Obispo de la Madrid s/n al final de la calle, Quito
Hacienda Rumiloma offers a peaceful setting and stunning view of the city. It provides an experience to remember, whether you dine at the exceptional restaurant, imbibe in the Ecuadorian-Irish Pub, or sleep like royalty in the hotel's suites. You may even end up on a Chivas bus through colonial Quito with a band on top and a hot toddy in hand. It's just that kind of place.
Situated on 100 acres of primary and secondary Andean forest, the Hacienda Rumiloma borders a national park. Golden, with red-tile roofs, the main building houses an outstanding restaurant, pub and special events room, with walls of windows facing the valley below.
Greeted like family, you soon feel at home. The gracious staff and owners (Amber and Oswaldo Freier) make every effort to take care of the little details and encourage your feeling of being welcome.
The reception desk nudges a circular seating area, brightened by a skylight above.
A spacious, open room includes the elegant restaurant with tables facing Quito's spectacular setting. At night, the view is magical with its glittering lights below.
At one end of the dining area is a private room for 16 people. An enormous painting portrays mirth and merriment. You can imagine a medieval feast with Rumiloma's goblets on a long wooden table, with laughter, candles, wine and huge platters of food.
A pot bellied stove, wood and glass topped round tables, a grand piano, and antiques come together in the dining room. The restaurant enjoys a fine reputation for their international and Ecuadorian-style fusion cuisine. It draws Quiteños, tourists, embassy staff and even a movie star or two on occasion.
Friendly yet professional servers never miss a beat. Deciding what to order may be your greatest challenge. Perhaps a starter of artichokes, garlic, and cheese baked in a bread loaf? A main dish of local lamb marinated in sangria? There is an extensive list of international wines to allow the perfect pairings.
An Irish-Ecuadorian Pub, "Poor Fockers", is on the ground level. Upstairs, a VIP room is available for romantic dinners and special moments. Thinking of proposing? Picture candlelight, wine, and a rose-covered pathway.
Separate from the restaurant, an earth-toned hotel building contains five multi-level suites, all tucked onto the hillside. These suites or "casitas" (small houses) are 600 square feet in size. Each is uniquely furnished. A winding pathway leads up to their flowered terrace or inner garden area. Several more suites were under construction, adding to the capacity the coming years.
Stepping over the threshold of your adobe casita combining brick, tile, stone and wood, you enter an inviting world of comfort and whimsy. It may be a hanging bed covered with soft llama, a wood stove needing only the strike of a match, or an ancient desk with objets d'arte. Stepping up to the next level, perhaps a medieval painting will greet you at the landing or dried flowers paired with an antique iron will catch your eye.
In the bathroom, you will likely find a copper bathtub, an artistically designed toilet with floating rose petals, and high-end toiletries wrapped in bright paper.
A lavish, comfortable bed is covered with regal plump pillows arranged loosely on an Ecuadorian woven bedspread. You are surrounded with candles, plants, a boldly painted hutch, lamps with soft lighting, and an eclectic assortment of curiosities. You may be tempted to order room service and enjoy the cozy surroundings.
This hacienda has been in the Oswaldo family for generations. Throughout the years, they have replanted native trees. Frogs are near extinction, so they protect them, also. The owners and staff work closely with the community in many ways. They're committed to sustainable tourism. They employ local people as service staff, soap makers and craftsmen. Dance troops, football clubs and community food halls are a few activities they sponsor. Naturally they know whom to turn to for assistance with tours and airport transportation.
Adventurous activities are available such as hiking, Chiva party bus trips, mountain and rock climbing, horseback riding, gastronomy and art tours, or even helicopter rides.
Hacienda Rumiloma, a member of the Exclusive Hotels & Haciendas in Ecuador, creates a magical experience for you, away from the bustle of central Quito. If you prefer a view and personal attention to large central hotels, don't miss this gem.
Web Address: www.haciendarumiloma.com
Total Number of Rooms: 5
Published rates: $400 to $500
Review by Sandra Kennedy
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