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HOTEL BUZZ: Ecuador's Casa Gangotenga

The historical colonial mansion Casa Gangotenga in Quito, Ecuador has been transformed into a stylish thirty-one room boutique hotel, set to open in October. The Casa Gangotenga sits on the Plaza San Francisco, a cobbled-stone square right at the cultural heart of the city, making it a perfect base for exploring the vibrant city of Quito.

The Renaissance-inspired mansion was originally built in the 19th century. This locale once hosted the grand Inca palaces and a giant marketplace that attracted Ecuadorians from all over the country, including the Andean and Amazonian regions. The building was declared a “heritage property” after it was rebuilt following a fire in 1926, and Quito was the first city ever designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

The new hotel retains the original neo-classical architecture but sings with contemporary touches. Bright Andean light pours through tall windows, revealing views of the historic square, the inner courtyard or the Panecillo hillside. King-sized beds occupy thirteen of the rooms, eighteen feature twin-sized beds, and the two suites on the second floor can be combined to accommodate families. The interior also boasts painted ceilings, striking stucco walls and intricate woodcarvings. Full luxury amenities are standard for each room.

The Casa Gangotenga’s dining room presents modern international takes on traditional Ecuadorian food, as well as hand-picked Chilean and Argentinean vintages. The expansive third floor terrace offers dramatic views of Quito’s traditional cityscape and a romantic alfresco setting.

Reservations are being accepted starting October 2011. For rates and more information, please contact 800-527-2500 or visit www.adventure-associates.com

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