Jan 25, 2015|
El Hotel Patio Andaluz in San Francisco de Quito gives travelers the chance to go back a few centuries by walking along beautiful, narrow streets to experience the colonial history of the town. This elegant 4-star boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the Old Historic Center of Quito — a place that will not leave you unmoved. Quito is the highest capital city in the world at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level. Thanks to its elevation, even after the 1917 earthquake, Quito has the best-preserved and least altered historic center in Latin America. This culturally rich district covers more than 800 acres (3.25 km²) and features a variety of churches, convents, museums, monasteries and chapels. Actually, Quito was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and was one of the first cities designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. In terms of heritage, as you can see in the picture above, the Patio Andaluz is surrounded by historical monuments such as beautiful old churches, Spanish municipal buildings and other structures that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The must-visit place in Quito is the Plaza de Independencia, which is located near the Andaluz. The style of the entire city is based on aspects of Spanish colonial architecture where most of the structures continue to be lived in and used as stores, offices, restaurants and hotels like the Patio Andaluz. Hot Tours: Quito and the Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil to Quito by Train This amazing place is not only a historical heritage; you can also have the pleasure of admiring it from above, taking in its unique landscapes with views of mountains, volcanoes and the famous hill in the center of town, El Panecillo. It is often said of Quito that its setting alone is enough to strike you speechless. Patio Andaluz is a true boutique hotel with room for 63 guests across 32 comfortable rooms that are spread over two patios of an old Quito mansion. This provides for a unique luxury experience. In the first patio there are double rooms. Six of these look out on to the main street, while the remaining five all enjoy an inner balcony view up in the eaves of the glass roof, giving onto the patio. Andaluz provides quality dining as well. The hotel restaurant, El Rincón de Cantuña, prepares delicious Spanish fare and traditional Ecuadorian small dishes, which is a great way to discover the country’s local cuisine. For breakfast you will find a generous buffet, for lunchtime there is a set menu and an a-la-carte menu in the evenings. For wine lovers you will find the hotel’s cellar-like Tapas Bar Marqués de Jerez in the lower level of the rear patio, attractively tiled in blue mosaics, where an attentive barman will be waiting for you.