Because the Mariscal Sucre Airport is located in downtown Quito -- and there are really no good options right at the airport -- I don't include accommodations near the airport. The hotels in New Town and La Floresta are approximately 10 to 15 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic, while those in Old Town are some 20 to 25 minutes away.
In New Town
Holiday Inn Express (tel. 02/2997-300; www.hiexpress.com) is a sharp, new, business-class hotel, well located on Avenida Orellana, that is contemporary and well-equipped, but lacking in personality and charm.
Posada del Maple (tel. 02/2544-507; www.posadadelmaple.com; Juan Rodríguez E8-49 and 6 de Diciembre) is another top choice for backpackers.
In Old Town
Quito's Old Town is in the midst of a major renaissance. Whereas, several years ago, I cautioned visitors against staying in this area, today you will find excellent hotel options in various price ranges, and a vastly improved security situation. That said, taxis definitely should be used after nightfall.
Villa Colonna (tel. 02/2955-805; www.villacolonna.ec; Benalcázar 1128 and Esmeraldas) is a newly opened six-room bed-and-breakfast housed in an old colonial manse, located in the colonial core of the city.
Another good option is El Relicario del Carmen (tel. 02/2289-120; www.hotelrelicariodelcarmen.com; Venezuela 1041 and Olmedo), a midsize hotel housed in a colonial home that dates to 1705.
La Posada Colonial (tel. 02/2280-282; firstname.lastname@example.org) is a good option in this price range, just steps away from the Compañía de Jesus and Plaza de la Independencia.
The Radisson Royal Quito (tel. 888/201-1718 in the U.S. and Canada, or 02/2233-333; www.radisson.com), at Cordero 444 and 12 de Octubre, is another dependable high-end choice in La Floresta.
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.