I recently had the pleasure of spending some time at Quito’s poshest hotel, the Casa Gangotena. This recently converted colonial mansion is on the corner of San Francisco Square right in the heart of the old town. It is the capital’s new landmark hotel with a range of rooms – some with amazing views of the square and Andes mountains beyond. Anyone can enjoy the views from the 5th floor terrace, which at night turns into a spectacular vista of lights stretching into the surrounding hills. Apart from the soft, silky bed linen, spacious colonial rooms and friendly service, the food was the best part. Not only is there a gourmet a-la-carte menu for diners, but the hotel has a trick up its sleeve, proper afternoon tea in the distinguished atrium. A selection of beverages including a variety of real leaf teas are served in a pot, accompanied by a two-tiered silver platter of local savouries (like crispy empanadas) and sweet pastries, including scones, cream and jam. The hotel’s hospitality has won it plaudits from guests and the media alike.