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
I absolutely loved my stay at Hotel Carlota. The service and hospitality were amazing!~~ I would go again! A little gem in the right in the historic center. The food was yummy the rooms were super. Big thank you to all
A jewel in the historic center of Quito, excellent architectural rehabilitation and magnificient staff attention. A rooftop with unbeatable views. A wide tepertoire of cocktails. Sustainnability and commitment to the enviroment
Modern and luxurious hotel located in the heart of Quito. Service exceeded our expectations with details such as a welcome cocktail and a cup of tea. The hotel has a rooftop bar with probably one of the best views of Quito. Furthermore, the food at the restaurant was simply world-class.