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Opening up Ecuador to luxe travellers

Smart new accommodations in Quito and the Andes

Opening up Ecuador to luxe travellers

September 12 2011
Sophy Roberts

In Quito, the old town now has a hotel worthy of the city’s architectural glories. The 31-room hotel Casa Gangotena (pictured, rendering of a room; www.casagangotena.com, from $460) occupies a converted 16th-century mansion house. Travellers who stave off a visit until November can pair their trip to the capital with Mashpi Lodge (www.mashpilodge.com, from $1,870, three-nights, all-inclusive), a new eco-lodge in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. Ten years ago, there was little accommodation of this standard – only converted haciendas, many of which had been run down. Mashpi opens up an under-visited area on the western slopes of the Andes. It also brings a rare hit of contemporary design to a destination emerging as more than just the gateway to The Galápagos.