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CARLOTA QUITO, ECUADOR

Home to Latin America’s most well-preserved historical district and honored multiple times by the World Travel Awards as the region’s top destination, Quito, Ecuador is a fast-rising superstar. The introduction of Carlota Hotel to this capital city only solidifies it as a must-visit destination for world travelers who crave rare beauty and a rich cultural heritage.

A French-style home from the 19th century set just blocks from Quito’s main landmarks and sites, Carlota was created as an urban lifestyle design experience to fully immerse guests in the treasures of a UNESCO-listed city. An intimate 12-room, family-owned hotel, Carlota offers both personalized attention and an insider’s introduction to the neighborhood scene thanks in part to a staff of neighborhood residents who provide guests with insights into the best places to visit and up-to-the-moment events.

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Here, locals and guests alike can often be found enjoying the property’s public spaces, which include a rooftop lounge that serves up fab drinks and 360-degree views of the historical district; a wine cellar; an intimate library and reading room; and the Bistro at Carlota, which enables diners to experience the traditional foods and tastes of Ecuador.

Built in 1905 by a French architect for a family with close commercial ties to France, Carlota is rooted in an Old World continental style. Yet its original grandeur has been updated and is now punctuated by bright colors, rich patterns, exposed brick walls, and recovered wooden panels. Like the city in which it’s set, Carlota Hotel is a glorious mix of historical charm and contemporary flair. Here, dignified spaces play host to a warm, social scene in the heart of old Quito.

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The room is located on the second floor at the front of the hotel with street views. It is a two-sto...

SUITE SUPERIOR

The Campanaria room receives its name from the "Lechuza Campanaria" or Barn Owl, the most common owl...

SUITE

The Azafran room receives its name from the "Tangara Coroniazafrán" or Saffron-Crowned Tanager, a b...

DOUBLE TWO BEDS

The Torito room receives its name from "Torito Chico" or the Tufted Tit-Tyrant, a bird with horn-lik...

Design & Architecture

VERONICA REED

Architecture & Design

The building maintains its two original levels, with an elevated deck added to the terrace level. Accessible through a modern steel staircase connecting the terrace and the wine cellar, the terrace provides 360-degree unobstructed views of the historic district. Veronica Reed, co-founder of VIVA Arquitectura and Sustainable Design Studio, ensured that the structure’s existing earth-and-brick load-bearing walls were all reinforced, maintaining the house’s original spatial distribution. The recovered interior courtyard serves as an open lobby/reception area, creating a visual connection from the main entrance of the hotel to the back patio, which itself presents a well-preserved stone staircase and a beautiful planted backdrop that is inspired by the traditional Spanish gardens in Quito.

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