Located in the center of Quito’s historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hotel San Francisco de Quito is a carefully restored 17th century house turned hotel. Quadruple guestrooms are spacious enough to accommodate large families and offer sweeping views of the city. The 1698 Camino Real Restaurant is located in tunnels, beneath the hotel, that once served as a prison for inquisition prisoners. Families can tour the magnificent churches and plazas of the Old Town neighborhood of Quito before heading to the Granilandia Water Park for some fun in the sun. The Vulqano Amusement Park is also nearby.
Our Editor Loves
- Hotel's historic significance
- Museums and culture
- Underground restaurant
- Horse Back Riding
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We foolishly chose the room on the fifth floor, our choice. If you aren’t use to the altitude of Quito getting to the top of the hotel can be a struggle at times. This isn’t a 5 star hotel but is nice. The front desk staff is friendly with any questions you have.
We love staying in the historic districts of old cities like Quito which is why we picked this hotel. When we arrived, the courtyard was absolutely beautiful. Then we were taken to our room, away from the main building, down a dark and winding hallway. We walked into our room which was basically a brick vault with no windows except for one that opened into the windowless hallway and there was nothing to keep people from taking whatever was within reach. There was not even a fan in the room to move the air. There was no night light in the bathroom in what would be a pitch-black room when the lights were out. They did not provide water in the room, which every other hotel (six others) we stayed in, in Ecuador, did.
All the light fixtures were bare bulbs and the room smelled very strongly of bug spray. The plug on one bedside table was completely broken and could not be plugged in, the other light sparked when we turned it on. There were dirty socks in the drawer.
We complained and were given another room, up three more flights of winding stairs. Lots of windows and minimal bug spray smell. The beds were less than two feet off the floor, and I think they saw their best days in the 1970s. Both the mattresses and pillows were the hardest I have ever experienced. It was like sleeping on cement.
The long and the short of it, we left the next day and went to the Hilton. When we signed out no one asked us why we were leaving early and seemed totally unconcerned. No questions were asked about our experience.
Do not trust the website. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.