Where to Stay
The Old Town is an obvious choice: a Unesco-listed area of architectural jewels. Several hostels are in the Old Town neighborhood of San Blas, an ordinary, working-class area on the east side of the Av Pichincha that you'll need to taxi to and from at night.
International chains, including Marriott, Best Western, Swissôtel and Hilton, are well represented throughout the city, but particularly in the modern and massive New Town. Whilst most foreigners who stay here do so in Mariscal Sucre – replete with hostels, touristy bars and restaurants – the most appealing area of the New Town is the quiet and refined La Floresta neighborhood.