I could check out luxury hotels, and hostales later, but first, I would go for a bed and breakfast on my very first trip to Quito...nice and cozy even if I needed a taxi to transport me to the centro historico.
First, I needed to get to know Quito, and a B and B could result in the best place to ask questions. Guess what? That's where I met Angel Rea of Huayras Expeditions, now Quinde Adventures, at Villa Nancy and the warmth of the caring staff glowed.
LAuberge hostal, if you want to drop your backpack in a locker here, and go discover, makes a great second choice.
In the same general area, Hotel San Francisco de Quito in the very core of the historic center at Sucre OE 3-17 y Guayaquil, sans elevators. It's ideal for waking up in the middle of the action, but without the noise... just ask for an interior room away from the street. Next to the street, I've heard it's noisy... and the price has escalated.
Trip Advisor has complaints that the water is only hot in the shower and that you can hear the person in the next bathroom.
Then, there's the suites only luxury Plaza Grande, if cost doesn't matter, catty-cornered from the Presidential Palace on Garcia Moreno Street
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