This charming hotel is a former family residence and dates back to 1905. It is named after Dona Carlota Echeverria de Moreno, a long time resident, whose grandson now owns and runs the hotel with his wife. The mansion has been thoughtfully converted into a hotel and has 12 rooms and suites arranged over three floors, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. With its elegant proportions, ornate plasterwork and period furniture set alongside contemporary decor and furnishings, this is a stylish and welcoming hotel in the heart of Quito's historic district.
Each of the rooms is named after a bird found in the local area and is decorated accordingly with its own colour scheme, making every one unique. All share similar amenities including TV, free Wi-Fi, heating, window or skylight and en-suite bathroom. They vary considerably in layout and size, and sleep from 2 to 4 people. Some have views over the city and others face the internal courtyard.
The Bistro is popular with locals during the day, though is open exclusively to hotel guests for breakfast and dinner after 7pm. It serves everything from snacks such as sandwiches up to 3 course meals. The wine cellar is open for regular wine tasting sessions and private events, with special meals arranged for hotel guests on request. The rooftop lounge is a lovely place to while away the time as you chat to other guests over a drink and take in the 360 degree views over the city.
During your stay you can enjoy strolling through the historic neighbourhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are good public transport links to help you explore other parts of the city. If you're heading out on some sightseeing you can stop off at the hotel's shop to pick up freshly made take-away snacks, many made from produce grown in the urban garden, to enjoy en-route.
Open: Hotel Carlota is open all year. It first opened as a hotel in 2011, and was previously a family home.
Location: The hotel is in the historic district of Quito. It is about a 40 minute drive from the airport.
Rooms: There are 12 guest rooms in total, all named after birds found in Quito and the surrounding area. These comprise 2 singles (Golondrina and Carpintero), 1 double (Torito), 1 triple (Mirlo), 4 standard queen rooms (Estrella, Jilguero, Quinde and Canela), 2 suites (Campanaria and Azafran) and 2 loft rooms (Brujo and Esmeralda). All rooms have flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, a desk, heater, safe, snack selection and en-suite bathroom with toiletries. Every rooms has its own colour scheme and decor, inspired by the bird after which it is named. They are arranged over the ground, first and second floors and vary in size from 15sqm to over 30sqm. The singles are the most compact rooms and each can accommodate 2 people. The double room has 2 double beds and sleeps up to 4 people, and the triple has a double bed and a twin bunk bed. Queen rooms sleep up to 2 people each. The suite, Azafran, has a small living area with a sofa bed and sleeps up to 4 people. It has windows overlooking the courtyard. Campanaria, the deluxe suite, has a sitting area with a sofa bed and sleeps up to 4. It has a balcony with a street view. The 2 loft rooms have a similar layout with accommodation arranged over 2 storeys, with an en-suite bedroom upstairs and a living room with a sofa bed, a dining area and kitchenette on the floor below. Each accommodates up to 4 people.
Activities: The main city sights are in easy reach with those in the historic district within walking distance and others reachable by public transport. There are shops and restaurants nearby.
Facilities: Reception is staffed 24 hour a day and there is a concierge service. The lobby area includes a covered courtyard, and there’s a second internal courtyard and a reading room. The hotel has a small vegetable garden. The rooftop lounge-cum-bar has panoramic city views. There is a restaurant, wine cellar for private dining and a take-away coffee shop. The hotel offers a laundry service (pay locally).
Dining: The Bistro serves a wide range of dishes. It is open daily for a free buffet breakfast, exclusive to hotel guests, and between 11am and 7pm it is also open to the public, again open for hotel guests only after 7pm. A complimentary afternoon tea consisting of tea, coffee and cakes, is served in the reading room. Take away snacks and drinks are available from the shop, which is also open to the public.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in communal areas and guest rooms.
the owners of Hotel Carlota are committed to minimising the hotel's impact on the environment. They use solar energy extensively, have a water filtration system which reduces water consumption drastically as well as deploying highly efficient water fixtures in bathrooms and communal areas. They use building and furnishing materials with high recycled content including using items from the original building. LED lighting is used throughout the hotel, and TVs, hairdryers and other electrical equipment are energy efficient. The hotel is on track to become the first in Ecuador to gain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council.