ituated in one of Quito’s most atmospheric neighbourhoods, the Illa Experience Hotel is one of the most exclusive places to stay in Ecuador’s proud & historic capital city. From the discreet main entrance Illa’s doors open into an elegant colonial house, its focal point the light and airy central patio with mirror pool. Guests can also ascend to the rooftop bar to admire the memorable view of Quito’s iconic El Panecillo Hill. 10 spacious and luxurious suites are spread across 3 floors, each named after a key period in Ecuador’s history and with design touches to reflect this. The hotel also features a refined spa and wellness area with Jacuzzi and the fine-dining restaurant, Nuema.
What really sets Illa apart, however, is the opportunity to gain a genuine insight into the life and traditions of the surrounding artisan community. Before work on the hotel even began, the owners of Illa were already in close contact with the residents of San Marcos to make sure they were involved in the project. This link with the community means that hotel guests can now enjoy a unique cultural experience each afternoon during their stay; traditional confectionery making for example, or visiting the workshop of a wooden toy makers or local artist. This gives you an insight into Quito and its cultural heritage that goes far beyond the superficial overview that a generic city tour has to offer.