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3 Hotels in Ecuador Offer Local Artwork, Stunning Rooftop Dining Venues

by Ron Bernthal

Oct 31, 2022

The Hotel Otavalo © Art Hotels Ecuador


Individually, each Art Hotels Ecuador property contains no more than 30 rooms and, within all of them, the ethos is the same: to passionately and authentically mix old with new and create an artistic, creative approach to luxury hospitality.



Hotel Cruz del Vado © Art Hotels Ecuador


Each boutique property in the Art Hotels portfolio in Ecuador features heartfelt local experiences for guests to participate in, where visitors come face to face with those who hold on to Ecuadorian traditions and who are, in essence, safekeepers of the culture. Local artists will take visitors into their private worlds to observe, up close, the methods they still use proudly, and the respect about the land they love.



Hotel Cruz del Vado © Art Hotels Ecuador


Located in the historic downtown neighborhood of Cuenca, Ecuador’s cultural capital, Hotel Cruz del Vado is one of the most important colonial houses in this beautiful city. Its pink marble façade is an example of the luxurious lifestyle enjoyed in the colonial era. The hotel lies in El Vado, Cuenca’s oldest neighborhood and an essential part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a UNESCO designation. Many handicrafts, religious representations and historical architecture make this neighborhood in Cuenca an iconic part of the city.



Hotel Mama Cuchara © Art Hotels Ecuador


In Quito, the political capital of Ecuador, Hotel Mama Cuchara embodies the revival of a Spanish-colonial house into a luxurious boutique hotel exuding comfort and elegance. Hotel Mama Cuchara is a rated UNESCO building within the UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center. The property sits within walking distance from many of the city’s most popular historical sites.


The city of Otavalo, best known for Los Ponchos market, is a must-see destination in Ecuador as it hosts South America’s largest Andean fair of artisanal handicrafts and textiles. The Hotel Otavalo by Art Hotels is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Recently refurbished, the history of the city can be seen through the building materials used for its construction more than a century ago, creating the sensation of being in a castle within the city.



Hotel Cruz del Vado © Art Hotels Ecuador


Each of the three boutique Art Hotels features local experiences for guests to participate in, including learning traditional Ecuadorian cooking techniques for dishes like ceviche and empanadas and finding handmade goods from local artisans on display in and around the hotels.


One of the stand-out features of each Art Hotel is the rooftop bars, with all offering wonderful views of the city and the lush foliage of the neighborhood, as well as serving unique food and drink. There is also an in-house restaurant in each property with all-day service, where a delicious meal can be enjoyed no matter the time of day.


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