What makes Casa Gangotena’s rooftop terrace one of the best places in Quito?

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High atop the southwest corner of San Francisco Plaza, in Quito’s famed historic quarter, the city’s most dynamic space continues to attract and impress locals and visitors alike with stunning views, comfortable seating, and an atmosphere like no other. Just what makes the rooftop terrace at Casa Gangotena one of the best places in Quito and what sort of experience can you expect to have in this vantage setting?

The rooftop terrace is one of the things that really sets Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel apart from other hotels in the Old Town. Let’s look at why this spot is an ideal location for:

  • Hosting an unforgettable event
  • Enjoying a signature cocktail and delightful appetizer
  • Relaxing, reading, working, or soaking in the marvelous vistas
The Rooftop Terrace at Casa Gangotena
Explore everything that Casa Gangotena’s rooftop has to offer.

A perfect space for hosting an unforgettable event!

While the rooftop terrace is a great place to impress a prospective client or a business associate. It’s also an ideal spot for hosting a cocktail-style event or similar. The modern, formal architectural design and assortment of decorative plants and flowers that grace the terrace are a nice complement to the unparalleled views that are certain to awe even the most seasoned executives.

A space like this is a terrific component for any number of events. Here, you can take spectacular wedding photos, host an intimate meet-and-greet, or utilize the space as a VIP lounge of sorts. The possibilities are virtually endless!

[Gallery of Terrace Images]

Planning a get-together with close friends or family? Perhaps a baby or wedding shower? A beautiful place to pop the question to that special someone? This is THE spot for that and much more!



Get Acquainted with Quito, enjoy the view with an appetizer and signature beverage!

Are you new to Quito? The rooftop terrace provides an excellent panoramic and birds-eye-view of the Old Town. Here, you can’t help but feel inspired by and connected to the destination. A stroll around the terrace can show you what there is to see and do in the vicinity of the hotel. Many of Quito’s iconic churches can be easily spotted, including: La Merced, San Agustín, Santo Domingo, La Compañía de Jesús, Santa Clara, and the colossal Basilica of the National Vow (mentioned at the top of this blog).

Would you care for a beverage?

No matter how you choose to spend your time on the rooftop terrace, you can always accompany it with a beverage of your choice and a delicious appetizer. The bar’s extensive drinks menu, which you can read about here, features signature, one-of-a-kind cocktails in addition to all of the staples you would expect from a renowned full-service bar, like this one.

Check out the new line of signature cocktails called FIESTA by Casa Gangotena.

FIESTA by Casa Gangotena presents The Maize Festival cocktail
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena presents The Devil's Dance of Pillaro cocktail
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena presents the Guaranda Carnival cocktail
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena presents La Mama Negra cocktail
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena presents the Carnival of Flowers and Fruits cocktail
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena presents the Corpus Christi in Pujili cocktail
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena presents the Carnival of Flowers and Fruits cocktail

Fiesta del Maiz cocktail by Casa Gangotena
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena: Fiesta del Maíz
Diablada de Pillaro cocktail by Casa Gangotena
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena: Diablada de Píllaro
Carnaval de Guaranda cocktail by Casa Gangotena
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena: Carnaval de Guaranda
La Mama Negra cocktail by Casa Gangotena
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena: La Mama Negra
Carnaval de Flores y Frutas cocktail by Casa Gangotena
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena: Carnaval de Flores y Frutas
Corpus Christi en Pujili cocktail by Casa Gangotena
FIESTA by Casa Gangotena: Corpus Christi en Pujilí
Carnaval de Flores y Frutas cocktail by Casa Gangotena

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Casa Gangotena’s mixologist has designed several beverages inspired by festivals and celebrations from different towns and provinces all over Ecuador. These feature the perfect combination of flavors, focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

How about an appetizer?

With such awesome views of the city, you may want to spend as much time as possible on the rooftop terrace. Perhaps you feel like enjoying a light snack or appetizer from our rooftop terrace menu? Here are some of the items available for you to sample and enjoy.

Crispy Rice, a sushi-style roll with coconut shrimp and arborio rice
Casa Gangotena's bolón-style Bondiola
Casa Gangotena's Pancetta serves four
Casa Gangotena's Meat and Cheese Platter
Casa Gangotena's Spicy Tuna appetizer

Casa Gangotena’s Crispy Rice features coconut shrimp and arborio rice
Crispy Rice (with coconut shrimp)
Casa Gangotena’s bolón-style Bondiola
Bolón-style Bondiola
Casa Gangotena’s Pancetta
Pancetta (serves up to 4)
Casa Gangotena’s Meat and Cheese Platter
Meat and Cheese Platter
Casa Gangotena’s Spicy Tuna appetizer
Spicy Tuna

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The simple yet satisfying menu available to guests of Casa Gangotena’s rooftop terrace features a select variety of popular favorites like Crispy Rice, which elevates coconut-flavored shrimp and sepia (cuttlefish), by enveloping it in a layer of delicious arborio rice, presented as a lightly breaded, segmented roll, and served with a coriander emulsion.

If you’re a fan of slow-cooked pork, the Bondiola will surely interest you. Imagine a glacé pork, served with creamy green plantain and a tangy creole ají (pepper) sauce. Or, if you’re in the mood to share, we recommend the Gangotena Pancetta. This 28-ounce (800-gram) pork belly is a true delight and is accompanied by a potato mille feuille, gruyere and semi-aged cheeses, sourdough bread, smoked lupin bean hummus, creole pickles, and a delectable roasted pineapple and ginger sauce.

While we’re on the topic of sharing, the Cheese and Meat Platter features a nice selection of semi-aged mountain cheeses, serrano ham, and truffled salami. A perfect accompaniment to any gathering. And, if you’re itching for something citrusy and light, the Spicy Tuna plate will hit the spot. Strips of red tuna served with bell pepper cream, soy sauce, and just the right amount of citrusy goodness!


Sit back, relax, or get a little work done.

Of course, it can be a challenge to get your work done when you’re surrounded by so much beauty, however, Casa Gangotena’s rooftop terrace has a wonderful relaxing vibe that lends itself to any social situation as much as it provides a quiet and pensive spot for you to just sit, breathe in some fresh air, take in the incredible views, and enjoy a pleasant breeze as you make your way through a book or return a few work emails.

Sunrise over Casa Gangotena's Rooftop Terrace
Feel the breeze and sunshine of a morning in Quito at Casa Gangotena’s rooftop terrace.

Part of the allure is an open space free of harsh acoustics. Another part is the size of the terrace; big enough to be roomy, small enough to feel intimate without the fear of crowding. It really is an all-in-one space. So, if you’re thinking about the perfect spot to host a business meeting, impromptu social event, or even something more formal like an engagement party, make sure to check out Casa Gangotena’s rooftop terrace.

Whether it’s relaxing in the shade, enjoying the delicious menu options, or simply watching the world go by in one of Latin America’s oldest and best-preserved capital cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the rooftop terrace is a unique, stunning place to enjoy some quality time, whether with friends, family, business associates, or on your own.

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