Casa Gangotena


Quito’s famed Plaza San Francisco

Situated right in the heart of Quito's historic centre on San Francisco Plaza, Casa Gangotena makes the perfect base from which to explore Ecuador’s capital. Step outside and witness the sheer beauty of Quito and many of its most popular historical sights which are right on the doorstep including Plaza Santo Domingo and the Presidential Palace.

This exquisitely transformed 1920s mansion has 31 luxury rooms and they all benefit from the mansion’s tall, elegant ceilings which draw the bright Andean sunlight into their interiors.

The hotel features wonderful spaces for different moods and times of day: a garden-patio brimming with native plants, a dining room ideal for enjoying refined culinary experiences or simply people watching in the square beyond, and a roof-top terrace with wrap-around views is an unbeatable spot to watch the frequent religious and cultural events on the square below.


At a glance

  • 31 luxury rooms

  • Rooftop bar

  • All day restaurant

  • Spa

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  • Explore the city

    The capital is packed with incredible culture and history. Stroll through the Plaza Grande and back, looking beyond the façades of the mansions and churches to tell the human stories that are often overlooked.

  • Uncover the History of Casa Gangotena

    Step back in time to explore the historic mansion, once the home of one of the most prestigious and wealthy families in the city.

  • Casa Gangotena chocolate

    Chocolate Quiteño

    During this hands-on experience, you’ll taste a traditional hot chocolate, Quito-style, which includes adding fresh cheese to the delightful brew, as well as a variety of fine chocolates from the Amazon and the Coast.


The hotel is committed to recycling schemes and using solar panels to lower its energy use. It also supports the neighborhood by co-funding the daily cleaning of Plaza San Francisco. It participates in the award-winning community initiative, Heritage Guardians, which highlights local traditions and encourages ‘life-seeing’ over sightseeing.

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