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 had the most beautiful stay at Hotel Carlota. Everything about Hotel Carlota is perfect. Centrally located in the historical center, it is a tastefully-designed and beautifully-restored colonial mansion turned into an intimate 12-room boutique hotel. The rooms are exquisite and the most impressive part is the soaring ceiling - at least 25 ft high! The hotel has a wonderful terrace/bar which offers the best views of Quito. Don't forget to take advantage of it as most guests don't use it. I usually don't eat at hotel restaurants but I must say that the food at the hotel restaurant, Bistro Carlota, is delicious - a creative and modern take on Ecuadoran cuisine without being fussy! And it is open on Sunday and Monday when most restaurants in Quito are closed. Last but not least, the hotel wins the award for having the best staff ever. Everyone is warm, professional, efficient, helpful and charming, especially Claudia, who went out of her way to help us with many things. I am already looking forward to my next stay at Carlota!
Great boutique hotel in the heart of the historic district. Staff is super friendly and went out of their way to ensure we had a great stay. There was a pop-up restaurant during our stay and the food was excellent authentic Ecuadorian cuisine. Also the rooftop area was ideal at the end of long day of sightseeing. Highly recommend!
The Carlota is beautiful, with great architecture. The room was peaceful and relaxing. We met the owner who’s wife is an architect who helped create it’s beauty today. Breakfast was delicious and I tasted a new fruit I’d never tasted before - I forget its name but it was great. I highly recommend this hotel.
We spent one night in this lovely venue. The rooms are compact, and perfect for one person. The renovation is exquisite and remarkable. The staff were lovely, and the owner made a point of connecting with us over our custom, fresh, healthy breakfast. Look no further!
Only 2 blocks away from the main city center historic museums, plazas and churches. Breakfast is overpriced but check out the amazing terrace looking up over Quito while having a drink!
Rooms are very small but staff is great and hotel decor super pretty!