New Casona de San Miguel Boutique Hotel in Quito, Ecuador, Announces its Rates

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The 31-suite Casona de San Miguel occupies a grand house on the corner of Plaza San Francisco, Quito's most emblematic square. The hotel will be decorated with eclectic and eye-catching styles, mixing Art Nouveau with contemporary design, and is set to become the Ecuadorian capital's landmark hotel.

The hotel features wonderful spaces for different moods and times of day: a garden-patio brimming with orchids and native plants, a dining room, and a roof-top terrace with wrap-around views of Quito's historic center.

The capital of Ecuador’s historic heart is a living treasure – the largest, best-restored in the Americas – benefitting from over $250 million in cultural heritage investment over the last decade. It has become one of the ‘discovery’ destinations in Latin America, earning the praise of visitors and press alike for its stunning churches and sights, compelling museums and cultural centres and its approachable, friendly feel. And now Quito’s Old Town will shine brighter still with the opening of the Casona de San Miguel boutique hotel in mid-2011.

The 31-suite hotel occupies a grand house on the corner of Plaza San Francisco, the capital’s most emblematic square. The hotel will be decorated with eclectic and eye-catching styles, mixing Art Nouveau with contemporary design.

“Attention-to-detail during restoration has been exceptional,” says Paulina Burbano de Lara, Metropolitan Touring’s CEO. “We have managed to maintain nearly all of the house’s original architectural features. These include its tall, elegant windows, which provide fantastic views of the Panecillo hillside, the plaza and the cosy, characteristic inner courtyard. The restoration also reinforced the mansion from the bottom up, making it stronger than ever for the coming centuries.”

The hotel features wonderful spaces for different moods and times of day: a garden-patio brimming with orchids and native plants, a dining room ideal for enjoying refined culinary experiences or simply people-watching in the square beyond, and a roof-top terrace with wrap-around views of the historic centre’s towers, tiles and spires – an unbeatable spot to watch the frequent religious and cultural events on the square below.

“Due to the character of this heritage building, the hotel has rooms of varying sizes and locations,” explains María Cecilia Alzamora, Commercial Vice-President of Inbound Tourism. “We have therefore decided to divide them into three categories, while maintaining the same amenities and services in each.”

The names of the rooms reflect the mansion’s rich history: San Miguel was the name of the house, which according to historical records was part of an estate sold in 1850; while San Roque is the name of the old Quito neighbourhood in which the mansion is found.

The rack rates for the rooms (double or single occupancy, including breakfast and taxes) will be as follows: 1 Panecillo suite, with a king-size bed and balcony, with views southwards to the Panecillo hillside ($693); 21 San Miguel rooms, 8 with king-size beds and 13 doubles with full-size beds ($590); and 9 San Roque rooms, 5 king-size beds and 4 doubles with full-size beds ($484). Two pairs of rooms are inter-connecting, perfect for families. Fourteen rooms can have additional beds installed for children up to 12 years old. The extra cost is $43.

Find out more about the hotel, its history and its new lease of life at: http://www.casonasanmiguel.com.

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