Old Town Quito Suites – Ecuador Gay Owned Vacation Rental

Author: , October 24th, 2018

Old Town Quito Suites - Quito, Ecuador

“Unparalled experience”

This slogan speaks for itself. With our team, experienced in the tourism world, we entered in the hospitality market with an innovative concept: we renovated a colonial mansion with a historical heritage and a strategic location, just behind the oldest church of Quito: the San Blas church. We restored it meticulously with respect for the soul of the house and reusing the beams, doors, windows, bricks. Combining a vintage style, artistic objects and antiques with modernity such as induction cookers, USB plugs, dishwashers, spacious refrigerators, netflix and internet with fiber optic we offer a comfort and easiness in an authentic colonial environment, thus creating a unique experience. We opted for the luxury of spacious apartments over the limitations of hotel rooms.

Completing our offer with a luxury service and the smile of our professional team we are convinced of giving an added value to the tourist market. “Stay in Quito as in a fairy tale”.

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Chilly in Quito, Ecuador – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 10th, 2017

Quito, Ecuador

I was surprised by what I was reading on my Kindle. “Set in a picturesque valley some 2,800 meters above sea level, Ecuador’s lofty capital sits just 25km south of the equator. Its historic Old Town is a splendid maze of cobbled streets, colonial architecture and churches, dazzling attributes which helped it become UNESCO’s first World Heritage Site (along with Krakow) in 1978.”, marveled the author in the Independent article about Ecuador I was reading while enjoying my very first cup of scrumptious Ecuadorian hot cocoa.

The article made Quito seem like a gem of a city, a town so beautiful that it would sweep me off my feet. The problem was, I just didn’t feel it. I had spent three days in Ecuador’s capital, my first stop on my trip through the country, which is usually enough time to make me fall for a place. But Quito and I, we just didn’t connect.

I was a bit wary of visiting Quito, after hearing stories of robberies, people throwing feces from church towers to distract you so that they can take your belongings, and Quito being a bit sketchy all around.

Quito’s Stunning Basilica del Voto Nacional – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , March 7th, 2017

Basilica del Voto Nacional

I’m back in South America! And it strangely feels like I’ve never left, even though it’s been nearly eleven months since I said goodbye to Colombia. But considering I was in Mexico until mid-April and then again a whole month in November, it shouldn’t be too surprising that everything feels strangely familiar.

The Latin America traffic craze, the bustling markets and town squares, the noise (horns, speakers, megaphones), the street food vendors everywhere.

There were a few things though that made Quito, my first stop in Ecuador, feel different: 1) there are many women in traditional native dress, with long skirts and braids, hats and colorful shawls, which remind me a lot of the native dress in Bolivia.

And 2) The altitude! Quito is the second highest city in the world (only La Paz sits higher), and with an altitude of just over 9,200 feet I definitely felt the affects of it. I don’t think I’ve been to a place that high since traveling around Bolivia three years ago.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetroter Girls

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Gay Quito – Nomadic Boys

Author: , February 9th, 2017

Gay Quito

The average length is 7 inches! Surely a reason alone to book your flight over…

Quito itself is a beautiful city to explore, perched up high in the mountains, almost 3,000m/9,840ft high. Once you’ve caught your breath from the altitude, you’ll quickly discover a fun, vibrant and exciting gay scene.

GAY MAP OF QUITO

Quito is a long and narrow shaped city in the Guayllabamba river basin with the Andes mountains on either side. The majority of the gay scene of Quito can be found in the touristic Mariscal area, located North from the UNESCO listed Old Town.

GAY BARS AND CLUBS IN QUITO

The gay bars and clubs of Quito start late, so factor in a dolly nap before heading out. For some strange reason, entry to all gay hangouts in Quito are extremely strict towards foreigners so you must bring your passport with you each time you go out. A copy of your passport is not enough and door staff will insist on seeing your original passport with the immigration stamp to let you in.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at Ecuador

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Gay Life in Ecuador – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 26th, 2017

Gay Ecuador

The gay scene in Quito is a lot of fun with a handful of gay bars and discos. But compared to other cities across Latin America like Buenos Aires and Montevideo, we noticed the crowd was largely quite young in comparison. No bear culture here for example…where do all the over 40s hang out?

Ecuador has this weird extreme mix of the very conservative older generation versus the more forward thinking, confident and liberal minded millennials.

It makes sense when you look at the dramatic change in LGBT legislation over the last 20 years. Until 1997, gay life in Ecuador was tough: it was an extremely conservative country, on par with places like Sri Lanka, India or Indonesia where just being caught in a gay bar could get you in trouble with the police.

In 1997, the constitution was changed introducing some of the most progressive gay friendly legislation in the world. For example, full anti-discrimination laws on grounds of sexual orientation were introduced. In the UK we had to wait until 2003 when the equivalent law was passed and in the USA, there is still no federal law outlawing discrimination nationwide.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Eating Out: Quito, Ecuador

Author: , August 11th, 2016

Quito Cuisine

Filled with diverse Andean culture, Quito has become a top travel destination. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the Old Town and all it has to offer: Colonial plazas, museums, monasteries, convents, and churches, including the gold-covered Iglesia de la Compania and the citys largest and oldest church, Monasterio de San Francisco. The central plaza, Plaza de la Independencia, is also located here, next to the Presidential Palace.

Rich in culinary options, Quitos famous dishes include ceviche (a dish typical to coastal Latina America that is made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and seasoned with herbs); loco de papa (a creamy potato soup); and seco de chivo (a Quito specialty of goat meat battered in beer and served with citrus sauce from a fruit called naranjilla). During a recent trip, I had the chance to dine in Old Town, La Mariscal, and outside of the city in the Cotopaxi National Park.

CAFE PLAZA GRANDE

The Hotel Plaza Grande, located in Old Town near the Plaza de la Independencia, is a five-star luxury boutique hotel in a restored 1930s Spanish-colonial mansion that is home to Cafe Plaza Grande. Enjoy your meal here among traditional colonial Ecuadorian ambiance provided by the wood-paneled space and botanical prints. If you love posting photos of your meal, they provide Wi-Fi for all your Instagram-ing needs. No outdoor seating, but through their large windows, you get a nice view of the plaza.

By Andrew Villagomez – Full Story at Passport

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Featured Gay Tour Operator: Ishpingo Tours – Quito, Ecuador

Author: , February 2nd, 2015

IshpingoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

We create a tailored adventure-holiday experience for fellow gay travelers: one where you can be free to be yourself in a safe, non-judgemental environment while you explore a new and fresh part of the world. Our hand picked city hotels, jungle lodges, country haciendas and Galapagos cruises ensure that your visit to Ecuador will be made in style.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Azul de Luna, Quito, Ecuador

Author: , May 29th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Ecuador Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Azul de Luna, Quito, EcuadorCome visit us in Quito, Ecuador, at Azul de Luna, a beautiful Boutique Hotel overlooking the wonderful Pichincha Volcano.

We offer great prices with excellent guest service.

Our Quito luxury hotel has beautiful fireplaces throughout the property, and we also have a bar on-site with live music evenings for the pleasure of our guests.

Our boutique hotel is on the outskirts of Quito in the quiet Bellavista neighborhood, close to the Parque Metropolitano Bellavista, an ecological park great for picnics, bicycling, or playing basketball.

Our rooms are simple and elegant, with large, beautiful beds and dressers, beautiful tile, clean white walls and natural wood eaves.

Azul de Luna Hotel also has great views of downtown Quito.

Looking for a great, friendly Quito hotel? Come stay with us at Azul de Luna.

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