Howdy all, time to get all reviewy again as I start to look at the places I stayed in South America. Why not go in order? It’s a radical suggestion, I know, but here I am starting with where I stayed in my first stop which was Quito.
I arrived at 230am in the morning, so I decided I would book something near the airport so I could just go to sleep when I had arrived after my 36-hour journey from Australia. So it was that I stayed at the Quito Airport Suites – they had a really cheap price for a pretty decent room – $49 US (Ecuador used the US dollar as their own currency) and it was an $8 taxi from the airport. I had a single, which I believe was the cheapest room they offered.
It was around 10 minute ride to the place, and it was dark obviously but despite the lateness someone had stayed up to greet me (I had let them know what time I would be arriving) and I was able to pay there and then retire to my room.
My room was in a strip of rooms like a motel, although there were rooms in the main building which was a decent sized multi-storey house. The room was comfortable, a little cool, but essentially everything I’d expected and needed. It’s not a palace, but the shower was decent, the bed gave me a good night’s sleep after crossing who knows how many timezones.
The bathroom was a decent size too, with a good warm shower. In South America you can get stuck with these awful electric showers which heats at the shower head, but this one was not one of those. Not huge, but a decent sized bathroom nonetheless. Clean, with hairdryer, shampoo etc.
The next morning I woke up after seven or eight hours of sleep, which for the first night of a trip is pretty decent. $25 by taxi or arranged lift into central Quito, to my new hotel in the Old Town. The reception area had a few people hanging around with quite a bit of local information for them. The area felt a little remote, it seemed like the middle of nowhere however the grounds of the place were really nice and it seemed like you had a little piece of country life whilst there on offer.
People actually staying long term or a few days there, although I thought it would principally be for people just arriving or leaving Quito. Their website is here – Quito Airport Suites.
Value for Money: 3/5
Total: 17/25 (68/100)
Not well positioned obviously for visiting main Quito, it was a great cheap choice for near the airport. Highly recommended if you’re just arriving or leaving the Ecuadorian Capital! May the Journey Never End!