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Hotel El Relicario del Carmen
Ranked #41 of 116 Hotels in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely furniture and art. Comfy and quiet. As other reviewers have said, a welcome respite from the city. The breakfast was enormous and delicious, particularly the scrambled eggs.
Staff really helpful including running a couple of blocks to find a lost taxi! They also spoke English which was helpful.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Christina D
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This boutique hotel is a rare place for solitude and quiet in the heart of Old Town after busy days exploring Quito and environs. Built in 1705, the four story mansion was converted to a hotel only in 2006, supposedly by descendants of 19th century owners. One could walk right by the simple front door on Venezuela Street without noticing it, but upon admission (the door is always locked), one enters a sanctuary with the look and feel of a classical museum.

Each of the 18 rooms open onto open hallways encircling an enclosed courtyard full of antiques and ancient, colonial and modern art. Rooms are comfortable if cramped and almost completely silent due to the colonial construction. In other words, the original house was built like a fortress and walls between rooms are more than a foot thick. We stayed here during the four day Festival of Lights when the streets are closed to traffic and full of people at all hours and heard nothing once we were inside.

The staff is very accommodating and the included breakfast is decent and plentiful. The dinner menu appeared uninspiring, but there are dozens of good places to eat within a few blocks for anywhere from $2 to $20 or more per person.

Last, and to my mind best, are the common area sitting rooms on each floor that overlook the street or neighboring rooftops, one with a view of the basilica just a few blocks away. These sitting rooms are decorated with colonial and post colonial era artwork and furniture, making it is easy to imagine the likes of Bolivar and Sucre--both of whom visited this house--enjoying a respite from revolution.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
4  Thank Tacomataster
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

The hotel is a wonderful place to stay, a gem in the old city. The staff is so welcoming and helpful in every way. I was particularly fond of Alfonso, who served the breakfast, helped with the suitcases, and problems. My roommate needed more air, and he came up with a portable air circulator. The breakfast was bountiful and kept coming. You could pick out the fruit you wanted and it would be beautifully served.

The decor has enchanting
items of furniture, paintings and everywhere you look is something eye catching and unusual.to l ook at. The higher floors have a hallway with a great view.
I definitely would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank bkurz16
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

After cruising the Galápagos, we chose the Relicario as our base for a couple of days’ sightseeing in Quito’s historic center, given its good reviews and moderate price ($150/night, including breakfast and taxes). The only difficulty with this choice was finding the hotel. The address is clear enough, but there is no marquee and no sign of the facility at eye-level. Even our cab driver was not confident he had found it when we got there. Unless you crane your neck to see three flags hanging and, a sign, you will notice nothing but a doorbell button. Don’t give up, however! Once the bell is answered you will enter a friendly, quiet and beautifully updated environment, well located for exploring museums, churches and civic buildings. (Also note: cabs are cheap in Quito. So do not hesitate to use them to get to more out of the way places like the Guayasamin foundation - $7 or 8, one way from the hotel). Our ground floor room was well appointed: good bed, plenty of space and racks for opening our bags, decent shower, lots of electrical outlets. (A negative: way too many unidentified light switches, offering opportunities to wake your bedmate in the middle of the night) Breakfast is very substantial, if you lack self-control. The first morning we each had two eggs, toast, croissants, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and coffee and left for our touristic ventures so stuffed that we had no appetite for lunch till 4pm. The 2nd morning we were more judicious. Of course, this is nothing to complain about – all the food was lovely, particularly the ubiquitous fruit juices. Noteworthy: there is a pleasant sitting room on the 2nd floor stocked with reading material, and if you have the energy at Quito’s 9200 foot elevation, there’s a nice view of the Basilica from the 4th floor. Also, in the dining room there is a bowl overflowing with fruit for the taking.

Stayed: June 2017
3  Thank TerribleIvan
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

very friendly staff,It was always clean.The singing lady prepared a wonderful breakfast.It was agood area for walking along.Helpful tips for Restaurants.We were there three times during our stay in Ecuador with 6 people and enjoyed it very much.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Ricarda F
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Address: Venezuela 1041 y Olmedo, Quito 170150, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Quito
Price Range: $165 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel El Relicario del Carmen 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A truly historic house, dating back to 1705 has just opened it??s door as a hotel with 18 comfortable rooms. It is beautifully renovated with great emphasis on the original details and has all the comfort expected today, including a central air conditioning system. All the furniture is handmade by recognized Ecuadorian artisans and many original paintings decorate public and private areas. You will live in a real historic surrounding. The hotel is definitely declared non-smoking. It is located a block away from the main square "Plaza de la Independencia", the Government Palace and very close to many historic monuments of Quito. We also have an exclusive dining room and coffee-shop. ... more   less 
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