What We Love
- The multiple public areas here include an intimate wine cellar
- Complimentary teatime featuring on-the-house pastries and sweets
- 360-degree views of the UNESCO-certified city from the rooftop lounge
- Alpaca duvets in all guest rooms
What To Know
- One of the suites here functioned as the original residence’s grand living room
- The family-owned property was recently named the World Travel Awards’ Design Hotel of South America
- Most of the herbs, greens, and fruits used in the restaurant are sourced from a Spanish-inspired garden onsite
- The hotel’s in-the-know staff comprises neighborhood residents
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Family-owned French-style residence in Quito’s most historic quarter with an idyllic roof deck
In 2008, with the help of his architect wife, Veronica Reed, Ecuadorian entrepreneur Renato Solines began to transform his grandmother’s glamorous turn-of-the-century residence into a modish boutique sleep—the first of its kind in this heritage-heavy pocket of Quito. Aimed at arts aficionados, the preserved property balances Old World style—much of the carpet and wood paneling, for instance, was recycled from the original building, underscoring the hotel’s commitment to sustainability—with contemporary flair, such as exposed brick walls, a sleek steel staircase leading to the newly-added terrace, and splashy geometric tiles in each of the guest bathrooms. The urban vibe is also strong at the hotel’s 16-seat bistro, which dishes out homemade breads and freshly pressed fruit juices at breakfast and imaginative spins on Andean standbys, like cevichocho, as part of an inventive three-course dinner menu. A dizzying range of gin cocktails, infused with everything from cilantro to coconut, take center stage at the idyllic roof deck—a pretty, pillow-strewn perch perfect for gazing at the neighborhood’s maze of century-old churches, monasteries, and convents.
In the Area
The backdrop to one of Latin America’s oldest and most revered Catholic churches, the Iglesia Museo Catedral Primada de Quito (also simply known as the “Quito Cathedral”), downtown Quito is a Baroque-ish blend of steeples, street vendors, and snow-speckled hills. Because you’re at an altitude of 9,350 feet—making this city the second-steepest capital in the world—be sure to take breaks, whether that means catching your breath at the Plaza Grande, a bustling square flanked by the Palacio de Gobierno (the seat of the Ecuadorian presidency) or one of the many cafés dotting the fountained courtyard of the former archbishop’s palace, a colonnaded 16th-century behemoth.
How to Get There
The Carlota is a lovely oasis in the heart of Centro Historico, It's on a hillside and not easy to access, especially on Sundays and holidays, The rooms are tastefully appointed with 5 M ceilings and lots of wooden accents. Do not pay extra for a room with a balcony as the street noise and vehicle exhaust makes an open window untenable. The walls are also quite thin allowing sounds from neighboring rooms and the common areas to be intrusive. The library, restaurant and rooftop bar are all pluses and make a for a truly memorable stay!
The food was very bad, served cold. My trout was raw. They never asked how we wanted the meat and it came raw. The deserts where very good specially chocolate soup. Dont recomend dinner here they are better places. Prices where ok
Carlota Hotel is very well-located in the old town of Quito, within walking distance of most of the main historic sites. Our room was extremely small and I was happy only to be spending one night in such a tiny space. There were few places to unpack our belongings, no closet, a tiny shelf for a night stand, very little space in the bathroom. The staff is very polite and helpful and the hotel is attractive, with a roof terrace that has a spectacular view of the city. Breakfast is okay, nothing too special.
I'm fairly certain my sunglasses were taken from our room while we were out for dinner one night. Otherwise an ok experience. Room was quite small but clean. Property seemed fairly well maintained. Restaurant was consistently empty whenever we walked by it.
We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Carlota in the historic centre of Quito. The design of the hotel is great, rooms are a bit small but this is because of the fact it is a colonial building, its charming. We would recommend a stay in the suite or loft. The roofterrace is just great, fantastic view over the historical centre and a cozy place to have some drinks. Service is excellent, very personal. Breakfast is tasty and enough choice.