Concept: Originally the home of one of Quito's oldest families, Café Cultura later became the French Cultural Centre. After being carefully restored over a period of four years, with special detail given to maintaining the unique characteristics of the original interior, it is now the Boutique Hotel Café Cultura.
Location: in the center of Quito, just a few minutes away from the old city, where the World Heritage-listed colonial town of narrow Spanish streets, imposing plazas and gilded cathedrals awaits. The shops, together with a wide range of restaurants, are within strolling distance, while the Indian market, just a few blocks away, saves the day for last minute bargains. Museums, theatres and art galleries abound in this part of town.
Accommodations: While all the Cafe Cultura rooms have individual features, some are more special than others with their own fireplaces, or perhaps a sunken bath. The honeymoon suite boasts its own balcony - a conservatory converted into a dream-like bathroom with an antique tub.
Ground Floor: These rooms are towards the back of the hotel, behind reception. Possibly the most original of all the rooms are found here, with delicate paintings and decoration.
Second Floor: Each room has been individually designed in keeping with the style of the house. Different artists have painted modern frescoes throughout, adding to the already unique style.
Third Floor: The floor with the biggest story to tell. The roof of Cafe Cultura was severely damaged several years ago by a freak hailstorm. The roof was completely reconstructed and rooms 18 to 24 were built here.
Garden: There are two rooms to be found in the front part of the garden to the right hand side of the hotel. These rooms are tremendously original. They feature a private wooden decked area in front of them, making them at once part and yet separate from the garden.
Dining: Ever since its opening, the unparalleled bistro-style cuisine at this Quito restaurant has become legendary among local trendies and foreigners alike. The flavours of freshly baked breads, home-made jams, pastries and more, never fail to delight the palette of the clientele, whose sense of taste and style motivates Café Cultura’s staff to create masterpieces daily.
The café-bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. The chef decides the daily menu with verve and originality, always bringing new and exciting tastes and aromas to satisfy your nouvelle-cuisine, gourmet, vegetarian or other exotic appetites. Meals are accompanied by freshly-squeezed fruit juices -- passion fruit, papaya or a seasonal endemic fruit perhaps -- or a fine South American wine, or even a
Activities: Some stay in Quito only as a first and last night for travels beyond, to Mindo Cloudforest, to the Galapagos, and beyond. But Quito is Ecuador's capital, the oldest and arguably most beautiful city in the Andes. We recommend you spend a few days in the city for interesting day tours, as well as taking time to acclimate. Quito is located in the middle of the Andes at 2800m above sea level and altitude affects young and old, fit and unfit equally, so first let your body adjust to the thin air and subtle vibrations of this ancient mountain realm.
The art and architecture of the Old Town is world renowned, the museums are a source of endless fascination, the shops and markets are a bargain hunter's paradise, and Quito's nightlife is one of the world's best-kept secrets. A few days in Quito are enough to get a good taste of the city, but a lifetime isn't enough to decipher all its mysteries.
Pricing: $89 single, $109 Double, $119 triple, $149 Suite. Prices in US $. Add 12% tax.