Great Location - But LOTS of Urban Noise and a Nightclub - Take Earplugs!
02/11/2017 CDN_in_CO, Denver, Colorado
This is a nice hotel in a great location in Quito. It's right across the street from Quicentro, a major shopping mall in Quito and it's also right across the street from the start of the hop on / hop... more
This is a nice hotel in a great location in Quito. It's right across the street from Quicentro, a major shopping mall in Quito and it's also right across the street from the start of the hop on / hop off Quito Bus tour.
We stayed at this hotel because the location was perfect for us, it was two blocks away from where our daughter was spending her semester abroad.
We stayed at the hotel in Mid October 2017.
We arrived late (1:00AM) on a Thursday night (Friday morning), and stayed on the third floor. Much to our surprise, there was very loud music to be heard when we arrived and were trying to fall asleep. Friday night was also very noisy. Saturday and Sunday night were not as noisy, but it appeared that there was a wedding reception or something going on in the banquet facilities. The hotel has large banquet facilities.
In the morning, the traffic noise is fairly loud. To be fair, our home is in a very quiet neighborhood and we are not at all used to traffic noise.
Other than the noise, the hotel was great. Service was good.
1. The hotel charges a 10% service charge - so no need to tip the staff. They will willingly accept and appreciate it, but we were surprised to find a 10% service charge on our bill when we checked out. This is a fairly common practice in Quito restaurants, but we were surprised to also find it on our hotel bill and were not informed of it when we checked in and tipped throughout unaware of the service charge.
2. The concierge may offer to get you a "safe taxi". If you are comfortable riding the local taxis, absolutely no need to take him up on his offer. Go outside the hotel and get in a taxi. The premium for a safe taxi on our one trip was 50%. Mind you taxi fares in Quito are extremely reasonable so, it's not that much more. In fact, Quito is the only city I've been to where taxi fares are usually less than the cost of a drink! Really, no excuse to drink and drive. less
David G, Director de Recepción at Best Western CPlaza Hotel, responded to this review
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