To keep agents up to speed with some new properties and suites that have popped up in Ecuador this year, Travel Agent here discusses three properties across the country—one that offers a 30 percent commission—that will make booking rooms easier.
The New Villa Colonna
This two-story, 19th century bed and breakfast opened it
doors in the beginning of the year in the historic center of
The owner, Rigoberto Orozco, says all rooms are equally
beautiful, and cost exactly the same ($188 in 2007), but his own personal
favorite is La Basilica. This room is in the back area of Villa Colonna and has
an expansive view of the
Agents receive an unusually high 30 percent commission at Villa Colonna. Contact Orozco, manager and owner, at (593 2) 885 06302 or write to [email protected] or [email protected]. Visit www.villacolonna.ec.
Luna Runtun Inaugurates New Suites and Thermal Pools
Located above the town of
The suites each have a private Jacuzzi, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms (one has a king bed, one a twin bed).
All have views of the nearby Tungurahua Volcano,
Luna Runtun is three hours from
Guests can choose from an array of spa treatments using natural medicinal plants, fruits and vegetables from the Hacienda's orchards, and therapeutic volcanic stones and ashes from the nearby Tungurahua volcano.
The Renovated Hotel Plaza Grande
This boutique hotel, under the management of Swissôtel, reopened in January 2007 after a complete refurbishment. Located in the heart of Quito's historic center along the famous Plaza Grande, it's close to many important landmarks, including the Presidential Palace, Metropolitan Cultural Center, Museo de la Ciudad and the spectacular gold-leaf detailed church of La Compañia de Jesús.
Once the site of
The best room is the Presidential suite on the top floor. It is the largest room in the hotel and includes a living room, dining room, kitchen and two bathrooms. It also has a view of the Plaza de la Independencia; three balconies overlook the plaza.
Agents may contact Isabel Calles, sales manager, at (593-2) 256 7600, ext. 6716 or write to [email protected]; or Wendy Narvaez, sales manager, (593-2) 256-7600 ext. 6716 or [email protected]. Commission is 10 percent. Visit www.plazagrandequito.com.