Arguably Ecuador's most fabulous hotel (with, admittedly, prices to match) puts you right on the prime real estate of its namesake plaza. The business dates only from 2007, but the structure was the mansion of early 16th century nobleman Juan Díaz de Hidalgo. "Plush" doesn't begin to describe the art and tapestries that decorate each carpeted room. You have modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV, too. The best rooms face the plaza. Though windows are soundproofed,
you need only fling open the French doors and emerge on your private balcony to survey all that goes on below. You have your choice of three restaurants—Ecuadoran, Mediterranean, or French—here, too.