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For travelers looking to be right in the center of Quito's nightlife scene in the Mariscal district, this hip boutique hotel right on Plaza Foch is the best bet. The décor is anything but bland. A horizontal wood-slat exterior outside leads to red and white bedspreads, Victorian-style love seats, volcanic stone, and artsy design pieces at every turn. Reserve a suite for your private balcony view of the plaza, plus a luxurious two-person soaking tub. The lively Q restaurant+bar+lounge on the ground level spills out onto the sidewalk. The owners also run a neighboring Latin bistro, American barbecue restaurant, and beach-themed club that are all worth checking out if you want to party. Travelers looking for someplace quiet or authentic should stay elsewhere.