Casa Gangotena Old Town Quito Hotel

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The Exterior of Casa Gangotena
View of San Francisco Plaza

A True Icon of Ecuadorian Hospitality Member of Relais & Châteaux

As if you were part of the Gangotena family many years ago, you will feel entirely at ease here. Enjoy the hotel’s many free exclusive activities that will show you Quito Old Town’s best-kept secrets. After a day filled with history and culture, go back to the comfort and luxury of our hotel in Quito to unwind and enjoy its timeless elegance.

At a Glance

We believe in being ambassadors of Ecuadorian hospitality and providing our guests with an intimate space to experience the hotel in their own, unique way. Intuitive and world-class service is at the ready to make this a reality. Here’s brief look at what we offer, at a glance:


31 unique rooms, with both double and king-size beds, arranged across all three of our floors.


Delight your palate at our very own Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge.


Wellbeing Space, Personalized Guests Services, Impeccable Attention to Detail.


Guest-exclusive activities that reveal the history of the house, the Old Town, and Ecuador’s traditions and culture.


A number of extravagant spaces offer the perfect venue for hosting an unforgettable event or gathering.


We are situated right in the heart of Old Town Quito, meaning all its magic awaits right outside our doorstep!

The History of Casa Gangotena

1. The Historical Significance of San Francisco Plaza
Casa Gangotena is nestled in Quito’s Old Town, specifically at the southwest corner of San Francisco Plaza. This plaza has a rich history tracing back to the Incas. As Spanish chroniclers recorded, during the 15th century, it was surrounded by temples and palaces. Notably, a temple once stood where Casa Gangotena is now. The plaza later became a significant market (“Tianguiz”) spot for indigenous traders in the subsequent centuries.
2. The Mansion's Legacy & Presidential Residence

The San Francisco Plaza’s significance during the Colonial era attracted affluent families to build their homes around it. The site where the hotel now stands was once a mansion that housed several presidents from the Republican era. However, a devastating fire in 1914 razed much of this majestic mansion.

3. The Rebirth of Casa Gangotena
After the fire, in 1924, the remnants of the mansion were rebuilt by its owners, the Gangotenas – a prominent family in the capital known for its lineage of industrialists, politicians, and scholars. The Gangotena family maintained ownership until the mid-2000s when Metropolitan Touring acquired it with a vision to transform it into a premium boutique hotel.
4. UNESCO World Heritage and Cultural Heritage
In 1978, Quito’s Old Town earned the honor of being the first city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its expansive and well-maintained historic center. Later, Casa Gangotena was added to the city’s esteemed cultural heritage inventory.
5. A View into History from the Terrace
Don’t miss the chance to visit our third-floor terrace. From there, you can marvel at the panoramic views of majestic mountains and volcanoes while pondering the deep historical significance of San Francisco Plaza and its neighboring churches and locales.

The Casa Gangotena Difference

Quito Cultural and Chocolate Experience
Couple walking in San Francisco Plaza, Quito

In the Heart of Quito

Casa Gangotena enjoys a prime location opposite San Francisco Church and Plaza, just steps away from an array of Quito’s iconic landmarks, including La Compañia Church, the City Museum, and the Presidential Palace. Simply put, our hotel allows you to wake up right in the heart of Quito’s Old Town—the world’s first-ever capital city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site!  

The Main Stairsat Casa Gangotena

Historical Authenticity

Your experience of Quito is seamlessly extended within our walls. Art Nouveau and Deco elements—such as restored ceiling decor, fine antiques, oil paintings, and wood paneling—not only adorn Casa Gangotena’s interiors but also resonate with the elegance of the capital city. We believe that where you stay truly matters, and every corner of our hotel contributes to your authentic Quito journey.
Ice Cream de Paila outside of Casa Gangotena

A Part of the Community

We offer more than just a comfortable bed—we provide an enriching, immersive experience steeped in history and culture. Through our guest-exclusive activities, we guide you through the essence of our hotel and surroundings. If you’re seeking authentic local experiences that include getting to know our culture and past, Casa Gangotena is the definitive choice.
Rooms are kept to the highest standards

A Dedicated & Passionate Team

Our awards reflect our team’s commitment to offering an exceptional guest experience. No request is too complex, no favor too big. We aim to cater to every wish! At Casa Gangotena, Ecuadorian hospitality shines and is always delivered with a smile. Prepare to feel right at home as you immerse yourself in our contemporary design paired with world-class service.


Casa Gangotena

Inner Patio

Our inner patio is a serene oasis. Surrounded by fascinating architecture and a glass ceiling, one can bask in tranquility amidst lush greenery and plush furniture.

The Garden

Guests can meander amidst fragrant blooms and trees here, while relaxing to the soothing sound of our burbling fountain.

Rooftop Terrace

The rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of Quito’s historic Old Town and includes bar service that invites guests to unwind under the stars with curated cocktails and snacks.

Restaurant & Bar

A blend of tradition and flair. Sip on crafted cocktails amidst vintage charm, and savor gourmet dishes that celebrate the region’s rich culinary heritage.

Hotel Based Activities

Old Town Quito

Boutique & Massage Parlor

Relais & Chateaux

Established in 1954, Relais & Châteaux unites 580 exceptional hotels and restaurants globally, each owned and managed by independent entrepreneurs, often families, passionate about hospitality. Above all else, they consist of those hotels that seek to forge warm, lasting relationships with their guests. Stretching from Napa Valley to the Indian Ocean, the association offers guests the chance to discover unique local culture, “art de vivre”, and unforgettable experiences. Not just a luxury brand, members of Relais & Châteaux are deeply committed to preserving global culinary and hospitality traditions as well as local heritage and the environment—a commitment solidified in the association’s vision presented to UNESCO in 2014.

The ultimate Quito packing list

Top 5 Essential Items

Hat and Sunscreen

The sun at the quator and at high altitudes can be intense. Protect your skin even on cloudy days.

Camera and Accessories

The mountain landscape and historic downtown are breathtaking and you'll want to have your camera with you.

Water Bottle

Remember to hydrate constantly to avoid altitude-sickness symptoms.

Dess in Layers

Quito's unpredictable weather means you should keep a light jacket with you, just in case

Comfortable Shoes

Walking throught Quito's downtown is the best way to explore the city and good shoes are a necessity

Additional Recommended Items

Light Raincoat

Expect sunny mornings and light rains in the afternoon. Be prepared for anything!


On rainier days, stay dry while exploring Quito's many secrets.

Warm Coat or Jacket

Temperatures drop at night in the Ecuadorian Andres. Keep warm and cozy!

Lip balm

Lips may become chapped due to Quito's dry weather. Keep them hydrated!


Protect your eyes from the equatorial sun and ejoy the beuties the city of Quito has to offer

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