This restored mansion is a hidden gem in the Old Town of Quito. On a central but exceptionally quiet street, the Casa San Marcos is something nearly impossible to come by in the Old Town: a charming boutique hotel that has rooms with windows facing outwards to the quiet street and mountains rather than inwards toward an enclosed inner courtyard (nearly all other hotels in the Old Town have inner facing rooms). The relative quietness of the street where the hotel is located is unique among the good hotels in the Old Town, and is a pleasant 5 minute walk from the main plaza. The hotel also has its own art gallery and the owner enjoys showing off her remarkable collection of antiques, which is like a mini-museum. This is not a luxury property, but if you like small boutique hotels with authentic local charm, this is your place.