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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.

Plaza Grande Hotel

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.

Hotel del Parque

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.

Hacienda La Danesa

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.

Hacienda Andaluza

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.

Cultura Manor

Boutique Hotel Cultura Manor in Quito is a delightful mix of European traditions and contemporary trend. The hotel style is defined as a inner city retreat, with an out-going personality and inspirational food.

 

In 1933 the house was home of Quito’s most prestigious elite club where the upper class congregated to discuss business, hunting trips and the future of the country, but after five glorious decades it slowly fell in oblivion and later on closed for two more decades until seven years ago, when the property was bought by it current owners.

 

Creating a Boutique hotel in a historic building is truly a work of love since it took over 4 years to carefully restore our house giving special attention to details in order to maintain the unique architectural characteristics of this national heritage listed building.

Experience the wonders of Ecuador on board Tren Crucero, recognized as the Leading Luxury Train in South America in 2014, 2015 and 2016

  • World Travel Awards 2016
  • World Travel Awards 2015
  • World Travel Awards 2014
  • Premio Excelencias
  • Trip Advisor 2015
  • British Guild of Travel Writers

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