Quito definitely has a new, still hidden, jewel in wide range of hotels : Boutique Hotel Portal de Cantuña recently opened in January 2012 – the 120 year old house which was the family home of the Sánchez family was completely refurbished in a period of 17 months and is now a tastefully decorated, comfortable and simply beautiful boutique hotel with 13 unique rooms. The hotel has an excellent location in Quito´s oldtown right around the corner of Plaza San Francisco and close to the new luxury hotel Casa Gangotena. In just a few minutes you can walk to the colonial street “La Ronda” and all the hotspots of the oldtown – but still it´s a peaceful oasis located in a quiet courtyard off the noise of the surrounding streets.
The decor in the rooms of Boutique Hotel Portal de Cantuña and the colonial style courtyard is so beautiful: full of antiques, plants and unique art pieces (which you can even buy at reasonable prices). I think I could have stared ages at the amazing vaulted glass ceiling – it is simply stunning!
The beautiful salon has baroque-inspired gilded mouldings and elegant furniture and makes you feel as if you were transported in the last century.
Each of the 13 rooms is individually decorated, has flat-screen cable TV and private bathrooms with showers, bathrobes and toiletries. The water is heated by solar energy by the way! Some rooms have views of the courtyard and are styled with exposed red bricked walls and colorful tapestries.
Another highlight of Boutique Hotel Portal de Cantuña is definitely the hot tub on the roof top – from a little balcony you can enjoy a superb view on the “Panecillo” and it´s surely great to sit there with a glass of wine.
As Boutique Hotel Portal de Cantuña is family owned, the Sanchez family gives an excellent personalized service and makes their guests feel at home. Soon a little café-bar serving tapas is going to open to offer an extra service to the guests!
Boutique Hotel Portal de Cantuña is a very special and extraordinary place with a great colonial atmosphere – and luckily still an insider tip!
Thanks to the Barefoot Expeditions team, we are able to offer you this hidden treasure in Quito old town – feel free to contact us and make a reservation (prices vary from $60 dollars a night).