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Ecuador Ah, Quito. Great city- valley (city) altitude: over 9,000 feet above sea level. (watch for altitude sickness in kids-if it does occur, load them up on carbs or start high carbs the day before to avoid it-I know, carbs=sugar…But would you prefer a wound up kid or a nauseous kid bound to hurl at the most inappropriate moment?) There are hundreds of hotels. Here are some that are kid friendly and my opinion on some others:

This was all in all my best experience in any Quito Hotel:

Apartementos Los Quipus -LÃÆ'©rida E14-55 y Lugo Barrio La Floresta Quito, Ecuador E-MAIL:


P.O. BOX 17-12-075 Quito, Ecuador web site: (web site is comprehensive but does not do it the justice it deserves) TELEPHONES 222 40 37 (593-2) 255 77 87 FAX (593-2) 256 11 40

Quipus offers 2 BR apartments (yes your own bedroom w/no tv) starting at $40 USD per night!! Their web site has all the prices. This is impeccably clean, secure and friendly. They have a locked garage for your car, the front entranced is locked and they use video to buzz you in, and a beautiful courtyard for the kids to play in so you don't have to worry about them wandering into the street. They have a play house built into the side of the building for the kiddies to get dirty with Tonka trucks and some real bunnies as well.

Each apartment has a FULL kitchen (and maid service), fireplace and cable tv (1 TV) with Cartoon Network- a lifesaver even if it is in Spanish. They never ONCE asked our kids to quiet down in the courtyard, and I must say they were quite noisy. (we had 3 rooms of family with 6 kids!!) The hotel is located on a quiet street in a residential section of the city so it's not really within walking distance to the touristy stuff but it's a low price to pay for what you get. Taxi's are $2-3 to the trendy ‘Ave Amazonas' section. When trying to get to this hotel, say that it is in the ‘La Floresta' section as not many taxi drivers know it.

Hotel Quito- It is considered a 4 star hotel but I think it has seen it's hay-day and should be better described as a 2 star. It does offer more amenities and services (in room safe, 24 hr room service, valet parking etc.) but is in need of updating. It has splendid views and a rent a car place near by.

Hotel Quito.- Address: Gonzalez Suarez N27-142 and 12 de Octubre. Reservations: Tel. 2544600, Fax: 2567284.