The Plaza Grande, owned and run by the Swissotel group, is located on the main square Plaza de la Independencia, adjacent to the Presidential Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral, and surrounded by historic buildings in the heart of the colonial centre. One of the most luxurious hotel in the city, it offers 15 elegantly suites designed and decorated in the sumptuous style of a colonial mansion. The hotel exudes an historic feel but rooms have modern facilities including air-conditioning, flat screen cable television, CD and DVD player, wireless Internet, digital safe, mini-bar, jacuzzi and hairdryer. There are three restaurants where guests can enjoy traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and international specialities as well as fine wine and cocktails with beautiful panoramic views of the Plaza and the Panecillo Hill. Other facilities include a gym, spa and massage room.
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