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The Secrets of the Historic Center Will Awaken Your Senses
The capital of Ecuador dresses itself in a celestial summer sky and an Andean sun. Festivities, lights, events, culture and happiness flood the streets of Quito and its beautiful historic center. This colonial piece of the capital city was aptly designated as the first ever World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its cobblestone streets, white adobe houses, inner patios and beautiful churches instantly captivate any and all that wander along its many areas. Nostalgia, history and romanticism emanate from its walls. The Old Town bustle will often carry you with it. Whether you visit for the first or the hundredth time, the historic centre evokes a level of magnetism that’s hard to describe, its secrets often waiting impatiently to be discovered…
Casa Gangotena is the former mansion of a family with the same name and constitutes an extraordinary piece of Quito’s history. Built over Incan ruins, this home-away-from-home stands tall beside the emblematic San Francisco plaza. After a careful restoration that managed to rescue its French tin ceilings, beautiful murals and wooden floors, this enormous house was converted into a boutique hotel that quickly became the capital’s most iconic property. A balanced combination of modern elements, beautifully-crafted decorations, luxury services and a gastronomical experience that reimagines traditional Ecuadorian cuisine (with an international twist!) melds perfectly with Casa Gangotena’s commitment to its surrounding community. All of this and more is what makes Casa Gangotena such a unique and emblematic space in the heart of Quito.
Break the Routine by Slipping Into Elegance
It’s easy to let ourselves be swept away by the monotonous routine of work and life, but it’s just as easy to forget how important it is to enjoy the wonderful things that are all around us. With Casa Gangotena, give yourself a luxurious gift and relive the historic center through a fresh pair of eyes while awakening the rest of your senses. Visit one of the biggest and best preserved colonial cities in the Americas for the first time and re-discover yourself through its colors, textures and sounds. Experience the best of local cuisine at Casa Gangotena’s innovative restaurant. Say farewell to the day with a view of the Virgin Mary monument up on Panecillo Hill that becomes beautifully illuminated at night. A comfortable bed resembling the clouds and a magnificent bathroom await you for your well-deserved rest at the end of the day.
A Colonial Adventure
Life in the colonial quarter starts early in the morning. Several summer activities that are organized by the municipality of Quito and private entities serve as the perfect excuse to visit the Center’s museums, theaters and plazas that are filled with festival lights, open-air concerts and prestigious art exhibits. And as the cherry on top? Casa Gangotena, where we offer Sunday brunches that combine the best of local and international flavours in a list of options that varies every week and, as a result, offers a new culinary experience each time you come to dine. Unlimited mimosas with exclusive house mixes help compliment the menu and enlighten the spirit. Should lunchtime arrive, our best suggestion is that you try our re-expressed Ecuadorian cuisine that encompasses the best of Ecuador’s culinary traditions. Surprise your palate with intense and refined flavors, because our senses deserve a good dose of inspiration, too!
A Gift to the Senses
At Casa Gangotena, an unlimited number of possibilities await to ignite your creative side. Discover something new with a sampler of gin or artisanal beer or Spanish-style tapas made by expert hands. Let yourself go with the aromas and subtle flavors that enrich the spirit and invite you to continue the search for those simple and delicious things in life that are often right in front of us but we so often neglect.
In the afternoon, the cool and crisp Andean weather starts to dance between the buildings and the alleys. Body and mind look for a relaxing moment before continuing with the colonial outing. The historic churches fill us with wonder and amazement. The perfect complement to an afternoon of urban exploration? A tasting of Ecuadorian chocolate (considered by many to be one of the best chocolates in the world) or Café Quiteño, Quito’s own version of English “high tea.” Recharge your energies in Casa Gangotena’s elegant interior patio with a perfect cup of coffee and snacks. What more could you ask for to abate the cool afternoon air of the city?
Discover One of Latin America’s Most Famous Historic Centres
You won’t want to miss the guided walks to the most beautiful corners of the historic centre, some of which will even let you discover their hidden secrets. Legends, myths, revolutions and poetry hide behind every door, under every bridge and beneath every church dome. Snuggle up under the wings of the statue of the Virgin Mary up on Panecillo Hill, visit the emblematic neighborhood of San Marcos or the famous La Ronda alleyway to savor a warm beverage. Discover the inside of the legendary San Francisco church. Each space here transports us to an intense past that reminds us of just how far the city has come to make it the beautiful capital that it is today. Casa Gangotena is the place that you’re looking for in the historic center and definitely will definitely transform your experience of this piece of Quito. So go ahead and live colonial Quito like never before!