Wantara Garden Suites, a manor house with buildings set in a beautiful garden in the middle of historic Quito is apt to relax after exploring the city. Carefully decorated Suite Lagarto (48 m2) is fully equipped without loosing its colonial charm.
Fascinated by the magic of the 'Old Town' where authentic Ecuadorian traditions are still alive and can be experienced in its streets and places, we decided that this is where we want to live. After a year of extensive search we finally found this treasure. It took us three years to carefully renovate the property. Within the 15.000 sqft of the old historical villa with its gardens we created eight independent units cautious of not loosing the colonial charm but adding all the contemporary comforts. Art objects in the lush garden and cozy living spaces gives 'Wantara' a very special flair. A breeze from the Panecillo hill provides fresh mountain air and you sit outside, surrounded by flowers and enjoy the sunny Ecuadorian climate.
The design of the areas gives you the chance to interact with the other people in our condo, or to stay private. You can use an ample green area as well as a pergola with hammocks and a BBQ.
Quito's colonial city center is a UNESCO world heritage site and you should definitely not miss exploring it while you are in Ecuador.
Accès des voyageurs
You are most welcome to relax in our peaceful garden area, use the gazebo and BBQ and harvest herbs for personal use. Our selection of board games, DVDs and books is waiting for you.
A Recreation Center ( Gym, pools, courts, etc ) is in 5 minutes walking distance.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We are a couple with German origin and have been living 28 years in Ecuador. Among other activities (landscaping & landart, biological water purification systems) we also have worked as a tour operator for a long time. Now we created Wantara Garden Suites, an example of restoring a historical property in Quito's old town.
We provide a professional service and can help our guests organizing all the little treats that make travelling easier and love to share our uniquely peaceful space with interesting people from all over the world.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your trip to Ecuador.
We will be happy to host you!
General Safety Advice
The Historical Center of Quito has many foreign visitors and the Municipality provides a tourist police service that cares specifically about visitors. Pick-pockets do operate in crowded places such as public buses or plazas, so be careful in these circumstances. If you feel unexpectedly pushed by several persons you should hold your handbag close to you and step to one side. It is advisable not to carry around expensive equipment and avoid walking with cameras and jewelry exposed.
We recommend leaving your important documents and cards in your suite. You can identify yourself with a photocopy of your passport. Take only the necessary things/money you need for each visit.
You might be asked by others to show them the condominium out of curiosity. Unless you are very familiar with that person and trust him/her, you can say your host does not allow visitors.
Welcome to Wantara Suites!
We want our guests to feel safe and comfortable whilst staying in Wantara Suites. The condominium is a place to relax, a hideaway in the middle of the town. You are welcome to meet other guests or to stay private. To help create such an enjoyable atmosphere, we need your cooperation so please respect the house rules of Wantara Garden Suites.
Please do not smoke inside the suites. You will find ashtrays in the outside areas.
Towels and any other items from the suite must not be removed from the condominium.
We kindly ask all guests to be considerate and avoid disturbing others and request that you to keep general noise to a minimum between 10PM and 7AM.
Wood Burning Stove - electric heaters
At night it can get chilly in Quito, but all suites are equipped with a stove for heating. Please do not hesitate to ask us for instructions in its use. All firewood is provided.
Every suite has a private outdoor area and we have some shared garden space. There is the possibility of using a BBQ grill you will find the equipment at the gazebo. The garden is filled with herbs, medical plants and flowers. You are welcome to harvest respectfully for your own use.
We would ask you not to dry any clothing in outdoor areas.
We do not offer any off road car parking spaces to guests.
Internet & Entertainment
The internet should be operational 24/7, so please let us know if you experience any difficulties with the service.
We have a nice collection of selected DVDs that you can watch on your laptop. We also have table/board games for adults and children. Please do not hesitate to ask for them.
Room & Laundry Service
Your rental includes a twice weekly room service (no dish-washing included). Cusumbo, Estrella, Tortuga and Colibri on Monday & Thursday. Mariposa, Lagarto Sol and Luna on Tuesday & Friday.
Laundry service is only available on these days and has a cost of US$ 5 per load. Your clothes will be washed, dried and folded (not ironed; we have an iron and board which you can use, if wished). If you have clothes that are not appropriate to be tumble-dried, please advise our staff.
Bed linens are changed once a week, towels twice a week. If you prefer to have them changed before, please ask Lucrecia (surcharge 5 US$).
If you would like to leave a tip for our service staff, please feel free to do so. You will find a tip box in your suite.
The Adobe buildings at Wantara Suites require a lot of ventilation. Please make sure to open your windows, especially after taking a shower.
Water & Septic System
The property is connected to the public septic system. This system is very effective, but will clog up if improper material as well as toilet paper is flushed. It is therefore very important to put toilet paper in the bins provided to avoid plumbing problems. This is a national problem and you will be asked to do so at most other places in Ecuador, including restaurants.
If it is found that improper materials have been flushed and clog the septic system, you could be charged for drain clearance and associated costs up to US $400.
Every suite has a water heating system that operates with gas tanks (as well as the kitchen stove). We check the tanks frequently, but please let us know if you run out of gas unexpectedly.
Gates & Doors
The entrance gate is to remain closed at any time of the day and night. If you are expecting visitors, a taxi or another private transportation, please ask the person to ring your apartment bell when arriving. Using the intercom system, you should confirm that it is the person you are expecting before opening the gate. Under no circumstances give your keys to others.
The electric gate is opened and closed by pushing the button on the remote control. After closing the gate, please double-check manually that the locking mechanism at the bottom of the gate has closed properly.
Store the control in a place where it cannot be pressed accidentally. The control stored in pockets of narrow trousers or bags has opened the gate unintentionally in the past, without the guest realizing! The control works within radius of 200 meters.
Very occasionally we may experience a power shortage; if this occurs the electric gate will not work. Only in this case you will have to open the pedestrian gate manually.
The 2 keys are on the key ring for your suite.
When leaving the property please make sure that all the doors and windows of your suite are properly locked.
When it gets dark, please use taxis for transportation, even for short distances, it is very inexpensive.Licensed yellow cab from a company are safe but make sure they switch on the taximeter. Do not use a normal car pulling up next to you claiming to be a taxi and offering his services.
During daytime the price is 2 U$ and 3 U$ after 7 pm in the historical centre. To the Mariscal area it is about 4 U$ during daytime and 5-6 U$ at night. If you wish to take a cab from Wantara Suites, the best place to wait is at the corner of Calle Quijano and Loja, just in front of the small shop of Dona Gloria, where taxis pass by frequently. At night you can call Marcelo our neighbor,chauffeur and housekeeper or the cab office (You will find the telephone numbers on your pin board). In case of early or late departures or arrivals (after 6pm and before 8 am), a private transfer through us is mandatory,the driver does the check in and check out.For more details and price please contact us.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Please do not hesitate to ask for our recommendations. We have lived in this area for many years and have done it all. We really don't mind you asking. Take advantage of our experience.