Casa Gangotena: A Quito Hotel for the Five Senses

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When deciding on accommodations in Quito, it’s essential to choose a place that offers more than just a bed to sleep in. Casa Gangotena, nestled in the heart of the Old Town, is not merely a boutique hotel but a sensory journey that caters to Casa Gangotena for the five senses. This esteemed establishment invites guests to immerse themselves fully in the vibrant culture and rich history of Quito through experiences that delight the sight with stunning architectural beauty, the sounds of the bustling city life, the scents of fresh local cuisine, the tastes of meticulously prepared traditional dishes, and the touches of luxurious comfort found in every detail of your stay. Casa Gangotena stands as a gateway to experiencing the essence of Quito, making it an unparalleled choice for travelers seeking a comprehensive encounter with the city.

Casa Gangotena for the Five Senses: A Visual Symphony

The Sights

Casa Gangotena for the five senses offers a soulful feast with views of Plaza San Francisco. Its twin spires, the square’s buzz, and Quito Old Town’s skyline enrich every moment, from sunrise to dusk. Whether at breakfast or in your room’s bathtub, the emblematic plaza is the heart of your stay in our Quito boutique hotel, visible in all its glory, at all times.

Casa Gangotena's rooftop terrace view

The Sounds

To truly experience the exterior, urban sounds of the historic center that surround Casa Gangotena, you have to open the window. Yes, that very same high-strength window that soundproofs your stay and allows you the most peaceful night’s sleep. By removing the barrier between you and Plaza San Francisco, the sounds of the square become the soundtrack to an unparalleled connection with this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Listen for the plaintive cry of: “‘mmmmercio de hoy! El Comercio de hoy!” from the newspaper vendor, and the sharp flap as a legion of pigeons takes flight. According to legend, these birds are the lost souls of devils in search of the crafty Cantuña, the workman said to have outwitted the Devil himself. Waking up to these sounds is to wake up like a true Quiteño, stirred by the movements of the city. Experience Casa Gangotena with the five senses and immerse yourself in the vibrant essence of Quito from the moment you open your eyes.

View from Casa Gangotena's Plaza Room

The Scents

You don’t have to set foot out of Casa Gangotena, your Quito Old Town hotel, before the five senses are engaged by the scents on the breeze from the traditional neighborhood. It’s the aroma of dried herbs and spices from the shop across on Calle Cuenca that drifts into the garden: warm, rich, and exotic, a prelude to the “Casa Gangotena for the five senses” experience. These colorful seasonings recur in the Mestizo Cuisine served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Within the hotel, a familiar, citrusy scent of hundreds of orchids in the patio and corridors layers over the air, mirroring Ecuador’s floral abundance.

Decorations at Casa Gangotena
You can find local plants all around our inner patio.

The Flavors

Your first taste as you enter Casa Gangotena, embodying the hotel’s commitment to engaging “Casa Gangotena for the five senses,” is the same as that enjoyed by many Ecuadorians arriving at their destination after a long journey: agua de frescos. This traditional welcome drink, stained fuchsia pink by the super-cereal amaranth and made with all-natural and organic ingredients, offers a refreshing blend containing seven different fresh herbs, including chamomile and lemon verbena. These ingredients not only cool the body and quench thirst but also boast myriad health benefits.

Return to our Quito hotel after 4 P.M. after a day of exploring Quito’s Old Town and the hotel’s signature taste is darker and richer: Café Quiteño, a kind of Quito high tea, is served with premium local coffee or a delicious range of herbal and fruit teas. It is this respect for Ecuadorian products, flavors, and traditions that make the Casa Gangotena experience so unique, and so entrenched in its wonderful surroundings.

Traditional drink at Casa Gangotena
All of the drinks served at Casa Gangotena are exclusive to our bar and restaurant.

The Touches

Delight in the touch of Casa Gangotena’s softest sheets, opulent sofas, and cool marble. Yet, Casa Gangotena for the five senses transcends these with a unique feeling: being cherished and at home in Quito Old Town. It’s the staff’s warm smiles and the concierge’s attentiveness in the hotel’s lovely spaces that truly set Casa Gangotena apart, leaving a lasting impression.

Casa Gangotena for the five senses
Feel the essence of Quito in Casa Gangotena!
Travelers exploring the unique landscape near Finch Bay, showcasing the luxury experiences offered by the Gangotena Boutique Hotel network in the golden triangle.
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