Illa Experience Hotel

| Anke Hendriks

Situated in the cosy district of San Marcos and only 4 blocks from the main square you will find the Illa Experience hotel. Here you will not only come to spend the night, but you will be taken into the culture and traditions of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Our goal is to portray Quito as it really is, a place full of tradition, authenticity and charisma. That is why we share our own traditions with our guests every day.

Xavier Rosero, assistant manager Illa Experience Hotel

A unique experience in Quito

For us and for our travellers, making a journey is all about discovering and experiencing the place where you are. Nature, culture, gastronomy and the people who live there. The Illa Experience hotel shares this opinion. The idea of their concept is that you do not simply stay in a hotel, but that you have an authentic experience and get to know the culture in Quito.

Discover the district of San Marcos

Illa Experience hotel introduces you to the rich culture and traditions of Quito. The colourful, picturesque streets, the busy squares and the authentic local atmosphere of the city. The hotel is located in the district of San Marcos. This district has been home to writers, artists and musicians for generations. It is thanks to this that the current charm of the district radiates. Neighbours still greet each other in the street and gather on a warm evening in the central square to discuss the day.

Unique experiences

At Illa Experience hotel they want you to feel like a real Quiteño, that's why they work a lot with local people. During your stay, residents of the district of San Marcos will take you to discover special and unknown places of the district and the rest of Quito. You will visit the local craftsman who makes hand-carved traditional wooden toys. You will stop at the fruit seller for a piece of maracuyá or curuba. Join a watercolour painter who knows the city like the back of his hand, discover the secrets of weaving by abuela (grandma) or learn how traditional Ecuadorian ice cream is made. You will leave the city like a real Quiteño.

Spend the night in a historic mansion

The culture and history of Quito is also reflected in the hotel itself. Illa Experience is housed in a historic mansion built in the 17th century. The building is spread over three floors and each floor is inspired by a different historical period. In total, the hotel has four spacious suites and six luxurious rooms. The characteristic elements from the past are combined with the comforts of the present. Take a seat in one of the massive armchairs and enjoy a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate. At the end of the day, relax in L'Occitane's comfortable bath with luxurious toiletries and dive into a warm bed with a hand-embroidered blanket.

The hotel's restaurant, Nuema, is one of the most famous restaurants in Ecuador and will be a real experience just like the rest of your stay. Chef Alejandro Chamorro will take you back to his roots by using local and traditional products in his modern Ecuadorian dishes. There is no fixed menu, because Alejandro determines his dishes based on what the country has to offer at that moment. So, let yourself be surprised and enjoy. After a successful dinner you can enjoy a cocktail on the roof terrace, with the statue of the Virgin of Quito in the background. For relaxation, make use of the spa and wellness centre, equipped with a whirlpool bath, sauna and various massage options.

Travel through Ecuador?

Quito with its history and beautiful colonial centre is a good place to start your trip. The experiences that the city and the Illa Experience hotel offer you are a good start for a unique journey. Are you curious and would you like to know more about a trip through Ecuador including a stay at the Illa Experience hotel? Then feel free to contact us. We will be happy to work out a suitable travel proposal for you. Call +31 73 610 62 04 or send an email to

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