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La Casona de la Ronda, Quito

As you admire a huge vertical garden – a great wall covered in over 150 orchids and other indigenous flowers of Ecuador - you think to yourself; ‘only in La Casona de la Ronda’. And you would be right; La Casona de la Ronda is the only hotel in old Quito with a flower wall, and its unique aspects don’t end there.

Dating from between 1738 and 1763 this historic casa follows a traditional Spanish layout, with stone pillars, ceramic floors, a wooden roof and special sugarcane work; all combining to create a truly quaint courtyard with interesting corridors radiating outwards. There is also an amazing viewpoint lounge overlooking the skyline of old Quito – and a choice of rooms that feature furniture hand-made by skilled local master craftsmen.

La Casona de la Ronda, at a glance

  • Charming hotel in the historic centre of Quito
  • Choice of 22 single and double rooms and suites
  • King-sized or twin beds
  • Stone en suites
  • Hand-made furniture and understated décor
  • Beautiful polished hard wood floors
  • Café La Ronda serving a fine selection of local specialities
  • Cocktail lounge

For leisure and pleasure

  • Essential part of a luxury, tailor-made holiday to Ecuador
  • Tours of Quito and its surrounding area
  • Perfectly placed for discovering the city’s tiny streets – some dating back to 1480 – cafés, restaurants and plazas
  • Magnificent colonial buildings, churches and monasteries
  • Demonstrations of handicrafts, pottery and candle-making
  • La Ronda library with historical works
  • Local tour bus stop nearby
  • It was a complicated and very individual trip, and several changes were made by me during the planning. None of this seemed to worry Ayesha and everything went according to plan.

    AM, India