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Casa Gangotena

Courtesy of Casa Gangotena

City: Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador

We’d like to think that if sisters Mimi and Gloria Gangotena, the former residents of this mansion on Quito’s Plaza San Francisco, returned to their grand, early-20th-century manse, they’d feel as if their house had been reborn. The property’s 31 bedrooms, with 12-foot ceilings embellished with Art Nouveau molded tiles and decorative plasterwork friezes, have been painstakingly restored. Now they have beds topped by goose-feather duvets, and all have exquisite Statuarietto marble bathrooms (the 1926 residence had just one). Pair Casa Gangotena, by far the city’s most dignified property, with its sister hotel, the 22-room, glass-walled Mashpi Lodge, which opened in April in the Andean cloud forest, and Ecuador has the makings of one of Latin America’s next great getaways. casagangotena.com. $$$

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