Mama Cuchara

An antiquated colonial house that has been through a meticulous process of renovation and modernisation, Mama Cuchara is a chic boutique hotel that integrates elements of authentic Ecuadorean culture with forward-thinking design aesthetics. Positioned just outside of the bustling centre of Quito, the property benefits from the quiet while still being within walking distance of the main square, churches, museums and eateries.

Its 26 rooms and suites are charmingly decorated with locally-inspired textiles, featuring original wood beams and meticulously carved oak headboards, and are warmly lit by custom-made recycled plastic lighting fixtures. The walls of the property are lined with interesting modern artworks, the central courtyard is elegantly topped with a glass roof, and a rooftop bar offers the most wonderful panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Why we like Mama Cuchara

A truly lovely hotel that has retained its original colonial charm but with an imaginative twist, Mama Cuchara offers the best of both worlds. Particularly impressive is the rooftop bar, which offers unrivalled panoramic views over Quito and the famous statue of Madonna with wings that protrudes from the mountainside.


Nearby, we recommend a visit to the captivating Santo Domingo church, which houses a number of important artworks, a museum and one of the largest and oldest underground cemeteries that connects with other churches in the colonial capital.


  • La Plaza Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Rooftop bar with incredible 360-degree views
  • Rotating exhibition of Ecuadorean artwork


Dedicated to promoting Ecuadorean artists and instilling national pride, Mama Cuchara operates a rotating exhibition of contemporary artwork and contributes the proceeds of all sales to the artists and their communities.

Additionally, the property proudly features recycled plastic light features throughout all rooms and common spaces, and offers refillable toiletries and glass water bottled to avoid the single-use plastic alternatives.


Mama Cuchara is situated within the historical UNESCO-protected segment of colonial Quito, a fifteen minutes’ walk from Santo Domingo Plaza and Independence Square.

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