When I say we visited Quito, the capital of Ecuador, really I mean we visited JW Marriott Quito (this trip anyway). This was our final destination after spending eight months in South America- in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.
We went on a city tour of Quito and visited the equator but other than that, we just wanted to relax. Personally, I wasn’t in the mood for touring anymore which is one of the reasons why we decided on coming back to the US for a couple of months before going overseas again.
The perfect place for relaxing after all these months of traveling was JW Marriott Quito. Since we spent lots of time there, here are five reasons to stay at JW Marriott Quito.
While checking in, we told the front desk we needed internet for multiple devices (since we work online). They suggested upgrading to a junior suite which included internet for all our devices and in addition, access to the executive lounge.
We went ahead with upgrading and got our internet. After spending many months with internet ranging everywhere from not so great to so-so, being at JW Marriott was luxury. Not having to reconnect every time you didn’t use your device for a while. And being able to have the same consistent internet speed anywhere in the hotel was awesome.
Though of course if we’d just arrived to the hotel from Tampa, it wouldn’t be as special as I’m making it seem. (I’ve learned to appreciate Verizon Fios. Haha)
JW Marriott Quito has 11 floors. Our room was on the 10th. The junior suite has a huge bathroom with two sinks, a tub and shower. There’s a bedroom and living room/sitting area that’s separated by a wall and door. Though there’s only one king bed in the junior suites, you can get pull away beds.
Overall the room is spacious and comfortable for four people.
Check out this Vine video of the room.
At JW Marriott Quito there’s a fitness center, JW health club, outdoor pool and spa. The entrance to the fitness center is located on the floor below the lobby. It’s kind of hidden so you’ll have to walk through the spa area and down another stair case to reach the huge fitness center.
Here’s a Vine video taken at the fitness center.
4. Executive Lounge
Along with the junior suite, comes access to the executive lounge located on the 9th floor. This is a very quiet and relaxing area overlooking the city of Quito. And when you first walk in, you’ll notice the tables and chairs lined up along the windows.
Sit and enjoy the view with complimentary and unlimited drinks. Or use that fast speed internet to get some work done and drink Imperial sparkling water, which in my opinion is the best water in Ecuador.
Also come here in the morning to have complimentary breakfast of fresh fruits, pastries, bacon, eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, juices, coffee, or this doughnut.
You don’t have to leave JW Marriott Quito to have a meal. Instead, you can choose from six different restaurants/cafes right in the hotel. There’s Bistro Latino, La Hacienda, The Exchange Lobby Bar & Sushi Bar, Café Gourmet and Don Porfirio- all serving different cuisines.
And another option is again the executive lounge. In addition to the breakfast and complimentary unlimited drinks at the executive lounge, at around noon, they serve savory pastries like pigs in a blanket (hot dogs wrapped in croissants) and desserts.
At around five in the afternoon, they serve hors d’oeuvres. I really liked how they incorporated some Ecuadorian cuisine such as mote (Ecuadorian hominy) and plantain chips.
This is the view from the executive lounge’s sitting area on the balcony.
And how it looks from the executive lounge’s balcony at night. I love seeing a city light up at night, this picture just doesn’t do it justice. (it’s blurry)
Altogether, our stay at JW Marriott Quito was a perfect way to end the South American portion of our RTW trip.
JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Avenida Orellana 1172 y Avenida Amazonas · Quito, Ecuador