Av. Republica de El Salvador N34-349 e Irlanda, Quito, Ecuador
Le Parc's chic style offers a modern twist to Quito's colonial hotel scene. Located in the "Manhattan of Quito," Le Parc is close to financial centers, La Carolina Park, restaurants and Quicentro Shopping center.
Le Parc boutique hotel has a sleek exterior with 12 floors of glass and steel, topped by melded geometric shapes. As you enter through 12-foot copper-hued doors, you walk into a whimsical and eclectic world. Dwarfed by a high ceiling, the one-person reception desk, ebony-velvet lounger, and amoeba-shaped chair appear miniature. Floor-to-ceiling filmy-white curtains cover walls while a coal-black chandelier lights up the lobby.
Eighteenth-century chandeliers shine throughout the hotel, meshing old with new. Crimson, earthy tones and black accents contrast with the white walls of the hotel, creating a cool, contemporary style.
The entry floor includes the reception and sitting area as well the acclaimed Blu restaurant. Jumping flames on a horizontal fireplace warm a corner. You can stretch out on a white leather lounger while glancing at the Latin American equivalents of Vogue magazine. A faux- zebra design pervades a rug, table and chairs.
The main bar links Le Parc's dramatic lobby with the Blu Restaurant. Tiny white lights border a horizontal mirror showcasing the finest exotic liquors. Eight chrome stools sidle up to the counter.
The Blu restaurant serves gourmet Peruvian cuisine, artfully presented. If you like ceviche, you'll be in heaven here. Red velvet covers one wall; black and white strips, another. Hanging curtains create separate cozy dining areas, with dimmed lights adding to its private atmosphere.
A dark, 4-person "max", elevator plays Laurel and Hardy movies while it whisks you up 12 floors to the open-air Le Bar terrace roof. As you step out, watch for a beckoning hand jutting from the wall. With an apple martini (specialty) in hand, enjoy the180- degree panoramic view of Quito. Stunning.
Down 12 floors, the Mezzanine level has a L'Occitane Spa with body treatments, facials, Turkish bath and sauna. Adjacent is a gym with exercise machines.
The business center is minimal. A glass-top conference table, chairs and huge plasma TV occupy most of the room, while in a small corner is a desk with one computer and printer. Check with the concierge for additional laptops or better yet, bring your own.
Le Parc boutique hotel has 30 suites, three on each floor. Next to each suite's door, a live ruby-red hibiscus adds a nice touch. Goose down duvets and feather pillows cover the comfortable beds. White plastic geometric-shaped lamps sit on nightstands. Abstract paintings-often black and white-decorate the walls. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide incredible views of Quito.
Sixty-six channels are available on the flat screen TV. A separate desk area has a DVD/CD player and CD clock radio. DVDs are available free of charge.
An overhanging steel-hooded lamp curves over the living area. Minimalist furnishings include a sofa, glass table, and Scandinavian-style chairs. It's a designer's delight.
Another whimsical touch is a six-foot bathtub facing the window. A separate bathroom continues geometric touches with its triangular-shaped sink area and rounded white porcelain bowl sink. L'Occitane French toiletries, a bamboo rack holding fluffy towels, hair dryer, slippers and a cozy bathrobe add up to a good dose of pampering. Amenities include a breakfast buffet (free with room), 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, turndown service, minibar, safe, and a shoeshine service. Feeling energetic? A jogging map of nearby La Carolina Park helps you navigate the paths.
Book ahead and an SUV is available to take you to new or old town and the airport. Or live it up and rent a limousine. A special perk available for the asking is an early arrival at 12 pm and late departure at 2 pm. Trendy Le Parc is exceptional in its service, architectural design, cuisine and suites. Its ultra-chic décor and location prove to be an exceptional match.
Web Address: www.leparc.com.ec
Total Number of Rooms: 30
Rates: $250 for each suite
Review by Sandra Kennedy