3 blocks from Plaza Indepedencia in heart of Spanish Colonial Quito.
Mathieu Charles Guillory
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About Mathieu Charles Guillory
Originally from Louisiana, the name of the house is dedicated to the Spanish Empires last govenero...Baron de Carondelet ......President of the Real Audencia in Quito immediately after his service as Governor of Spanish Louiisana is 1805
Mathieu Charles Guillory purchased this Bed And Breakfast in 2007
Why Mathieu Charles Guillory chose Quito
It was the smallest we could find to renovate...5,000 square feet. to Plaza blocks. Bohemian nieghborhood of San Marcos which is reminiscent of Europe.
What makes this Bed And Breakfast unique
We restored the house intalling modern conveniences but maintaining the old world charm of a typical late Spanish Colonial or early Republican home.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Authentic and unique
Matthieu’s home is a perfect choice for those with a flair for adventure. The home has modern plumbing, showers, beds, but authentic construction of stone walls, floors, many outdoor terraces, skylights, distinctive wood floors and doors. This makes for a cool, damp feel, but adds to the ambiance of the experience.
It is in a great, central location in the city. Matthieu arranged airport transport for us for $50 making it really easy to arrive and get settled in.
Our family of 5 slept really well. Matthieu greeted me in the morning on the terrace with a hot cup of green tea.
I would recommend his home for those that can do steps, want something that is not your average hotel and have a sense of adventure.
Adventure....I like that....the house was remodeled after the life I have had in Ecuador!
The house is beautiful but very dark, poorly maintained, and cold. My family booked this place as a stop on our way back from the Galapagos. We stayed one night and then had to leave so our vacation could be salvaged. There are a lot of steps, with poor lighting, which makes the house a poor choice for older travelers. The location is great and within walking distance to the cathedrals. Of course, walking 5-10 blocks at such a high altitude is like walking 30. Save your money and book a hotel. Take a taxi to tour old town.
We could tell quickly that this house was not for your group....high maintenance guests that had no appreciation for the Spanish Colonial "Experience". You are correct...overweight, unhealthy tourists (there were several in your group complaining of sickness from the Galapagos) should not rent this house as there are stairs to climb and because it is over 300 years old....darker and cooler than a hotel. Again...the experience.....it was rainy season during the time you were here and we charge less than we would normally. We make no regrets on this incredible home and have always admitted it is not for everyone. Lastly....we knew there was going to be a problem when we saw that you did not drink the complementary bottle of wine we gave you!
Great stay, great location, great host
It was a wonderful place, lots of room, very unique. The property is in a great location, and Mathieu was a great host, and set us up with a great guide!!
I will recommend this property to friends
well situated, spacious open air accommodation with old villa feel.
This unique open air property is well placed in the Old City area. As a family of 5 adults the property well accommodated us and provided a comfortable space for us to return to at the end of each day. The ability to make a breakfast and serve it on the internal court yard was special, and time on the scenic roof deck was relaxing too. With the additional up-charge for our headcount, the property still offered a compelling value. While spacious, well priced and relaxing, this place may not suit all travelers. The property is dark (in part because many lightbulbs were out), musty and quirky. The open air layout is charming but lets in the night air, street noises and fumes.
With better guest amenities and property touches, this villa could be a gem and command a higher price. As a VRBO property manager too, I offer more property and guest care, tourist recommendations and various supplies. Given the price point, expect a kitchen with old pots, pans and dishes, dingy bed and bath linens, and a lack of amenities.
In sum, the property is central, a good value for a group, comfortable, spacious and appropriate for those who are well traveled and can see past the shortcomings that diminish from its charm and unique character.
Exquisite Spanish Colonial Accomodation
Our party of 6 seniors stayed at the Colonial House on the nights of April 11-13 and April 22-27, 2018 with a cruise in the Galapagos Islands chartered between these days. Booking this way allowed us to leave several large suitcases of warmer clothing with the owner so that we could minimize our baggage and clothing for the cruise. The property is an exquisite Spanish colonial house that has been completely renovated with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms which easily accommodated our group. The owners, Mathieu and his lovely wife, Amparo, were very accommodating and helped our group with arranging airport shuttles for the one-hour drive, storing our extra suitcases of warm clothes, and setting up a tour to their coffee and cocoa farm. The tour to their farm was an all-day outing but was worth the time as we were able to visit a nearby archeological site and museum that has been nicely set up and managed, plus we were served a delicious lunch in their mountain-view cabana and were given demonstrations of how coffee and chocolate were made (the old fashion way). Perhaps one of the best features of the Colonial House is its location. It is only a three-block walk to the Grand Plaza where we arranged tours of Quito and other nearby areas at great discounts for seniors. Most of the historic cathedrals, museums, and the myriad of small and large shops are also well within walking distance. There are many good restaurants, including Mathieu’s Café, near the house offering special breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at bargain prices despite the fact that Ecuador currency is US dollars. Based on location, cost, and comfort the Colonial House worked well for our group. It was obvious that Mathieu and Amaro tried very hard to ensure that our stay in the house and in Quito was enjoyable.
It was our pleasure to accomodate you! You had the perfect trip to Ecuador....Galápagos, our enchanting house in the histórical center, our mystical Café, and an adventure to nature at our café/choclate farm! Thank you for everything!
A perfect way to “live” the Spanish colonial style in a convenient location.
The house was amazing with plenty of sitting areas and comfortable bedrooms. The location was minutes away from historic center. And an unexpected treat was the opportunity to enjoy dinner at Matthieu’s quaint cafe with such hospitality and warmth (and delicious Ecuadorian food). We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay.
Too short....only two nights!