“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss ―
The reality of love is finding oneself at a higher level, far above the daily grind of life, and seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. When you are celebrating a time in your life that is centered around love, it needs to be celebrated thoroughly in every aspect possible – from your time together all the way to the atmosphere around you. The occasion in question may be your honeymoon, anniversary, or a quick getaway to keep the romance alive. But whatever the circumstance, Casa Gangotena is the perfect place for your romantic holiday.
Just how romantic is Casa Gangotena?
If you don’t believe us, you should believe the critics! Casa Gangotena was voted as one of the World’s Most Romantic Hotel by Travel + Leisure, meaning that Casa Gangotena Hotel offers, hands down, the most romantic stay in Quito whether you are just passing through or spending the week. You’ll understand why as soon as you step inside. The tingling feeling you get when you see the lofty romantic foyer with sweeping curtains and ornate designs almost feels like a testament to how love depends on the details. Everything about the hotel’s décor speaks to elegance and romance without being too ostentatious.
This theme is carried all the way through to the guest rooms, which lavish visitors with just about every luxury available. From the spacious, marble-encased baths to the deeply comfortable king-sized beds. Each room tells its own love story with original intricate friezes, floor-to-ceiling marble columns, and plush carpets and furnishings. All the rooms have their own unique view, too – some look out over the mesmerizing San Francisco Plaza while other peer into the serene and quaint Casa Gangotena garden. But if you really want to pull out all the stops, the Balcony Junior Suite is the best option, offering sweeping, picturesque views of the Virgin of Quito and the garden from its private balcony.
If the views, décor, and exquisite service don’t clinch the deal, honeymooners are offered a courtesy bottle of champagne upon arrival. After all, the attentive staff at Casa Gangotena know that life-defining occasions such as these are made even better with France’s bubbly best.
What spaces in Casa Gangotena are particularly romantic?
Casa Gangotena isn’t just a hotel with rooms and a restaurant. It offers a variety of spaces that cater to different moods and necessities. The Rooftop Terrace offers some of the best views over the Old Town of Quito. Couples can cuddle under the large sun umbrellas surrounded by lush greenery, sipping on handcrafted cocktails, wine or delightful snacks while enjoying each other’s company and the scenery. Most evenings, splashes of orange, blue, pink, and red dance across the sky, glinting off the buildings and mountains as the sun dips below the horizon. And just as you think the show is over, the lights from the city start to appear, and the night display begins – icing on the cake for a romantic day.
Once the Rooftop Terrace becomes too cold or you want a change in scenery, the bar is the perfect place to end the night or enjoy a quiet drink during the day. Small round tables offer couples a cozy place to whisper to each other under the soft glow of a single lamp, creating the quintessential romantic atmosphere. An attentive barman is always willing to expertly craft the perfect drink for you, and delicious snacks can be enjoyed while staying in your own dreamy world.
Rain, hail, or sun, the lounge area is a great place to relax between activities and enjoy each other’s company. The glass dome roof gives an air of grandeur, and the many sectioned areas of sofas and plump lounge chairs offer couples such a selection that you are sure to have claimed a favorite spot by the end of your stay. Bright floral arrangements and greenery are artfully placed throughout the space, offering both privacy and sending the aroma of flowers wafting through the air.
When it is time for a meal, the restaurant awaits with the head waiter ready to guide you to your table. Tables are spaced in to ensure that there is a respectful distance between them, making every dining experience a romantic and secluded one, regardless of the time of day. Each meal has been designed specifically by the Casa Gangotena restaurant with every type of taste bud in mind. The menu ranges from mouthwatering lamb to succulent Amazon river fish and caramelized vegetables and can be accompanied with your own selection from the huge wine list. And the dessert menu is even better, especially if you decide to share a dessert with your significant other.
What activities does Casa Gangotena offer that are perfect for romantic celebrations?
Casa Gangotena offers many unique in-hotel experiences for guests that are exclusive to the hotel. The special chocolate-tasting event is perfect for an enamored couple looking to taste something exquisite on a lazy afternoon. Participants learn about the process of chocolate making and get to taste different kinds of chocolate from all over Ecuador. What’s more romantic than feeding each other rich chocolate? Especially if that chocolate is some of the best in the world. If you are feeling a little tired after all that chocolate, then a massage can be requested and given in the comfort of your own room. Absolute bliss!
Another activity to be enjoyed within the hotel is the spectacular Café Quiteño or “British high tea with a twist.” Double-tiered silver platters come bearing a cascade of delicious treats that excite the senses, and the premium-brewed Ecuadorian coffee is pure bliss. The choice of savory and sweet snacks and heavenly coffee or tea can seduce anyone. The best part is that you can enjoy the Café Quiteño in the lounge area so that you don’t have to move from your choice of seats.
What is there to do outside of the hotel?
Casa Gangotena is perfectly located in the Historic Center of Quito, allowing guests to seek out their favorite types of attractions. The most romantic sights to see include the gold-gilded churches of La Compañia de Jesus or the floral spectacle of the San Francisco Convent. The cobblestone streets of La Ronda offer couples the pleasure of experiencing Ecuadorian culture while indulging in the romance of the quaint shops and restaurants. There are many attractions to see, and the knowledgeable concierge at Casa Gangotena is more than happy to help you find them.
Casa Gangotena has everything that the perfect honeymoon requires. Every fold of fabric and every glow of light has been carefully tweaked to fulfill your every desire and to make your experience complete and flawless. Romance at Casa Gangotena can be found everywhere: from the front foyer to the lounge, all the way up to the Rooftop Terrace and into the lavish rooms. But what makes it the best hotel to honeymoon in is the attention to detail and the service provided by its people. Every staff member is here to serve you and make sure that your special romantic occasion, whatever it may be, goes off without a hitch, creating memories that will last a lifetime.