High Tea and Orig­i­nal Fres­coes

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In­side Casa Gan­gotena, The Best Ho­tel in Ecuador

Guests check­ing into Casa Gan­gotena in Quito, Ecuador are wel­comed with a glass of jugo de vida, the juice of life. It’s made with 20 dif­fer­ent herbs and even af­ter an in­ter­na­tional flight and the rig­ors of land­ing in a city at more than 9,000 feet, the juice is refreshing enough to bring you back to life.

Opened in 2011, the ho­tel is the re­sult of a five-year ren­o­va­tion which trans­formed the Art Nou­veau and Art Deco home of the Gan­gotena fam­ily into the best ho­tel in Ecuador, full of orig­i­nal de­tails in­clud­ing pressed tin ceil­ings, fres­coes in some rooms and a jaw- drop­ping mar­ble spi­ral stair­case.

The 31 rooms at Casa Gan­gotena (20 lux­ury rooms, eight plaza view rooms, two ju­nior suites and one full suite) fol­low three color schemes– turquoise, red and blue and brown– and av­er­age 377 square feet (35 square me­ters) in size. Rooms 102 and 212 have orig­i­nal re­stored fres­coes. Plaza view rooms are also cov­eted for their views of the picturesque and sto­ried Plaza San Francisco on which the ho­tel sits.

Leg­end has it that an in­dige­nous man named Can­tuña sold his soul to the devil (then in­ge­niously cheated him out of it) in or­der to get the large and elab­o­rate stone niches built be­neath the San Francisco church that an­chors the plaza. As Quito grew, the San Francisco plaza be­came the site of a crowded and sketchy mar­ket­place be­fore be­ing re­ju­ve­nated as part of an over­all recla­ma­tion of Quito’s his­toric cen­ter which re­sulted in the area be­ing named a UNESCO World Her­itage Site in 1978.

Travel Tip: The San Francisco church is only open to visi­tors dur­ing early morn­ing mass on Tues­days from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. And you definitely want to get a look in­side this amaz­ing church. Com­pleted by the Span­ish in 1680 af­ter more than 150 years of con­struc­tion, the San Francisco church saves all its

Guests of Casa Gan­gotena are treated to com­pli­men­tary high tea Spa­cious, light filled rooms at Casa Gan­gotena have luxe beds and, in some cases, orig­i­nal fres­coes

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