I fly into Quito late at night, but my driver is waiting patiently for me and whisks me to Boutique Hotel Café Cultura, along the way pointing out sites and explaining just how high we are above sea level. A welcoming smile is waiting at the gate when we arrive, and I’m escorted to my suite. The huge bouquet of roses on the fireplace mantel smells heavenly.
I see sunshine out the window and stretch, refreshed after a comfortable sleep in my pretty room at Café Cultura. Breakfast is a lovely introduction to Ecuador, including “tree tomato” (tamarillo) juice, which my driver said was a must try during my visit.
Café Cultura is a member of Exclusive Hotels & Haciendas of Ecuador (www.ehhec.com), and the vibe here is indeed exclusive, but also friendly and relaxed. There are 26 rooms, all individualised and unique. Some are in the main building above the beautiful rose-filled lobby, and a few are in surrounding buildings with entrances from a courtyard (there’s even one room with a tree growing through it!).
The hotel is situated halfway between the historic district of Quito and the popular Foch neighbourhood full of restaurants, making both an easy walk. Rooms vary in size and shape, but most have a separate sitting room or area, some have bathtubs and some have showers with jets. All are filled with roses.
Welcome to Ecuador!