quito, enjoy the convenient location and various amenities of the ILLA Experience Hotel. This deluxe boutique hotel in Ecuador contains just ten rooms with colonial décor on the first floor, contemporary on the second, and more modern designs on the third. You’ll have access to a small spa, whirlpool tub, fitness room, lush pocket garden, and the hotel’s own wine cellar and restaurant. The hotel is also convenient to the Sucre Theatre, Bolivar Theatre, Colonial Art Museum, and many small shops and restaurants.
Enjoy everything this elegant, luxury boutique hotel has to offer during your stay in Quito. Situated in a historical restored mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the Old Town area, you’ll have 31 rooms on three floors to choose from. The ground floor provides a delectable restaurant specializing in modern dishes using traditional and coastal ingredients. After a full morning of sightseeing or shopping, relax in the glass-roof patio or on the top floor terrace of one of the best hotels in Ecuador.
Set in a 1738 colonial-style house located in the historical center of Quito, Casona de la Ronda Hotel immerses you in the history and culture of Ecuador. Admire its parquet floors, wood furnishings, and bright-colored décor after a day of exploring the city or returning from a day trip excursion. Enjoy the coffee shop or stroll out to the garden or terrace to enjoy your cocktail from the bar. This boutique hotel is perfect for honeymooners and couples but can also accommodate families.
Settle in and relax in this 5-star hotel near the Bolivar Theatre in Quito. Enjoy evening entertainment, an onsite restaurant and bar, or order from room service. You’ll sleep well in their cozy, allergy-free rooms and wake up to enjoy the daily buffet or continental breakfast. You’ll have everything you need here, from free Wi-Fi to a convenient airport shuttle.
Set in the trendy La Mariscal area of Quito, the Ikala hotel displays both modern and colonial architecture and interior décor. Guest rooms come in three different styles and are well suited for couples or families. You can check out the cava bar for any small celebratory events such as an anniversary party or enjoy relaxing in their cozy sitting areas, patios, or gardens. You can also enjoy a view of Quito at night upon the rooftop terrace. The hotel’s charming restaurant offers both international and local dishes, so you’ll always have something new to try.
While in the port city of Guayaquil, enjoy the many comforts of Hotel del Parque. But don’t let this hotel’s 1891 clapboard construction fool you. Inside you’ll find 44 charming rooms and suites with elegant décor. In addition, this 5-star historic hotel is set within a tropical oasis of sorts in the downtown area and provides you with a cozy place to lay your head after a full day of travel or sightseeing. Guayaquil is often the jumping-off spot of the Galápagos Islands and other destinations, and this luxury offering gives you an extra reason to stay around and explore what the city has to offer.
Located in a historic building near the edge of the city center, Cruz del Vado is part of the small luxury hotel chain known as Art Hotels Ecuador. Four luxury suites with a jacuzzi and balcony offer comfort, great views, and relaxation during your stay. Other charming rooms are also available. Step outside your door and into this colonial city’s center for a taste of Ecuadoran culture firsthand. For dinner, head up to the third-floor restaurant for various dishes from the different provinces. If the weather allows, enjoy your breakfast out on the terrace as you admire the broader views of the city.
Situated in the Old Town section of Cuenca, the Hotel Santa Lucia is a small hotel with 20 elegantly designed rooms. Here you will marvel at the antique furniture, sash windows, and high ceilings. Enjoy a romantic dinner in the open-air courtyard, take a stroll through town, and admire historic cathedrals nearby. A good base for local sightseeing, museums, and walks, the Hotel Santa Lucia is couple-friendly as well as suitable for families.
This cozy, chic boutique hotel is dramatically located near the Cotopaxi Volcano, allowing for quick access to exploring the surrounding sites and enjoying nature. Couples will appreciate its romantic rooms and out-of-the-way location. Honeymooners will love the suites complete with private balconies. Spend your time relaxing or rent a bike from the concierge and explore on your own or on a tour. Enjoy a drink in the hotel garden, then saunter into the restaurant to sample their amazing Ecuadorian cuisine.
Experience history here at the Hacienda San Agustin De Callo in Cotopaxi. Once an Inca fortress, an Augustinian monastery, and a French Geodesic Mission home, this lovely boutique hotel offers 11 rooms to guests. Enjoy the spectacular views of the world’s highest volcano and roam around the natural wonderland surrounding the hotel. If you’re looking for an unusual romantic getaway, this is where you want to stay. Honeymooners and couples enjoy its relative seclusion.
Enjoy a little luxury off the beaten track in this restored 17th-century manor located just two hours from Quito. Highly recommended for active vacationers, nature lovers, and birdwatchers, Hacienda Zuleta is really for anyone who wants an authentic Ecuadorian experience. You can gaze out at the Andean Condors, take long walks in the rural landscapes, or ride Zuleteno-bred horses to your heart’s delight. At night, settle in to enjoy authentic Ecuadorian dishes homemade just for you.
Escape to the artisan city of Cotacachi and enjoy a stay at this exclusive boutique hotel. Here you will find fine dining, a relaxing spa, and refined décor in all 23 rooms and suites. Choose a king suite or family suite, each with all the amenities and bathing supplies you’ll need during your stay. Tucked away on a hillside, the La Mirage is close to the artisan markets in Otavalo while also offering adventurous hikes and other activities nearby.
La Selva Lodge is located in a stunning section of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin region, this luxurious hotel consists of a main building and cabins with 18 guest suites. Many of these suites include marble floors and bamboo and thatch features. It’s the little touches here that really stand out here, such as the fine linens and purified drinking water. The upstairs of the main building contains a bar, lounge, and restaurant for meals and relaxation. During the day, you can participate in planned excursions, take jungle walks, or go birdwatching for macaws, toucans, and many others.
Finch Bay is a beautiful luxury beachfront hotel on the south side of Santa Cruz Island in Ecuador’s Galápagos archipelago. Expect all the comforting extras here, from the stunning décor to the meals made with fresh local ingredients served in their restaurant. Schedule your spa service after a full day of exploring, shopping in Puerto Ayora, or snorkeling right outside your room. The hotel offers six suites with private balconies and 21 rooms with shared porches or balconies.
Just a quick walk from the white sandy beach in Puerto Villamil on the island of Isabela sits the luxurious Isamar Boutique hotel. Bring the entire family or enjoy a couple’s getaway at this small beachfront hotel. Consisting of just 10 guest rooms, you’ll never have to worry about feeling crowded. Enjoy room service, or sit outside on the deck and enjoy the sea breezes. Walk into town and enjoy the cafés and shops, or stroll to the nearby flamingo lagoon, iguana crossing, and Tortoise Breeding Centre.
Whoever said you have to give up luxury and boutique accommodations when exploring Ecuador obviously didn’t know about these 15 amazing finds. Now you can spend your days exploring volcanoes, waterfalls, wildlife, cities, or indigenous arts, then settle into one of these luxury hotels Ecuador-style for the perfect end to a perfect day.
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