During our time in South America, we were lucky to stay in many beautiful apartments, and a handful of cool hostels and stylish hotels.The Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel in Quito was certainly one of them. Aside from being very cosy, I loved the personality and unique design of the hotel. Wanna know more? Read more about my experience below!
Casa Joaquin’s warm entrance
Immediately upon entering the boutique hotel, I thought I’m standing in a cute french café in the middle of Paris. I instantly liked the look and creative decor. The reception was right in front of us and we got greeted by a friendly staff member. Thanks to his excellent English, the check-in went very smoothly and a few minutes later we were already on the way to our room on the second floor.
Under The Sky
We stayed in the cosy double twin room called ‘Under the sky’ (named after a painting from Em. Oberhauser). From the moment I walked into the room, I felt like home. I loved the character and unique design, the wooden beams and the parquet flooring. The room was spacious, clean and full of personality.
The room had 2 comfortable single beds, a wooden wardrobe, desk, luggage bench, telephone and a flat-screen TV. Free WiFi was available throughout the hotel and worked well. The modern bathroom was fully equipped with shampoo, conditioner, fluffy towels, soap, and a hair dryer. But the highlight was definitely the rain shower ( I wish I had one at home).
Since the room was facing the backyard, it was extremely quiet throughout the day. I rarely had such a good sleep during my 5 months in South America. The hotel also has single rooms as well as suites that can accommodate up to 4 people.
Home away from home
The boutique hotel offers a bar and bright lobby that invites you to socialise and relax. In addition, the hotel has a rooftop terrace with nice views over Quito. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make full use of it because it was rather cold during our stay but I can imagine it’s a great place to relax on a sunny day. Although the hotel doesn’t offer a laundry service, there’s a laundrette just across the street that offers a 3 hour express service. I also liked that you can book day tours and a shuttle service from/to the airport as it’s quite tricky by public transport.
When I was walking through the hotel, I kept noticing the unique design and the attention to detail. Wonder if this is really a telephone booth next to the bar? No, it’s actually the entrance to the public bathroom.
Breakfast in style
Although we had to leave quite early, we could not miss the breakfast. It is served buffet style in the cute french café style breakfast area. The buffet was plentiful consisting of fresh bread, croissants, fruits, cereals, yogurt, different types of meat and cheeses, juices, coffee, and tea – everything you can really think of! This was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had for a while, plus it was complementary.
The hotel owner also owns a restaurant called La Petite Mariscal. It’s only a short walk away from the hotel and offers traditional Ecuadorian cuisine as well as international and vegetarian dishes. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to go but if it’s as good as the breakfast, it’s worth a visit.
One step away from vivid La Mariscal
The hotel is located in the lively district La Mariscal. The area offers plenty of restaurants and bars, but at the same time, it’s only a 40 minute walk or short taxi ride from the historic centre and 40 km from the airport. I wish we could have stayed longer at the hotel to explore the area a bit further.
Would I recommend the hotel?
All in all, we enjoyed our stay in the Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel in Quito a lot. It’s centrally located with lots of restaurants and bars close by, yet tucked away in a quiet side street. Throughout our stay, the staff was very helpful and made us feel like home.
If you like to stay in a unique hotel with style, the Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel in Quito is the place to go. You won’t regret staying here!
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A big thank you to the Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel in Quito for making our stay possible. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.