16 Apr Casa Gangotena
About Casa Gangotena
Location: Quito’s Old City, Quito, Ecuador.
Casa Gangotena is described as ‘understated opulence given an Ecuadorean twist’. This 1926 palatial family home that had fallen into disrepair has been transformed into an intimate luxury hotel. The three-level mansion on the main Plaza San Francisco in the heart of the old city has been exquisitely restored, with additions that mix Art Nouveau with contemporary design.
Awarded as the first and only hotel in Quito to become a Relais & Châteaux member, Casa Gangotena adds a new level of distinction to the city. To become a member of this prestigious network of properties and restaurants, one must be outstanding, inspiring and one of-a-kind. The combination of Casa Gangotena’s exquisite rooms, exceptional cuisine and local immersion creates an unforgettable experience for those who visit.
The generous, high-ceilinged rooms vary in size but all share tall, elegant windows and ornate furnishings while also offering modern technologies and quintessential comforts. The hotel features an exclusive rooftop terrace with views of the historic centre, a glassed-in patio and outdoor garden, and a fine dining restaurant where, aside from gourmet cuisine, guests can enjoy the hotel’s renowned ‘high tea’.
WHY CASA GANGOTENA
Relais & Châteaux
Reining as Quito’s only Relais & Châteaux member, a stay at the Casa Gangotena is guaranteed to be of a high standard as properties whom qualify for this prestigious network of hotels and restaurants are not done so on a whim. They must exhibit diverse high-quality cuisines, a shared passion and a consistent high standard.
Inspired by the biodiversity of our ingredients, Casa Gangotena offers creative signature cuisine, based on ongoing research on flavours, scents, textures and ancestral cooking techniques that are a tribute to Ecuadorian gastronomy.
Enjoy a sleep to remember in stately elegance. The rooms and suites at Casa Gangotena are decorated with rich carpets, towering window frames, flowing curtains, Art-Deco style furniture and luxurious bathrooms.
Casa Gangotena’s Luxury rooms invite guests to relax in style, enjoying the elegance created by its luxurious upholstery, plush carpets, fine linen and rich furnishings that adorn each room. Each room is 36 square metres.
The Luxury Plus room occupies the end of the southwestern wing of Casa Gangotena. Striking neoclassical columns rise around the room, topped with ornate stuccowork, which interrupts the floral Art Nouveau frieze that runs around the cornicing. The room is 29 square metres.
The Junior Suite is one of the most special rooms in the house. This room used to be the “tea room” of the Gangotena family, where society women would come to gossip about the city’s affluent. Situated on the first floor, the spacious Junior Suite features an original, 360-degree restored mural depicting the Casa de Zorro. The Junior Suite overlooks the garden and the Panecillo hillside. The suite is 48 square metres.
At the end of the southwestern wing of the property, on the first floor, the Balcony Junior Suite is undeniably romantic: with a balcony overlooking the inner garden and picturesque views of the Virgin of Quito atop her hillside. Neoclassical stucco columns adorn the room. The bathroom is hugely inviting, with two large windows that draw in the Andean light, while beautiful columns and black-and-white veined marble complete the picture. The Balcony Junior Suite is 29 square metres.
At the end of the western wing of the property, on the first and second floors, 2 Luxury Rooms are interconnected, providing more space for families and visiting dignitaries. Both of them can be converted into Suites. The Suites are 73 square metres.
Located along the house’s northern facade, these rooms grant stunning views of the Historic Centre, with the most treasured being that of Plaza San Francisco and its namesake church and convent. The rooms are graced with ample amounts of natural light and a rich, sophisticated décor. The Plaza View Rooms are 31 square metres.