Hotel Plaza Grande
Within the walls of an extravagant colonial building right in front of the main plaza of Quito's Old Town is the Hotel Plaza Grande, one of the oldest hotels in the capital of Ecuador Blending right in with the baroque and neoclassical architecture of the city's historic center, the mansion was once owned by one of Quito's founders, Juan Díaz de Hidalgo hailing from Spain. From its beginning as Majestic Hotel in 1943, the hotel evolved into an office building before undergoing thorough renovations to become the first-class option for accommodations that it is today.
Bringing guests back to when Quito was a Spanish colony through touches of the past such as drapes and wooden furniture, 15 carefully decorated and luxurious suites offer individually controlled air conditioning, a personal safe, noise reduction windows, minibar, jacuzzi, hypoallergenic pillows and duvets, television with cable channels and free Wi-Fi. Four of the suites afford views of the central square. Of these rooms is the Presidential Suite, which is similar to an apartment with a living room, kitchen, dining room, two TVs, and most impressively, three balconies facing the Plaza de la Independencia.
Guests can relax at the spa, which provides a full range of treatments such as massages, facials, waxing and body therapies. Other health facilities include a fitness center and sauna, and additional services include a valet, limousine and 20-minute horse-drawn carriage rides in the evenings. With views of the plaza, the fancy San Francisco Salon or Plaza Grande ballroom are available for meetings and events, and may come with coffee, snacks, cocktails, champagnes and a cigarette bar.
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The hotel is located in the heart of Quito's historic center at the Plaza de la Independencia, otherwise known as Plaza Grande. Across the plaza is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito and the area is filled with architecture symbolic of Quito's colonial past, including the Presidential Palace, Santo Domingo Church, San Francisco Church, La Merced Monastery and Church, Archbishop's Palace and City Museum of Quito. At a distance of 5.6 miles is the Mariscal Sucre International Airport.
Food & Beverage
Both national and international gastronomy and beverages are offered at the hotel's alternatives for dining, including La Belle Epoque restaurant with a panoramic view of the city's Old Town and a live opera show on various days of the week, Café Plaza Grande with live Ecuadorian music from Fridays to Sundays, and El Claustro Wine Cellar with live flamenco and Cuban music from Thursdays to Saturdays. Room service is also available at all hours of the day.
How To Get There
To get to the hotel from the Santo Domingo Plaza, walk northeast along Juan José Flores St. for 4 blocks and turn left on Chile St. The hotel is 2 blocks down in front of the Plaza Grande.
Amenities & Services
General:Parking (surcharge), Parking (free), Air Conditioning, Doorman/Bell Hop, Elevator, Bar, Restaurant, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Express Check-In/Check-Out, 24-Hour Front Desk.
Services:Dry Cleaning, Concierge Service, Medical Assistance, Room Service, Taxi Service, Safety Deposit Box at Reception, Tours and Excursions, Wi-Fi/Wireless LAN (free), Butler, Computers with Internet Connection.
On-Site Activities:Spa & Wellness Center, Children's Playground, Sauna, Massage Service, Reiki Treatment, Hair Salon, Gym, Wine Cellar, Beauty Parlor.
Nearby Attractions:Cathedral, Historic Site, Shopping Area, Museum, Nightlife.
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