News directly from Cafe Cultura
Just a quick note to say hello and to inform you about the latest developments at Café Cultura.
Operating since 1993, Café Cultura was the first boutique hotel founded in Ecuador. Ever since opening it has been ahead of its time, setting the trend. Its uniqueness features in Samantha Brown’s Passport to Latin America, a half hour TV show currently running on the Travel Channel, part of the Discovery Network.
In our continuous effort to improve and reinvent ourselves, we are creating a new home for our beloved Café Cultura. Just a few blocks from our present location the perfect spot for a boutique hotel exists. Surrounded by listed buildings, the house that we recently acquired won the city’s architectural prize in 1937 and is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
The property features a manor house that incorporates Art Deco and Republican architectural styles. The magnificent interiors are bursting with the glamour of that golden era. This was simply a lifetime opportunity that we couldn’t possibly afford to miss, so we took on the challenge and we are currently restoring the house back to its former glory.
Business goes on as usual at our well known current address where we will be operating from until February 2010. In the new location, the hotel will offer a second to none array of social areas. The impressive wood paneled library with its extensive collection of books has a splendid fireplace and a wonderful crystal chandelier, original features of the house. The restaurant incorporates several cosy dining areas, the most comfortable and perfect place to enjoy the traditional culinary delights that Café Cultura is famous for. A well stocked wine cellar guarantees that the overall experience will be a memorable one.
The roof garden of the house presented a perfect canvas for us to design and incorporate a spa that offers the latest techniques and treatments, a state of the art bar and one of our suites, all with private terraces and enjoying a pristine view across the heart of Quito.
Since we really treat our clients as friends, we made a point of designing the most spacious, elegant and comfortable suites, the average size of each one will be 40m2 with the exception of the Cultura Suite which will be around 90m2.
Current Cafe Cultura details
We would like to kindly invite you to visit http://www.cafecultura.com/new_project where you will find plenty of photos, a 3D presentation and coming soon a video of the work in progress.
Café Cultura is a delightful mix of English tradition and contemporary trend. Consider it an inner city retreat, with an out-going personality and inspirational food. Some sixty years ago, the hotel was home to one of Quito’s oldest families, after which it became the French Cultural Centre. The building was carefully restored over a period of four years, with special detail given to maintaining the unique characteristics of the original interior. The house is hemmed by a beautiful garden, with secluded seating areas for relaxing — or watching our resident hummingbirds, doves and peacocks do their thing. So don’t be shy, ring the bell, come in, and discover for yourself why Condé Nast Traveler magazine recently listed Café Cultura as one of the three reasons to visit Ecuador!
Special incentive rates applicable on selected dates
SPECIAL SUMMER 2009 OFFERS …
FREE airport pick up
FREE three course dinner
50% OFF 3rd consecutive night’s stay
1. One offer per reservation per room
2. This offer applies to clients who have made their reservation and will stay at Café Cultura between the months of June to December 2009.
3. The free airport pick up is from Quito airport to Hotel Café Cultura.
4. The free dinner consists of one starter, one main and one dessert course per person selected from the specials menu.
5. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
The hotel …
On the ground floor you will find the reception area and cafe – bistro, together with the wood-panelled library complete with guidebooks, papers and magazines for your use. Fires are lit in our three large stone fireplaces every night, along with an abundance of candles, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere, reminiscent of colonial life. Here you can relax in the comfortable leather armchairs, glass of wine in hand, basking in the warmth of a crackling wood fire.
From the reception area an open-gallery staircase leads to 15 of our 26 bedrooms. Each room has been individually designed in keeping with the style of the house and has its own en suite bathroom. Different artists have painted modern frescoes throughout the hotel, adding to its already unique style.
Once inside, you will immediately be seduced by the overall atmosphere of conviviality: the perfect mix of home comfort, the right level of discreet service, plus our own touch of eclectic culture. Indeed, while all of our rooms have individual features, some are more special than others with their own fireplaces, or perhaps a sunken bath. Our honeymoon suite boasts its own balcony – a conservatory converted into a dream-like bathroom with an antique tub.