JW Marriott Hotel (Quito; tel. 800/228-9290 in the U.S. and Canada, or 02/2972-000 in Ecuador; www.marriotthotels.com): With an imposing glass-atrium-covered lobby, gorgeous rooms, attentive service, and good restaurants, this is one of the top business-class hotels in Ecuador. The pool, spa, and recreational facilities are excellent, as are the business services.
nü house (Quito; tel. 02/2557-845; www.nuhousehotels.com): Hip and contemporary, this new hotel sits right on the popular Plaza Foch, at the center of all the action in New Town. A host of great shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs are just outside its doors.
Hotel Patio Andaluz (Quito; tel. 02/2280-830; www.hotelpatioandaluz.com): This place just oozes colonial-era charm. The spacious restored old mansion features two large interior courtyards. Accommodations are super comfortable, and the service is excellent. Plus it's located in the heart of Old Town, right off the Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande).
Sheraton Quito (Quito; tel. 800/325-3535 in the U.S. and Canada, or 02/2970-002 in Ecuador; www.sheraton.com): A massive remodeling, meticulous attention to detail, and fabulous service have made the Sheraton one of my favorite hotels in Quito. The facilities are all top-notch, and the location makes it one of the closest hotel options to the airport.
La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa (Cotacachi; tel. 800/327-3573 in the U.S. and Canada, or 06/2915-237 in Ecuador; www.mirage.com.ec): Arguably the most exclusive and opulent boutique hotel in the country, La Mirage offers refined accommodations, fine dining, and a spectacular spa. If that's not enough, a range of excellent hikes and adventure activities is available, and Otavalo is just a few minutes away.
Samari Spa Resort (outside Baños de Agua Santa; tel. 03/2741-855; www.samarispa.com): This plush and luxurious new hotel and spa sits at the base of Volcán Tungurahua, on the outskirts of Baños. Rooms have all the modern conveniences (a rarity in this area), and there are beautiful design touches throughout. The spa is large and expansive.
Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil (Guayaquil; tel. 04/2327-999; www.oroverdehotels.com): Located in the center of the city, close to all the parks, museums, and scenic riverside walkways, this is the top hotel in Guayaquil. Rooms have all been beautifully remodeled, and the service is refined and attentive.
Finch Bay Hotel (Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos; tel. 02/2988-200 for reservations office in Quito; www.finchbayhotel.com): The only beachfront hotel on Santa Cruz is also the best. You'll be pampered and well looked after at this posh and secluded resort hotel. You'll also feel apart from the hustle and bustle that often characterizes tourism in the Galápagos.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.