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
Hotel Carlota is a boutique hotel in the center of the old city within walking distance to museums, restaurants, and unbelievably beautiful baroque churches. Customer service at this hotel is fantastic. Cannot say enough good things about everyone who is employed there, seriously. Our room was very clean and well appointed. If you are traveling alone their smaller rooms are just fine but do book a larger room if you are traveling with more than one occupant.
Wonderful hotel, staff extremely friendly and helpful; very charming boutique hotel, beautiful architecture and rooftop bar was lovely spot to sit and have breakfast, view is 360 across the city. Rooms are intimate, they are on the smaller size including the shower/bathroom being tight but was just right, really, especially with all the special touches that are included in the room; bed was most comfortable and you have such a wounderful night of deep sleep especially after first arriving into Quito and acclimating into the high altitude, chilly in morning making the heater and comfy extra blanket just right! Staff was very helpful and we enjoyed our stay. We visited along with another couple friends of ours and their room was just as charming across the hallway, very similar room. We requested a room that had skylight with remote control which was nice too.
The location of this hotel is great, it gives the chance to go around centro historico when ever you need, their staff made a great job and made us feel like home. The rooms were a little small but very clean and warm!
House in colonial style, lavishly and sustainably renovated. Great combination of historical and modern, prime location in the old center. Staff is very nice and helpful, roof terrace with great view. Very good breakfast and food.
Just two blocks from the Plaza Grande, Carlota is a fairly typical Latin American colonial boutique hotel. The rooms are a bit small but very nice, clean, and well furnished. The staff are VERY friendly and helpful - in English and Spanish - and helped us call cabs, book adventures, and provided recommendations.
The rooftop lounge area is a tad rustic and seating uncomfortable, but provides stunning views of the city and surrounding countrysides. Bonus: there’s always hot tea, fruit, and cake in the lobby free of charge. I would stay here again.