Tren Crucero Gold Class
A ride through history
A ride through history
For those looking for a deeper cultural experience, we introduce Tren Crucero Gold class offering accommodation in signature buildings that allow a unique journey through the history of Ecuador. From Quito’s colonial, UNESCO World Heritage main square or the city’s early XXth century cultural centre, to historical haciendas and restored public buildings dating from the cocoa boom in XIXth century Guayaquil, these properties have been selected for their singular character, their attention to detail and their excellence in service, to guarantee a unique experience.
In the heart of Quito UNESCO World Heritage old quarter and with five centuries of history, Hotel Plaza Grande stands on the corner from the Presidential palace and is built on the lot that was originally granted to Francisco Pizarro, Governor of Peru. The original building, the first colonial house built in the newly founded city of Quito, suffered multiple renovations during its long history, being home to different wealthy families.
In the early XXth century it housed the first luxury hotel in the city. After a careful restoration it re opened its doors in 2007 offering 15 luxury suites with breathtaking views of the city’s historical quarter, a renowned restaurant, a spectacular terrace and a well-stocked cellar.
This beautiful, clapboard building is steeped in history, and forms a vital piece of Guayaquil’s past. The property was built in 1891 by Guayaquil’s oldest charity. Originally situated in a location in the center of the city, it was built in the eclectic style that is typical of Guayaquil’s golden age as the center of the cocoa export boom. It survived destruction in the 1980’s by being moved board by board to its current location on the Parque Historico, an eight hectare (around 20 acre) urban park that recreates the Guayaquil-that-was, with restored buildings that belonged to wealthy families hailing back to the prosperous XIXth century, and surrounded by luxuriant tropical forests by the river.
Today it has been transformed into a five star boutique hotel. Two inner patios with tinkling fountains and old trees offer quiet and relaxation to guests. The games and reading room is open for drinks, snacks and entertainment while the 44 exquisitely decorated rooms are the perfect ending or beginning to your Tren Crucero Gold Experience.
La Danesa was erected in the last decades of the XIXth century while the railway was being built. Situated next to the tracks –there has been a stopping place outside the property since the construction of the railway- the Hacienda benefitted from the proximity to the tracks to move its produce to the markets.
This lush family-owned 500 hectare dairy, cocoa and teak wood farm is also a unique tourist destination. Here guests will enjoy an unmatched farm-to-fork tourist experience and exclusive accommodation in Montubio-style decoration.
The Luxury Experience and Gold Tren Crucero travelers share accommodation in the same historical, Ecuador Cultural Heritage site; Hosteria La Andaluza at Hacienda Chuquipogio, dating back to mid XVIth century. Situated in the outskirts of Riobamba, it offers elegant rooms decorated in sober, tasteful style that matches the historical, countryside setting.
Our Gold guests will stay at the historical ranch house, in large rooms with views to the elegant gardens or the impressive Chimborazo volcano.
Casa Gangotena occupies a pivotal place in Quito’s historic heart: the southwest corner of Plaza San Francisco. It stands on the site of one of the several inca temples that once flanked the pre-Hispanic square, which was used for centuries as an open air market or Tianguiz for indigenous traders from different regions.
The importance of Plaza San Francisco throughout the Colonial period and the following centuries led several wealthy families to build their homes around it. The mansion that occupied the hotel’s present site later became the residence of several Republican-era presidents. Unfortunately, in 1914 a calamitous fire destroyed much of the house. Completely rebuilt in 1924 by the Gangotena family, one of the capitals leading families, the stately home changed hands again in mid 2000, when new owners acquired the historical property with the goal of converting it into a world-class boutique hotel.
The third-floor panoramic terrace offers unrivaled views of the surrounding majestic volcanos as well as much of the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito’s historical centre. A careful restoration of its original painted tin ceilings, wood panels, mirrors, painted murals and friezes completed with a curated selection of antiques make Casa Gangotena an effortlessly elegant retreat right in the middle of Quito’s busy centre.