Location is in the old Quito, very close to la Ronda. It is in walking distance from most of the things to see in old Quito. Andi and Wolfgang have been there to welcome us and help us when needed about the area. They arranged to pick us up at the airport and for a taxi on departure day. Since we arrived late at night, they had prepared the necessary things in the fridge for the next morning breakfast, much appreciated! The apartment had everything we needed. There are places around where we could buy fruits and basic stuff but if you need more such as sliced bread, pasta, wine (beware they don't sell wine on Sunday's), etc, there are a couple of "groceries" in the old Quito you can go to. Taxi are available about everywhere and they rarely use the meter but a trip from la Mariscal (new Quito) to the room, was around $5-$6, other than that, it was around $2-$4. If you decide to use the Quito bus tour ($12/ pers), the nearest bus stop is in front the San Francisco building, easy to find.
They really do it well here, what a lovely place to call home while in Quito! We arrived to find out suite was even nicer than it was presented online. There were fresh flowers in the rooms, the linens were soft and warm, the bed was comfortable. The kitchen included clean water, salt and pepper, coffee, tea, sugar and a few other items welcoming us on arrival. The kitchen utensils included a selection of dishes, pots and pans, tea pot, towels, everything we needed and more. Our hosts were very welcoming & hospitable and very knowledgeable of Ecuador and all it has to offer. Their care and creativity are woven into the floral and herb gardens and the various forms of artwork found throughout the property. They assisted us in recommending guides, an airport transfer, and included maps and general information on the city in our flat.
We really enjoyed sitting outside in the morning to eat our breakfast while watching the hummingbirds in the garden and the clouds drift over the distant green mountains and across the colourful hillside neighbourhoods, and into the valley of the city.
We spent 9 nights at Watara, and we will return for another 2. Wantara Suites location is ideal, only 5 minutes walk from the old town. During our stay we visited other accommodation options and we believe we were most fortunate for where we chose to stay. If you want to be self sufficient with your own flat and a kitchenette in the heart of the city, this is the ideal spot. We will highly recommend it to you.
I arrived at 1am and Wolfgang had stocked my fridge with breakfast material for the next morning which was very thoughtful. He even helped me light the fire for 2 nights as I have bad girl scout skills. I stayed in the Sol suite which was absolutely beautiful. I had booked 6 nights but there just wasn't enough to do in Quito to kill that much time so I took the bus to Banos and stayed there for 2 nights. It was a bummer that I couldn't stay there the whole 6 nights! Wolfgang was also nice enough to get me a driver to take me to Mindo (last minute, so the down side was that the driver didn't speak any English so I had to practice my horrible Spanish). I would totally stay there again (except that Quito has terrible traffic and bad air!).
Behind the door on a narrow street you will find this garden oasis in busy Quito. What a gem to stay in this fully equiped apartment with a separate living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Wolfgang and Andi could not be more gracious hosts. They also live in the compound so if you need something or just want to socialize, they are there at your service. When we arrived in the evening, they arranged for a private service to pick us up at the far away Quito airport and we are glad they did. In addition, Wolfgang introduced us to a private guide who showed us extraordinary sites and restaurants around the Quito and outlying areas. It was truly a memorable experience.
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