Here's a chance to experience sleeping in an architectural landmark without breaking the bank. In 1698, after an earthquake destroyed much of the city, this house was built by the Spaniard Juan de Dios Padilla with adobe walls, a horse stable, and a ground level designed for milking and watering cows. There have been countless reconstructions over the years and only segments of the original property remain. Many unique details survive, like the mural of the Virgen de Quito over the stone stairs, which dates to 1747 and was uncovered in 1989. Today the hotel's rooms are on the second through fourth floors, and vary considerably. Most have varnished wood floors, while a few others suffer from worn-out carpet. My advice is to request a room in the back. The top floor honeymoon suite is the best in the house, with a private balcony and brick fireplace.
- Nicholas Gill